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Popular Film Actors from New Zealand

Updated June 14, 2019 22.3k views431 items

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.
  • Russell Crowe1

    Russell Crowe

    Gladiator, Man of Steel

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New...  more

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  • Sam Neill2

    Sam Neill

    Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October

    BirthplaceIreland, Europe, Eurasia, Ulster, County Tyrone

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Nigel John Dermot Neill (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is a...  more

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  • Anna Paquin3

    Anna Paquin

    X-Men, Almost Famous

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada, New Zealand

    Anna Hélène Paquin ( PAK-win; born 24 July 1982) is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She was...  more

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  • Melanie Lynskey4

    Melanie Lynskey

    Up in the Air, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, New Plymouth

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Melanie Jayne Lynskey (born 16 May 1977) is a New Zealand actress and voice actress. She is...  more
  • Cliff Curtis5

    Cliff Curtis

    Training Day, The Fountain

    BirthplaceRotorua, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis (born 27 July 1968) is a New Zealand actor. His film credits...  more
  • Clive Revill6

    Clive Revill

    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Robin Hood: Men in Tights

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Clive Selsby Revill (born 18 April 1930) is a New Zealand singer, character actor, and voice...  more
  • Bruce Spence7

    Bruce Spence

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Bruce Spence (born 17 September 1945) is an Australian actor originally from New Zealand....  more
  • Marton Csokas8

    Marton Csokas

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Alice in Wonderland

    BirthplaceInvercargill, New Zealand

    NationalityHungary, New Zealand

    Marton Paul Csokas (; born 30 June 1966) is a New Zealand actor who has appeared in films and...  more
  • Peter Jackson9

    Peter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    BirthplacePorirua, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Sir Peter Robert Jackson (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter,...  more

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  • Rachel Hunter10

    Rachel Hunter

    The Benchwarmers, Rock Star

    BirthplaceGlenfield, New Zealand

    NationalityUnited States of America, New Zealand

    Rachel Hunter (born 8 September 1969) is a New Zealand model, actress and the host of...  more

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  • Richard O'Brien11

    Richard O'Brien

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dark City

    BirthplaceCheltenham, England

    NationalityEngland, New Zealand

    Richard O'Brien (born Richard Smith; 25 March 1942) is an English-New Zealand actor, writer,...  more

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  • Karl Urban12

    Karl Urban

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Star Trek

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances...  more

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  • 13

    Ross Kettle

    Playing God, Diamond Hunters

    BirthplaceDurban, Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    NationalitySouth Africa, New Zealand

    Ross Kettle is a South African actor, known for directing the play Soweto's Burning, and best...  more
  • Lucy Lawless14

    Lucy Lawless

    Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2

    BirthplaceMount Albert, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Lucille Frances Lawless, (born 29 March 1968), is a New Zealand actress and singer. She...  more

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  • James Cameron15

    James Cameron

    Titanic, The Muse

    BirthplaceKapuskasing, Canada


    James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist who...  more

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  • Temuera Morrison16

    Temuera Morrison

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Rotorua

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Temuera Derek Morrison (born 26 December 1960) is a New Zealand actor who first gained...  more
  • 17

    Kevin J. Wilson

    An Angel at My Table, Wild Horses

    BirthplaceNew Zealand

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Kevin J. Wilson is an Australian actor. He is best known for his performance as executive...  more
  • Martin Henderson18

    Martin Henderson

    The Ring, Smokin' Aces

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Auckland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, New Zealand

    Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor, best known for his roles on the...  more
  • 19

    Ronald Sinclair

    A Christmas Carol, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Dunedin

    NationalityUnited States of America, New Zealand

    Ronald Sinclair (21 January 1924 – 22 November 1992), born Richard Arthur Hould and sometimes...  more
  • 20

    John Callen

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    NationalityNew Zealand

    John Callen (born 4 November 1946) is an English-born New Zealand actor and director. He...  more
  • 21

    Joseph Moore

    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Other Boleyn Girl

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Wellington

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Joseph Moore is an actor....  more
  • Zoë Bell22

    Zoë Bell

    Django Unchained, Oblivion

    BirthplaceWaiheke Island

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Zoë E. Bell (born 17 November 1978) is a New Zealand stuntwoman and actress. Some of her most...  more
  • 23

    Mani Mitchell

    Mani Bruce Mitchell is an intersex activist and counsellor from Wellington, New...  more
  • 24

    Alexander Grant

    The Tales of Beatrix Potter

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Alexander Grant was an actor....  more
  • Bruno Lawrence25

    Bruno Lawrence

    The Quiet Earth, Goodbye Pork Pie

    BirthplaceWorthing, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, New Zealand

    Bruno Lawrence (12 February 1941 – 10 June 1995) was a British and New Zealand musician and...  more