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Isabel Lucas

Lucas in 2009
Born 29 January 1985 (1985-01-29) (age 25)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003-Present

Isabel Lucas (born 29 January 1985) is an Australian actress perhaps best known for her role as Tasha Andrews on the Australian television soap opera Home and Away (2003–2006). Lucas moved to Los Angeles in early 2008 and has since been featured in film and television projects including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen[1] and Daybreakers.


Early life

Lucas was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[2][3] As a child, Lucas lived in Cairns, in Far North Queensland. She also lived in Switzerland, Kakadu, and Australia's Northern Territory.[4] She has a Swiss mother and an Australian father[3] and speaks German[3] and French[5] in addition to her native English. Lucas went to St. Monica's College in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.


Lucas enrolled in the Victorian College of Arts but had never pursued commercial roles until she was spotted at the Port Douglas market by Sharron Meissner, a Sydney theatrical agent.[3] She auditioned for the role of Kit Hunter in Home and Away (now played by Amy Mizzi); although the producer of the show, Julie McGauran, felt that role was not right for Isabel, she was sufficiently impressed to have a new character, Tasha Andrews, created for her.[3] Lucas won a Logie Award (for new popular talent) for her performance on the program.[3] Playing Tasha Andrews on Home and Away was Lucas' first television role. She appeared in an American television commercial for Crest toothpaste.[3]

Lucas has been cast as Gwen in the Steven Spielberg World War II miniseries, The Pacific.[6] She appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as Alice.[7] Reports suggested that although assigned to the William Morris Talent Agency in Los Angeles through the auspices of Meissner Management, Lucas obtained the role of Alice in her native Australia before moving permanently to America. It has been claimed that Lucas was handpicked by Steven Spielberg.[citation needed] Michael Bay, director and producer of Transformers, has denied that Spielberg influenced the decision to cast her.[8] Her next theatrical releases are Daybreakers (January 8, 2010) and Red Dawn (November 24, 2010).

Lucas appeared in an advertisement for Daylesford tourism.[citation needed]

Personal life

Lucas while in cairns apparently dated Andrew Brown who is now a personal trainer for Melbourne Victory. Lucas dated her former Home and Away co-star Chris Hemsworth until June 2006. She dated American actor Adrian Grenier, star of Entourage, during 2008, but they split up in August.[1][9] She suffered a minor head injury in July 2008 in a car accident while she was a passenger in Transformers co-star Shia LaBeouf's car. She was not seriously injured, but he was cited with a misdemeanour DUI. He was arrested filming the second Transformers due to a previous warrant.[10]


In October 2007, Lucas was part of a group of thirty people from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (including American actress Hayden Panettiere and Australian Surfing Instructor Vaya Phrachanh) who took part in a protest against whaling in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan.[11] The group paddled out on surfboards to the whales to attempt to stop the hunt, but they were forced to turn around after being intercepted by one of the fishing boats. They drove straight to Osaka airport and left the country to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police. There is still an outstanding arrest warrant for Lucas in Japan.[4] Many Japanese consider this kind of act as an attack on their culture.[12] In a news interview, Lucas stated that this was for purely economic reasons claiming polls show that 70% of Japanese oppose whaling. Taiji's fishery cooperative union argues that these protesters "continue wilfully to distort the facts about this fishery" and that the protesters' agendas are "based neither on international law nor on science but rather on emotion for economic self-interest."[13] Lucas is a spokesperson for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation,[14] and supports many organisations including, World Vision,[15] The Humour Foundation,[16] Women Against Violence,[17][citation needed] Oxfam Community Aid Abroad,[18] Global Green Plan,[19] Save the Whales Again.[20]

Lucas is a vegetarian.[21]


Year Film Role Notes
2003-2006 Home and Away Tasha Andrews 59 episodes
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Alice Minor role
The Cove Herself Documentary film
Daybreakers Alison Bromley Supporting role
The Waiting City Scarlett Supporting role
2010 The Pacific Gwen Mini-series
Kin Anna Petrov post-production
Red Dawn Erica post-production
A Heartbeat Away Mandy Riddick pre-production


  1. ^ a b "Isabel Lucas calls it quits". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 2008-05-30.,26278,23779111-5013560,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  2. ^ Marcy Medina (June 18, 2009). "Coming to America: Isabel Lucas". WWD (Women's Wear Daily) Issue 06/18/2009. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Meet the Cast Isabel Lucas". Home and Away - Yahoo!7. Archived from dead link] the original on 2005-11-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Transformers Star Isabel Lucas". pp. 2. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  5. ^ Isabel Lucas Bio at The Internet Movie DataBase
  6. ^ "Activist lands Spielberg role". The Courier-Mail. 2007-11-20.,23739,22794018-5012980,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  7. ^ "Bumblebee, Shia LaBeouf Spotted Cheating on Megan Fox on Transformers 2 Set". Jalopnik.  zacklur. "Transformers 2: On Location". Flickr. 
  8. ^ "Isabel Lucas To Appear in second film". TFW2005. 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  9. ^ "Adrian Grenier and Isabel Lucas Split". People. 2008-08-12.,,20218736,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  10. ^ "Police: Shia LaBeouf Not at Fault in Crash". Us Magazine. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  11. ^ "Lucas prepared for jail in anti-whaling fight". Ninemsn (PBL Media & Microsoft). 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  12. ^ "TV Star In Japan Dolphin Cull Clash". Sky News (News Corporation). 2007-11-01.,,30200-1291049,00.html. 
  13. ^ (Japanese) "". "Japanese fishermen working in Taiji’s traditional drive fishery were yet again harassed earlier this month by representatives of an eco-terrorist organization."  (English version below Japanese text)
  14. ^ "Annual Report 2004-2005 Editorial_Art.indd" (PDF). National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). 2005. 
  15. ^ "World Vision Australia". 
  16. ^ "Humour Foundation - Smile Day 2004". Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  17. ^ "Women Against Violence". 
  18. ^ "Fit, fabulous and 40 - Celebrate Oxfam Australia’s Walk against Want". Oxfam Australia. 
  19. ^ "Melbourne 2030" (PDF). DSE086 newsletter 09.indd.$File/M2030+bulletin+Spring+2005.pdf. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  20. ^ "Save the WHALES Again- Japanese Boycott". Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  21. ^ "Isabel Lucas character Sam has cruel intentions in Transformers". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). June 13, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-24. "A film full of giant robots, explosions, fight scenes and scantily-clad babes doesn't seem like the most natural choice of projects for a vegetarian anti-whaling activist who listens to Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye and Al Green." 

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