Debnam-Carey at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey
(1993-07-20) 20 July 1993
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey (born 20 July 1993) is an Australian actress. She is known for her roles as Commander Lexa on The CW science fiction television series The 100 and Alicia Clark on the AMC horror drama television series Fear the Walking Dead.
Debnam-Carey has also starred in the films Into the Storm and The Devil’s Hand (both 2014), and Friend Request (2016). She has also appeared in the television series McLeod’s Daughters, Dream Life, and Next Stop Hollywood.
In 2011, Debnam-Carey graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, where she was a percussionist. In 2010, in partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic, she and around 40 other musicians worked together and composed a piece in a two-week program. Debnam-Carey also studied for ten years in classical percussion and has said that she almost went to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but decided that it wasn’t what she actually wanted to do. In her last year of school, Debnam-Carey took her High-School Certificate exams and managed to get top band (the HSC results are divided with 1 being lowest, 6 being highest) in six of her courses. These included English Advanced, English Extension 1, Drama, Modern History, Music 2 and Visual Arts. Debnam-Carey also received the Premier’s award for receiving a score of 90 in 6 subjects.
2003–11: Career beginnings
Alycia Debnam-Carey started acting at the age of 8. In 2003, she co-starred in Rachel Ward’s award-winning short-feature film Martha’s New Coat. Later, Debnam-Carey guest-starred in Australian drama series McLeod’s Daughters. In 2008, she appeared in television film Dream Life and short film Jigsaw Girl. Debnam-Carey also showed up in the other short films At the Tattooist and The Branch. In 2010, she co-starred in the unsold pilot Resistance, and guest-starred in another Australian drama series, Dance Academy.
2012–13: Los Angeles and Next Stop Hollywood
Debnam-Carey began to make her mark in Hollywood at the age of 18, when she traveled to the U.S. for the first time. She starred as the youngest cast member in Next Stop Hollywood, a six-part documentary that followed six Australian actors as they competed for roles during the U.S. TV pilot season. Her mother, Leone Carey, is a television writer, and she accompanied Alycia on her journey.
Just after two weeks in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey auditioned for the role of Carrie Bradshaw for the new CW series The Carrie Diaries and was asked to audition for an independent feature film, a thriller set in the Amish community. After two more weeks in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey had landed on the short list for The Carrie Diaries and had been offered a lead role in a feature film, The Devil’s Hand, then known as The Occult, and the next week left Hollywood to meet a film director in Canada. In the sixth and final week in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey started filming The Devil’s Hand in North Carolina. In the end, Debnam-Carey lost the role of Carrie in The Carrie Diaries to actress AnnaSophia Robb. The documentary aired in 2013 on ABC1 in Australia.
While staying in LA, Debnam-Carey became a Heath Ledger Scholarship Finalist in July 2012.
2014–present: Breakthrough, The 100 and Fear the Walking Dead
In 2014, Debnam-Carey co-starred in American disaster film Into the Storm. Following The Devil’s Hand, Debnam-Carey was cast in a series pilot called Galyntine for AMC, though AMC ultimately opted not to take the pilot to series. Debnam-Carey also made an appearance in Made in Hollywood in the same year.
Debnam-Carey guest starred in season two of CW’s The 100, first appearing in episode six as Commander Lexa, a powerful leader of twelve clans. She became one of the fan favorites. At San Diego Comic Con International 2015, it was confirmed by show’s creator Jason Rothenberg that Debnam-Carey would be returning to the show’s third season in a recurring role.
In December 2014, the first four lead roles of The Walking Dead spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead were cast, including Debnam-Carey as Alicia. The first photos of Debnam-Carey on set showed up after production began on the remaining five first-season episodes on 11 May 2015, in Vancouver. Production for the show in Canada concluded at the end of June 2015 and finished in July 2015 in Los Angeles. Fear the Walking Dead debuted on 23 August, 2015 and was ordered for 2 seasons. At the Television Critics Association Press Tour, it was announced that AMC ordered 15 episodes for season 2. On 15 April 2016, AMC announced the series had been renewed for a 16-episode third season to air in 2017. On 27 August 2015, Debnam-Carey made her first talk show appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! while promoting the series.
Debnam-Carey also appeared in the lead role of Laura in the German thriller Friend Request, originally named Unfriend. The film was originally scheduled to be released in 2015, but was eventually released in Germany on 7 January 2016.
On 19 October 2017, it was announced that Debnam-Carey has been cast in a crime thriller A Violent Separation. Debnam-Carey will be playing Frances Campbell, younger sister of the victim. The film is scheduled to be released in the following year.
|2003||Martha’s New Coat||Elsie|
|2008||Jigsaw Girl||Caitlyn||Short film|
|2010||At the Tattooist||Jane|
|2014||Into the Storm||Kaitlyn Johnston|
|2014||The Devil’s Hand||Mary||Direct-to-video|
|2016||Friend Request||Laura Woodson|
|2018||A Violent Separation||Frances Campbell||Post-production|
|2006||McLeod’s Daughters||Chloe Sanderson||Episode: “Second Best”|
|2008||Dream Life||Cassie||Television film|
|2008||Resistance||Genevieve “Gen” Leone||Unsold television pilot|
|2010||Dance Academy||Mia||Episode: “Perfection”|
|2014||Galyntine||Essin||Unsold television pilot|
|2014–2016||The 100||Commander Lexa||16 episodes|
|2015–present||Fear the Walking Dead||Alicia Clark||47 episodes|
|2016–2018||Talking Dead||Herself||6 episodes|
|2010||Eli||Mailer Daemon / Lincoln Davis|
|2011||She’s Like a Comet||Jebediah|
Awards and nominations
|2015||MTV Fandom Awards||Ship of the Year (shared with Eliza Taylor)||The 100||Runner-up|||
|E! Online Awards||Best Kiss (shared with Eliza Taylor)||Won|||
|Best Guest Star||Won|
|Best Cast On Social Media (shared with the cast)||Runner-up|
|2016||MTV Fandom Awards||Fan Freakout of the Year||Won|||
|Ship of the Year (shared with Eliza Taylor)||Runner-up|||
|Best Fandom (shared with the cast)||Nominated|||
|E! Online TV Scoop Awards||Female Breakout Star||Fear the Walking Dead||Won|||
|2017||Saturn Awards||Best Younger Actor on a Television Series||Nominated|||