Newcomer Barnett cast as Bono

08 July, 2013 by Don Groves

Actor Brendan Barnett has landed the biggest role of his career, playing Bono in the Seven Network miniseries Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS.

Now shooting in Melbourne, the two-part drama tells of the iconic band’s rise to the top of the international charts and the fall-out from frontman Michael Hutchence’s death in 1997.


A VCA graduate, Barnett has appeared on stage with the Bell Shakespeare Company and in short films and commercials. His only previous screen credit was an episode of Seven’s Winners & Losers.

Luke Arnold plays Hutchence, with Samantha Jade as Kylie Minogue, Georgina Haig as Paula Yates and Mallory Jansen as Helena Christensen.

The first drama production from Shine Australia, it’s scripted by Justin Monjo and Dave Warner and directed by Daina Reed.