Tom played by Mark Coles Smith
A popular handyman at the college, he’ll flirt with anyone but his heart belongs to Minnie. He is easy going and laid back, but longs to advance his lot in life and find a way to leave the college with Minnie.
More about Mark Coles Smith
Hailing from Broome, Mark has worked across several performing arts genres, first and foremost as an actor, but also as a writer, producer and sound designer.
This year, Mark won a 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a play for his work on Leah Purcell’s acclaimed adaptation of The Drover’s Wife. On television, he appeared in Doctor, Doctor and Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, and will soon appear in the reimagining of Picnic at Hanging Rock.
He received a Best Supporting Actor AACTA nomination and a Best Supporting Actor win at the Film Critics’ Circle of Australia awards for his work in the feature film Last Cab to Darwin, playing opposite Jackie Weaver and Michael Caton, and was also honoured with a Best Supporting Actor AACTA nomination for the film Pawno. Mark’s other screen credits include U.S. series Hunters for the SyFy Network, Old School, opposite Bryan Brown and Sam Neill, The Gods of Wheat Street, a lead guest in the hit American US series Modern Family, Hard Rock Medical, a co-production between SBS TV and Canada’s TV Ontario, the features Around the Block and Beneath Hill 60, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Blue Heelers, Dirt Game, The Circuit and Please Like Me.
On top of The Drover’s Wife, other theatre credits include Jandamarra under the direction of Phil Thompson and Wulamanayuwi and Seven Pamanuas, directed by Noel Jordan for the Darwin Festival.
With a gift for storytelling, Mark worked under the guidance of Gary Crew as part of the Indigenous Mentorship Program for the Australian Society of Authors. He has a certificate in Aboriginal Theatre from WAAPA and a Bachelor in Indigenous Studies. In 2007 he won the Yvonne Cohen Award from the VCA Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts. In 2008 he took out a grant from ScreenWest for the short film Layoordoo which he wrote, co-produced and directed, while also featuring in a supporting role. Layoordoo screened at Toronto’s ImagiNATIVE Film Festival.
In addition to his acting and writing, in recent years Mark has pursued work in the field of audio production and sound design. He designed the sound of Ilbijerri’s Which Way Home and he produces across an array of genres, including the debut album of Australian Hip Hop group ‘Bare Minimum’ and an electronica album under the alias ‘Karate Surfing’. He is also a regular voice artist for animation, documentary and audiobooks.
Mark was awarded the Casting Guild of Australia’s inaugural Sirius Award for New Talent of the Future, October 2017.