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List Rules Only TV actors who were born or grew up in New Zealand.

List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in New Zealand, with photos when available. These renowned New Zealand actors and actresses are listed by popularity, so the names at the top of the list will be the most recognizable. A few of these actors may not have technically been born in New Zealand, but everyone on this list grew up in New Zealand and considers it to be their home. This list includes New Zealand TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in New Zealand then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is New Zealand. Various bits of information are available for these New Zealand celebrities as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

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This list answers the questions, "Which TV actors are from New Zealand?" and "Who are the most famous New Zealand actors?"

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Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, Veronica Mars
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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Clive Revill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Snorks, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, Dragon's Lair
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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Gina Bellman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Leverage, Coupling, Jekyll
Gina Bellman is a New Zealand-born British actress who starred in the series Leverage as Sophie Devereaux.

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Neighbours, The Late Show, The Young Doctors
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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Manu Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Arrow, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Spartacus
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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Alan Dale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
NCIS, The O.C., Ugly Betty
Alan Hugh Dale (born 6 May 1947) is a New Zealand-born actor who first came to the spotlight on the Australian series The Young Doctors and the soap opera Neighbours. In America, he is known for ...more

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Grant Bowler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Defiance, All Saints, Blue Heelers
Grant Bowler is an actor.

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Melanie Lynskey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Two and a Half Men, Rose Red, Togetherness
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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Karl Urban is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Xena: Warrior Princess, Almost Human, Shortland Street
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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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Entourage
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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Rebecca Gibney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Packed to the Rafters, Stingers, The Flying Doctors
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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Lisa Harrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Jessica, Kavanagh QC, 1990
Lisa Harrow is an actress, noted for her roles in British theatre, films and television.

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Richard Curtis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE is an English screenwriter, producer and film director, who was born in New Zealand to Australian parents. One of Britain's most successful comedy ...more

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Denis Lill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Survivors, The Royal, Lillie
Denis Lill is a New Zealand-born British actor. Denis Lill joined the RNZAF as a 13 course BES cadet entrant in 1959. It was in the RNZAF that he first expressed an interest in amateur ...more

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Jemaine Clement is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Flight of the Conchords, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
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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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Xena: Warrior Princess, Comic Book Men, Shortland Street
Kevin Tod Smith was a New Zealand actor and musician best known for starring as the Greek god of war, Ares, in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and in its two spin-offs – Xena: ...more

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Lisa Chappell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
The Cult, McLeod's Daughters, Stingers
Lisa Irene Chappell is an actress and musician from Auckland, New Zealand. She is best known for playing Claire McLeod on the Nine Network drama series McLeod's Daughters.

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Aaron Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Underbelly, McLeod's Daughters, Fire
Aaron C. Jeffery is a Logie Award winning New Zealand – Australian actor.

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Jay Laga'aia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Legend of the Seeker, Water Rats, Play School
Jay Laga'aia is a New Zealand-Australian actor and singer. He is best known internationally for his role as Captain Typho in the films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars ...more

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Rachel Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
The Real Gilligan's Island, Gravity, Retrosexual: The '80s
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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Bruce Spence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Legend of the Seeker, Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left, Certain Women
Bruce Spence is an actor.

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Danielle Cormack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker, Wentworth
Danielle Cormack is an actress.

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Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Not The Nine O'Clock News, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Lost Empires
Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly is a New Zealand clinical psychologist, writer and actress who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and United States. She is best known for her work as ...more

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Andy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Fire, The Sullivans, Phoenix
Andy Anderson is a musician and actor. As a musician he is best known as the lead singer of 1960s Australian band The Missing Links, and as an actor he is well known for his roles on both ...more

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Martin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Off the Map, The Red Road, Inside the Box
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