Shalom Brune-Franklin is an English-Australian actress known for her roles as ‘Umm Khulthum’ in the British series The State (2017), ‘Bindy’ in the Australian series Bad Mothers (2019), and ‘Igraine’ in the American Netflix series Cursed (2020).
Shalom Brune-Franklin was born on Thursday, August 18, 1994 (age 26 years; as in 2020), in St Albans, England. Her family shifted to Mullaloo in Australia when she was fourteen years old. She studied at Ocean Reef Senior High School, where she took drama as her subject. To study journalism, she enrolled at Edith Cowan University, but after she saw the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), she decided to become an actor. Soon, she cracked the audition and started studying acting at WAAPA. In the third year of her graduation, she won Chris Edmund Performing Arts Scholarship, which was set up by Australian-British actor and WAAPA graduate Hugh Jackman.
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Family & Ethnicity & Relationship
Her father, Phillip Franklin, is a Thai-born English electrician who went to Western Australia to pursue his dream of becoming a Chef. Her mother, Ingrid Brune, is a Mauritian. She has a younger brother named Saim.
She is in a relationship with a producer who worked with her in the series Doctor Doctor (2017).
She started her career by acting in the short films- Dinner Party (2013), Tryptophan (2015), and Swiss Avalanche (2016).
In 2016, she made her television debut with the Australian series ‘Barracuda’ in the role of ‘Leanne’ and has also acted in the Australian tv series- Doctor Doctor (2016-17) and Bad Mothers (2019).
She made her British television debut with the series ‘The State’ (2017) in the role of ‘Umm Khulthum,’ and went on to act in the British TV series- Our Girl (2017-2018) and Line of Duty (2020).
She made her American television debut with Netflix’s ‘Cursed’ (2020) in the role of ‘Igraine.’
She made her Australian film debut with ‘Otherlife’ (2017) as ‘Coder #2.’
She made her American film debut with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (2017) as ‘College Girl #1.’
- Cocktail: Mojito
- Actress(es): Ruth Negga, Thandie Newton, Viola Davis
- Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Podcasts: The Vanished by Marrisa Jones, Invisibillia by Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin
- Travel Destination: Bahamas
- She was a sports enthusiast and was trained as a specialist 800m runner by her PE coach for the 2012 London Olympics. She was also captain of her netball and basketball teams, a gymnast, and a member of her school’s cheerleading group.
- While studying at Ocean Reef Senior High School, she won the school’s drama award for high achievement.
- She didn’t regard acting as a practical choice for her career and never wished to become an actress. It was after she took drama in her school that she considered acting. Talking about it, she said,
When I first got into acting I didn’t even really know who Shakespeare was — I’m from London so that’s embarrassing, but it’s true. But now I can’t get enough.
- She has acted in the theatre productions such as Grapes of Wrath, Blood Wedding, The Playboy of the Western World, Macbeth, and Girl Shut Your Mouth.
- She was one of the finalists 0f The Heath Ledger Scholarship 2017, an award created by Australians in Film, ( a non-profit foundation that supports Australian actors in the U.S.) in the memory of the late Heath Ledger.
- In 2020, she voiced the character ‘Seahorses’ in British-Finnish animated series ‘Moominvalley.’