Joel Jackson; Still the boy next door.

From local K-town muso to tinsel town's 'Best Leading Actor', Joel Jackson is Australia's new Golden Boy!

The budding actor (and ex Karratha local) has just taken out the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama.

Jackson, 24, was the male lead in Channel 7's Peter Allen series, alongside industry legends Sigrid Thornton and Rebecca Gibney.

His performance of the late Australian performet in Peter Allen: Not Just the Boy Next Door has him pegged as Australia's next big thing.