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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 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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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

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Jessica Napier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
McLeod's Daughters, Stingers, Echo Point Jessica Napier is a New Zealand-born actress based in Australia. She has appeared in a number of feature films, including Love Serenade, Blackrock, Cut, City Loop, Angst, The Illustrated Family ...more

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Shane Cortese is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
The Almighty Johnsons, Pacific Drive, The Mole Shane Cortese is a New Zealand actor and singer. He is perhaps best known for his role of Mac on Nothing Trivial, Loki on the Almighty Johnsons and Hayden Peters on hit show Outrageous Fortune. ...more

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James Napier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Power Rangers, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, The Tribe James William Napier Robertson is a New Zealand writer, film director and producer, who wrote and directed the 2009 feature film I'm Not Harry Jenson, and the 2014 film The Dark Horse starring ...more

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Jane Campion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Elizabeth Jane Campion is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director based in Australia. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is ...more

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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
CMT Invitation Only 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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Miriama Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Power Rangers, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Last Man Standing Miriama Te Rangimarie Smith is a New Zealand film and television actress who has played roles in various TV shows such as Xena: Warrior Princess, Karaoke High and Shortland Street. Her ...more

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James Laurenson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
The Man Who Fell to Earth, Shadow of the Tower, The Shadow of the Tower James Laurenson is a New Zealand born stage and screen actor.

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Kelson Henderson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Power Rangers, Power Rangers Mystic Force, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive Kelson Henderson is a well versed Stage, TV & Film actor from New Zealand. He has appeared briefly in various shows but most famous are his roles in Power Rangers. He has both played and ...more

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Roy Billing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Underbelly, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Cops L.A.C. 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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Jay Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Beauty & the Beast, Neighbours, Top of the Lake Jay Ryan is an actor

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Marshall Napier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
McLeod's Daughters, City Homicide, Police Rescue 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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Sally Martin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Power Rangers, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Shortland Street Sally Erana Martin is an actress from New Zealand. She has appeared in a range of television series, including The Strip, Shortland Street and in Power Rangers Ninja Storm as Tori Hanson/the ...more

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Cliff Curtis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Missing, Gang Related, Trauma 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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David de Lautour is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
What I Like About You, Being Eve David Hugh de Lautour is a New Zealand television actor and musician. He was born in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand and attended King's College, then The American Musical and Dramatic ...more

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Phil Keoghan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Fox After Breakfast, Breakfast Time (US) Phil Keoghan is an actor and television producer.

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Ewen Solon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Bellbird, Spyforce, Inspector Maigret Ewen Solon was a New Zealand-born actor, who worked extensively in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Film credits include: Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue, The Dam Busters, The Hound of the ...more

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Anna Hutchison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Underbelly, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Wild Boys Anna Hutchison is a New Zealand actress best known for her roles as Delphi Greenlaw on Shortland Street; Lily Chilman, the Yellow Cheetah Ranger on Power Rangers Jungle Fury; Allison Dine on ...more

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Dean O'Gorman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
The Almighty Johnsons, Young Hercules, McLeod's Daughters Dean Lance O'Gorman is an actor, artist, and photographer from New Zealand. He is known for playing the dwarf Fíli in the Hobbit trilogy and for playing Anders in The Almighty Johnsons.

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Tony Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
E Street, The Late Show, The D-Generation Anthony "Tony" Francis Martin is a comedian and writer from Te Kuiti, New Zealand, who has had a successful TV, radio, stand-up and film career in Australia.

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Taika Waititi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
The Strip (NZ), Radiradirah Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, is a New Zealand film director, writer, painter, comedian, and actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night. ...more

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Bret McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Flight of the Conchords Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie, ONZM is a New Zealand comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the Grammy Award winning musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords ...more

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Ian Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
Close to Home Ian Gilmore is a actor, film and TV director.

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Rose McIver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
iZombie, Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board, Maddigan's Quest Rose McIver is a New Zealand actress. Her mainstream feature film debut came in 2009's The Lovely Bones; other works include the films Predicament, and Blinder; as well as guest appearances in ...more

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Michala Banas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
McLeod's Daughters, Winners & Losers, Mirror Michala Elizabeth Laurinda Banas is a New Zealand television actress, and singer now living in Australia.

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Michael Dorman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Actors from New Zealand
The Secret Life of Us, Wild Boys 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