Shelley Q (born 1 February 2000) is an Australian actress and singer, born and raised on a farm in Narrogin, Australia. An exciting new face to the American film industry, Shelley will be next seen in the title lead role of Karissa in the US feature film 1 Million Followers – a role she landed after responding to a worldwide casting call in 2021. Shelley recently wrapped filming in Thailand and Canada, marking her international debut.
Shelley was born a performer. As a child and growing up in the outback, she danced and sung at any opportunity she could. Her creative spark came to life when she discovered the film Walk The Line as a little girl, completely in awe at Joaquin Phoenix’s ability to emulate Johnny Cash. Inspired, she then taught herself the guitar and began entertaining elderly residents at nursing homes, with impersonations of Johnny Cash, and Michael Jackson, at age 10.
Although entertaining for fun had always been just a hobby, she threw herself deeper into the creative space after earning a scholarship to attend the Australian Convention of Actors and Artists in December 2018, where she earned a string of awards whilst representing West Australia in acting, singing, and modeling. Enrolling in Nicholson’s Academy of Screen Acting in 2019, she went on to train with various accent coaches and mentors, and in 2021 was cast as the lead in her first Australian feature film, Darkest Age. Shortly after wrapping, she moved across the country solo to Sydney NSW to further pursue her craft, only to land almost immediately in 6 months of lockdown. She used that time alone to write, read, study emotion, and delve into the creative realm. The week restrictions lifted, she booked the leading role in the US Feature Film 1 Million Followers, and has since been traveling the world solo - continuing to delight in the wonders of the unknown and the spirit of the locals wherever she goes.
In addition to acting, Shelley has found much success as a singer. She has sung across Australia, including live performances for Channel 7's Telethon and in front of crowds of up to 50,000 during multiple AFL matches at Optus Stadium. Under the stage name Shelley Q, she has released three original songs to iTunes and gained airtime on Triple J.