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Popular Film Actors from New Zealand

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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
Age 54, Credits: Gladiator, Man of Steel & A Beautiful Mind

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia. He came to international attention for ...more

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Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 71, Credits: Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October & Jurassic Park III

Birthplace: Ireland, Europe, Eurasia, Ulster, County Tyrone, + more

Nationality: New Zealand

Nigel John Dermot Neill (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is a New Zealand actor, writer, producer, director, and vineyard owner. Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, he ...more

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Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 36, Credits: X-Men, Almost Famous & X-Men: The Last Stand

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Nationality: Canada, New Zealand

Anna Hélène Paquin ( PAK-win; born 24 July 1982) is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She was born in Manitoba and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, before moving to Los Angeles ...more

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Melanie Lynskey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 41, Credits: Up in the Air, The Perks of Being a Wallflower & Flags of Our Fathers

Birthplace: New Zealand, New Plymouth

Nationality: New Zealand

Melanie Jayne Lynskey (born 16 May 1977) is a New Zealand actress and voice actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a New Zealand Film Award, a Hollywood Film Award, and a ...more

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Cliff Curtis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 50, Credits: Training Day, The Fountain & True Lies

Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis (born 27 July 1968) is a New Zealand actor. His film credits include Once Were Warriors (1994), Blow (2001), Whale Rider (2002), Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and The ...more
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Clive Revill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 88, Credits: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Robin Hood: Men in Tights & Dracula: Dead and Loving It

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Clive Selsby Revill (born 18 April 1930) is a New Zealand singer, character actor, and voice artist 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
Age 73, Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo & Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Birthplace: New Zealand, Auckland

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Bruce Spence (born 17 September 1945) is an Australian actor originally from New Zealand.
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Marton Csokas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 52, Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Alice in Wonderland & The Bourne Supremacy

Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand

Nationality: Hungary, New Zealand

Marton Paul Csokas (; born 30 June 1966) is a New Zealand actor who has appeared in films and on television. His notable roles include Yorgi in XXX (2002), Guy de Lusignan in Kingdom of Heaven ...more
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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 57, Credits: 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

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Porirua, Pukerua Bay, Realm of New Zealand, + more

Nationality: New Zealand

Sir Peter Robert Jackson (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of the Rings ...more

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Rachel Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 49, Credits: The Benchwarmers, Rock Star & The Switch

Birthplace: Glenfield, New Zealand

Nationality: United States of America, New Zealand

Rachel Hunter (born 8 September 1969) is a New Zealand model, actress and the host of Imagination Television's Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty. She has appeared on several magazine covers, ...more

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Richard O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 76, Credits: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dark City & Flash Gordon

Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Nationality: England, New Zealand

Richard O'Brien (born Richard Smith; 25 March 1942) is an English-New Zealand actor, writer, musician, and television presenter. He wrote the musical stage show The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 ...more

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Karl Urban is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 46, Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Star Trek & The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances in New Zealand films and TV series such as Xena: Warrior Princess. His first Hollywood role was in ...more

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Ross Kettle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 57, Credits: Playing God, Diamond Hunters & Lethal Ninja

Birthplace: Durban, Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa, New Zealand

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
Age 50, Credits: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 & EuroTrip

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Lucille Frances Lawless, (born 29 March 1968), is a New Zealand actress and singer. She portrayed the title character in television series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001); cylon model Number ...more

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 64, Credits: Titanic, The Muse & Duets

Birthplace: Canada, Kapuskasing, Americas

Nationality: Canada

James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist who currently lives in New Zealand and the United States. After working in special effects, he found ...more

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Temuera Morrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 59, Credits: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones & Green Lantern
Temuera Derek Morrison (born 26 December 1960) is a New Zealand actor who first gained recognition for his role as Dr. Hone Ropata on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He gained ...more
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Kevin J. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand

Birthplace: New Zealand

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

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
Age 44, Credits: The Ring, Smokin' Aces & Windtalkers

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor, best known for his roles on the ABC medical drama Off the Map as Dr. Ben Keeton, the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Nathan ...more
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Ronald Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Dec. at 68 (1924-1992), Credits: A Christmas Carol, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry & Boots & Saddles

Birthplace: New Zealand, Dunedin

Nationality: United States of America, New Zealand

Ronald Sinclair (21 January 1924 – 22 November 1992), 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
Age 72, Credits: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey & Love Birds

Birthplace: England, London

Nationality: New Zealand

John Callen (born 4 November 1946) is an English-born New Zealand actor and director. He portrayed Óin, brother of Glóin in the 2012-2014 The Hobbit film trilogy.
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Joseph Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Age 30, Credits: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Other Boleyn Girl & Treasure Island Kids: The Pirates of Treasure Island

Birthplace: New Zealand, Wellington

Nationality: New Zealand

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
Age 40, Credits: Django Unchained, Oblivion & Planet Terror

Birthplace: Waiheke Island

Nationality: New Zealand

Zoë E. Bell (born 17 November 1978) is a New Zealand stuntwoman and actress. Some of her most notable stunt work includes doubling for Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess and for Uma ...more
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Mani Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Mani Mitchell

Birthplace: New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

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 Dec. at 86 (1925-2011), Credits: The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

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
Dec. at 54 (1941-1995), Credits: The Quiet Earth, Goodbye Pork Pie & Jack Be Nimble

Birthplace: Worthing, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Bruno Lawrence (12 February 1941 – 10 June 1995) was a British and New Zealand musician and actor. Initially notable as a musician and founder of 1970s ensemble Blerta, he went on to ...more