Rebecca Breeds is an Australian actor and screenwriter, who is famous for her performance in the soap opera ‘Home and Away.’ She made her presence felt in the acting scene by portraying ‘Cassie Cometti’ in the Australian TV drama series ‘Blue Water High.’ She rose to prominence with the leading role of ‘Ruby Buckton’ in one of Australia’s most successful and long-running series ‘Home and Away,’ between 2008 and 2012. The performance also proved her acting prowess, as she won many nominations and awards. ‘Abby Russo,’ a leading role in the not-so-successful sitcom ‘We Are Men,’ marked her arrival in Hollywood in 2013. She is one of the few Australian actors to have worked in Bollywood, the Indian equivalent of Hollywood.
Childhood & Early Life
Rebecca Elizabeth Breeds was born on June 17, 1987, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
She attended the ‘Sutherland Shire Christian School’ and the ‘St. Andrew’s Cathedral School.’ She was the drama captain in school.
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Rebecca began her acting career by appearing in TV commercials for brands such as ‘KFC’ and ‘McDonald’s.’ In 2000, she also appeared in an episode of the Australian police-procedural series ‘Water Rats, titled ‘Jump in the Mouth.’ Her role as ‘Cassie Cometti’ in ‘Blue Water High’ helped her launch her acting career.
She made her first appearance on the big screen in 2008, as ‘Leah Pointin’ in the Australian feature film ‘Newcastle.’ The same year, she appeared as ‘Ruby Buckton’ in the popular Australian soap opera ‘Home and Away,’ also known as ‘H&A.’ She won the hearts of her audiences through her performance.
Her performance as ‘Ruby Buckton’ helped her get nominations for multiple awards. She was nominated twice for ‘Logie Awards,’ an Australian TV award presented by the magazine ‘TV Week,’ once for the ‘Most Popular New Female Talent’ (2009) and then for the ‘Most Popular Actress’ (2010). Later, in 2012, she was nominated for the ‘Inside Soap Award’ for the ‘Best Daytime Star,’ a recognition awarded by the ‘Inside Soap’ magazine to British and Australian soap-opera talents.
Rebecca was on an experimentation spree between 2011 and 2013, exploring unfamiliar territories. It began with a short film named ‘Scent,’ in which she acted as ‘Emma’ (2011). She also appeared as ‘Stella’ in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,’ a Bollywood venture in 2013. The same year, she touched the American shores as ‘Abby Russo’ in the sitcom ‘We Are Men.’
‘We Are Men’ did not do well for Rebecca because it could not attract the expected viewership and was discontinued after two episodes were aired. However, she did not give up on her American dreams. In 2015, she earned the recurring role of ‘Nicole Gordon’ in the sixth and the seventh seasons of the teen mystery–thriller ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘Aurora de Martel’ in the third season of ‘The Originals.’ The latter was a spin-off of the supernatural TV series ‘The Vampire Diaries.’
She returned home in 2016, to play the character ‘Camille’ in ‘Molly,’ a two-part TV biopic on popular Australian music legend Molly Meldrum. She also starred in two Australian feature films: as ‘Keevey’ in ‘Three Summers,’ a romantic comedy, and as ‘Sally’ in ‘Slam,’ an Australian–French co-production, released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
She returned to America in 2017, as ‘Megan James’ in an episode of the military-drama series ‘The Brave,’ titled ‘The Seville Defection.’
Some of her minor roles include those of ‘Avery Witshell’ in an episode of the crime drama ‘Notorious,’ titled ‘Taken’ (2016), and ‘NCIS Agent Scout Manion’ in two episodes of the American military drama ‘The Code,’ titled ‘Maggie’s Drawers’ and ‘Secret Squirrel’ ( 2019).
She wrote the short ‘Air’ and also served as its executive producer.
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Family & Personal Life
Rebecca’s father worked in the furniture industry, and his mother worked in a government school. She has two brothers, Matthew Breeds and Benjamin Breeds.
She attended the ‘University of New South Wales.’
She stayed with her cousin after her parents divorced.
She performed along with Troy Cassar-Daly and Skat Kats in 2009, to raise funds for cancer treatment.
She met co-star Luke Mitchell in 2009, on the sets of ‘Home and Away.’ They got engaged in May 2012 and tied the knot in January 2013.
According to an interview, she wishes to return to Australia along with her husband, to start a family.
Rebecca was a fat kid and was teased for the same.
‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,’ an Indian sports biopic based on Milkha Singh, a former Indian track and field sprinter, featured her as ‘Stella.’
In 2011, Rebecca became the face of the Australian activewear brand ‘Running Bare.’