Isabelle Cornish lands first US role

04 February, 2014 by Don Groves

Puberty Blues star Isabelle Cornish has landed a role in Sea of Fire, a US drama pilot which traces the fall-out after three teenage girls appear in a porn film.

Cornish, 19, recorded an audition in Sydney and sent it to the producers in Los Angeles, her first try-out for a US pilot. Subsequently she met with the producers in LA and was offered the role of Merel, a straight-A student and cheer-leader daughter of the local Sheriff.


The pilot commissioned by the US ABC network will start shooting in Vancouver in early March. Jack Davenport (Breathless, Smash) has been cast as Merel’s father, who is called in to investigate the disappearance of her close friend Jane (not yet cast). Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter will play an FBI agent who joins the chase.

The pilot was scripted by Jenna Bans, adapted from a Dutch series, according to The producers are Sony TV, ABC Studios, Scripted World and Mandeville.

The Dutch series, which was produced by and aired on public broadcaster Vara, evoked comparisons with Twin Peaks.

Cornish, the younger sister of Abbie Cornish, played Vicki in Puberty Blues; the second series will air on Network Ten later this year . She is repped in Australia by United Management.