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Born: March 24, 1990 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Donnybrook, Western Australia, AU Profession: actor

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Though Keisha Castle-Hughes had always dreamed of being an actress, she never thought that she would actually be one. Plucked from roughly 10,000 New Zealand schoolgirls to play the part of Paikea in "Whale Rider" (2002), Castle-Hughes put in a performance that was hailed by critics the world over, especially since she never acted a day in her life, even in a school play. But Castle-Hughes's depth of character and range of emotion was apparent to director Niki Caro and casting director Diana Rowan-who also discovered Anna Paquin for "The Piano" (1993)-from the start. It took several months, and eight or nine auditions, but the then-11-year-old landed the part, and with it, her one-time dream of being an actress turned into reality.

Though Keisha Castle-Hughes had always dreamed of being an actress, she never thought that she would actually be one. Plucked from roughly 10,000 New Zealand schoolgirls to play the part of Paikea in "Whale Rider" (2002), Castle-Hughes put in a performance that was hailed by critics the world over, especially since she never acted a day in her life, even in a school play. But Castle-Hughes's depth of character and range of emotion was apparent to director Niki Caro and casting director Diana Rowan-who also discovered Anna Paquin for "The Piano" (1993)-from the start. It took several months, and eight or nine auditions, but the then-11-year-old landed the part, and with it, her one-time dream of being an actress turned into reality.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Vampire (2011)
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 Whale Rider (2002) Paikea
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Milestones close milestones

2003:
Made her feature film debut in "Whale Rider", as a Maori girl who goes to heartbreaking lengths to prove herself worthy to the stern tribal chief; received SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting and Best Actress
2005:
Starred as Queen of Naboo in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," the final film in the Star Wars saga
2006:
Portrayed the Virgin Mary in "The Nativity Story," which looks at her life before the birth of Christ

Education

Penrose High: -

Notes

Discovered by the same agent who discovered Anna Paquin

"Keisha's performance never fails to move, She plays the role with an emotional sincerity that is extremely rare in one so young. She has a natural talent and an absolute ability to wring emotion from her scenes and a true commitment to the role."---Whale Rider Producer Tim Sanders www.whaleriderthemovie

"I've always wanted to be an actor, but I think recently I changed my decision. I thought 'I can't be an actor, I can't'. Then this film came up and it was like someone saying to me, 'You can, don't give up'."---Castle-Hughes www.whaleriderthemovie.com

"I feel like I was being myself. Even now, when people ask me 'What do you think of your acting?' I can't really say anything because it's like I'm watching myself. It's strange."---Castle-Hughes on her acting to Interview Magazine April 2004

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mother:
Desrae Hughes. New Zealand Maori; runs an after-school care center for kids; divorced from Keisha's father.
brother:
Liam Castle-Hughes. Younger.
brother:
Rhys Castle-Hughes. Younger.
father:
Tim Castle. Sheet-metal worker. Australian; former Australian Rules player; divorced from Keisha's mother.
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