Alumni Achievements

Somerset Alumni hail from all over the world and each have a story to tell. See below some of your fellow Alumni and where their journey has taken them since graduating at Somerset. 

We would love to hear about the impact of your career within your profession, or a personal achievement within the community, so please connect with us by completing the form below or send us an email. Let's share your amazing achievements with our Alumni and help inspire the next generation of Somerset graduates!

Margot Robbie

Class of 2007

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Margot Robbie graduated from Somerset College in 2007. From 2008 - 2010 she was cast in the Australian drama Neighbours, and then set off to pursue Hollywood opportunities. She made her big screen debut in the film, About Time (2013). Robbie rose to fame co-starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, portraying the role of Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese's Oscar nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). She was nominated for a Breakthrough Performance MTV Movie Award, and numerous other awards. She has since starred in Focus (2015) and Z for Zachariah (2015), and made a cameo in The Big Short (2015). In 2016, she starred as Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Tanya Vanderpoel in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) and as DC comics villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016), for which she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, and many other awards. in 2017 she portrayed figure skater Tonya Harding in the biographical film I, Tonya (2017), receiving critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Ryan Johnson

Class of 1996

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Ryan Johnson attended Somerset College and he excelled in performing arts. This led to his acceptance at the prestigious Queensland University of Technology acting program. He worked under the guidance of acting teacher, Leonard Meenach, who remains a friend and mentor. Ryan's break came towards the end of university when he was cast in the independent film, 'City Loop', alongside Sullivan Stapleton. He has worked for the Sydney Theatre Company and Belvoir Street Theatre where he played Angel Cruz in the highly acclaimed 'Jesus Hopped the A Train' alongside and under the direction of Wayne Blair. In 2012, Ryan garnered attention in the US playing 'Ben Grogan' on the USA Network's 'Fairly Legal'. 2014 sees Ryan return to Australian television with reoccurring roles in 'Love Child' and 'House husbands' and major support roles in the TV films 'INXS. Never Tear Us Apart' and 'Carlotta' opposite Jessica Marais. Ryan splits his time between Sydney and North America with his wife, screenwriter, Tamara Asmar.

Peter Thurnwald

Class of 2015

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2021 Early Career Winner.

Peter Thurnwald graduated Somerset in 2015. Peter is a newly emerging Australian actor, director, and producer. Peter's school years at Somerset College were focused on academics and sport, before he was scouted by a casting agent following his first public performance in 'Flood' by Chris Isaacs at the Gold Coast Arts festival in 2015. This led to a number of featured extra roles, the most notable on King Kong: Skull Island and Thor: Ragnarok. Time on set ignited a passion for acting, so he auditioned for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2016 and was selected for the Bachelor of Acting, graduating in the Class of 2019. In 2020, Peter's career skyrocketed when he was cast as lead character, Lachie Koh, on Stan's original headline series ‘Bump’, one of the nation's best-reviewed streaming shows. Peter is currently preparing for the launch of 'Bump' Season 2.

Professor Julia Crilly OAM

Class of 1994

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2020 Annual Alumnus Award Winner.

Julia Crilly is a Professor of Emergency Care, a joint appointment between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health. Her research focuses on evaluating innovative service delivery models of care for vulnerable population groups as well as understanding and improving aspects of the ED workforce.

Dr Lisa Nissen

Class of 1989

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2019 Annual Alumnus Award Winner.

One of the leading pharmacy researchers, Lisa Nissen is best known for spearheading a Queensland Pharmacist Vaccination trial, which opened the door to a new era of clinical pharmacy. Lisa is also the only person to be selected as both the PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year (in 2002), and PSA Pharmacist of the Year (2008).