Callan McAuliffe

Callan Ryan Claude McAuliffe (born 24 January 1995) is an Australian actor, known for his roles as Bryce Loski in Flipped and Sam Goode in I Am Number Four. He appeared as young Jay Gatsby in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby. As of 2017, he appears on The Walking Dead as Alden.

Callan McAuliffe
McAuliffe in November 2012
Callan Ryan Claude McAuliffe

(1995-01-24) 24 January 1995
Years active2004–present

Early life

Callan McAuliffe is a native of the Sydney suburb of Clontarf.[1] He is the son of Claudia Keech,[2] and author and journalist Roger McAuliffe.[3] His cousin is actress Jacinta John.[4] Two of his grandparents were Irish.[5]

McAuliffe attended Scots College,[6] an all boys school in Bellevue Hill.[2] He was the head chorister at the school and topped the London Trinity musical theatre exams, scoring a high distinction in 2008.[7] He was a track athlete until he was injured, leading to a stronger focus on the performing arts.


McAuliffe began acting at age 8, appearing in the Australian television series Comedy Inc. and Blue Water High. He then had a recurring role on Packed to the Rafters. He also starred in the Australian independent coming-of-age short film "Franswa Sharl" in 2009, and also had a role in Resistance (2009).[1] McAuliffe made his American feature debut in Flipped, directed by Rob Reiner. He auditioned for the film while on vacation in the United States and won the role of Bryce, the lead.[2] The film is based on the 2001 novel of the same title by Wendelin Van Draanen.[8]

McAuliffe in November 2011

In May 2010, McAuliffe was cast in a lead role in the science fiction film I Am Number Four based on the novel of the same title by Pittacus Lore, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay. He played Sam, the best friend of Alex Pettyfer's title character.[9] He then appeared in the Australian miniseries Cloudstreet, based on the novel of the same title by Tim Winton, playing young Quick Lamb.[9] McAuliffe appeared as young Jay Gatsby in the 2013 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann. McAuliffe subsequently starred in Beneath the Harvest Sky (2013).[10]

McAuliffe was cast as the archangel Uriel alongside Djimon Hounsou in Alex Proyas' action film, Paradise Lost, before the project was suspended.[11] In 2012, he starred in the Australian television film Underground: The Julian Assange Story, as one of the teenage Assange's friends involved in the International Subversives. On 3 February 2013, it was announced that McAuliffe would star alongside Samuel L. Jackson and India Eisley in the live-action film remake of the 1998 Japanese anime Kite.[12] In 2015, McAuliffe joined the cast of The Legend of Ben Hall, an Australian historical epic based on the true story of bushranger Ben Hall, where he portrays real-life gang member Daniel Ryan. In 2018, McAuliffe released his first novel, The Hill Ghost.[13]


McAuliffe was announced as a National Ambassador for UNICEF Australia in November 2013.[14] After his appointment, he said: "It is an honour to be invited to be a National Ambassador to UNICEF Australia and so important that is at a time where I can really contribute. My friends, the actors I work with, and I, all have shelter, food and family. We need to help the children who are without these things."[14]

McAuliffe is the Youth Ambassador of Wolf Connection, a non-profit organisation based in California, which rescues wolves and wolf-dogs, and also has a youth education and empowerment program.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 D.C. Young Jonathan Short film
2009 Franswa Sharl Greg Logan Short film
2010 Flipped Bryce Loski
2011 I Am Number Four Sam Goode
2013 The Great Gatsby Young Jay Gatsby
Beneath the Harvest Sky Dominic Roy
2014 Kite Oburi
Robot Overlords Sean Flynn
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Henry Ward
2016 Hacker Alex Danyliuk
2017 The Legend of Ben Hall Daniel Ryan
2019 Summer Night Taylor Peters


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Comedy Inc. Callum McAuliffe 4 episodes
2008 Blue Water High Ben 2 episodes
2009 Resistance Terrance Green Pilot episode
Packed to the Rafters Rhys 2 episodes
2011 Cloudstreet Young Quick Lamb 2 episodes
2012 Underground: The Julian Assange Story Prime Suspect Television film
2014 Homeland Tim Mathison Episode: "Long Time Coming"
2017–present The Walking Dead Alden Recurring (Season 8)
Also Starring (Season 9–present)
23 episodes
2017 Ten: Murder Island Ben Television film

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Return of the Obra Dinn Thomas Lanke, Roderick Andersen, Peter Milroy


2014 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor The Great Gatsby Won [16]


  1. Marcus, Caroline (3 May 2009). "Starry potential shines". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  2. Sams, Christine (25 October 2009). "Hollywood flips out over Callan". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  3. "WA actor Callan McAuliffe eyes off Hollywood". The Sunday Times. 8 May 2010.
  4. Caccetta, Wendy (26 May 2012). "All in the family". Perth Now.
  5. Slattery, Luke (4 May 2012). "Boy wonder". The Australian.
  6. "Scots boys on the silver screen". The Scots College, Sydney. 2010. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013.
  7. Bodey, Michael (19 July 2010). "Aussie Callan McAuliffe joins the Hollywood rush". The Australian. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  8. Fernandez, Jay A. (7 June 2009). "Callan McAuliffe joins 'Flipped' cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  9. "Callan McAuliffe cast in U.S. action flick". 21 May 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  10. McNary, Dave (31 July 2012). "McAuliffe digs up 'Blue Potato'". Variety. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  11. Pener, Degen (3 November 2011). "Q&A: Callan McAuliffe on His Mission to Save Wolfdogs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  12. "Callan McAuliffe, India Eisley to co-star in 'Kite'". Variety. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  13. "The Hill Ghost". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  14. "Aussie actor Callan McAuliffe joins UNICEF Australia ambassador family". UNICEF Australia. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  15. "Wolf Connection Youth Ambassador". Archived from the original on 23 November 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  16. "35th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
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