Junker Queen with axe

"Overwatch 2" is right around the corner with the early access version dropping Oct. 4, 2022. Building on the success of the 2016 hit "Overwatch," fans have been waiting patiently for a sequel since it was first announced in 2019.

As much hype as there is around "Overwatch 2," there are also many concerns about its quality. Between leadership changes, a painfully long development process, and the concern that the game might not be distinct enough from its predecessor, fans have their worries. There’s also the fact that Twitch views for the open beta in May 2022 fell off the map entirely.

All that being said, the rocky start that’s been frustrating to everyone including "Overwatch 2" devs." Still, the game still has the potential to please players. One thing to look forward to will be the addition of new characters, including the bold, fearless, and tough-as-nails Junker Queen. The leader of a scrapyard society known as the Junkers, the Queen’s voice will be captured by an equally tough and beautiful actress.

Leah de Niese shines as Junker Queen

Leah de Niese on red carpet

Taking on the role of the Junker Queen in "Overwatch 2" is Leah de Niese, a talented and gorgeous Australian-Sri Lankan actress who is also, unsurprisingly, a model. According to "Overwatch" lead narrative designer and writer Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie, de Niese’s voice work has truly brought the Junker Queen to life — and it’s fitting that both were born in Australia. As Jurgens-Fyhrie wrote on Twitter when announcing de Niese’s involvement with the game on June 16, "She has done astounding work. She gives Queen a grinning confidence and dangerous joy that we just love."

Everyone who has collaborated with de Niese as the Junker Queen has been deeply impressed by her work. In the words of "Overwatch 2" audio and technical narrative director Scott Lawlor, "It’s really amazing when the right actor matches the character and the personality. You feel this sort of magic that comes out of it."

In addition to a fierce attitude, de Niese will bring a touch of humor to her role. In addition to her signature axe, the Junker Queen will have a bunch of weapons, including a knife she named Gracie. Clearly, this character has many sides, and de Niese’s versatility as an actress will clearly shine through once players get to see more of the Junker Queen beyond the previews that have been shared so far.

de Niese’s many successes

Leah de Niese in red hat

In addition to her work on "Overwatch 2," Leah de Niese has an impressive body of TV work, among other projects. She’s well-known for her role as Nicola in "House Husbands." Fans were devastated when her character was killed off, since she was so beloved amongst them. As for her other TV projects, de Niese has also scored recurring roles as Abby in "Twentysomething," Odile in "Offspring," and Miranda Starvaggi and Larissa Caldwell in "Neighbours."

Her acting speaks for itself, but that’s not where the awesomeness stops with de Niese. She’s paying her success forward by doing things like hosting sessions to help other Australian actors audition in the U.S. When it comes to her role as the Junker Queen, it’s clear de Niese will be able to draw on her own variety of life experiences which have made her the strong and stunning woman she is today.