"Robin Gurland had me read Shelagh Fraser's lines during my audition. Leading up to that, I spent a lot of time watching her performance and getting a sense for how she held herself and how she spoke. I didn't want to make it exactly like her because this was years earlier in the story and I wanted to show the younger, more innocent side of Beru."
―Bonnie Maree Piesse[src]

Bonnie Maree Piesse (born August 10, 1983) is an Australian actress and singer/songwriter who played Beru Whitesun Lars in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.


Piesse was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her acting career started at 14 when a friend of hers who was signed to a modeling/acting agency invited her to meet with the agency. Piesse accepted and soon signed with them, getting her first role as a teenage gymnast in the popular Australian TV series, High Flyers.[1] She then appeared in several other shows, such as Blue Heelers, Horace and Tina, Stingers, Last Man Standing, Sundays, and Twisted Tales.

At 16, Piesse got a call from Robin Gurland, the casting director for Attack of the Clones, who wanted to audition her for a role in the movie. She eventually got the part of Beru, previously portrayed by Shelagh Fraser in A New Hope.[1] In an interview, Piesse admitted that her role in Star Wars had been "a huge help in my career."[2]

In addition to acting, Piesse is an accomplished singer and songwriter. She won several Australian awards, including the Ranges Songsmith Award and the Apollo Bay Young Performer's Competition. She later traveled to Los Angeles, California and met someone who greatly helped her singing career: Val Garay, a music producer who introduced Piesse to famous songwriters Bonnie Hayes, Eric Kaz, J. D. Souther, and Jack Tempchin. She recorded with Garay her debut album, The Deep End, which was to be released in 2011 but was eventually canceled.[1] In 2012, Piesse launched a campaign on the website Indiegogo where her fans could contribute to the making of her new EP.[3] Titled Bittersweet EP, it is comprised of four songs, and was released on October 25, 2013.[4]


YearTitleRoleOther notes
2015The BridgeHannahAnnounced
2014Love Eterne MourningSidoniaShort movie
2013Twisted TalesSamanthaTV series
2012Like Ingrid BergmanCaitlinShort movie
2012You Have Reached Your DestinationJessShort movie
2011-2012SundaysMazzyTV series
2011Love EterneSidonia
2011Wonderful ThingsLizzieShort movie
2005Attack of the SabretoothSharonaTV movie
2005Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithBeru Whitesun Lars
2005Last Man StandingKitTV series
2002Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesBeru Whitesun
2001StingersSarah HollisterTV series
2001Horace and TinaAliciaTV series
1999/2001Blue HeelersMiranda Janssen & Kayla GriggsTV series
1999High FlyersDonnaTV series


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