11 November 1981, Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Is a Serbian Australian actress who works in Australia and the United States.
She moved to Australia in 1988, at the age of seven. Novakovic was initially interested in becoming a social worker or doctor, but after a significant set of events, she changed her mind and decided to pursue performing arts. Novakovic studied at The McDonald College in Sydney,(where she was Dux of 1999) and graduated from NIDA with a BA in Dramatic Arts in 2002. She has a younger sister, Valentina, who is also an actress performing in the Australian soap opera, Neighbours.
In 2003, Novakovic played Randa in the ABC mini-series Marking Time, a role which won her an AFI Award for "Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy". As an actor, Novakovic's film credits in Australia include Blackrock (1996), Strange Fits of Passion (1998), The Monkey's Mask (1999), Thunderstruck (2004), Solo (2005), and the Serbian movies Optimisti (2005) and Skinning (2010). Recent breakout roles include Drag Me to Hell (2009), Edge of Darkness (2009) and Devil (2010). Upcoming films include Burning Man and Generation Um.
Theatre credits in Australia include These People, Away and Strange Fruit at the Sydney Theatre Company; The Female of the Species at the Melbourne Theatre Company; Woyzeck (Helpmann award nomination for best supporting actress in 2009), Criminology (Green Room award nomination for best actress 2007), Eldorado (Helpmann nomination for best supporting actress, 2006) and Necessary Targets at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, Death Variations and Loveplay (Ride On) for B Sharp, Romeo and Juliet with Bell Shakespeare Company and Debris for Ride On Theatre (which received a Green Room nomination for best Independent production and best actress in 2006).
Novakovic also runs her own independent theatre company, Ride On Theatre (Sydney and Melbourne) with co-director Tanya Goldberg. She was a producer and performer for the 2004 Ride On Theatre sell out season of LOVEPLAY at the Downstairs Belvoir Street Theatre, and the 2006 Green Room nominated production of Debris (in which she was also nominated for best actress).
In 2008, she translated, adapted and directed Fake Porno in Melbourne, which was invited to be part of the Powerhouse season in Brisbane in 2009, and also received three Green Room nominations including best production. Outside of Ride On, she wrote and directed with Melbourne's Black Lung Theatre for the critically acclaimed production of Sugar at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Novakovic also works as a Serbian translator for theatre and film. She stays in touch with her Australian roots by working extensively with the country's refugees.
In 2010, Novakovic received an AFI nomination for International Award for Best Actress for her role in Edge of Darkness.
Works on Mary MacLane
Ride On's late 2011 production was The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself, based on the writings of Mary MacLane, a self proclaimed genius and recluse from the very early 20th century in Butte, Montana. Novakovic wrote the piece with musician Tim Rogers and Tanya Goldberg as director. They received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for development of the show with support from Malthouse Theatre, Merrigong Theatre Co. and Griffin Theatre Company, as well as production funding from Art NSW. A comprehensive MacLane anthology - Human Days: A Mary MacLane Reader - debuted in Australia with a Foreword by Novakovic in late November 2011. The second volume, A Quite Unusual Intensity of Life: A Mary MacLane Companion, also issued under the Petrarca Press logo, is to be published in late 2012. The two volumes are to total 1200+ pages.
Film and television Year Title Role Notes
1994 House of Fun Gymnast TV series
1997 Blackrock Tracy Credited as Boyana Novakovich
1999 Heartbreak High Tasha TV series, 2 episodes
1999 Big Sky Leisa TV series, episode: "Desperate Measures"
1999 Strange Fits of Passion Jaya
1999 WildSide Vildana Asimovic TV series, 2 episodes
1999 Murder Call Sophie Misfud TV series, episode: "Bad Business"
1999 All Saints Rachel Carpenter TV series, episode: "Ghosts of Christmas Past"
2000 Water Rats Sarah Schreiber TV series, episode: "A Day to Remember (Break Your Heart)"
2000 The Monkey's Mask Tianna
2003 Marking Time Randa TV movie
2004 Everything Goes Brianie's Friend Short film
2004 Thunderstruck Anna
2004–2005 The Cooks Raffa TV series, 13 episodes
2005 The Eye Inside Mademoiselle "X" Short film
2006 Solo Billie
2006 The Optimists Marina
2006 BlackJack: At the Gates Nikki TV movie
2007–2009 Satisfaction Tippi TV series, 20 episodes
2008 Seven Pounds Julie
2009 Drag Me to Hell Ilenka Ganush
2010 Edge of Darkness Emma Craven
2010 Devil Sarah Caraway
2010 Skinning Mina
2011 Burning Man Sarah
2012 Generation Um...
2011 Shadows from the Sky Dr. Valentina Federova