Reef was born in New Zealand, where he grew up with his parents and siblings. He moved to Australia when he was seven or eight. Though he calls himself an Australian, he still has New Zealand citizenship and passport.
In between acting jobs, Reef works in a Melbourne truck factory where his father works as well.
Reef was at the Toronto Film Festival promoting the film Downriver and was asked to audition for the role of Wolfgang "Wolf" West on his way back from Toronto to Los Angeles. Reef was a "huge fan" of Outrageous Fortune and when he got the offer, he thought "I can't turn this down."
He had 24 hours to submit a tape, so he rehearsed for the role on the plane and got help from an Australian friend to create a tape when he landed in Los Angeles. By the end of the same week, he was packing his bags to go to New Zealand.
Reef got the opportunity to meet Grant Bowler, who played the grown-up Wolf in Outrageous Fortune, for a couple of hours before going to New Zealand. Bowler gave him a few pointers about the character, but reminded Reef that he was playing a different character: "It's a younger Wolf, it should be a different Wolf – he's in his prime."
|2008||AAMI "Headlight"||Hero Boy|
|2009||Rush Series 2||Caleb|
|2009||City Homicide||Damon Haynes|
|2010||Bed of Roses Series 3||Jed|
|2011||Killing Time||Jason Ryan|
|2012||Mr. & Mrs. Murder||Chris Bassett|
|2013||Miss Fisher's Murder||Tinker|
|2016||Trip For Biscuits||Tosh|
Awards and honors Edit
Reef has been shortlisted twice for the Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship.
|2015||Asia Pacific Screen Academy||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2016||Film Out San Diego||Outstanding Emerging Talent||Won|