Bojana Novakovic (Serbian Latin: Bojana Novaković Cyrillic: Бојана Новаковић; born c. 1981) is an AFI Award-winning, Serbian-Australian actress.
Novakovic moved from Serbia with her parents to Australia when she was seven years old. She speaks fluent Serbian, and because of this, she works as a professional translator for theatre and film in between acting commitments. Bojana originally wanted to become a social worker or doctor. Her first real reason for becoming an actress as a very young girl was so she could become a princess, like Grace Kelly. Her love for acting started at age twelve, when she appeared in her first play. At age fifteen, she was cast in her first film.
Her film credits include Blackrock, Strange Fits of Passion, Solo, The Monkey’s Mask, “Thunderstruck” the Serbian language film “Optimisti”, Drag Me To Hell and Edge of Darkness. Some of her many theatre credits are “Criminology”, “Eldorado”, “The Female of The Species”, Death Variations, Loveplay, Away and Romeo and Juliet, and her television credits include “Satisfaction”, The Cooks, Wildside, Water Rats, Heartbreak High and Murder Call.
In 2003 Novakovic played Randa in the ABC mini-series Marking Time, a role which won her an AFI Award for Best Actress in a leading role in a Television Drama or Comedy.
Not confined to the screen Bojana is also a prolific stage presence starring in the Tamarama Rock Surfers production of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman, directed by Simon Lyndon.
Novakovic studied at The McDonald College in Sydney (where she was Dux of 1998), and graduated from NIDA in 2002. She was also a gymnast, and works extensively with refugees in Australia.
She already knew Abe Forsythe, her co-star in Marking Time, as an old classmate from their primary school days.