William McKenna is an actor who starred as ED KENNEDY in ‘The Messenger’ for Lingo Pictures which premiered on the ABC in 2023. He also starred in BBC’s ‘Queen of Oz’, series 3 and 4 of ‘Nowhere Boys’ for Matchbox Pictures. And can be seen in the upcoming ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ directed by Dylan River.
William was awarded the Casting Guild of Australia ‘Rising Star Award’ for 2023.
In 2019 to 2020, 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 won the Green Room Award for ‘Best Performance in a Theatre Production.’
He has starred in Melbourne Theatre Company’s ‘Admissions’ as Charlie Luther Mason opposite Kat Stewart in 2022 and ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ as Maurice Bernhardt directed by Anne-Louise Sarks in 2023.
William performed and wrote his first solo comedy play as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Town Hall called ‘Appellation’. For which he was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the MICF awards.
He was the winner of the 2015 MICF ‘Class Clowns’ nationwide competition. He came back to host the 2016 National Final. He performed and hosted his own season of live shows as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016 and 2017 at the Arts Centre.
CASTING GUILD OF AUSTRALIA Winner – Rising Star (2023)
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL Nominated – Best Newcomer for ‘Appellation‘
GREEN ROOM AWARDS Winner – 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)
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL Winner – Class Clowns National Final (2015)
Role: Maurice. Dir. Anne-Louise Sarks, Melbourne Theatre Company | 2023
Role: Charlie Luther Mason. Dir: Gary Abrahams, Melbourne Theatre Company | 2022
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
Role: Scorpius Malfoy. Dir: John Tiffany, Michael Cassel Group Pty Ltd | 2018-2020
THOU SHALT NOT STEAL
Role: Young White Copper. Dir: Dylan River, Ludo Studio | Stan, 2023
THE QUEEN OF OZ
Role: Matthew. Dir: Christian Van Vuuren, Lingo Pictures | ABC, 2023
Role: Ed Kennedy. Dir: Daniel Nettheim, Helena Brooks, Jennifer Leacey. Lingo Pictures | Screen Australia, 2022
NOWHERE BOYS: BATTLE FOR NEGATIVE SPACE (Series 4)
Role: Ben. Dir: Various, Nowhere Boys 4 Productions Pty Ltd 2018
NOWHERE BOYS: TWO MOONS RISING (Series 3)
Role: Ben. Dir: Various, Matchbox Pictures/ABC 2016
THE UNREQUITED LOVE OF FARRAH BRUCE (Short)
Role: Luca. Dir. Daisy Anderson, Sarah Wormald 2022
HEART THROB (Short)
Role: Angelo. Dir. Greta Nash, GGG Films 2022
Role: Lead. Dir: Lesley Pinder, Hayley Surgenor 2021
Role: Boy. Dir: Maddelin McKenna, Swinburne University 2017
Stand Up – solo show Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022
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
Writer/Performer & National Winner. Dir: Wes Snelling, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015
Stand Up. State Library – Poetry Australia 2015
Stand Up. Ronald McDonald House Charities 2015