Cleo steps up

RED CARPET GLAMOUR: Cleopatra (Cleo) Coleman walks the red carpet at the official premiere of Step Up: Revolution in Hollywood in July.
RED CARPET GLAMOUR: Cleopatra (Cleo) Coleman walks the red carpet at the official premiere of Step Up: Revolution in Hollywood in July. Getty Images

SHE'S been labelled the "new Aussie girl in Tinsel Town", but Cleopatra (Cleo) Coleman once called Byron Bay home.

The 24-year-old has been living and working in Hollywood for the past three years and has now been cast in the latest Step Up dance movie Step Up: Revolution, which opens today (Thursday) in Australian cinemas including Dendy Byron Bay.

Cleo plays Penelope - a sassy Australian DJ.

"Cleo dazzled on the red carpet at the premiere of the movie," proud mum Turquoize Coleman said.

"She was labelled 'queen of the red carpet' by a UK reporter. It's all very exciting."

Cleo spent most of her childhood and teenage years in Byron Bay, attending Byron Bay Public and then Byron High School.

It was in her home town that she developed a flair for dancing.

After training as a dancer for much of her youth and working on several modelling campaigns, Cleo moved to Melbourne to try her hand at acting.

She starred in several TV commercials as well as being cast in a major role in the Australian children's series, Silver Sun, for ABC TV.

Cleo then went on to work on the US film, Attack of the Sabretooth, which was filmed in Fiji.

She has also had movie roles in Nothing Comes Easy, Trains and The Crimson Room, while her TV credits include Rush, City Homicide, The Elephant Princess, Neighbours, The Wedge, Holly's Heroes and Wicked Science 2.

Cleo told an American magazine that she had loved working on the Step Up movie.

"The dancers were amazing and had so many different styles, from ballet to hip hop," she said.

"Some of my friends were into deejaying and I just really fell in love with it."

Cleo will film her first feature film in September.

"It will be a serious film and gritty. It's a chance to really show off my acting chops," she said.

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