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Famous TV Actors from New Zealand

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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

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Lucille Frances Lawless, (born 29 March 1968), is a New Zealand actress and singer. She portrayed the title character in television series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001); cylon model Number ...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

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Nationality: Canada, New Zealand

Anna Hélène Paquin ( PAK-win; born 24 July 1982) is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She was born in Manitoba and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, before moving to Los Angeles ...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

Birthplace: Ireland, Europe, Eurasia, Ulster, County Tyrone, + more

Nationality: New Zealand

Nigel John Dermot Neill (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is a New Zealand actor, writer, producer, director, and vineyard owner. Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, he ...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

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia. He came to international attention for ...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

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Greater Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Jonathan Manu Bennett (born 10 October 1969) is a New Zealand actor. He is primarily known for portraying characters in epic fantasy works, such as Crixus in the TV series Spartacus, Allanon in ...more
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Gina Bellman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Leverage, Coupling, Jekyll

Birthplace: New Zealand, Auckland

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Gina Bellman (born 10 July 1966) is a New Zealand-born British actress best known for her performances as Jane Christie on the BBC's hit comedy show Coupling and as grifter Sophie Devereaux on ...more
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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Entourage

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Porirua, Pukerua Bay, Realm of New Zealand, + more

Nationality: New Zealand

Sir Peter Robert Jackson (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of the Rings ...more

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Richard Curtis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Wellington, Wellington Region, Realm of New Zealand, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, (born 8 November 1956), is a British screenwriter, producer, and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for ...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

Birthplace: New Zealand, New Plymouth

Nationality: New Zealand

Melanie Jayne Lynskey (born 16 May 1977) is a New Zealand actress and voice actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a New Zealand Film Award, a Hollywood Film Award, and a ...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

Birthplace: New Zealand, Dunedin

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Alan Hugh Dale (born 6 May 1947) is a New Zealand-born actor. As a child, Dale enjoyed theatre and rugby. After retiring from the sport, he took on a number of professions, before deciding to ...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

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances in New Zealand films and TV series such as Xena: Warrior Princess. His first Hollywood role was in ...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

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Grant Bowler (born 18 July 1968) is a New Zealand-Australian actor who has worked in American, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian film, television, and theatre. He is known for playing the ...more
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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

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Kevin Tod Smith (16 March 1963 – 15 February 2002) 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 ...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!

Birthplace: Masterton, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement (born 10 January 1974) is a New Zealand actor, musician, comedian, screenwriter and director. With Bret McKenzie, as the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, he has ...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

Birthplace: Glenfield, New Zealand

Nationality: United States of America, New Zealand

Rachel Hunter (born 8 September 1969) is a New Zealand model, actress and the host of Imagination Television's Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty. She has appeared on several magazine covers, ...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

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Greater Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Aaron C. Jeffery (born 25 August 1969) is a Logie Award-winning New Zealand – Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as Terry Watson in Water Rats, as Alex Ryan in McLeod's Daughters, ...more
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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

Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Nationality: England, New Zealand

Richard O'Brien (born Richard Smith; 25 March 1942) is an English-New Zealand actor, writer, musician, and television presenter. He wrote the musical stage show The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 ...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

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Clive Selsby Revill (born 18 April 1930) is a New Zealand singer, character actor, and voice artist 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

Birthplace: Levin, New Zealand

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Rebecca Catherine Gibney (born 14 December 1964) is a New Zealand-born actress known for her roles on Australian television in The Flying Doctors, Halifax f.p., Packed to the Rafters, Winter and ...more
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Bruno Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Frontline

Birthplace: Worthing, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, New Zealand

Bruno Lawrence (12 February 1941 – 10 June 1995) was a British and New Zealand musician and actor. Initially notable as a musician and founder of 1970s ensemble Blerta, he went on to ...more
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Lisa Chappell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Lisa Chappell The Cult, McLeod's Daughters, Stingers

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Lisa Irene Chappell (born 18 October 1968) 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
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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

Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Miriama Te Rangimarie Smith (born 3 June 1976) 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 ...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

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Jay Laga'aia (born 10 September 1963) 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 ...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

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Danielle Cormack (born 26 December 1970) is a New Zealand stage and screen actress. She was one of the original core cast of the long-running soap opera Shortland Street, though she is also ...more
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Andy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from New Zealand
Fire, The Sullivans, Phoenix

Birthplace: Naenae, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Neville Anderson (born 18 July 1947) known professionally as Andy Anderson and also billed as Andy James, is a New Zealand-born musician and actor. As a musician he is best known as the lead ...more