Callan McAuliffe | Biography

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  • Full Name Callan Ryan Claude McAuliffe
  • Occupation Actor, Voiceover actor
  • Nationality Australian
  • Birthplace Clontarf, New South Wales, Australia
  • Birth Date January 24, 1995
Young Jay Gatsby in 'The Great Gatsby' and UNICEF Australia's Ambassador

Callan McAuliffe | Biography

Plays Alden in Horror Television Series 'The Walking Dead' since 2017

With few credits to his name, in 2009, McAuliffe came to the United States at 15. He made his debut as the romantic lead Bryce in Rob Reiner's charismatic 2010 film 'Flipped.' He then signed on to play Sam in the sleek sci-fi film 'I Am Number Four,' produced by Michael Bay. Following that, McAuliffe starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' as Young Gatsby.

Callan McAuliffe is an Australian actor famous for his role Bryce Loski for the movie Flipped

Who is Callan McAuliffe? 

Callan McAuliffe is an Australian actor. He has starred in movies including Flipped, and I Am Number Four. In the 2013 film The Great Gatsby, he played as young Jay Gatsby.

Early Life and Education 

Callan Ryan Claude McAuliffe, a native of Clontarf, New South Wales, was born on 24 January 1995. He was born to Claudia Keech OAM, and Roger McAuliffe, an author, artist, and founder of McAuliffe Creative is his father. Actress Jacinta John is his cousin. Two of his grandparents were of Irish ancestry.

He attended Scots College in Bellevue Hill, Australia, which was an all-boys academy. He was the school's head chorister and merited a high distinction in the London Trinity musical exams in 2008. Before he became injured, he was a sports competitor, which incited him to devote more time to the performing arts.

McAuliffe discussed his switch from singing to acting with DA MAN Magazine. He said, "My journey in the theatre, both singing, and acting, commenced during a year off the track as a teenager due to a severe sports injury. Ever since I played, "Oliver" in the musical, my school insisted that I keep pursuing Musical Theater (singing and theater), and an agent tried to approach me." He added, "Acting possibilities became much more abundant afterward. Singing has almost always felt like a valuable asset to me, but as my career has matured, acting has developed over as my main focus."

Australian Movies and TV Shows

McAuliffe began working when he was eight years old and made his screen debut in 2007. He featured on the Australian television show Comedy Inc., where he grew as a regular cast member. In addition, the artist appeared on television shows, including Blue Water High, a teen surfing series, and Packed to the Rafters, a family comedy sitcom, reflecting upon the results of the iconic series.

He also appeared in an indie short Franswa Sharl before making his feature film debut in the Australian crime comedy 1MC: Something of Vengeance. Furthermore, his first short film, Franswa Sharl (dir Hannah Hilliard), wherein he impersonated a cross-dressing adolescent, earned nine international awards, including a triumph at the 'Berlin Film Festival.' In 2011, McAuliffe returned to Australian television with a part on the mini-series Cloudstreet, a typical suburban family drama. 

 He subsequently performed as an Australian bushranger Daniel Ryan in the international award-winning The Legend of Ben Hall, directed by Matthew Holmes.

Career in the USA

With few credits to his name, in 2009, McAuliffe came to the United States at 15. He made his debut as the romantic lead Bryce in Rob Reiner's charismatic 2010 film Flipped. He then signed on to play Sam in the sleek sci-fi film I Am Number Four, produced by Michael Bay. Following that, McAuliffe starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby as Young Gatsby. When asked about how he felt when he got the role of the young Gatsby, McAuliffe stated he felt incredibly fortunate. "When a genius director like Baz Luhrmann picks you to become the young version of Jay Gatsby alongside Leo, it's a near-overwhelming feeling." 

His first prominent role as the young British protagonist, Sean Flynn, was in Robot Overlords, featuring Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson. He preceded his first male lead as Oburi with Samuel Jackson in Kite. In 2012, GQ Magazine revealed that McAuliffe (then 17) was their youngest ever award winner for 'GQ Breakthrough of the Year Award 2012.' The award was given by the legendary American director Rob Reiner in a virtual presentation from Los Angeles. In 2016, he collaborated on Hacker with award-winning Kazakh director Akan Satayev.

Recent Works 

 McAuliffe has starred in a handful of television shows and movies. He portrayed Taylor in the 2019 indie film Summer Night. Moreover, he is currently seen in the role of Alden on the hit television series The Walking Dead. The Australian actor has also voiced in international documentary series like Code Red and The Rise and Fall of Hitler


Apart from his film career, in 2016, he authored 'The Hill Ghost,' later published in 2018. It is a book about speaking animals. 


In 2013, McAuliffe was appointed as UNICEF Australia's Ambassador (for which he wears a lapel pin). In addition, he is the youth ambassador for The Wolf Connection in Los Angeles, an animal rescue organization. 

When asked about the charity, he mentioned how Wolf Connection provides a sanctuary and counselors for the rehabilitation and well-being of at-risk youth and rescued wolves. "I've finished all of my preparation and look forward to spending time with the animals and volunteers who make this organization possible." He also said that his fascination with animals ignited his desire to make a difference. "Being in a position where I can make an impact, even if it's just raising funds or spreading awareness, is a very satisfying part of my life," he added.


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