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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

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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 Fox 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 Best Actress Award from the ...more

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Tim Bevan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from New Zealand
Elizabeth Tim Bevan, CBE is a film producer.

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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 Marshall James Napier is a New Zealand-born actor, dramatist and playwright. He is the father of actress Jessica Napier and the uncle of actor James Napier. Before becoming an actor, Napier ...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 is a New Zealand comedian, actor and multi-instrumentalist, known as one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Bret McKenzie and the voice ...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 is a New Zealand actor. As a child, Dale developed a love of theatre and also became a rugby player. After retiring from the sport he took on a number of professions to support ...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 Manu Bennett, also known as John Bennett or Jon Bennett, is an Australian-New Zealand actor. He is known for his portrayal as the Gallic gladiator Crixus in the Starz television series ...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 OAM 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 is a New Zealand actor, director and writer, mostly on stage and television. He is probably best known internationally for playing Iolaus in the television programs ...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 an New Zealand actor of Samoan descent, best known for roles in The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and for starring as Chiron the centaur; a role he played on ...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 is an actor.

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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 is a New Zealand-born Australian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, entrepreneur and music competition judge. 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 is a New Zealand-born British actor who is best known for playing Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

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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 Wellington, New Zealand.

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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 is a New Zealand-born Australian actress. She has appeared regularly in Australian film and television since the mid-1980s. She won the Gold Logie in 2010 for her role ...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 is a New Zealand born actor who has appeared in a number of 1980s and 90s era motion pictures. His most notable role was the 1989 film Cyborg directed by Albert Pyun.

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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 is a New Zealand-born stage and screen actor,

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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 is a New Zealand actor based in Australia, best known for his work on the television series, The Secret Life of Us and his supporting work in such acclaimed films as Suburban ...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 is a New Zealand-born British actress who starred in the series Leverage as Sophie Devereaux.

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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 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, OBE, or Ian Mune as he is known, 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 ...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 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 was born on June 2nd, 1971 in Auckland, New Zealand. He has over 20 years acting experience in New Zealand and Australia. He comes from an acting background, with his mother Liddy ...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 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 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 in George Lucas's's ...more