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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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Brooke Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Predicament, Slow West
Brooke Williams is a New Zealand actress, best known for playing Jennsen Rahl in Legend of the Seeker, Aurelia in Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Eva in The Almighty Johnsons.
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Kerry Fox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Shallow Grave, An Angel at My Table, Intimacy
Kerry Lauren Fox (born 30 July 1966) is a New Zealand actress. She came to prominence playing author Janet Frame in the movie An Angel at My Table directed by Jane Campion, which gained her a ...more
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Tim Bevan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Elizabeth
Timothy John Bevan, (born 20 December 1957) is a British film producer, the co-chairman (with Eric Fellner) of the production company Working Title Films. Bevan and Fellner are the most ...more
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Marshall Napier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Flirting, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
James Marshall Napier (born 22 October 1951) is a New Zealand-born character actor, playwright and graphic artist now living in Australia. He is the father of James Reuben Napier, actress ...more
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Jemaine Clement is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Men in Black 3, Despicable Me, Rio
Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement (born 10 January 1974) is a New Zealand actor, musician, comedian, screenwriter and director. With Bret McKenzie, as the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, he has ...more
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Alan Dale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Alan Hugh Dale (born 6 May 1947) is a New Zealand-born actor. As a child, Dale enjoyed theatre and rugby. After retiring from the sport, he took on a number of professions, before deciding to ...more

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Manu Bennett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 30 Days of Night, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jonathan Manu Bennett (born 10 October 1969) is a New Zealand actor. He is primarily known for portraying characters in epic fantasy works, such as Crixus in the TV series Spartacus, Allanon in ...more
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Roy Billing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Aquamarine, The Dish
Roy Harwood Billing (born 1947) is a New Zealand television actor, now based in Sydney, Australia. He was brought up in Ruawai, Northland, New Zealand.
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Michael Hurst is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Tattooist, Young Hercules, Bitch Slap
Michael Eric Hurst, ONZM (born 20 September 1957) is a British-born New Zealand actor, director and writer, mostly on stage and television. He is probably best known internationally for playing ...more
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Nathaniel Lees is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions
Nathaniel Lees is a New Zealand actor of Samoan descent, best known for roles in The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and for starring in Young ...more
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Grant Bowler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Killer Elite, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Liz & Dick
Grant Bowler (born 18 July 1968) is a New Zealand-Australian actor who has worked in American, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian film, television, and theatre. He is known for playing the ...more
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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Super Country Hits, James Taylor: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute, Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis
Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand singer, songwriter and record producer well known for his work in country music. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and ...more

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Chris Rankin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Christopher William "Chris" Rankin (born 8 November 1983) is a New Zealand-born British actor who is best known for playing Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise.
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Sala Baker is listed (or ranked) 39 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, Star Trek
Sala Baker is an actor and stuntman from New Zealand. He is best known for portraying the villain Sauron in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson.
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Rebecca Gibney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
In Her Skin, Clubland, Mental
Rebecca Catherine Gibney (born 14 December 1964) is a New Zealand-born actress known for her roles on Australian television in The Flying Doctors, Halifax f.p., Packed to the Rafters, Winter and ...more
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Vincent Klyn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Point Break, Cyborg, Double Dragon
Vincent Klyn (born June 30, 1960) is a New Zealand-born actor and surfer who has appeared in a number of 1980s and 1990s-era motion pictures. His most notable role was the 1989 film Cyborg ...more
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Terence Bayler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Life of Brian, Time Bandits
Terence Bayler (24 January 1930 – 2 August 2016) was a New Zealand film, television, and stage actor. His most memorable roles were in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) and Harry Potter and ...more
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Michael Dorman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Daybreakers, Triangle, Killer Elite
Michael Dorman (born 26 April 1981) is a New Zealand actor, best known for his starring roles on the US series Patriot and Australian TV comedy drama Wonderland. He has also done supporting work ...more
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Gina Bellman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
King David, Zerophilia, Seven Days to Live
Gina Bellman (born 10 July 1966) is a New Zealand-born British actress best known for her performances as Jane Christie on the BBC's hit comedy show Coupling and as grifter Sophie Devereaux on ...more
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James Laurenson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Pink Floyd – The Wall, Women in Love, The Turn of the Screw
James Laurenson (born 17 February 1940) is a New Zealand-born stage and screen actor.
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Ian Mune is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Piano, Housebound
Ian Barry Mune (born 1941) is a New Zealand character actor, director, and screenwriter. His screen acting career spans four decades and more than 50 roles. His work as a director includes hit ...more
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Craig Hall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
King Kong, 30 Days of Night, The World's Fastest Indian
Craig Hall (born 10 May 1974) is a New Zealand actor.
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Joel Tobeck is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Ghost Rider, 30 Days of Night, Sleeping Beauty
Joel Tobeck (born 2 June 1971 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an actor known for his roles in the television series Tangle, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Xena Warrior Princess, Hercules: The ...more
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Emily Barclay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, In My Father's Den, Suburban Mayhem
Emily Barclay (born 24 October 1984 in Plymouth, UK) is an English-born, New Zealand AFI award winning actress.
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Rena Owen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Once Were Warriors, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Amusement
Rena Owen (born 22 July 1962) is a New Zealand actress in theatre, television and film. Owen is best known for her leading role as Beth Heke in Lee Tamahori's Once Were Warriors and as Taun We ...more