Fear the Walking Dead is coming back for its fifth season this summer with more crossovers, new characters and fresh dangers.
The only original character who remains from the opening episode after five seasons is Alicia Clark. She's lost her boyfriend, brother and mother in the apocalypse and she's been on one hell of a journey from high-flying college student to kick-ass zombie fighter, survivor and leader.
Alicia is played by 25-year-old actress Alycia Debnam-Carey. Learn more about her here...
For starters, she's not American….
Don’t be confused by her near-flawless American accent on Fear the Walking Dead - Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey was born in Sydney, Australia in 1993 and didn’t start her acting career in the US until she was 18.
She started her career very young
Debnam-Carey began acting at the age of eight. Her mother Leone Carey wrote Australian kids’ TV shows, so Alycia was around the business from an early age. As a pre-teen she starred in a film, Martha’s New Coat, directed by British actress Rachel Ward; she appeared in Australian series McLeod’s Daughters, Resistance and Dance Academy, all before her 18th birthday.
She might have been a classical musician
Debnam-Carey trained as a percussionist for 10 years, learning her skill while studying at Sydney’s Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. In 2010 she was one of 40 young musicians who took part in a two-week programme with the Berlin Philharmonic to create a new piece of music.
She got her break on a reality TV show
Next Stop Hollywood, filmed in 2012 and broadcast early in 2013, followed six Australian actors as they attempted to make their mark in America. Debnam-Carey was comfortably the youngest of the six, still only 18 at the time of recording, and arguably had the greatest success on the show, being shortlisted for the part of the young Carrie Bradshaw in the Carrie Diaries (which eventually went to AnnaSophia Robb), and winning a role in the horror film The Devil’s Hand.
Her career roles have had a somewhat dystopian theme
Debnam-Carey seems to be a go-to actress for those casting shows involving disasters, horror and post-apocalyptic worlds. She appeared in the 2014 disaster film Into the Storm, as well as the unaired AMC pilot Galyntine, which involved a society rebuilding after a catastrophic event that shuns technology.
After that year she joined the cast of TV show The 100. Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship which houses humanity's lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in the hope of re-populating the planet. Debnam-Carey played Lexa, the commander of a group of descendants of those who stayed on the planet after the apocalypse. And then there’s Fear the Walking Dead, of course…
Her favourite actors are all women
She once revealed that her favourite actors were Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence and Mia Wasikowska. She also singled out Toni Colette’s series United States of Tara for praise, and says she likes Game of Thrones.
“Children grow up watching TV, films, and it’s important to have strong, well-drafted, in-depth characters”, she told BT.com earlier this year.
“We’re obviously reaching a point in time where that’s becoming a big issue, and it’s finally being addressed, and we’re seeing more female lead characters than ever before. So it’s exciting to be part of a show that’s invested in that.
If she wasn’t an actress, she’d probably be at Nasa...
“I would love to do something with space”, she told Interview Magazine. “I’m obsessed with it. I just can’t stop reading about it or watching videos about it or listening to TED Talks about it.”
Fear the Walking Dead airs on AMC in the UK – the drama channel, exclusive to BT customers.
BT TV customers can watch AMC on channel 332/381 HD.
Episodes will be available on catch up on the BT Player and BT TV App.
Sky customers with a BT Sport can watch on Sky channel 192.