Aden Young

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Aden Young
Aden Young.jpg
Young at the 2012 AACTA Awards
Born (1971-11-30) November 30, 1971 (age 44)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1][2]
Occupation Actor, Writer, Director, Editor[1]
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Loene Carmen (m. 2014)
  • Dutch
  • Chester

Aden Young (born November 30, 1971[1][2]) is a Canadian-Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV drama Rectify and Randall Keats in The Code.


As an actor[edit]

Young's first role was in Bruce Beresford's film Black Robe (1991). They worked together a third time on Mao's Last Dancer (2009), based on the 2003 best-selling autobiography of Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin. Beresford stated that Young's "a very cooperative and thoughtful actor."[3]

Young was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award for Metal Skin (1994), Geoffrey Wright's examination of suburban hopelessness and revhead subculture. One reviewer wrote that "Young's depiction of this unsettling metamorphosis is central to the film's success."[4]

In 2011, Young mimed the hit song "Even Though I'm A Woman", by the Australian female indie supergroup Seeker Lover Keeper, in the music video directed by Natalie Van Dungen, and he featured in the Jason Statham/Robert De Niro action film Killer Elite as American techno geek Meyer.

In June 2012, Young was announced as the lead in the SundanceTV series Rectify. Rectify was announced as a Peabody Award winner in April 2015.[5]

As a director[edit]

Young directed the acclaimed short film The Rose of Ba Ziz (2007),[6] adapted from a children's book written by his father;[2] the film was made over five days on a shoestring budget of $700[citation needed] and featured an appearance by his significant other, Australian singer Loene Carmen, who also co-composed the film's score.[7] Additionally, Young directed the AFI award-winning short film The Order (1999), starring Jared Daperis.[8]

Young has edited films and assisted veteran independent Australian filmmaker Paul Cox in various capacities, since starring in Cox's film Exile (1994).[citation needed] He also directed Carmen's music video for "Nashville High" (2007) and edited her "Mimic the Rain" (2009) clip.[9]

Early life[edit]

Young was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father Chip, an American born in Missouri, is a well-known CBC broadcaster, while his mother is a nurse from Newcastle, Australia. His family left Toronto for Australia in 1981. Young attended Galston High and Australian Theatre For Young People as a teenager.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Young has two sons, Dutch Bon (born 2007) and Chester Van (born 2011), with his longtime partner, Australian singer-songwriter-musician-actress Loene Carmen. They married in Zebulon, Georgia while filming Season 2 of Rectify, in 2014.[11]

A portrait of Young by artist James Powditch was a 2008 Archibald Prize finalist. Young also appears in Powditch's 2012 work Beserk Warriors.[12]


As actor[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Black Robe Daniel
1992 Over the Hill Nick
1993 Sniper Doug Papich
Love in Limbo Barry McJannet
Broken Highway Angel
Shotgun Wedding Jimmy Becker
1994 Exile Peter Costello
Metal Skin Joe
1995 Audacious Stanley
1996 Cosi Nick
River Street Ben
Hotel de Love Rick Dunne
1997 Paradise Road Bill Seary
1998 Under Heaven Buck
Cousin Bette Count Wenceslas Steinbach
1999 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Dr. Kalewis
2001 The War Bride Charlie
Serenades Johann
2002 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Ron Buckwhiler
2004 Human Touch George
2005 The Bet Angus
2007 In the Company of Actors Himself/Eljert Lovburg
The Goat That Ate Time Narrator Short film; voice only
Flipsical Unknown Short film
2008 Salvation Gloria's Acolyte
2009 Lucky Country Nat Doole
Shot Open Dodek Short film
Mao's Last Dancer Dilworth
2010 Beneath Hill 60 Major North
The Tree Peter
Kissing Point Mark Logan Short film
2011 Killer Elite Meier
2013 Final Recipe Sean
2014 I, Frankenstein Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Frontera Sheriff Randall Hunt
2015 The Unseen Bob Longmore


Year Title Role Notes
2003 After the Deluge Young Cliff TV movie
2006 Two Twisted Patrick Dempsey/Clone Season 1, Episode 7: "Soft Boiled Luck"
2007 The Starter Wife Jorge Stewart 6 episodes
2011 East West 101 Kendrick Season 3, Episode 6: "Behold a Pale Horse"
Season 3, Episode 7: "Revelation"
2013–present Rectify Daniel Holden 3 seasons, 22 episodes
2014 Rake Joshua Season 3, Episode 3
The Code Randall Keats Main Cast: Series 1
6 episodes
2015 The Principal - 4 episodes

As director/writer/editor[edit]

Year Title Credits Notes
Director Writer Editor
1998 The Order Yes Yes Yes Short film
2007 The Rose of Ba Ziz Yes Yes Yes Short film
Loene Carmen Nashville High Yes No Yes Music video
2009 Loene Carmen Mimic the Rain No No Yes Music video
Salvation No No Yes
Kalaupapa Heaven No No Yes Documentary film
2011 Waste Not No No Yes Documentary film

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Aden Young, Celebrity". TV Guide. 
  2. ^ a b c "Aden Young, Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  3. ^ "Director Bruce Beresford on "Mao's Last Dancer" | Culture". Mindfood. 7 September 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Movie Review – Metal Skin". eFilmCritic. 1 January 1994. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rectify should put SundanceTV and star Aden Young on the map". 
  6. ^ "St Kilda Sees New Talent – Movies". Citysearch. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Rose of Ba Ziz (2007)". IMDb. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Order (1999)". IMDb. 
  9. ^ Sargeant, Jack (February 2010). "Keeping It Reel,". Film Ink. 
  10. ^ "Steve Dow, journalist". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Aden Young, star of US series Rectify, on the dark role that sometimes haunts him". 3 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "About". Art of Music. Australia. 
  13. ^ "Rectify - Aden Young Earns Critics' Choice Television Award Nomination for SundanceTV's "Rectify"". 
  14. ^ "Rectify - Awards - IMDb". Retrieved 27 April 2015. 


  • [1] "Killer Elite article"
  • ["Lights Brighter Behind Camera" The Australian by Sandy George, Film writer | 14 August 2007]
  • "Making A Short Film – Aden Young" by Dov Kornits, Film Writer 05/16/99
  • [2] "Archibald Finalists 2008"
  • [3]"Loene Carmen's Parallel Universe"
  • [4]"To The Point on Point" Senses of Cinema, Issue 53, Paul Cox dossier | 28 December 2009"
  • [5] "The Young And Restless" The Sunday Age by Peter Wilmoth | 24 April 1994]

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