Perth, Australia


Troye Sivan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Troye Sivan

Sivan speaking at VidCon, June 2014

Background information

Birth name

Troye Sivan Mellet


5 June 1995 (age 19)

Johannesburg, South Africa


Perth, Western Australia


  1. 1Pop indie pop dance electronic ambient


Actor, singer-songwriter, YouTube personality


Vocals, Piano

Years active



EMI Music Australia


Troye Sivan Mellet (/trɔɪ sɨˈvɑːn/; born 5 June 1995), better known as Troye Sivan, is a South African-born Australian actor, YouTuber and singer-songwriter. As an actor, he played young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and most recently has starred in the Spud film trilogy. Sivan also regularly makes YouTube videos, and as of 20 December 2014, has over 3 million subscribers and over 144 million total views.[1]

On 26 June 2014, Sivan publicly announced through his YouTube channel that he had signed a record deal with Universal Music, and released his new EP, entitled TRXYE, through EMI Music Australia in August 2014. He is currently in the process of writing and recording his debut studio album.


  1. 11 Early life

  2. 22 Career

    1. 12.1 2006–13: Career beginnings

    2. 22.2 2014–present: TRXYE

  3. 33 In the media

  4. 44 Personal life

  5. 55 Filmography

    1. 15.1 Film

    2. 25.2 Television

    3. 35.3 Theatre

  6. 66 Discography

    1. 16.1 Extended plays

    2. 26.2 Singles

    3. 36.3 Promotional singles

  7. 77 Awards and nominations

  8. 88 References

  9. 99 External links

Early life

Sivan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.[2][3] His family moved to Australia when he was two years old. Sivan currently lives in Perth, Australia with his parents and three siblings. He is Jewish (his father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism).[4] Sivan was homeschooled. Troye's middle name is Sivan and he embraced it as his stage name.


2006–13: Career beginnings

Sivan sung at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon.[5][6] His 2006 performance included a duet with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.[6] Sivan made it to the grand finals of StarSearch 2007.[5] His debut album, Dare to Dream, was released in February 2008.[3] The CD includes five songs "There's a Hero", "Angels Brought Me Here", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Unsung Hero" and "The Prayer".[3]

In 2007, Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in a production of Oliver! at the Regal Theatre.[6] In 2008, Sivan was cast in a West Australian short film, Betrand the Terrible.[7] In February 2008, Sivan was cast as young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sivan got the part after videos of his telethon performance were posted on YouTube, catching the attention of a Hollywood agent who contacted Sivan and asked him to send in an audition tape.[6] Though Kodi Smit-McPhee was already cast for this role, he was unable to be a part of the film, due to his other film, The Road.[8] On 20 September 2008, Sivan sang in the opening of Storm the Stage at the Burswood Entertainment Complex.[9] In July 2009, he auditioned successfully for the lead role in Spud, a film adaptation of the 2005 novel by South African author John van de Ruit.[10] Filming took place in South Africa from early March to mid-April 2010.[11][12] Sivan appeared in the West Australian season of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play Waiting for Godot which opened on 28 May 2010. Sivan shared the role of "Boy" with Craig Hyde-Smith, alternating nights.[13] In February 2010, Sivan opened the "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)", the collaborative music charity video produced by Lisa Lavie to help raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

In June 2012, Sivan returned to South Africa to film Spud 2: The Madness Continues, which was released in South Africa on 21 June 2013. In December 2012, Sivan produced his own music video through YouTube called "The 2012 Song" telling the story of the year from his perspective.[14] On 5 May 2013, Sivan made a video called "The Fault in Our Stars", inspired by the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Before posting the official music video onto YouTube, he posted the song to Tumblr. Over the period of that night he had more than 100,000 notes, many of which expressed support for a music video; Sivan decided he would make one. He went to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, located in Perth, and filmed the official music video. He spent the day with two girls suffering from cancer, Kimmy and Montana.

2014–present: TRXYE

On 5 June 2013, Sivan was signed to EMI Australia, a Universal Music Australia label, but kept it a secret until a year later. On August 15, 2014 he released a five-song EP entitled TRXYE, led by its first single "Happy Little Pill", which was released on July 25, 2014.[15] TRXYE debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 55 countries.[16] The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 the following week, scoring Sivan his first Top 10 album.[17] "Happy Little Pill" peaked at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments exceeding 35,000 copies.[18]

In the media

In September 2012, Sivan began creating video blogs on the video sharing site YouTube, after strictly singing on the site since 2007. At the time of posting his first vlog, Sivan had accumulated 27,000 subscribers in his five years since joining YouTube on October 1, 2007. As of December 7th, 2014, Sivan has over 2.9 million subscribers and over 141 million total views across his YouTube videos.[1] His YouTube channel is the second most subscribed channel in Australia.[19]

Personal life

On 7 August 2010, Sivan revealed to his family that he is gay.[20] On 7 August 2013, he revealed his sexual orientation publicly through a video on his YouTube channel. [21]








X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Young James Howlett


Betrand The Terrible


Short film



John "Spud" Milton


Spud 2: The Madness Continues

John "Spud" Milton


Spud 3: Learning to Fly

John "Spud" Milton







Perth Telethon

Opening act


Star Search









Oliver Twist

Regal Theater


Waiting for Godot


His Majesty's Theatre

  1. ARIA: Gold[18]

TRXYE"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released


Extended plays[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications


Album details

Peak chart positions

Dare to Dream

  1. Released: 200

June Haverly

  1. Released: 22 June 2012[27]

  2. Label: Independent

  3. Formats: Digital download


  1. Released: 15 August 2014

  2. Label: EMI Music Australia

  3. Formats: CD, digital download

"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications



Peak chart positions


"Happy Little Pill"


"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Promotional singles[




"The Fault in Our Stars"



Awards and nomination






Troye Sivan

Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Male



"The Boyfriend Tag" with Tyler Oakley

Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Collaboration



  1. 1^ Jump up to:
    a b "Troyesivan18 YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics". Social Blade. Retrieved 2014-12-15.

  2. 2Jump up
    "Australian Boy Does Accents!". YouTube. 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2014-06-27.

  3. 3^ Jump up to:
    a b c "Biography". Troye Sivan (Official website). Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2014.

  4. 4Jump up
    "Troye Sivan's Tumblr — How Jewish are you? Like are you orthodox or reform or?". Retrieved 2014-06-27.

  5. 5^ Jump up to:
    a b Symonds, Kristy (7 April 2012). "Perth boy making it big in Hollywood". Perth Now. Retrieved 15 January 2014.

  6. 6^ Jump up to:
    a b c d Harvey, Shannon (28 February 2008). "Perth boy to play young Hugh Jackman in Wolverine movie". Perth Now. Retrieved 15 January 2014.

  7. 7Jump up
    Coyne, Yvette (16 February 2010). "Bertrand the Terrible – LINK funded film". Film & Television Institute (WA) Inc. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2014.

  8. 8Jump up
    Bodey, Michael (5 March 2008). "One for the road clears the path". The Australian. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014.

  9. 9Jump up
    "Troye opened 'Storm The Stage' 2008". 21 October 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.

  10. 10Jump up
    "Troye plays lead role in Spud – The Movie". 2 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010.

  11. 11Jump up
    "Spud's Young Stars". Screen Africa. 8 March 2010. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.

  12. 12Jump up
    Van de Ruit, John (20 April 2010). "Icarus Allsorts". John van de Ruit's blog at Book South Africa. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.

  13. 13Jump up
    Hatch, Daniel (24 May 2010). "Troye on stage with theatre great". The West Australian. p. 3. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.

  14. 14Jump up
    "The 2012 Song - Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review (A Musical Zeitgeist) | Troye Sivan (Now on iTunes!)". YouTube. 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2014-06-27.

  15. 15Jump up
    Caulfield, Keith (27 June 2014). "YouTube Star Troye Sivan Signs With EMI Australia, Announces EP". Billboard. Retrieved 28 June 2014.

  16. 16Jump up
    Stern, Bradley (15 August 2014). "Troye Sivan Shoots To #1 On iTunes (In 55 Countries!) With Debut EP, ‘TRXYE’". Idolator. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

  17. 17Jump up
    Caulfield, Keith (15 August 2014). "Troye Sivan Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

  18. 18^ Jump up to:
    a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 15 October 2014.

  19. 19Jump up
    "Top 100 YouTubers in Australia Filtered by Subscribers - Socialblade Youtube Stats | Youtube Statistics". Social Blade. Retrieved 2014-08-22.

  20. 20Jump up
    "Troye Sivan Gay: Australian Actor Comes Out On YouTube". The Huffington Post. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014.

  21. 21Jump up
    Lu, Anne (10 August 2013). "'Wolverine' Actor Troye Sivan Comes Out As Gay On YouTube Vlog". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 January 2014.

  22. 22^ Jump up to:
    a b "Discography Troye Sivan". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

  23. 23Jump up
    "Troye Sivan – Chart history: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

  24. 24Jump up
    "Discographie Troye Sivan" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

  25. 25^ Jump up to:
    a b "Discography Troye Sivan". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

  26. 26Jump up
    "Troye Sivan – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

  27. 27Jump up
    "The June Haverly – Single by Troye Sivan". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

  28. 28Jump up
    Hung, Steffen. "Discography Troye Sivan". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

  29. 29Jump up

  30. 30Jump up
    Hung, Steffen. "Discography Troye Sivan". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

  31. 31Jump up
    Hung, Steffen. "Discography Troye Sivan". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

  32. 32Jump up
    Hung, Steffen. "Discography Troye Sivan". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

  33. 33Jump up
    Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Troye Sivan". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

  34. 34Jump up

  35. 35Jump up

External links

Listen to this article (info/dl)



This audio file was created from a revision of the "Troye Sivan" article dated 2013-04-21, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. (Audio help)

More spoken articles

  1. Official website

  2. Troye Sivan at the Internet Movie Database

  3. Troye Sivan's channel on YouTube

  4. 1Categories: 1995 birthsAustralian male child actorsAustralian male singersGay actorsGay musiciansPeople from JohannesburgJewish Australian male actorsJewish singersLGBT JewsLGBT musicians from AustraliaSouth African male singersLGBT people from South AfricaLiving peopleMale actors from Perth, Western AustraliaSouth African emigrants to AustraliaSouth African musiciansYouTube celebrities