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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
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 on television in ...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 (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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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