At the end of Year 6, Harley Bonner wrote in his school year book that he wanted to be a tennis player or an actor, the latter won out over a sports career. Following high school, Harley was accepted into the prestigious 16th Street Actors Studio in Melbourne for the full-time one-year course and last year featured in a guest role on House Husbands.
The energetic 22-year-old was ecstatic when he was invited in late 2012 to join the Neighbours cast in the on-going role as Joshua Willis.
Harley’s mother, Carla Bonner who starred in Neighbours for eleven years as the much loved Steph Scully, was on-set for an upcoming guest role on the series when her son started filming.
“I guess I’ve always been around it (acting) and the lifestyle that comes with it in terms of the preparation, early starts and long days, I thought everyone’s parents had jobs like this,” said Harley.
Unlike his character who is a champion swimmer, Harley is more of a land-lover and enjoys running and working out at the gym. However the Melbourne born actor is embracing the challenge of perfecting his swim strokes and tumble turns.
“For someone who was actually scared of water as a kid, it’s quite funny I’m playing a swimmer,” joked Harley.