Birth Place Matching "New Zealand" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. 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 ...
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. 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 ...
5. 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 ...
6. Lucy Lawless
Actress | Xena: Warrior Princess
New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless is most 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 also has a ...
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),...
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 ...
9. 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 ...
10. Marton Csokas
Actor | Æon Flux
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 ...
12. 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 "...
13. 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 has been married to Rosie Carnahan-Darby since January 25, 2004. They have two children.
14. Peter Jackson
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,...
15. 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 ...
17. 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...
19. 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...
20. 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/...
22. Martin Henderson
Actor | Smokin' Aces
Martin Henderson was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He began acting when he was thirteen, appearing in Strangers (1989), 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 ...
23. 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 ...
24. Alan Dale
Actor | Priest
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...
25. 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 ...
26. Callan Mulvey
Callan Mulvey (born 23 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 ...
27. Dean O'Gorman
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.
29. 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.
30. 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 ...
34. 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...
35. 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...
36. Kevin Smith
Actor | Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
He was born in Auckland, New Zealand and spent his early childhood there. His family moved to the small rural town of Timaru in New Zealand's South Island when he was 11. During high school, he began playing in rock-and-roll bands, but never aspired to a career as an actor. He had a passion for ...
39. 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 ...
40. Rena Owen
Actress | Siren
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 ...
43. 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 ...
45. Emmett Skilton
Emmett Skilton is a New Zealand-born actor, director and screen-writer who has worked in over 40 productions in film, television and theatre.
A passionate improviser, Emmett's professional acting career began during his high-school years with a role on New Zealand comedy series Seven Periods with Mr...
47. 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 ...
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...