Australian Devon Terrell scored the huge role of a young Barack Obama in Netflix film Barry… but who is he?
The US election – thank god – is over and Barack Obama will leave office in January 2017. In timely fashion, Netflix debut an original film Barry on December 16, 2016, which examines Obama’s life in the fall of 1981 when he arrived in New York City to begin his junior year at Columbia University.
Known to his friends by the nickname “Barry”, Obama’s experiences over that pivotal school year lay the foundation for his views on race, government, and what it means to be an American.
In a breakout role as the 20-year-old Obama is Australian Devon Terrell, who was raised in Perth but born in Long Beach, California to Anglo-Indian and African-American parents. After high school Terrell enrolled in a teaching degree at Edith Cowan University specialising in drama education and jumped into theatre, playing roles as Firs in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Later he was part of NIDA’s 2011 intake and moved to Sydney.
Before long he found himself back in the US doing a HBO series called Codes Of Conduct with director Steve McQueen. The series didn’t make it beyond pilot stage but Terrell had been noticed, and the producers of Barry came calling.
With his mixed race background and a flying start playing the 44th president of the United States, to some acclaim, Terrell looks like one of Australia’s brightest new acting talents…
See the trailer for Barry below