Birth Place Matching "New Zealand" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Jemaine Clement

Actor | Flight of the Conchords

Jemaine Clement was born and raised in New Zealand, the oldest of three brothers. His mother is a Maori. Clement was educated at Makoura College in Masterton, NZ. He went on to study drama and film at Victoria University of Wellington. Whilst there he met Taika Waititi, and they formed comedy ...

2. Taika Waititi

Actor | What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast, and is of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui (father) and Jewish (mother) descent. He has been involved in the film industry for several years, initially as an actor, and now focusing on writing and directing.

Two Cars, One...

3. K.J. Apa

Actor | Riverdale

K.J. Apa was born on June 16, 1997 in Auckland, New Zealand as Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa. He is an actor, known for Riverdale (2017), The Cul De Sac (2016) and A Dog's Purpose (2017).

4. Melanie Lynskey

Actress | Togetherness

At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her astonishing debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures (1994). Her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control was described as "...

5. Russell Crowe

Actor | Les Misérables

Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham),...

6. Lucy Lawless

Actress | Xena: Warrior Princess

New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless, is most famously known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy ...

7. Karl Urban

Actor | Star Trek

Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did ...

8. Rose McIver

Actress | The Lovely Bones

Rose McIver is an actress from New Zealand. She is the daughter of John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver and Ann "Annie" Coney. Her father is a professional photographer, while her mother is an artist. Rose has an older brother, musician Paul McIver.

When only 2-years-old, McIver started appearing in ...

9. Rhys Darby

Actor | Flight of the Conchords

Rhys Darby was born on March 21, 1974 in New Zealand as Rhys Montague Darby. He is an actor and writer, known for Flight of the Conchords (2007), Yes Man (2008) and What We Do in the Shadows (2014). He is married to Rosie Carnahan-Darby. They have two children.

10. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

11. Manu Bennett

Actor | The Marine

Gracing international covers such as Muscle and Fitness and Men's Health Manu Bennett is capturing the attention of filmmakers and fans with his extraordinary presence and talent.

Of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent and born in Rotorua, New Zealand to singer Ted Bennett and bikini model Jean ...

12. Marton Csokas

Actor | xXx

Marton was born in Invercargill, Aotearoa, to Margaret Christine (Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, a mechanical engineer. His father is Hungarian and his mother is Australian (of English, Irish, and Danish origin). He inherited some of his talents from his father, who was also a trained opera ...

13. Martin Henderson

Actor | Smokin' Aces

Martin Henderson was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He began acting when he was age 13, appearing in Strangers, a local television production. He attended Westlake Boys High School and Birkenhead Primary. He first became a star in his home country, when he starred in the series, Shortland Street, ...

14. Zoë Bell

Stunts | Grindhouse

As an established and extremely talented stunt double and actress, Zoe Bell has made a name for herself through her unparalleled dedication, skills, and focus.

Zoe Bell was born on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, to Tish, a nurse, and Andrew Bell, a doctor. She has a background in gymnastics and martial...

15. Cliff Curtis

Actor | The Dark Horse

Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, on July 27, 1968.

He is of New Zealand Maori descent (with Ngati Hauiti and Te Arawa tribal affiliations). He enrolled at the New Zealand Drama School, and then the Teatro Dmitri Scoula in Switzerland.

After returning to New Zealand from Europe, he was ...

16. Temuera Morrison

Actor | Once Were Warriors

Morrison was born in the town of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand, the son of Hana (née Stafford) and Laurie Morrison, a musician. He is of Maori, Scottish, and Irish descent. His sister was performer Taini Morrison and his uncle was musician Sir Howard Morrison. His secondary education ...

17. Jay Ryan

Actor | Neighbours

Born in Auckland-New Zealand, Jay made the move across to Australia at the age of 19 to take on the role of Jack Scully in Network Ten's long running series, "Neighbours" and as Seaman Billy 'Spider' Webb in the Nine Network's "Sea Patrol". He has also appeared in "Young Hercules", "Xena: Warrior ...

18. Bruce Spence

Actor | Mad Max 2

Bruce Spence was born on September 17, 1945 in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He has been married to Jenny since September 16, 1973. They have two ...

19. Callan Mulvey

Actor | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Callan Mulvey (born 24 February 1975) is one of Australia's leading actors. Callan is best known for his leading roles in the television series Rush, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms and Underbelly, as well as Darren Ashton's feature film Thunderstruck. Callan first graced Australian screens in the ...

20. Anna Hutchison

Actress | The Cabin in the Woods

Anna Hutchison was born on February 8, 1986 in New Zealand. She is an actress, known for The Cabin in the Woods (2012).

21. Antony Starr

Actor | Wish You Were Here

Antony Starr was born on October 25, 1975 in New Zealand. He is an actor, known for Wish You Were Here (2012), Outrageous Fortune (2005) and Without a Paddle (2004).

22. Martin Campbell

Director | Casino Royale

Martin Campbell knows how to entertain an audience when he steps behind the camera. When he directed The Mask of Zorro (1998), the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Next, when he helmed ...

23. Rachel House

Actress | Moana

Rachel was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1971 and raised by her adoptive Scottish immigrant parents John and Sheila House. She grew up in Kamo, Whangarei in the area known as Northland or Tai Tokerau at the top of the North Island. She is of Maori (Ngati Mutunga and Ngai Tahu) and European/...

24. Danielle Cormack

Actress | Wentworth

Danielle Cormack is an award-winning actress who has an extensive career in film, theatre and television. After a vast career in New Zealand, she quickly came to prominence in Australia with her powerhouse performances in television series: Wentworth (2013), Rake (2010) and Underbelly (2008): Razor...

25. Dean O'Gorman

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Dean O'Gorman was born on December 1, 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and Trumbo (2015). He has been married to Sarah Wilson since January 8, 2016.

26. Bret McKenzie

Soundtrack | Flight of the Conchords

Bret McKenzie was born on June 29, 1976 in New Zealand as Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie. He has been married to Hannah Clarke since March 18, 2009.

27. Brooke Williams

Actress | Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Brooke Williams was born on January 3, 1984 in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), 12 Monkeys (2015) and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011).

28. Keith Urban

Soundtrack | Act of Valor

Keith Urban was born on October 26, 1967 in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand as Keith Lionel Urban. He has been married to Nicole Kidman since June 25, 2006. They have two children.

29. Joel Tobeck

Actor | 30 Days of Night

Born into an acting family in Auckland, New Zealand, Joel made his first stage appearance with his mother, Liddy Holloway, at age 5. With his solid grounding in theatre, he has appeared in many stage productions, covering all genres from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre. His nearly two dozen film ...

30. Anna-Louise Plowman

Actress | Black Sails

Anna-Louise Plowman is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Lecoq School in Paris. Originally from New Zealand, she has worked in theatre, film & television in London, Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Dublin, Sydney & Paris.

31. Sala Baker

Stunts | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sala Baker was born on September 22, 1976 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).

32. Rebecca Gibney

Actress | Wanted

Rebecca Gibney was born in New Zealand on December 14, 1964. At 19 she crossed the Tasman-sea and she is now one of Australia's most appreciated actresses. Before she decided to go into acting she worked as a model and had small jobs in New Zealand. Her break-through came in Australia with her role...

33. Fran Walsh

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson ...

34. Richard Curtis

Writer | Love Actually

Richard Curtis was born on November 8, 1956 in Wellington, New Zealand as Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis. He is a writer and producer, known for Love Actually (2003), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and About Time (2013).

35. Rena Owen

Actress | The Orville

Rena is an international award-winning actor and is one of only 6 actors in the world to have worked with both George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg during her illustrious career that spans 3 decades.

One of 9 children, she was born and bred in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand to a Maori/Welsh Father ...

36. Alan Dale

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Alan Dale was born on May 6, 1947 in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. He is best known for his eight year role as Jim Robinson in the long running Australian soap opera Neighbours (1985), played Caleb in the hit Fox series The O.C. (2003), featured on Lost (2004) and has a long list of recurring...

37. Kimberley Crossman

Actress | Deathgasm

Kimberley Crossman was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Crossman started dancing at the age of 3 and started auditioning while she was in high school. She quickly landed a series regular role on a New Zealand soap opera, Shortland Street. Kimberley Crossman now lives and works in Los Angeles focusing...

38. Gina Bellman

Actress | Leverage

Gina Bellman was born on July 10, 1966 in Auckland, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for Leverage (2008), Coupling (2000) and Silent Trigger (1996). She has been married to Zaab Sethna since September 2013. They have one child. She was previously married to Lucho Brieva.

39. Julian Dennison

Actor | Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Julian Dennison was born in 2002 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), Shopping (2013) and Untitled Deadpool Sequel (2018).

40. Rachel Hunter

Actress | The Benchwarmers

Rachel Hunter was born on September 9, 1969 in Auckland, New Zealand. She is an actress and producer, known for The Benchwarmers (2006), Rock Star (2001) and Dead Write (2007). She was previously married to Rod Stewart.

41. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

42. Andrew Niccol

Writer | Gattaca

New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show (1998) script, but Rudin was not...

43. Michael Dorman

Actor | Daybreakers

Michael Dorman was born on April 26, 1981 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for Daybreakers (2009), Patriot (2015) and Triangle (2009).

44. Kerry Fox

Actress | Shallow Grave

Kerry Fox was born on July 30, 1966 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress and writer, known for Shallow Grave (1994), An Angel at My Table (1990) and Bright Star (2009). She is married to Alexander Linklater. They have two children.

45. Robyn Malcolm

Actress | Outrageous Fortune

Robyn Malcolm is a New Zealand actress known for her work in New Zealand, Australia, US and the UK. She works across all disciplines in Film, Television and Theatre. She became widely known and loved as the tough matriarch Cheryl West In New Zealand's highly acclaimed Television Drama "Outrageous ...

46. Aaron Jeffery

Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Aaron Jeffery was born in 1970 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), McLeod's Daughters (2001) and Underbelly (2008). He was previously married to Melinda Medich.

47. Tim Bevan

Producer | Les Misérables

Tim Bevan was born on December 20, 1957 in Queenstown, New Zealand as Timothy John Bevan. He is a producer, known for Les Misérables (2012), Atonement (2007) and United 93 (2006). He has been married to Amy Gadney since 2001. They have two children. He was previously married to Joely ...

48. Andrew Dominik

Director | Chopper

Andrew Dominik was born on October 7, 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a director and writer, known for Chopper (2000), Killing Them Softly (2012) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007).

49. Emma Lahana

Actress | Afterparty

Emma Kate Lahana was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 27 June 1984. She became involved in the arts at a very young age doing ballet and broadened her dancing to jazz, tap and modern styles. She also learnt to play the violin but once in high school became involved in drama as well as singing. It ...

50. Pamela Stephenson

Actress | Superman III

Pamela Stephenson was born on December 4, 1949 in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand as Pamela Helen Stephenson. She is an actress, known for Superman III (1983), History of the World: Part I (1981) and Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979). She has been married to Billy Connolly since December 20, 1989. ...


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