New Zealander Female Film & Theater Personalities

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Anna Paquin
(Canadian-born New Zealand Actress and the Second Youngest Winner in Oscar History)
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Birthdate: July 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Anna Paquin is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She started her career as a child actress and became the second-youngest winner in the history of the Academy Awards when she won an Oscar at the age of 11 under the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as Flora McGrath in Jane Campion's 1993 period drama film The Piano.

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Lucy Lawless
(New Zealand Actress Best Known for Her Role as 'Xena' in the Television Series 'Xena: Warrior Princess')
Lucy Lawless
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Birthdate: March 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand

Lucy Lawless is a New Zealand singer and actress best known for her portrayal of Xena in the popular TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. She is also known for playing Lucretia in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which earned her the 2010 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television. Lucy Lawless is also involved in charity work.

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Thomasin McKenzie
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Birthdate: July 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Thomasin McKenzie is a New Zealand actress best known for playing Tom in the 2018 American film, Leave No Trace. Her performance earned her the National Board of Review Award under the Breakthrough Performance category. Thomasin McKenzie was also honored by the Seattle Film Critics Society with the Best Youth Performance award in 2019 for her performance in Jojo Rabbit.

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Rose McIver
(Actress)
Rose McIver
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Birthdate: October 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Rose McIver, sister of actor Paul McIver, is best known as Summer Landsdown from Power Rangers RPM and as Liv Moore from iZombie. Fans also loved her in the Hercules TV movies, in films such as Blinder, and as Amber Moore in the A Christmas Prince franchise.
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Melanie Lynskey
(New Zealand Actress Known for Playing Quirky, Soft-Spoken but Headstrong Characters)
Melanie Lynskey
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Birthdate: May 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Plymouth, New Zealand

Melanie Lynskey is a New Zealand actress best known for her portrayal of Rose in the popular American sitcom Two and a Half Men. Over the years, she has won several prestigious awards such as a Critics' Choice Award, Hollywood Film Award, and Gracie Award.

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Zoë Bell
(Stuntwoman and Actress)
Zoë Bell
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Birthdate: November 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Zoë Bell is a New Zealand actress and stuntwoman. She is best known for her stunt work in films like Kill Bill and Xena: Warrior Princess where she doubled for Uma Thurman and Lucy Lawless respectively. Zoë Bell is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as World Stunt Awards and Women in Film and Television New Zealand Award.

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Rachel Hunter
(New Zealand Actress and Model)
Rachel Hunter
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Birthdate: September 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand model and actress, Rachel Hunter, is best known as the host of the TV show Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty. Pretty and confident as a young girl, she began modeling as a teenager. She has worked with Cover Girl cosmetics and has been featured on several magazine covers, including Vogue, Elle, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. 

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Kerry Bishé
(Known for Her Role as ‘Donna Clark’ in the TV Series ‘Halt and Catch Fire’)
Kerry Bishé
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Birthdate: May 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Zealand

Kerry Bishé is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Donna Clark in the period drama TV series, Halt and Catch Fire. After being born in New Zealand, Kerry Bishé moved to the United States, where she established herself in the entertainment industry, appearing in films like Argo, for which she received the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award.

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Lesley-Ann Brandt
(Film actress)
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Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

South African-born New Zealand actor Lesley-Ann Brandt was first noticed for her performance as Naevia in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. She later soared to fame as the Vertigo/DC Comics character Mazikeen in the hit Netflix series Lucifer. She has also appeared in a couple of music videos.

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Anna Hutchison
(Actress and Producer)
Anna Hutchison
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Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Best known for the New Zealand soap Shortland Street and the Australian series Underbelly, Anna Hutchison has also appeared in films such as Encounter. She was in the news for traveling with her 11-month-old daughter from Los Angeles to Auckland amid the COVID-19 pandemic to film A Love Yarn
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Jane Campion
(Screenwriter, Film director, Actor)
Jane Campion
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Birthdate: April 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

In 1993, Jane Campion became the first female filmmaker to be honored with the Palme d'Or for her film The Piano, which also earned her an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. In 2022, Campion became the first woman to win Oscars for both screenwriting and directing when her film The Power of the Dog earned her the Best Director award.

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Keisha Castle-Hughes
(New Zealand Actress)
Keisha Castle-Hughes
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Birthdate: March 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donnybrook, Australia

Australian-born New Zealand actor Keisha Castle-Hughes is best known for her performance as Paikea in Whale Rider, which earned her an Academy Award nomination at age 13, making her the youngest to achieve the feat back then. She also made waves as Obara Sand in Game of Thrones.

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Pamela Stephenson
(Actress best known for her work during the 1980s, particularly in Not the Nine O'Clock News; History of the World, Part I; and Superman III)
Pamela Stephenson
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Birthdate: December 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Pamela Stephenson is a New Zealand-born writer, psychologist, and performer. Stephenson is best known as a comedienne who achieved immense popularity during the 1980s when she appeared in comedy films and shows like History of the World, Part I and Not the Nine O'Clock News. As a writer, Pamela Stephenson has been contributing to publications like Psychologies and The Guardian.  

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Anna-Louise Plowman
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Birthdate: May 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Napier, New Zealand
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Danielle Cormack
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Birthdate: December 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auckland

Best known for her role of Ephiny in Xena: Warrior Princess, New Zealand actor Danielle Cormack has also made her presence felt in theater, with plays such as Trainspotting, A Streetcar Named Desire, and East. She owns a production company and is also associated with initiatives such as Childfund.

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Jessica Nigri
(Cosplayer and Model Known for Her Voice as Cinder Fall in Web Series ‘RWBY’)
Jessica Nigri
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Birthdate: August 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, United States

Hailed as the Queen of Cosplay, Jessica Nigri is known for adding a tinge of sex appeal to otherwise normal characters. She has even dressed up as armored Disney characters. Famous for her cosplays such as Sexy Pikachu, Nigri is also known for her oversized breasts and her jovial personality.

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Frankie Adams
(Actress)
Frankie Adams
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Birthdate: January 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Savaiʻi, Samoa
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Rebecca Gibney
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Birthdate: December 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Levin
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Rose Matafeo
(Writer and performer on the NZ late-night comedy sketch show Funny Girls)
Rose Matafeo
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Birthdate: February 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Niki Caro
(Director known for 2002 film Whale Rider was critically praised and won a number of awards)
Niki Caro
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Birthdate: September 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Niki Caro is a screenwriter and film director. She achieved international prominence in 2002 when she directed the critically acclaimed drama film Whale Rider, which won several honors at international film festivals. In 2020, she directed Mulan, becoming the second director from New Zealand to be hired by Disney to direct a movie with a minimum budget of $100 million.

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Fran Walsh
(Screenwriter, film producer who has won three Academy Awards for the final film of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Fran Walsh
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Birthdate: January 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Fran Walsh is a New Zealand film producer and screenwriter. Along with her partner Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh has produced films like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which earned her three Academy Awards in 2004.

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Michelle Ang
(Actress known for her work on Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462)
Michelle Ang
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Birthdate: October 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Kerry Fox
(Actor)
Kerry Fox
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Birthdate: July 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington
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Emma Lahana
(Actor, Film actor)
Emma Lahana
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Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland
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Caren Pistorius
(Actress known for her role as Rose in the 2015 film Slow West)
Caren Pistorius
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Birthdate: September 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rustenburg, South Africa
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Parris Goebel
(Choreographer)
Parris Goebel
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Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manurewa, New Zealand

Parris Goebel is a New Zealand dancer, choreographer, singer, actress, and director. She is credited with founding a dance school named The Palace Dance Studio where she serves as the main choreographer. Parris Goebel's dance school has produced groups like The Royal Family, which has won the prestigious World Hip Hop Dance Championship thrice in a row.

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Brooke Williams
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Birthdate: January 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Lisa Harrow
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Birthdate: August 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auckland
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Alexia Barlier
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Birthdate: December 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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Sally Martin
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Birthdate: May 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wellington
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Dianna Fuemana
(New Zealand Pacific Writer, Director and Performer)
Dianna Fuemana
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: New Zealand

New Zealand actor Dianna Fuemana was 16 when she quit school and got married. She later got divorced before she began dating Australian actor Jay Ryan. The mother of three is known for plays such as Frangipani Perfume and Mapaki and has written and directed a few short films, too.

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Rena Owen
(Actor, Nurse)
Rena Owen
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Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bay of Islands
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Erin Boag
(New Zealand-born Australian Ballroom Dancer)
Erin Boag
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Birthdate: March 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Robyn Malcolm
(Actress)
Robyn Malcolm
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Birthdate: March 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashburton, New Zealand
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Jessica Lee Rose
(Actress who starred in the Youtube series Lonelygirl15 from 2006 to 2008 and appeared in the series Sorority Forever)
Jessica Lee Rose
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Birthdate: April 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salisbury, Maryland, United States
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Anouska Hempel
(She is a noted figure in London society)
Anouska Hempel
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Birthdate: December 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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Emily Barclay
(New Zealand AFI award winning actress)
Emily Barclay
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Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
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Lisa Chappell
(Actor, Singer)
Lisa Chappell
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Birthdate: October 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auckland
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Sara Wiseman
(Putita, Film actor)
Sara Wiseman
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Birthdate: May 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auckland
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Michala Banas
(Actress notable for her appearances in episodes of Round the Twist and Something in the Air)
Michala Banas
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Birthdate: November 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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Antonia Prebble
(Best known for her role as Loretta West in the series Outrageous Fortune)
Antonia Prebble
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Birthdate: June 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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Michelle Langstone
(Actor, Film actor)
Michelle Langstone
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Birthdate: January 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Zealand
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Luciane Buchanan
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Birthdate: July 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Zealand
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Marama Corlett
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Birthdate: May 3, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Malta
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Nyree Dawn Porter
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Birthdate: January 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Napier
Died: April 10, 2001
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Urzila Carlson
(Comedian who has appeared on the television shows Have You Been Paying Attention and 7 Days)
Urzila Carlson
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Birthdate: February 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Philippa Boyens
(Screenwriter and film producer who co-wrote the screenplay for Peter Jackson's films)
Philippa Boyens
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Philippa Boyens is a New Zealand film producer and screenwriter. She is best known for her association with Peter Jackson, having co-written the screenplay for Jackson's popular films like The Hobbit series and The Lord of the Rings series. In 2004, Boyens received the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the third installment of The Lord of the Rings series.

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Kimberley Crossman
(Actress best known for her role as Sophie McKay on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street)
Kimberley Crossman
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Birthdate: May 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Madeleine Sami
(Actress known for having co-written, co-directed, and starred in the 2018 Netflix film The Breaker Upperers)
Madeleine Sami
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Birthdate: May 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Nathalie Boltt
(Director, actor and writer known for Riverdale and District 9)
Nathalie Boltt
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Birthdate: July 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Africa