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Keisha Castle-Hughes Biography and Filmography
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Birthday: March 24, 1990
Birth Place: Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia
Height: 5' 1"
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In 2004, 13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes became the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category. Born in Australia to a Maori mother and an Australian father, Castle-Hughes was discovered by a casting agent at her school in Mt. Wellington, New Zealand. With no previous acting experience, she made her film debut as the courageous, young Paikea in the highly acclaimed film Whale Rider. She won awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, and Online Film Critics Society for her performance. Castle-Hughes's roles for 2005 include the Queen of Naboo in Star Wars: Episode III.
Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger (2007)
[ Toni Collette ][ Keisha ]
The Nativity Story (2006)
[ Keisha ][ Shohreh Aghdashloo ]
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
[ Natalie Portman ][ Bai Ling ][ Keisha ][ Claudia Karvan ][ Kristy Wright ]
Whale Rider (2002)
[ Keisha ]
  • She was a fortunate discovery for Whale Rider (2002). The casting director and casting assistant went to her primary school in Mt Wellington, New Zealand and went through a few hundred children to choose their Paikea. They found her, only because she was playing up and being smart to them: she stood out.
  • Discovered by the same agent who discovered Anna Paquin.
  • She has an Australian father and a Maori mother.
  • During an interview with Jay Leno, she confessed she didn't know how to swim when she was cast in Whale Rider (2002).
  • In 2004, at 13 she became the youngest actress ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award.
  • Moved to New Zealand from Australia when she was four years old. (Her father is Australian and her mother is New Zealand Maori.)
  • Her parents, Tim Castle and Desrae Hughes, met in Australia, but were never married. They had 3 children together, during their 9 year relationship.
  • Has two younger brothers, Rhys and Liam.
  • Part Maori.
  • Is a fan of Johnny Depp; was able to meet him at the 76th Academy Awards when they were both nominees.
  • Has been learning Maori dances since she was 6.
  • Is a fan of Julia Roberts.
  • Originally it was thought she was born in New Zealand as she was part Maori and became famous after a New Zealand film. It wasn't until her Oscar nomination that her Australian father revealed that she had in fact been born in Australia.
  • Has a younger sister.
  • Filmed all of her Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Scenes in just one day.
  • Her best school subjects used to be maths and science, but now she enjoys drama.
  • Spent seven hours in make-up for her cameo in 'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith' (2005) .
  • Stays in contact with her 'Whale Rider' (2002) co-star Cliff Curtis.
  • Keisha's younger brother Rhys Castle-Hughes has followed in his sisters footsteps, he is a talented young actor who is appearing in a New Zealand series called 'The Lost Children' and has also appeared in a NZ Short Film.
  • She often used to compete in and win speech competitions at school.

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