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Aussie film and TV star Ryan Corr allegedly caught smoking heroin in Bondi

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Rising Australian actor Ryan Corr has been charged with possessing a prohibited drug after he was allegedly caught in a Bondi laneway smoking heroin.

Corr, 25, is set to star alongside Russell Crowe in the upcoming film The Water Diviner and was a regular character in local TV series Packed to the Rafters and Underbelly: The Golden Mile.

Just five days after he was apprehended by police on May 27, he won a 'best performance' award at a Madrid film festival for his role in Wolf Creek 2 alongside acting veteran John Jarratt.

He was apprehended by police in Castlefield Lane, Bondi, at 1.10pm on a Tuesday. An officer allegedly found a freezer bag full of heroin powder on him.

Fairfax understands he was caught smoking the substance.

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Corr, who lives in Chippendale, didn't attend his first court appearance in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday because he was overseas, court documents state.

The court was told he was likely to plead guilty when he returned and the matter was adjourned to September.

A week after the Bondi incident, Corr left for a three-month stint in Manchester to film a BBC series Banished, described as an "epic" seven-part series charting the lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts in 18th-century Australia.

The series, which is directed by Redfern Now story producer Jimmy McGovern and also stars David Wenham, has been co-commissioned by BBC Two in the UK and BBC Worldwide in Australia and New Zealand and was endorsed as an official production under the UK/Australian co-production treaty.

A spokeswoman for BBC Worldwide did not wish to comment, saying it was a personal matter for Corr.

A spokeswoman from his Melbourne-based management company, Catherine Poulton Management, said there was "absolutely no comment at this stage".

Corr has been nominated for two Logies and won the 2011 Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship.

He started acting aged 13 and has also appeared in Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Blue Water High, Silversun and the teen thriller film 6 Plots.

During the filming of Wolf Creek 2, he said he was "petrified for a lot of the day and hyperventilating and screaming and on the verge of vomiting my lunch".

He told News Limited there was "an emotional hangover" that comes with making a horror film and he would listen to music and talk to his family to relax.

Corr is also scheduled to star alongside Richard Roxburgh in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Cyrano de Bergerac later this year, directed by the STC's artistic director Andrew Upton.

STC spokesman Tim McKeough said the theatre company was not aware of Corr's arrest for drug possession.

"This is the first we've heard of the situation," he said.

with Andrew Taylor

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