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Blessed to be Cursed

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

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WAAPA Acting graduate Shalom Brune-Franklin has a major role in Netflix’s big-budget fantasy series, Cursed, which premieres on 17 July.

The 25-year-old actor plays Igraine in the streaming giant’s 10-part reimagining of the Arthurian legend. Based on The New York Times bestselling book, Cursed is told through the eyes of Nimue (Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why fame), who is destined to become the Lady of the Lake.

In a strange real-life coincidence, Langford, Brune-Franklin and their co-star Devon Terrell, who plays Arthur, all spent their younger years in Perth.

Brune-Franklin, who was born in England, moved to Perth when she was 14 with her Mauritian mother, Thai-British father and younger brother. After initially enrolling in Edith Cowan University’s journalism and broadcasting courses, her interest in drama led her to audition for WAAPA.

Chris Edmund, who was WAAPA’s Head of Acting at the time, said in a recent interview: “I remember her being such a vivid, interesting young woman. I had a 30-year association with WAAPA and the acting program so you get pretty cluey about who has that little divine spark that will respond to training. Shalom is a perfect example of that, she is such an open person.”

In 2015, Brune-Franklin capped off her WAAPA training by being awarded the inaugural Chris Edmund Scholarship and immediately landed a role in the Nine Network’s television series, Doctor Doctor. She then headed to the UK for roles in the British drama series Our Girl and The State, before returning to Australia in 2019 to play Bindy in Nine’s Bad Mothers.

Brune-Franklin now splits her time between Australia and England. Currently in Sydney, she will return to the UK when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted to shoot the sixth season of the police drama Line of Duty. She also has a role in upcoming BBC political drama Roadkill, starring Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory.

Cursed premieres on Netflix on 17 July 2020.

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