Wicked Science: about

About the series

Toby Johnson is an easy-going guy who wants a quiet life. Elizabeth Hawke wants everything her way. She doesn't like anybody, and nobody at school likes her.

One day they get hit by a ray — a unique magnetic pulse that changes every thing.

Suddenly they're both scientific geniuses!

Seems like a wild situation for any 15 year-old. Toby can create pheromones to make any guy irresistible to girls. He can articulate gloves that make you play like Jimmy Hendrix. But he doesn't know how to control the gift, and he's not easy with it.

But Elizabeth revels in her new found power. She wants to dominate the school, using her gift as the ultimate weapon for success and power.

He may not like it, but Toby's the only one who can hold her back.

Battle lines are drawn between the two wizards of science. The normal world of Sandy Bay School is turned upside down by invisible cars, flying lawnmowers, a cloned school principal and a rampaging T-Rex.

With Elizabeth's megalomania spiralling out of control, she decides she must eliminate Toby.

Will she succeed? And whose genius will survive?

Andre De Vanny as Toby Johnson

Andre De Vanny

Wicked Science is Andre's first television role. Based in Melbourne, Andre has had experience playing lead roles in school productions and amateur theatre companies. Andre has natural agreeable warmth and charm that he brings to the role of TOBY. This assists him greatly in playing a regular teenage boy who just happens to be a scientific genius.

Bridget Neval as Elizabeth Hawke

Bridget Neval

Bridget spent much of her childhood in Canada and moved to Australia as a teenager. Her television debut was as Reine Davidson in the Canadian/Australian co-production GUINEVERE JONES (Crawfords). Other credits include NEIGHBOURS, the short film KEN'S BAD DAY for the Kensington Mentor Group and amateur and school productions both in Canada and locally. Bridget is a keen sportswoman and her skills include horse riding, roller blading and ice-skating.

Benjamin Schmideg as Russell

Benjamin Schmideg

Benjamin has trained at Drama with a Difference and Mt. Scopus College. His professional debut was the main cast role of JJ in Southern Star's HIGH FLYERS. Other television credits include NEIGHBOURS (Grundy); STINGERS (Beyond Simpson Le Mesurier); SHORT CUTS (Burberry); BLUE HEELERS (Southern Star) and commercials. His feature film debut was the role of Kynan in the forthcoming TAKEAWAY.

Saskia Burmeister as Dina

Saskia Burmeister

Saskia was most recently seen playing opposite Orlando Bloom in Gregor Jordan's feature NED KELLY which was released nationally in March 2003. In 2001 Saska starred in Phil Avalon's Australian feature THE PACT, and had guest roles on the television programs THE JUNCTION BOYS and WATER RATS.

Brook Sykes as Garth

Brook Sykes

Brook Sykes first appeared in the critically acclaimed series ROUND THE TWIST III and IV as bully, Gribble Jnr. and then in the popular series BLUE HEELERS (Southern Star). Recently he completed his first feature film YOU AND YOUR STUPID MATE in which he played the role of Sparks. His stage credits include Noah in OLIVER, Big Julie in GUYS & DOLLS and Cliff in St. Martins Youth Theatre's, BETTER THAN THIS.

Emma Leonard as Verity

Emma Leonard

Nineteen year old Emma Leonard has been acting since she was twelve and trained at Geelong's Screen Actors Studio. Prior to her role as Verity in Wicked Science, Emma appeared in guest roles on BLUE HEELERS (Southern Star) and SHORT CUTS. Emma is presently studying Applied Design at Victoria University.

Greta Larkins as Sacha

Greta has extensive experience as an actress including her lead roles as Tasha in GUINEVERE JONES (Crawford Productions) and Jacinta in HOLLY'S HEROES (Westside). She has also had guest roles in SHORT CUTS and FERGUS MCPHAIL (Burberry Productions), and SCOOTER: SECRET AGENT (Jonathan M. Shiff Productions).

Nikolai Nikolaeff as Jack Bailey

Niko joins the cast of WICKED SCIENCE 2 as bad boy Jack Bailey. His guest roles include appearances on STINGERS (BLSM Productions), SCOOTER: SECRET AGENT (Jonathan M. Shiff Productions), BLUE HEELERS (Southern Star), THE CRASH ZONE (Buena Vista), PIG'S BREAKFAST (West Street Productions) as well as feature films STEALTH (AFG Talons) and SUBTERANO (Becker Films).

Matylda Buczko as Nikki Bailey

Matylda is a singer and actress who has appeared in many Australian commercials plus enjoyed guest roles in FERGUS MCPHAIL (Burberry Productions), Saddle Club 2 (Crawfords), BLUE HEELERS (Southern Star) and HALIFAX f.p (BSLM).

Colin Moody as Neil Woods

Colin brings a wealth of experience to the role of science teacher Neil Woods. His recent stage credits include KING LEAR and CRUEL AND TENDER for the Melbourne Theatre Company and THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE and MACBETH (Macduff) for Company B Belvoir. On television we've seen Colin as a lead in SOMETHING IN THE AIR (ABC) and PIRATE ISLANDS (Jonathan M. Shiff Productions) as well as appearing in STINGERS (BSLM), MDA (Screentime/ABC) and MARSHALL LAW (Network 7).