A working-class kid with a difficult home life, Vic has a creativity and a need to hold her family together that awakens a supernatural ability to find lost things. Vic’s gift, which is potentially dangerous for Charlie Manx, puts her on his radar and sets their collision course. Over the course of Vic's coming of age, she must grapple with the truth about her parents and her circumstances as she strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims without losing her mind.
Australian actress Ashleigh Cummings has already established herself as one of the most impressive young actresses with a wide array of critically acclaimed and award-winning performances for film, television and the stage.
Born in Saudi Arabia, Cummings moved to Australia with her family at the age of twelve and enrolled in a performing arts school in Sydney. At the age of fourteen, Cummings made her film debut in the feature Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance (2007). Soon after, she acquired numerous credits in Australian film and television productions, including the film Green Fire Envy (2008), the television movie Dream Life (2008) and the long-running Australian soap opera Home & Away.
After a very competitive casting process, Cummings landed the coveted role of Pippa in the upcoming Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios adaptation of The Goldfinch opposite Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman. The film is directed by award-winning director John Crowley, and the all‐star cast also includes Sarah Paulson and Jeffrey Wright. Based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize‐winning book, The Goldfinch follows a young man named Theodore Decker (Elgort), who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that find him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later on, involved in art forgeries. Pippa is Theo's one true love, who was also in the museum the day of the bombing and is traumatized from the event. It is because of this shared experience that they have similar outlooks and develop feelings for one another.
Cummings burst onto the international cinema scene when she starred in the multi‐award-winning Australian feature film Tomorrow When the War Began, directed by Stuart Beattie in 2010. Her performance earned her an AFI nomination for Best Young Actor that year.
Cummings won the Fedora Award for Best Actress at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival for her performance as Vicki Maloney in Ben Young's Hounds of Love. Variety hailed Cummings' performance as "fearless." The film made its North American debut at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and also premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
In 2016, Cummings was also the recipient of the very competitive and prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship awarded by Australians in Film. Established in 2008 in memory of Australian actor Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for the organization, the scholarship is open to all young and emerging Australian actors to help winners with career and educational opportunities in the United States.
On stage, Cummings received outstanding reviews for her performance as Iris Hocking in the Sydney Theater Company's 2016 production of The Hanging, directed by Sarah Goodes. Cummings can also be seen in Matt Murphy's remake of the New Zealand cult classic Pork Pie opposite Dean O'Gorman and James Rolleston. She also starred in the Australian independent film Galore, which premiered at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
Cummings' work in television includes several series regular roles in standout programs such as the smash hit Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, which is currently airing in the United States on PBS; the television miniseries Gallipoli; and the Australian dramatic series Puberty Blues, for which she garnered both Logie and AACTA nominations for her performance as Debbie Vickers.
Now based in both Los Angeles and Australia, Cummings is continuing on her path as one of Australia's newest and most unique acting talents.