Naarah .

Actor, musician, Indigenous activist

2024 TAS Young Australian of the Year

A Gija woman raised in Hobart, Naarah is making a positive impact through her acting and music. She has toured in Wesley Enoch’s musicals The Sunshine Club and The Sapphires. She played supporting lead Sharelle in the Amazon Prime series, Deadloch. She also co-created a TikTok series, Bad Locals, filmed in Tasmania.  

During 2024, she’ll be studying musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London, after winning an Aurora Foundation Roberta Sykes Scholarship. All this from a ‘proud underdog’ who failed music at school in Hobart. 

Naarah uses Instagram and TikTok to spark important conversations about First Nations identity, culture and representation. She wants children to grow up seeing an entertainment industry full of diversity.  

To grow their dreams, she’s worked with The Salvation Army Communities for Children music programs in disadvantaged schools, and with Indigenous students at schools in the Northern Territory through the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy’s programs.