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Olympia Valance

Olympia Valance
Born (1993-01-07) 7 January 1993
Melbourne, Victoria
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 2014–present
Known for Neighbours
Parent(s) Ross Wilson (step-father)
Relatives Holly Valance (half-sister)

Olympia Valance (born 7 January 1993) is an Australian model and actress, known for her role as Paige Smith in the soap opera Neighbours.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Olympia Valance was born in Melbourne, Victoria on 7 January 1993 to Rajko Vukadinović, a model and musician, and Tania Gogos-Wilson. Valance's father is Serbian and her mother is Greek Australian.[1][2] She is the step-daughter of Australian musician Ross Wilson, who married her mother.[2][3] Valance is the third eldest of eight half-siblings; she has a younger half-brother Dimitri and a younger half-sister Athina, who is an accomplished singer.[3][4] Her older half-sister Holly Valance, with whom she shares Vukadinović as a father, is also a singer and an actress.[5][6] Valance attended Shelford Girls' Grammar School and studied at the Melbourne Actor's Lab.[3][7]

Career

In March 2014, it was announced that Valance would make her acting debut in the long-running soap opera Neighbours as Paige Smith.[5] Valance had been a successful model prior to her casting and won the role after going through a long audition process, which included four call-backs.[5][8] Her half-sister Holly previously appeared in the show as Felicity "Flick" Scully from 1999 until 2002.[5] Valance was initially contracted for three years and she made her screen debut as Paige on 2 June 2014.[9][10] Valance's portrayal of Paige earned her nominations for Most Popular New Talent at the Logie Awards[11] and Best Daytime Star at the Inside Soap Awards in 2015.[12] She appeared in a documentary special celebrating the show's 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the United Kingdom in March 2015.[13][14]

In December 2014, Valance became the new face and body of UK lingerie brand Gossard. Of her role, she said "The last year has been a whirlwind and to work with such an established name as Gossard is a dream come true. I absolutely love working on Neighbours and the fact that I am able to come over to England and do an incredible campaign like this is a credit to the show's following, both here and down under."[15] Valance has appeared in photo shoots for the brand's swimwear and lingerie collections, including their 2015 spring/summer campaign.[2][15] In July 2015, she was announced as the new ambassador for the Australian chocolate bar Cherry Ripe.[16][17] Valance plans to launch her own leather fashion label Montana in late 2015 with boyfriend Greg Cannell.[18]

Personal life

In November 2014, Valance began dating Greg Cannell,[16] who is in the fashion industry.[18] The couple went public with their relationship in January 2015.[19][20]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2014–present Neighbours Paige Smith Regular role
2015 Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite Herself Documentary

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Logie Awards Most Popular New Talent Neighbours Nominated [11]
2015 Inside Soap Awards Best Daytime Star Neighbours Nominated [12]
2015 TV Week and Soap Extra #OMGAwards Favourite Couple (Paige and Brennan) Neighbours Nominated [21]
2015 TV Week and Soap Extra #OMGAwards Best Love Triangle (Brennan, Paige and Tyler) Neighbours Nominated [21]

References

  1. ^ Evans, Laura (8 January 2015). "Olympia Valance posts shot of her beside her brunette bombshell mother as she celebrates her 22nd birthday".  
  2. ^ a b c "From Paige to Page 3 girl: Neighbours' girl next door Olympia Valance strips down to lingerie".  
  3. ^ a b c "Olympia Valance joins Neighbours".  
  4. ^ Roberts, Amy (16 June 2015). "Olympia Valance introduces her 15-year-old half-brother Dimitri to the world". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Vickery, Colin (9 March 2014). "Holly Valance's half-sister Olympia Valance to make acting debut on Neighbours".  
  6. ^ "Holly Candy and Olympia Valance make great sister act at Neighbours' 30th anniversary party".  
  7. ^ "Neos Kosmos supports education". Neoskosmos.com. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (12 May 2014). "'"Neighbours newcomer Olympia Valance on Paige role: 'I'm so lucky.  
  9. ^ Nutkins, Kirsty (5 July 2014). "'"Aussie actress Olympia Valance: 'Joining Neighbours was a dream come true.  
  10. ^ "Olympia Valance Shakes Up Ramsay Street". Tenplay.com.au. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Willis, Charlotte (23 March 2015). "Logie Awards 2015: Nominees announced". news.com.au. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Dainty, Sophie (14 July 2015). "Inside Soap Awards 2015 longlist revealed: Who's in line for Best Actor, Actress and Newcomer?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Press release: The stars return to Neighbours".  
  14. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (4 March 2015). "Neighbours 30th anniversary schedule confirmed by Channel 5". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (17 December 2014). "Neighbours star Olympia Valance is new face of lingerie brand Gossard". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "'"Neighbours' Olympia Valance on conquering her body battles: 'I've lost 20 kilos. The FIX. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Cosmo met Neighbours star Olympia Valance to test her knowledge of all things Aussie".  
  18. ^ a b Salemme, Nadia (15 July 2015). "Neighbours actor Olympia Valance talks Hollywood ambitions, Margot Robbie and fashion". news.com.au. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  19. ^ Sarkari, Karishma (16 February 2015). "Negligee-clad Neighbours star Olympia Valance gives Valentine's Day advice". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  20. ^ Day, Fiona (8 April 2015). "Neighbours star Olympia Valance bathes NAKED in milk..!".  
  21. ^ a b "#OMGAwards Who Will You Choose?".  

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