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Born: March 24, 1990, Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia.
Height: 5' 1" (1.55 m).
Keisha Castle-Hughes biography (bio):
Born in Donnybrook, Western Australia to Desrae Hughes, a Māori mother and Tim Castle, an English-Australian father, Castle-Hughes was four years old when her family moved to New Zealand; her parents (who had never married) later separated. Castle-Hughes became a New Zealand citizen in 2001. She has three younger brothers and a younger sister. Her siblings include Rhys (15), Liam (11), Maddisyn (6), and Qayde (11 months). She is currently living in Papakura, Auckland and was once a student of Penrose High School, and Rosehill College, both in Auckland.
On January 27, 2004, Castle-Hughes became the youngest female ever nominated for the Academy Awards' Oscar for Best Actress, for her portrayal of Paikea Apirana (Pai) in the independent film Whale Rider. Despite not having had any previous acting experience, the then 13-year-old actress went directly from her Auckland classroom to the set when the film began shooting in New Zealand in 2002 and received widespread critical acclaim for her performance. She soon followed the role by appearing in Prince's controversial music video for his song "Cinnamon Girl" and with a shoot in Vanity Fair magazine. In 2004, Castle-Hughes was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Castle-Hughes' most recent film roles were as Queen Apailana in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and the Virgin Mary in The Nativity Story, released in 2006. New York Times critic A. O. Scott said that she "seems entirely unfazed by the demands of playing Mary. She has the poise and intelligence to play the character not as an icon of maternity, but rather as a headstrong, thoughtful adolescent transformed by an unimaginable responsibility." She will next be seen as Sunni in Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger, which was filmed in late 2006.
In October 2006, it was announced that Castle-Hughes was expecting a child in 2007 with her boyfriend of three years, 19-year-old Bradley Hull. At 17 years old she gave birth to a girl named Felicity-Amore on April 25, 2007.