How a one-time Bendigo school boy emerged as one of Australia’s hottest young acting talents.

Writer: Sarah Harris – Photographs: supplied

There can’t be many actors who got their start in the business as film reviewers, but writing about the craft was the genesis of Lincoln Younes’ career.
“I used to review movies for the Bendigo Advertiser,” reveals the 22-year-old, who broke hearts around the globe late last year when he bowed out of his long-running role as Casey Braxton in the Channel 7 soap Home and Away.
“The deal was I could get into the theatre free if I wrote a review. I’ve always loved movies, but more and more I found myself looking at the audience and watching their reaction to what was happening on the screen and being interested in the responses evoked.”
At the time Lincoln, together with younger brother Jordan, was living in Bendigo with their mother Leanne – the first female editor of the Bendigo Advertiser – and many believed he would follow in her footsteps; perhaps as a sports journalist as he was a keen soccer player.
“I liked writing and English but like many kids I changed my mind about what I wanted to do every six months,” he recalls.
It was Flora Hill High School’s production of Peter Pan, which provided a chance for the then Year 9 student to visit Japan as part of the Global Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, that strengthened Lincoln’s desire to perform and become an actor…