Diana Huntley is a Asian-Australian actress. Growing up in Sydney’s ‘harbour city’, Diana attended school in North Sydney. After discovering that the last well-known alumni of her high school to become successful actresses all had names that began with the letter N (Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Nathalie Kelley), she decided that she would be the one to challenge that trend.
Having grown up with horses, Diana is an accomplished equestrian (and that horse girl who gets very excited every time she sees one), as well as an avid skier (she also doesn’t mind drinking spiked hot chocolate and toasting smores all day by a fire). She is also working her way up in the worlds of martial arts and yoga. After a year training at NIDA, she conceded that acting was more important to her than competing in the Olympic Games in equestrian, and travelled to New York to take on the big city and train at Uta Hagen’s HB Studio.
Taking a leap of faith, she then moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television (and an irrational love of palm trees, hiking trails and acai bowls), almost immediately booking her first feature film role in ‘Nowhereland‘. A handful of short films, and a three month shoot in Asia for Discovery Networks’ travel and lifestyle show ‘Wondernesia’ followed. Wondernesia was one of the network’s highest rated shows across Asia when it aired through the first half of 2016. Other training includes Anthony Meindl, Warner Loughlin, Tim Phillips and Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.
Diana is passionate about animal welfare and loves spending time with all manner of creatures, big or small, especially her oversized ginger tabby who she named after breakfast food – Bagel. They generally really like her too (endangered turtles and biting squirrels included), save one friend’s cat. But she still loves it and constantly tries to give it cuddles, to its great dismay. The one thing she may love more than animals is possibly food.
Word On the Street
‘Diana Huntley is a passionate, sensitive, intelligent, talented young actress who consistently works to improve herself as a human being and as an artist. She has an open heart and is willing to give herself to her work and is a joy to behold.’ – Trudy Steibl (Actress and Faculty at Uta Hagen’s HB Studio, NYC)
‘Diana has to act – which is the highest compliment I can give.’ – Carol Rosenfeld (Author of Acting and Living in Discovery, Director of the Hagen Institute at Uta Hagen’s HB Studio, NYC)
‘Diana persevered when others buckled and fell. I saw her fight and integrity – she has what is called, “what it takes”.’ – Michael Blake (Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet)
‘Diana is very funny, and did a great job on set. Really enjoyed having her on the film.’ – Robin Bain (Director/Producer – Nowhereland, Pop Star)
‘Cannot recommend Diana highly enough. She really got into the spirit of our zombie/stoner web-series “Zombie Weed”. I can’t imagine that the mix of costume (and weather), full body makeup and uncomfortable props was very comfortable, but she never complained, constantly gave us better and better performances every take, and worked well with the crew and cast to achieve an extremely memorable character.’ – Nicholas Andrew Halls (Director – 54 Days, Baked Alive)