Angelena Bonet (/Bon-ay/) (born Elena Louise Bennett; 13 May 1976) is an Australian supermodel, actress, documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter and humanitarian, whose career includes modelling for magazines such as, Vogue (Australia), Inside Sport, Maxim, Ralph, FHM; acting and presenting, roles in television, production and biopic documentaries, for which she has won both ‘Best Documentary Feature’ and ‘Best Original Song’ at the Indie Fest Film Awards (2017), Impact DOCS Awards, Accolade Global Film Competition and received three 2018 World Music & Independent Film Festival nominations. Angelena has already won 21 Awards thus far for her documentaries.
Making her debut as a professional model in Vogue Australia (1994) at the age of 18, Angelena’s television and film credits include JAG (1998), Kiss The Sky (1998), Breakers (1998–1999), My Husband My Killer (2001), Ghostly Encounters (2010), Angelena: Change The World (2018), Heart Of The Matter (2018) and Change The World (2018).
Bonet was born on 13 May 1976, in Sydney, the youngest (elder of twins) of five children to James Patrick Bennett, an IT/Finance Manager and mother Geraldine Louise Bennett, a physiotherapist specialising in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and also Mental Health Facilities. Her father was Catholic and her mother Church of England, but converted to Catholicism when Angelena was 12 years old. Angelena chose the Confirmation name ‘Angela’, that would play a significant role in her life many years later. Despite her Catholic upbringing, Bonet is a daily yoga and meditation practitioner and cites her beliefs to be more spiritual in nature.
She described her childhood as “the idyllic Aussie upbringing, spending summers in the backyard pool or at the beach”.
Bonet attended Denistone East Primary School, Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich, then St. Patrick’s College, Dundas. She started studying ballet at the age of four, classical piano two years later and as a teen began attending acting and singing lessons. She honed her performance skills at concerts, school plays and eisteddfods before her professional career began at the age of eighteen.