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List of famous film actors and actresses from New Zealand, listed by their popularity with photos when available. New Zealand has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Kiwi screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of New Zealand and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

This list has a variety of film actors in it, from Roussel Dubois to Loren Horsley.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Kiwi actors?" and "Which movies stars are from New Zealand?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of New Zealand in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Kiwi film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Gladiator, Man of Steel, A Beautiful Mind
Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia and identifies himself as an Australian. He came to ...more
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Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III
Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill, DCNZM, OBE is a British-born New Zealand actor who first achieved leading roles in films such as Omen III: The Final Conflict and on television in ...more
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Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
X-Men, Almost Famous, X-Men: The Last Stand
Anna Helene Paquin is a Canadian-born New Zealand actress. Her first film was The Piano, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in March 1994 at the age of 11, making ...more
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Melanie Lynskey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Up in the Air, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flags of Our Fathers
Melanie Jayne Lynskey is a New Zealand-born actress, known for playing Rose on Two and a Half Men, Michelle Pierson on Togetherness, as well as roles in the films Heavenly Creatures, Up in the ...more
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Cliff Curtis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Training Day, The Fountain, True Lies
Clifford Vivian Devon "Cliff" Curtis is a New Zealand actor whose screen roles include Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, Blow, and The Dark Horse. His television work includes NBC ...more
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Clive Revill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Clive Selsby Revill is a New Zealand-born character actor best known for his performances in musical theatre and on the London stage.
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Bruce Spence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Bruce Spence is an actor.
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Marton Csokas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Alice in Wonderland, The Bourne Supremacy
Marton Paul Csokas born 30 June 1966, is a New Zealand film and television actor.
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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Sir Peter Robert Jackson ONZ KNZM is a New Zealand filmmaker. He is best known as the director and producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, both of which are adapted ...more
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Rachel Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Benchwarmers, Rock Star, The Switch
Rachel Hunter is a New Zealand model, actress and reality TV show host. She is best known for her appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her marriage to singer Rod Stewart, which ...more
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Richard O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dark City, Flash Gordon
Richard Timothy Smith, better known under his stage name Richard O'Brien, is an Anglo-New Zealand writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. He wrote the cult musical The Rocky ...more
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Karl Urban is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Karl-Heinz Urban is a New Zealand actor. He is best known for playing Éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard ...more
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Ross Kettle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Playing God, Diamond Hunters, Lethal Ninja
Ross Kettle is a South African actor, known for directing the play Soweto's Burning, and best known as Jeffrey Conrad in the NBC American television soap opera Santa Barbara. In 1988, he was ...more
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Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, EuroTrip
Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, MNZM is a New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series ...more
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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Titanic, The Muse, Duets
James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer who has directed the two biggest box office films of all time. He first found major ...more
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Temuera Morrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern
Temuera Derek Morrison MNZM is a New Zealand actor, with roles including the abusive Jake "the Muss" Heke in 1994's Once Were Warriors, and bounty hunter Jango Fett and the Clone ...more
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Kevin J. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
An Angel at My Table, Wild Horses, Exposure
Kevin J. Wilson is an Australian actor. He is best known for his performance as executive producer Sam Murphy on the satirical Frontline and his role as Senator Albinus on STARZ TV Series ...more
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Martin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Ring, Smokin' Aces, Windtalkers
Martin Henderson is a New Zealand actor, known to American audiences for his starring role in the ABC medical drama Off the Map, while remaining known in his home country for his teenage role as ...more
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Ronald Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
A Christmas Carol, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry, Boots & Saddles
Ronald Sinclair, born Richard Arthur Hould and sometimes credited as Ra Hould or Ron Sinclair, was a child actor from New Zealand, turned film editor.
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John Callen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Love Birds
John Callen is an actor.
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Joseph Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Other Boleyn Girl, Treasure Island Kids: The Pirates of Treasure Island
Joseph Moore is an actor.
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Zoë Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Django Unchained, Oblivion, Planet Terror
Zoe Bell is an actress.
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Mani Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Mani Mitchell
Mani Bruce Mitchell is an intersex activist and counsellor from Wellington, New Zealand. Mitchell was born and raised in the central North Island on a sheep and cattle farm and educated at ...more
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Alexander Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Alexander Grant The Tales of Beatrix Potter
Alexander Grant was an actor.
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Bruno Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Quiet Earth, Goodbye Pork Pie, Jack Be Nimble
Bruno Lawrence was a New Zealand musician and actor. Initially notable as a musician and founder of 1970s ensemble Blerta, he went on to well-regarded roles in several major films; his ...more