Josephine Starte is a British-Australian actor, writer and improviser. Winner of the NoBudge Best Actress award, Josephine’s performances have been called `very cool’ by showrunner Joey Soloway (Transparent), `very funny’ and ‘deliciously random’ by Time Out.
Josephine starred in her play Killing It, directed by RSC Fellow Lily McLeish for Vault festival, which received all 4 and 5 star reviews. A Younger Theatre called it ‘Breathtaking, beautiful theatre … Starte shines in this role, exhibiting both acerbic wit and impressive depth – truly one to watch’. A blend of stand-up comedy and surreal family tragedy, it was also longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize at Manchester Royal Exchange.
Other theatre credits include work for Polka Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Southwark Playhouse and Camden People’s Theatre.
On screen Josephine has played multiple lead roles in independent films and art films, including work commissioned by the BFI and Film and Video Umbrella. Her performances have screened on NoBudge (“One of the most singular streaming outlets on the block” The Guardian), and at Aesthetica, Alchemy Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Flickerfest and Sydney Film Festival amongst other festivals, and received multiple international awards.
A lover of improv on film and on stage, Josephine co-created the cult web-series Special Guests with Jeffrey Khan and Toby Parker Rees, and is one third of GUM Improv, nominated for Best Comedy Group by Phoenix Remix.