Samara Weaving (born 23 February 1992) is an Australian actress and model. She began her acting career on the television series Out of the Blue (2008) and came to further prominence with her portrayal of Indi Walker in the Australian soap opera Home and Away (2009–2013). She has since starred in the series SMILF (2017–2019), Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018), and the Netflix miniseries Hollywood (2020). Her film credits include starring roles in The Babysitter (2017), Mayhem (2017), and Ready or Not (2019). She will appear in Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) and play Scarlett in Snake Eyes (2020).
Weaving was born in Adelaide on 23 February 1992, the daughter of an English father and Maltese mother. She grew up in Singapore, Fiji, and Indonesia. Her father, Simon Weaving, is a filmmaker and film professor at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, New South Wales, as well as the artistic director of the Canberra International Film Festival. Her mother, Helena Bezzina, is an art therapist who teaches museum studies at Newcastle University. Her younger sister, Morgan, is also an actress; their uncle is English actor Hugo Weaving. Weaving and her family moved to Canberra in 2005, and she attended Canberra Girls Grammar School. She became drama captain and appeared in various school and theatre productions.
Weaving’s first major acting role was Kirsten Mulroney in the 2008 Australian-UK soap opera Out of the Blue. It was not commissioned for a second season. In 2009, Weaving was cast as Indigo “Indi” Walker in the Australian soap opera Home and Away. She initially appeared for five weeks in a recurring capacity. Weaving reprised the role the following year after producers brought her and her on-screen family back as part of the main cast. She relocated from Canberra to Sydney for filming.
For her portrayal of Indi, Weaving received a nomination for the Audience Choice Award for Best Female Performance in a Television Drama at the 1st AACTA Awards in 2012. In July 2013, Weaving confirmed that she had filmed her last scenes for Home and Away. The actress felt that with the show’s international success, it was the right time to pursue new roles. That same year, she appeared in the crime film Mystery Road, alongside her uncle Hugo Weaving. Weaving had a recurring role as Heather in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead in 2015. She also made a guest appearance in the online series Squirrel Boys.
Weaving began modelling for Australian underwear brand Bonds in 2012. In 2016, she appeared in the action comedy Monster Trucks as Brianne. She was cast in the role during her first trip to Los Angeles in 2014. The following year, she starred in the action comedy-thriller Mayhem, and as the title character in the comedy-horror film The Babysitter, which was released in October. She also had a role in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and appeared in the music video for Charlie Puth’s song “Attention”.
From 2017 to 2019, she played Nelson Rose in the Showtime series SMILF. In December 2018, it was announced that Weaving was leaving the show after the second season. Weaving asked to be released from her contract after making a complaint about having to perform a nude sex scene. Daniel Holloway of Variety reported that Weaving felt uncomfortable with the behaviour of show creator and co-star Frankie Shaw during a similar sex scene in the first season, leading to an investigation of alleged misconduct by Shaw which found that there was no wrongdoing on Shaw’s part.
In 2018, Weaving appeared in the Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries as one of three students who disappear during a school trip to the titular Hanging Rock. She starred in the comedy-horror film Ready or Not (2019). The film and her performance received positive reviews. She then starred in the action comedy Guns Akimbo (2019), and will appear as Thea Preston in Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) and Scarlett in Snake Eyes (2020).