Childhood & Early Life
Indiana Evans was born on July 27, 1990, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She was one of the three children in the family and grew up with her siblings, Alexis and Max.
As a child, Indiana was extroverted. She never shied away from acting or singing in front of guests or her family. Observing her penchant for performing arts, her parents enrolled her into dance classes when she turned 7. There, she began training in ballet and then learned tap and jazz.
As a teenager, she attended the ‘Newton High School of the Performing Arts.’ However, she soon dropped out of high school, as she had already started receiving significant acting offers.
She had turned 9 when one of her friends in her dance class joined a small-time acting agency. Following in her footsteps, Indiana did the same. For the next few years, she tried auditioning for different roles, but her agency was not able to bring her good opportunities.
By the time she was 13 years old, she had tried joining different modeling and talent agencies but without much success. In 2003, she bagged a small role in the series ‘All Saints,’ which she accepted. Thus, she began her full-fledged acting career.
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The series ‘All Saints’ was a medical drama that was fairly popular with the Australian audience. Indiana played ‘Milly Roberts’ in the episode titled ‘Destiny’s Child’
Following this small debut, several more roles started raining in. Subsequently, she appeared in the advertisement campaign for ‘Kool-Aid.’
In 2003, she appeared as the main lead in the children’s series ‘Snobs.’ Indiana played the role of ‘Abby Oakley.’ The series received mixed reviews and was canceled after one season. However, Indiana’s role in the film received immense appreciation from both critics and audiences.
In 2004, she started appearing in the Australian soap opera ‘Home and Away.’ It remains to be one of the longest-running soap operas in the country. Indiana portrayed the role of ‘Matilda Hunter’ in 197 episodes of the soap, over the course of the next four years, and gained significant fan following. Her portrayal of a spoiled teenage girl won her several award nominations.
Although the soap opera provided her a great platform to become a well-known actor, by 2008, she had started feeling that her role was not meaty anymore. Soon, she revealed that she had been offered a contract extension but that she had denied it. She claimed she wished to explore other opportunities. She made her last appearance on the show in July that year.
In 2009, Indiana appeared as ‘Kylie Watson’ in the film ‘A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne.’ The TV film was based on a true story and was received well by both critics and audiences.
The same year, Indiana appeared as one of the main leads in the children’s series ‘H20: Just Add Water.’ Indiana replaced Claire Holt to play the role of ‘Bella,’ a mermaid.
The series was widely popular and was showcased in many countries around the globe. It was critically and commercially acclaimed and won numerous awards and several nominations.
Indiana’s role in the series was not just limited to acting in it. She also put her singing abilities to good use and contributed to the soundtrack of the series. The main theme of the series, ‘No Ordinary Girl,’ contained Indiana’s vocals. She had also contributed to more songs in the soundtrack. The series ran for three seasons. However, due to its overpowering budget and a few other issues, the series was not renewed for a fourth season. Indiana then released a self-titled solo soundtrack album for the series.
In 2010, Indiana appeared in the science-fiction disaster film ‘Arctic Blast,’ which featured her as ‘Naomi Tate,’ one of the leading characters. The film narrated the tale of a solar eclipse threatening to push the world into a new ‘Ice Age.’ It received mixed reviews from critics, but it managed to become one of the most successful films of the year.
In 2011, Indiana appeared in the legal drama ‘Crownies,’ playing the role of ‘Tatum Novak,’ a fresh law school graduate. The show was praised for its original premise and the performances of its cast members. Indiana appeared in all 22 episodes of the show before it went off air.
In 2012, Indiana appeared in the made-for-TV film ‘Blue Lagoon: The Awakening,’ playing the leading role of ‘Emma.’ Both the film and Indiana’s performance received mixed reviews from critics. The next year, Indiana reprised the role of ‘Tatum Novak’ in four episodes of the series ‘Janet King,’ which was a spin-off to ‘Crownies.’
She then appeared in a supporting role in the series ‘Secrets and Lies,’ the American version of the popular Australian series of the same name. She appeared in the first season of the series, which received significant critical acclaim.
In 2015, she appeared in series ‘House Husbands’ and ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ and played supporting roles in both.