William McKenna is an upcoming young Australian Actor with a variety of television, theatre and comedy credits.
William starred as BEN RIPLEY in series 3 and 4 of Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising on ABC ME. He also performed as part of the lead cast in the third series of ABC ME’s You’re Skitting Me.
William was nominated for the Victorian Theatre Guild Awards Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his work in Legally Blonde and Urinetown. William’s other theatre credits include leads in The Laramie Project, Footloose and Animal Farm.
William was the ‘Class Clowns’ winner at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and came back to host the 2016 National Final. He performed and hosted his own season of live shows with a group of teenaged up and coming comedians as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016 and 2017 at the Arts Centre.
In 2019, William starred as SCORPIUS MALFOY in the Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play, and is currently nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Performance in a Theatre Production.
GREEN ROOM AWARDS Nominated – Performance in a Theatre Production for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2020)
HELPMANN AWARDS Nominated – Best Male Actor in a Supporting for in a Play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2019)
CLASS CLOWNS NATIONAL FINAL Winner (2015)
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
Role: Scorpius Malfoy. Dir: John Tiffany, Michael Cassel Group Pty Ltd 2018-2020
NOWHERE BOYS (Series 4)
Role: Ben. Dir: Various, Nowhere Boys 4 Productions Pty Ltd 2018
STAND AND DELIVER (Series 2)
Performer. Melbourne International Comedy Festival Ltd / ABC iView 2017
NOWHERE BOYS: TWO MOONS RISING (Series 3)
Role: Ben. Dir: Various, Matchbox Pictures/ABC 2016
YOU’RE SKITTING ME (Series 3)
Role: Various. Dir: David Swann, Worldwide Production Services Pty Ltd 2016
Role: Boy. Dir: Maddelin McKenna, Swinburne University 2017
JUST KIDS (Short)
Role: Jake. Dir: Jordan Sorby, VCA 2015
LOL SQUAD (YouTube Short)
Writer / Performer. Dir: Scott Brennan, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015
LOL SQUAD LIVE
Host / Performer. Dir: Wes Snelling, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017
CLASS CLOWNS NATIONAL FINAL 2016
Host. Dir: Wes Snelling, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016
LOL SQUAD LIVE
Writer / Performer. Dir: Wes Snelling, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016
CLASS CLOWNS NATIONAL FINAL 2015
Performer & National Winner. Dir: Wes Snelling, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015
MC. Eltham Town Festival 2015
Stand Up. State Library – Poetry Australia 2015
Stand Up. Ronald McDonald House Charities 2015