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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.
  • Lucy Lawless1

    Lucy Lawless

    The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica

    BirthplaceMount Albert, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Lucille Frances Lawless, (born 29 March 1968), is a New Zealand actress and singer. She...  more

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  • Anna Paquin2

    Anna Paquin

    True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada, New Zealand

    Anna Hélène Paquin ( PAK-win; born 24 July 1982) is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She was...  more

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  • Sam Neill3

    Sam Neill

    Alcatraz, The Tudors

    BirthplaceIreland, Europe, Eurasia, Ulster, County Tyrone

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Nigel John Dermot Neill (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is a...  more

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  • Russell Crowe4

    Russell Crowe

    Neighbours, The Late Show

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New...  more

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  • Manu Bennett5

    Manu Bennett

    Arrow, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Jonathan Manu Bennett (born 10 October 1969) is a New Zealand actor. He is primarily known for...  more
  • Gina Bellman6

    Gina Bellman

    Leverage, Coupling

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Auckland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, New Zealand

    Gina Bellman (born 10 July 1966) is a New Zealand-born British actress best known for her...  more
  • Peter Jackson7

    Peter Jackson


    BirthplacePorirua, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Sir Peter Robert Jackson (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter,...  more

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  • Richard Curtis8
    Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, (born 8 November 1956), is a British screenwriter, producer,...  more
  • Melanie Lynskey9

    Melanie Lynskey

    Two and a Half Men, Rose Red

    BirthplaceNew Plymouth, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Melanie Jayne Lynskey (born 16 May 1977) is a New Zealand actress and voice actress. She is...  more
  • Alan Dale10

    Alan Dale

    NCIS, The O.C.

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Dunedin

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Alan Hugh Dale (born 6 May 1947) is a New Zealand-born actor. As a child, Dale enjoyed theatre...  more
  • Karl Urban11

    Karl Urban

    Xena: Warrior Princess, Almost Human

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand actor. His career began with appearances...  more

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  • Grant Bowler12

    Grant Bowler

    Defiance, All Saints

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Grant Bowler (born 18 July 1968) is a New Zealand-Australian actor who has worked in American,...  more
  • Kevin Smith13

    Kevin Smith

    Xena: Warrior Princess, Comic Book Men

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Kevin Tod Smith (16 March 1963 – 15 February 2002) was a New Zealand actor and musician, best...  more
  • Jemaine Clement14

    Jemaine Clement

    Flight of the Conchords, Tim and Eric Awesome Show

    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Masterton

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement (born 10 January 1974) is a New Zealand actor, musician, comedian,...  more
  • Rachel Hunter15

    Rachel Hunter

    The Real Gilligan's Island, Gravity

    BirthplaceGlenfield, New Zealand

    NationalityUnited States of America, New Zealand

    Rachel Hunter (born 8 September 1969) is a New Zealand model, actress and the host of...  more

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  • Aaron Jeffery16

    Aaron Jeffery

    Underbelly, McLeod's Daughters

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Oceania, Greater Auckland, New Zealand

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Aaron C. Jeffery (born 25 August 1969) is a Logie Award-winning New Zealand – Australian...  more
  • Richard O'Brien17

    Richard O'Brien

    Phineas and Ferb, The Ten Commandments

    BirthplaceCheltenham, England

    NationalityEngland, New Zealand

    Richard O'Brien (born Richard Smith; 25 March 1942) is an English-New Zealand actor, writer,...  more

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  • Clive Revill18

    Clive Revill

    Snorks, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Clive Selsby Revill (born 18 April 1930) is a New Zealand singer, character actor, and voice...  more
  • Rebecca Gibney19

    Rebecca Gibney

    Packed to the Rafters, Stingers

    BirthplaceLevin, New Zealand

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Rebecca Catherine Gibney (born 14 December 1964) is a New Zealand-born actress known for her...  more
  • Bruno Lawrence20

    BirthplaceEngland, Worthing

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, New Zealand

    Bruno Lawrence (12 February 1941 – 10 June 1995) was a British and New Zealand musician and...  more
  • Lisa Chappell21

    Lisa Chappell

    The Cult, McLeod's Daughters

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Lisa Irene Chappell (born 18 October 1968) is an actress and musician from Auckland, New...  more
  • Miriama Smith22

    Miriama Smith

    Power Rangers, Power Rangers Dino Thunder

    BirthplaceRotorua, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Miriama Te Rangimarie Smith (born 3 June 1976) is a New Zealand film and television actress...  more
  • Jay Laga'aia23

    Jay Laga'aia

    Legend of the Seeker, Water Rats

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityAustralia, New Zealand

    Jay Laga'aia (born 10 September 1963) is a New Zealand-Australian actor and singer. He is best...  more
  • Danielle Cormack24

    Danielle Cormack

    Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Danielle Cormack (born 26 December 1970) is a New Zealand stage and screen actress. She was...  more
  • Andy Anderson25

    Andy Anderson

    Fire, The Sullivans

    BirthplaceNaenae, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Neville Anderson (born 18 July 1947) known professionally as Andy Anderson and also billed as...  more