Meet the Cast
Bindi Irwin (Nim)
Both Bindi Irwin’s passion for animals and her talent as an entertainer could be considered something of a birthright.
Now 14, Bindi began appearing on television alongside her parents, famed wildlife conservationists Steve and Terri Irwin, when she was still a toddler. In 2007, she launched her own show Bindi: The Jungle Girl on Discovery Kids, and went on to become the youngest performer ever to win a Daytime Emmy Award.
In recognition of her commitment to environmental issues, Bindi received the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for “Biggest Greenie” in 2007, and again in 2009, when she shared the honor with her younger brother, Robert. The siblings accepted the award together, dedicating it to their late father and the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
Bindi’s first feature length film, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, was released in 2010. More recently, she hosted a game show for Australian television called Bindi’s Bootcamp, featuring adventure challenges designed to test participants’ knowledge of wildlife and the outdoors.
Bindi lives with her mother, brother and assorted animal friends at Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia. Follow her on Twitter @BindiIrwin.Read More
Toby Wallace (Edmund)
Born in London, Toby Wallace moved to Australia in 2003 at the age of 8. He made his film debut in 2009′s drama, Lucky Country, and was heralded by director Kriv Stenders for his “incredible presence on screen.”
From there, Toby went on to land a recurring role in several episodes of the Australian television series Neighbours. Up ahead, he stars in the coming-of-age drama, Galore, scheduled for release later this year.
Matthew Lillard (Jack)
Matthew Lillard landed his first on-screen role the summer after high school, when he was cast as an extra in the direct-to-video horror sequel Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College.
His better-known acting credits include roles in 1996′s slasher film Scream, 2002′s live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo and 2011′s Oscar-winning indie The Descendants.
He recently made his directorial debut with the independent feature Fat Kid Rules the World. Adapted from the YA novel by the same name, the film premiered at SXSW last March, where it took home the Audience Award for Narrative Spotlight.
Matthew lives in California with his wife and three children. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewLillard.
BJ and Friday (Selkie)
Two sea lions shared the role of Nim’s faithful friend, Selkie. When they’re not starring in movies, BJ and Friday reside at SeaWorld Australia.
Though she plays a male lizard in the movie, Pumpkin is actually a female bearded dragon.
Nathan Derrick (Felix)
Nathan Derrick is a singer and dancer as well as an actor, and received a scholarship to the Victorian College of the Arts. His screen credits include roles in Australian television series such as Rush, Bed of Roses, Neighbours, and Fast Forward. On stage he has appeared in productions of The Boy from Oz, High School Musical and The Sound of Music.
John Waters (Booker)
One of Australia’s most loved performers, John Waters is a seasoned veteran of both stage and screen. His first big break came in 1969 when he landed the role of Claude in a Sydney production of Hair, followed shortly thereafter by the role of Judas in Godspell.
John went on to portray Capt. Alfred Taylor in the 1980 Academy Award-winning film Breaker Morant. In 1989, he won the AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
An accomplished musician, he has toured for many years with his one-man show Looking Through a Glass Onion, a tribute to John Lennon. He also currently appears on the Logie-award winning series, Offspring.
Jack Pearson (Ben)
Jack developed an interest in acting while in high school, and secured an agent during his senior year. At his second audition, he landed a starring role in the Disney Channel’s As the Bell Rings. Guest roles in City Homicide and Rush followed.
He currently plays Patrick Gross in the Australian television series Winners and Losers.
In his spare time, Jack enjoys gymnastics, snowboarding, wakeboarding and spending time with friends.
Sebastien Gregory (Frankie)
Sebastien is a self-taught guitarist, drummer and songwriter, who first performed publicly at the age of 11. At age 13, he formed a band called Menace, and was subsequently discovered by a talent agency after starring in his own music video.
He made his first television appearance in a 2004 episode of Blue Heelers, and went on to land a recurring role in the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours. In 2008, he made his feature film debut in Acolytes, followed by a lead role in 2009′s Beautiful. In 2011, he starred in the Australian musical comedy A Heartbeat Away.