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Bonnie Piesse (born 10 August 1983) is an Australian actress and singer/songwriter. Her breakthrough role was playing a trapeze artist in the Australian children's television series High Flyers at the age of 15 and not long after that was scouted by George Lucas to play the role of Beru Lars in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. She also had recurring roles on Blue Heelers, Horace and Tina, Stingers, and Last Man Standing.
Piesse at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, 2 October 2010.
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Piesse attended a Rudolf Steiner School in Australia where she developed a love for the performing arts and honed her skills as a singer/songwriter. Between 2000 and 2002, Bonnie won the 'Ranges Songsmith Award' and 'Apollo Bay Young Performers Competition' for songs she'd written and she was one of only a handful of VCE performing arts students from around Victoria to be selected to perform at Hamer Hall as part of the 2002 'Season of Excellence'.
Piesse was cast as Donna in High Flyers when she was 15. She learned the trapeze and Spanish web for the role and took six months off school for the shoot. She then went on to play Alicia in Horace and Tina, had a recurring role in Stingers, and guest starred in Blue Heelers and Last Man Standing. She subsequently appeared in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith as Beru Lars, the woman who raises Luke Skywalker.
In January 2011, Piesse completed shooting her scenes for the romantic comedy, Love Eterne. She plays Sidonia, a psychic, mentor and confidant to the female lead, Medina, played by Melissa Navia. Her song, "There for Me" is featured in it. After completing its film festival run, Love Eterne has won awards at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, Best Shorts Competition and The Accolade Competition. It was an official selection at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (20 Nov. 2011) and NewFilmmakers New York Annual Christmas Show (13 Dec. 2011).
In December 2017, The Actors Awards nominated Piesse for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Love Eterne Mourning, a short film made from a couple of her scenes from Love Eterne.
Singer and songwriterEdit
Piesse met Grammy-winning music producer Val Garay when she first arrived in Los Angeles. He introduced her to several songwriters including Jack Tempchin, Eric Kaz, Bonnie Hayes, and J.D. Souther, with whom she co-wrote some of the songs for her debut album The Deep End. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, and will be released in January 2011[needs update] on Big Deal Records.
Piesse's song "All I Have" was featured in two episodes of the CW television series Life Unexpected in 2010.
Bonnie recorded "Bittersweet EP" with Producer Emile Kelman and her song "Ariella" won the Singer Songwriter Category of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2013, alongside Lisa Nelson for her song, "Butterfly."
Another one of her songs, "There for Me", is featured in the romantic comedy, Love Eterne.
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