Who is your favourite New Zealand actor?

by nephihaha | created - 26 May 2016 | updated - 07 Jun 2016 | Public

This is a list of actors from or strongly connected to New Zealand, which is your favourite?

Discuss here

1. Sam Neill

Actor | Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities ...

2. Anna Paquin

Actress | The Piano

Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win.

She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her ...

3. Rachel Hunter

Actress | The Benchwarmers

Rachel Hunter was born on September 9, 1969 in Auckland, New Zealand. She is an actress and producer, known for The Benchwarmers (2006), Rock Star (2001) and Dead Write (2007). She was previously married to Rod Stewart.

4. Keisha Castle-Hughes

Actress | Whale Rider

Keisha Castle-Hughes was born on March 24, 1990 in Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for Whale Rider (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The Nativity Story (2006). She was previously married to Jonathan Morrison.

5. Richard O'Brien

Actor | The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Born in Cheltenham, England, Richard Smith's family moved to Tauranga, New Zealand, in 1951 when his father, an accountant, decided to become a sheep farmer. Watching horror and science-fiction double features in nearby Hamilton, Smith added an interest in acting to his love of rock and roll. He ...

6. Russell Crowe

Actor | Les Misérables

Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham),...

7. Bruce Hopkins

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Bruce Hopkins was born on November 25, 1955 in Invercargill, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and Housebound (2014).

8. Melanie Lynskey

Actress | Togetherness

At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her astonishing debut in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994). Her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (played by Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control was described as "perfect" by ...

9. Temuera Morrison

Actor | Once Were Warriors

Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand, the son of Hana (née Stafford) and Laurie Morrison, a musician. He is of Maori, Scottish, and Irish descent. His sister was performer Taini Morrison and his uncle was musician Sir Howard Morrison. His secondary education ...

10. Kerry Fox

Actress | Shallow Grave

Kerry Fox was born on July 30, 1966 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress and writer, known for Shallow Grave (1994), Bright Star (2009) and An Angel at My Table (1990). She is married to Alexander Linklater. They have two children.

11. Lucy Lawless

Actress | Xena: Warrior Princess

New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless is most known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy also has a ...

12. Zoë Bell

Stunts | Grindhouse

As an established and extremely talented stunt double and actress, Zoe Bell has made a name for herself through her unparalleled dedication, skills, and focus.

Zoe Bell was born on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, to Tish, a nurse, and Andrew Bell, a doctor. She has a background in gymnastics and martial...

13. Guy Doleman

Actor | Thunderball

Tough-looking New Zealander, with a long string of credits as an actor in Australian films and theatre. He was also prolific on radio as actor, announcer and compère. In August 1952, Doleman won a £300 prize for his performance in an Actor's Choice half-hourly play, entitled "The Coward". He used ...

14. Julian Arahanga

Actor | The Matrix

Julian Arahanga was born on December 18, 1972 in Raetihi, New Zealand. He is a director and actor, known for The Matrix (1999), Once Were Warriors (1994) and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999). He has been married to Becs Arahanga since February 7, 2009. They have three children.

15. Rose McIver

Actress | The Lovely Bones

Rose McIver is an actress from New Zealand. She is the daughter of John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver and Ann "Annie" Coney. Her father is a professional photographer, while her mother is an artist. Rose has an older brother, musician Paul McIver.

When only 2-years-old, McIver started appearing in ...

16. Karl Urban

Actor | Star Trek

Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did ...

17. Manu Bennett

Actor | 30 Days of Night

"Shall We Begin!", the battlecry of The undefeated Gaul CRIXUS first bought Manu Bennett's voice & acting career to international attention. The series Spartacus spoke a universal language that slowly but surely captured a massive audience. The the show lost lead actor Andy Whitfield to cancer, ...

18. Martin Henderson

Actor | Smokin' Aces

Martin Henderson was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He began acting when he was thirteen, appearing in Strangers (1989), a local television production. He attended Westlake Boys High School and Birkenhead Primary. He first became a star in his home country, when he starred in the series, Shortland ...

19. Marton Csokas

Actor | Æon Flux

Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa (New Zealand), to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, who was also a ...

20. Callan Mulvey

Actor | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Callan Mulvey (born 23 February 1975) is one of Australia's leading actors. Callan is best known for his leading roles in the television series Rush, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms and Underbelly, as well as Darren Ashton's feature film Thunderstruck. Callan first graced Australian screens in the ...

21. Lawrence Makoare

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Lawrence Makoare was born on March 20, 1968 in Bastion Point, Auckland, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Die Another Day (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

22. Clive Revill

Actor | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

A grand, well-respected actor of stage, film and television, most people think New Zealander Clive Revill is British. Although most people think of the curly, red-haired gent as a comic eccentric best known for his sterling work on the musical stage, he has been highly regarded for his formidable ...

23. Pamela Stephenson

Actress | Superman III

Pamela Stephenson was born on December 4, 1949 in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand as Pamela Helen Stephenson. She is an actress, known for Superman III (1983), History of the World: Part I (1981) and Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979). She has been married to Billy Connolly since December 20, 1989. ...

24. Stephen Kay

Director | Get Carter

Stephen Kay was born in 1963 in New Zealand. He is a director and actor, known for Get Carter (2000), Sons of Anarchy (2008) and Friday Night Lights (2006). He has been married to Piper Perabo since July 26, 2014.

25. Chris Rankin

Actor | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Christopher William Rankin lived with his parents in his native New Zealand until age 6 when they moved back to England.

He found his love for acting at the age of 11, at Northgate High School in Norfolk, as a member of the Youth Theatre Company of Dereham Operatic Society. While in school, Chris ...

26. Antonia Prebble

Actress | The Tribe

Antonia last appeared for Cloud 9 as Jem in A Crack in Time in the series William Shatner's A Twist in the Tale. Prior to this Antonia played the lead role in the television drama series Mirror Mirror. She has theatre experience having appeared in Starchild in 1994 and The Magical Kingdom of ...

27. Kylie Bax

Actress | Boys and Girls

Kylie Bax was born on January 5, 1975 in Thames, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Boys and Girls (2000), Storm Catcher (1999) and Get Over It (2001). She was previously married to Spiros Poros.



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