Tilda Cobham-Hervey

Tilda Cobham-Hervey (born 1994) is an Australian actress from Adelaide, South Australia, with a background in circus and physical theatre. In 2014 Cobham-Hervey made her film debut at the age of 19 in 52 Tuesdays, a critically acclaimed independent film directed by Sophie Hyde, and has also appeared on stage. She appeared in the 2018 film Hotel Mumbai, and starred as feminist icon Helen Reddy in the 2019 biopic I Am Woman.

Tilda Cobham-Hervey
Born1994 (age 26–27)
OccupationActress, circus and physical theatre performer
Years active2013–present

Early lifeEdit

Starting from the age of nine, Cobham-Hervey trained and performed in the Adelaide-based youth circus performance troupe Cirkidz for seven years, and was involved in five major productions.[1] When Cobham-Hervey performed in the circus, her specialities were hula hoop, trapeze and acrobatic pitching, but the emphasis was theatrical, and the focus was on storytelling.[2][3]

She attended Marryatville High School.[4] In 2009, Cobham-Hervey became a founding member of an Adelaide circus group called Gravity and Other Myths where she co-devised a show called Freefall, which won the Adelaide Fringe's "Best Circus" award in 2010, the festival's Tour Ready award in 2011 and later that year won "Best Circus" in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and she won the festival's award for "Best Emerging Circus/Physical Theatre Performer" in 2011.[1][5] Cobham-Hervey also performed with Force Majeure in The Age I’m In, a show which was part of the 2008 Sydney and Adelaide festivals, and toured to 17 regional cities in Australia, and toured in Ireland, Canada and Korea.[1]


Cobham-Hervey played the lead role of Billie in Closer Productions' feature film 52 Tuesdays from August 2011 to August 2012. After 52 Tuesdays was released at the Sundance Film Festival, Cobham-Hervey was signed by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a major talent agency in the United States,[2] and by United Management in Australia.[6]

In 2012, Cobham-Hervey played the supporting role in Projector Films' feature One Eyed Girl. In 2013 she created and performed the front-of-house entertainment at the Adelaide Festival club, Barrio,[1] and in 2014, starred in the "Find Wonderful" television commercial[7] for the re-launch of the Myer brand, filmed in New Zealand over three days.[8]

In 2016, Cobham-Hervey appeared in her first play as Rosie Price in Things I Know To be True, which was written by Andrew Bovell for a co-production between State Theatre Company of South Australia and UK's Frantic Assembly.[9]

Cobham-Hervey played the role of Kitty in the six-part TV series Fucking Adelaide, which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2017[10] and screened on ABC national television as well as iview from 2018[11] (still available as of April 2019[12]).

Cobham-Hervey's directorial debut, a short film commissioned by the ABC and Screen Australia as part of the ABC ME Girls Initiative, premiered simultaneously at the 2017 Adelaide Film Festival and on ABC ME on 11 October 2017, the UN's International Day of the Girl. Made by Sophie Hyde's Closer Productions in Adelaide, A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl was awarded the prestigious Crystal Bear for Best Short Film by the Youth Jury of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival's Generation KPlus Section in February 2018.[13][14] It is available on ABC iview until June 2019.[15]

She played the role of Nanny Sally in the major film Hotel Mumbai, released in 2019.[16]

In December 2017, she was cast as Australian singer Helen Reddy in Australian film-maker Unjoo Moon's bio-pic about the singer Helen Reddy, I Am Woman.[17] Filmed in Australia, Los Angeles and New York City in late 2018,[18] the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019. Her performance was lauded by the Hollywood Reporter, describing it as a "breakout performance".[19]



Year Title Role
2014 52 Tuesdays Billie
One Eyed Girl Grace
Marcia & The Shark Marcia
2015 Girl Asleep Huldra
2016 The Suitor Charlotte
2018 Hotel Mumbai Sally
2019 Burn Melinda
2020 I Am Woman Helen Reddy
2021 Flinch Mia Rose


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Sundance Dispatch: 52 Tuesdays Herself
How We Make Movies Herself
2015 The Kettering Incident Eliza Grayson Actor (8 episodes)
2016 Barracuda Emma Taylor Actor (3 episodes)
2017 Fucking Adelaide Kitty Actor

Writing and directingEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl Writer & director Short film, shown on ABC ME


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Things I Know to Be True Rosie Price State Theatre Company of South Australia
2017 Vale Isla Vale State Theatre Company of South Australia

Awards and nominationsEdit

Circus and physical theatreEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2010 Adelaide Fringe Award AFF Award for Best Circus Freefall Won [1][5]
2011 Adelaide Fringe Award AFF Tour Ready Award Won [1][5]
Melbourne Fringe Festival Award MFF Award for Best Circus Won [1][5]
Melbourne Fringe Festival Award MFF Award for Best Emerging Circus/Physical Theatre Performer Won [1][5]

Film and televisionEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress 52 Tuesdays Nominated [20][21]
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor Nominated [20][22]
2017 Silver Logie award Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer The Kettering Incident Nominated [23][24]
2018 68th Berlin International Film Festival Crystal Bear for Best Short Film, Generation KPlus Section A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl Won As writer and director.[13]
2019 9th AACTA Awards AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Hotel Mumbai Nominated [25]
2020 10th AACTA Awards AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role I Am Woman Nominated [26]

Stage (theatre)Edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Rosie Price in Things I Know to Be True Nominated [27][28]
2019 South Australian Ruby Awards Frank Ford Memorial Young Achiever Award N/A Won [29]

Personal lifeEdit

Cobham-Hervey's father is set and lighting designer and event director Geoff Cobham, and her mother is dance teacher and former dancer Roz Hervey.[30]

In March 2017, Cobham-Hervey's relationship with British actor Dev Patel became public. They met nine months earlier on the set of Hotel Mumbai.[31]


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  2. ^ a b Hawker, Philippa (30 April 2015). "One Eyed Girl star Tilda Cobham-Hervey is one to watch". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ Mathieson, Craig (2 May 2014). "52 Tuesdays: A year in the life of Tilda Cobham-Hervey". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ Katie Spain (20 September 2013). "All eyes on Tilly at the Adelaide Film Festival". The Advertiser. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Gravity and Other Myths:The Company". Gravity and Other Myths. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Tilda Cobham-Hervey Page". United Management. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ Staff writer, Myer (26 October 2014). "An interview with Tilda". Myer (blog). Myer Pty Ltd. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  8. ^ Staff writer, Campaign Brief (26 October 2014). "Myer to reveal 'Find Wonderful': its first brand re-launch for nearly a decade - today via new creative agency Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne". Campaign Brief. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  9. ^ Staff writer, Broadway World (17 May 2016). "Andrew Bovell's New Play THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE to Premiere in Adelaide Tonight". Campaign Brief. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  10. ^ Daniela Frangos (2 October 2017). "Fucking Adelaide to Premiere at Adelaide Film Festival". Broadsheet Adelaide. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  11. ^ Frangos, Daniela (2 October 2018). "Fucking Adelaide Goes National". The Broadsheet. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  12. ^ F*!#ing Adelaide on iview
  13. ^ a b "Prizes & Honours 2018". Berlin Film Festival. Retrieved 2 April 2019."Film File: KPlus: A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl". Berlin Film Festival. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Berlin Film Festival Win for Adelaide's Tilda Cobham-Hervey with Directorial Debut". Adelaide Film Festival. February 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  15. ^ "A Field Guide To Being A 12 Year Old Girl". ABC iview. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  16. ^ Hotel Mumbai at IMDb
  17. ^ Maddox, Garry (8 December 2017). "Tilda Cobham-Hervey to play Helen Reddy in Unjoo Moon's I am Woman". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  18. ^ Groves, Don (18 June 2018). "The untold story of Helen Reddy: 'I am Woman'". IF Magazine. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  19. ^ "'I Am Woman': Film Review | TIFF 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Tilda Cobham-Hervey IMDb Awards Page". IMDb. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  21. ^ "AFCA 2015 Awards Page: Winners and Nominees". Australian Film Critics Association. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  22. ^ Belvedere, Lynn (12 March 2015). "FCCA 2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards". Sydney Arts Guide. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  23. ^ Knox, David (26 March 2017). "Logie Awards 2017: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  24. ^ Staff writer, Hollywood Treatment (27 March 2017). "2017 Logie Awards Nominations Revealed". Hollywood Treatment. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  25. ^ https://www.aacta.org/aacta-awards/winners-and-nominees/
  26. ^ https://www.aacta.org/aacta-awards/nominees-and-winners/
  27. ^ Staff writer, Helpmann Awards (19 June 2017). "2017 Nominees Revealed". Helpmann Awards. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  28. ^ Neutze, Ben (19 June 2017). "My Fair Lady Leads Helpmann Awards 2017 Nominations: Full List". Daily Review. Ludo Media. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  29. ^ Cabinet, Department of the Premier and (2 December 2019). "Ruby Awards". Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  30. ^ Groves, Don (3 October 2013). "Adelaide teen stars in two films". If.com.au. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  31. ^ Penny Debelle (1 March 2017). "Lion star Dev Patel and Tilda Cobham-Hervey now Hollywood's hottest couple". The Advertiser. Retrieved 14 October 2017.

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