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List of famous TV actors from New Zealand, listed alphabetically with photos of the actors when available. New Zealand has given birth to a lot of talented television actors who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, soap operas, reality shows and more. These are some of the funniest and most talented Kiwi TV stars that have ever lived, so if you're an aspiring actor or actress from New Zealand this list should contain many of your idols. If you're looking for a particular popular actor or actress from New Zealand then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Scott Harding and Bret McKenzie are included in this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Kiwi TV actors?" and "Which television actors are from New Zealand?"

You can click on the names of these legendary TV stars of New Zealand in order to get more information about each one. If you're a TV junkie use this list of talented Kiwi actresses to find some new TV stars that you haven't already heard of.

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Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous 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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Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
True Blood, A Drop of True Blood 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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Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Alcatraz, The Tudors, Merlin 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 Dead Calm and on ...more

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous 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 Famous 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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Gina Bellman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous 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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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous 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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Richard Curtis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous 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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Melanie Lynskey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous 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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Alan Dale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous 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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Karl Urban is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous 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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Grant Bowler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Defiance, All Saints, Blue Heelers Grant Bowler is an actor.

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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous 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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Jemaine Clement is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous 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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Rachel Hunter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous 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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Aaron Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous 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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Richard O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Phineas and Ferb, The Ten Commandments, The 100 Greatest Musicals 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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Clive Revill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous 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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Rebecca Gibney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous 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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Bruno Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Frontline 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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Lisa Chappell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous 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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Miriama Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous 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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Jay Laga'aia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous 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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Danielle Cormack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker, Wentworth Danielle Cormack is an actress.

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Andy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous 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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Kelson Henderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous 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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Shane Cortese is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous 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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Daniel Gillies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
The Originals, Saving Hope, Into the West Daniel J. Gillies is a Canadian-born New Zealand actor. He is best known for his role as Elijah Mikaelson on the television series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, as well as ...more

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Lisa Harrow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous 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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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous 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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James Laurenson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous 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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Bruce Spence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous 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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Peter Adams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Prisoner, Number 96, Cop Shop Peter John Adams was a New Zealand-born Australian actor, best remembered for his performances in Australian television. Born in Taumarunui, New Zealand, Adams later emigrated to Australia. He ...more

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Michael Hurst is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Maddigan's Quest 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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Ian Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Close to Home Ian Gilmore is a actor, film and TV director.

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Cliff Curtis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous 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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Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous 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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Jane Campion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous 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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Jessica Napier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous 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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Marshall Napier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous 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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Roy Billing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous 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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Anna Hutchison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous 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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John Clarke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
The New Breed, The Games John Morrison Clarke is a New Zealand comedian, writer, and satirist. He was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and has lived in Australia since the late 1970s. He is a regular actor and ...more

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Khan Chittenden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Underbelly, Blue Water High, Underbelly: Razor Khan Chittenden is a New Zealand-born Australian actor.

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Denis Lill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous 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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Erik Thomson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
All Saints, Pacific Drive, Packed to the Rafters Erik Thomson is an Australian actor known for playing Hades in the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Dr. Mitch Stevens in All Saints and Dave Rafter in Packed to the Rafters. ...more

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Michala Banas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous 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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Marton Csokas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Marton Paul Csokas born 30 June 1966, is a New Zealand film and television actor.

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James Napier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous 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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Taika Waititi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous 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