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Sam Neill

Sam Neill was born in Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family returned to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria. He has a BA in English Literature. ... See full bio »
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 2016 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (filming)
Uncle Hec
 2016 DxM (post-production)
 2015 Mystery Ride (announced)
Duncan Connelly
 2015 The Dovekeepers (TV Mini-Series) (post-production)
- Night One (2015) ... Josephus
- Night Two ... Josephus
  Freedom Flight (announced)
Istvan Kolta
  Tommy's Honour (filming)
Alexander Boothby
 2015 The Daughter
 2015/I Backtrack
Duncan Stewart
 2015 House of Hancock (TV Mini-Series)
Lang Hancock
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Lang Hancock
- Episode #1.1 (2015) ... Lang Hancock
 2014 Short Poppies (TV Series)
Mr. Neal
- Louise Cooper (2014) ... Mr. Neal
 2014 A Long Way Down
 2011/IV The Hunter
 2011 The Dragon Pearl
Chris Chase
 2011 Ice (TV Mini-Series)
Anthony Kavanagh
 2010 Rake (TV Series)
Dr. Bruce Chandler
 2009 Iron Road (TV Mini-Series)
Alfred Nichol
 2009 In Her Skin
David Reid
 2008/I Skin
Abraham Laing
 2007 Angel
 2006 Two Twisted (TV Series)
- Von Stauffenberg's Stamp (2006) ... Mick
 2006 Irresistible
 2006 Merlin's Apprentice (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Merlin
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Merlin
 2005 The Triangle (TV Mini-Series)
Eric Benerall
 2004/I Yes
 2004/I Jessica (TV Movie)
Richard Runche
 2004 Stiff (TV Movie)
Lionel Merricks
 2003 Perfect Strangers
The Man
 2002 Doctor Zhivago (TV Mini-Series)
Victor Komarovsky
 2002 Leunig Animated (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 2002 Leunig: How Democracy Actually Works (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2002 Dirty Deeds
Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
 2002 Framed (TV Movie)
Eddie Meyers
 2001 The Zookeeper
 2000 My Mother Frank
Professor Mortlock
 1999 Molokai
Walter Murray Gibson
 1998 The Games (TV Series)
Citytrans World CEO
- Transport! (1998) ... Citytrans World CEO
 1998 The Revengers' Comedies
Henry Bell
 1998 Merlin (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 3 (1998) ... Merlin
- Part 2 (1998) ... Merlin
- Part 1 (1998) ... Merlin
 1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Frederick Hoffman
 1996 In Cold Blood (TV Movie)
Agent Alvin Dewey
 1994 Country Life
Dr. Max Askey
 1994 The Simpsons (TV Series)
- Homer the Vigilante (1994) ... Malloy (voice)
 1993 Sirens
Norman Lindsay
 1993 Family Pictures (TV Movie)
David Eberlin
 1992 Hostage
John Rennie
 1991 One Against the Wind (TV Movie)
Major James Leggatt, The Guards
 1991 Until the End of the World
Eugene Fitzpatrick
 1991 Fever (TV Movie)
 1990 Death in Brunswick
Carl 'Cookie' Fitzgerald
 1989 Shadow of China
TV reporter (as John Dermot)
 1988 Leap of Faith (TV Movie)
Oscar Ogg
 1987 Peter Kenna's The Good Wife
Neville Gifford
 1986 Strong Medicine (TV Movie)
Vince Lord
 1986 For Love Alone
James Quick
 1985 Plenty
 1984 The Blood of Others
 1984 The Country Girls (TV Movie)
Mr. Gentleman
 1982 Enigma
Dimitri Vasilikov
 1982 Ivanhoe (TV Movie)
Brian de Bois-Guilbert
 1982 Attack Force Z
Sergeant D.J. (Danny) Costello
 1981 Possession
 1980 Lucinda Brayford (TV Series)
Tony Duff
 1980 Young Ramsay (TV Series)
- Do or Die (1980) ... Crossland
 1979 Just Out of Reach
 1979 The Journalist
 1977 Sleeping Dogs
 1976 The Sullivans (TV Series)
Ben Dawson (1980)
 1975 Ashes
 1975 Landfall
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John Dermot


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(2012, on My Brilliant Career) A most important role for me, I must say, because that's the film that took me out of New Zealand, the film that allowed me to live and work in Australia, which I love. Yeah, that was probably more transformative than anything else I've done, in a way. Without that film, I never would've-prior to that, I'd done Sleeping Dogs, and I thought, "That was a one-off, I'll... See more »


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