A List of Kiwi Actrors/Actresses made big..

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Some Famous Stars that are New Zealanders (includes a couple that were raised in NZ!
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  1. Anna Paquin

    Anna Paquin


    Anna Helene Paquin (/ˈpækwɪn/; born 24 July 1982) 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 her the second youngest winner in Oscar history. She later appeared in a number of successful films, including Fly Away Home, She's All That, Almost Famous, The Squid and the Whale, 25th Hour and the X-Men franchise as Rogue from Marvel Comics. Paquin is also known for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama in 2009.

  2. Lucy Lawless

    Lucy Lawless


    Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, MNZM (née Ryan; born 29 March 1968) is a New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.

  3. Russell Crowe

    Russell Crowe


    Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is an actor, film producer and musician. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and 10 further nominations for best actor.

  4. Martin Henderson

    Martin Henderson


    Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor, known to American audiences for his starring role in the ABC medical drama Off the Map, while remaining known in his home country for his teenage role as Stuart Neilson in the soap opera Shortland Street.

  5. Karl Urban

    Karl Urban


    Karl-Heinz Urban (born 7 June 1972) is a New Zealand born 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 "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Cupid and Julius Caesar in Xena: Warrior Princess, Kirill in The Bourne Supremacy, Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, and Judge Dredd in the film Dredd (2012). He won acclaim for his performances in New Zealand films The Price of Milk and Out of the Blue. He recently played the main character John Kennex on the television series Almost Human.

  6. Melanie Lynskey

    Melanie Lynskey


    Melanie Jayne Lynskey (born 16 May 1977) is a New Zealand actress, known for playing Rose on Two and a Half Men, Michelle Pierson on Togetherness, as well as roles in the films Heavenly Creatures (1994), Up in the Air (2009), and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).

  7. Rebecca Gibney

    Rebecca Gibney


    Rebecca Catherine Gibney (born 14 December 1964) is a New Zealand actress. She has appeared regularly in Australian film and television since the mid-1980s. She won the Gold Logie in 2010 for her role in Packed to the Rafters.

  8. Rose McIver

    Rose McIver


    Rose McIver (born Frances Rose McIver; 10 October 1988) is a New Zealand actress. Her mainstream feature film debut came in 2009's The Lovely Bones; other works include the films Predicament, and Blinder; as well as guest appearances in New Zealand-based shows Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Legend of the Seeker. McIver was a series regular on Power Rangers RPM, and she has recurring roles in both Showtime's Masters of Sex and on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She was cast in the lead role in CW's iZombie, which premiered on 17 March 2015.

  9. Sam Neill

    Sam Neill


    Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill, DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a Northern Irish-born New Zealand actor who first achieved leading roles in films such as Omen III: The Final Conflict and Dead Calm and on television in Reilly, Ace of Spies. He won a broad international audience in 1993 for his roles as Alisdair Stewart in The Piano and Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, a role he reprised in 2001's Jurassic Park III. Neill also had notable roles in Merlin, The Hunt for Red October, and The Tudors. He holds New Zealand, British and Irish nationality, but identifies primarily as a New Zealander.

  10. Cliff Curtis

    Cliff Curtis


    Clifford Vivian Devon "Cliff" Curtis (born 27 July 1968) is a New Zealand actor whose film credits include Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, Blow, and The Dark Horse. He had television series roles on NBCs Trauma and Body of Proof, and ABCs Missing. He currently plays Travis, a lead character on the AMC horror-drama series Fear the Walking Dead, a companion series of The Walking Dead. Ethnically Māori, his many character roles have included a range of ethnicities, such as Latin American and Arab. Curtis is co-owner of the independent New Zealand production company Whenua Films.

  11. Keisha Castle-Hughes

    Keisha Castle-Hughes


    Keisha Castle-Hughes (born 24 March 1990) is an New Zealand actress who rose to prominence for playing Paikea "Pai" Apirana in the film Whale Rider. The film was nominated for many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress for which she was at the time the youngest person nominated in the Best Actress category and an award at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Young Actor/Actress, which she won in 2004.

  12. Temuera Morrison

    Temuera Morrison


    Temuera Derek Morrison MNZM (born 26 December 1960) is a New Zealand actor, with roles including the abusive Jake "the Muss" Heke in 1994's Once Were Warriors, and bounty hunter Jango Fett in the Star Wars series. He also voiced Boba Fett for the 2004 special edition of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

  13. Alan Dale

    Alan Dale


    Alan Hugh Dale (born 6 May 1947) is a New Zealand actor. As a child, Dale developed a love of theatre and also became a rugby player. After retiring from the sport he took on a number of professions to support his family, before deciding to become a professional actor at the age of 27. With work limited in New Zealand, Dale moved to Australia, where he played Dr. John Forrest in The Young Doctors from 1979 to 1982. He later appeared as Jim Robinson in Neighbours, a part he played from 1985 until 1993. He left the series when he fell out with the producers over the pay he and the rest of the cast received.

  14. Kerry Fox

    Kerry Fox


    Kerry Lauren Fox (born 30 July 1966) is a New Zealand actress. She came to prominence playing author Janet Frame in the movie An Angel at My Table directed by Jane Campion, which gained her a Best Actress Award from the New Zealand Film and Television Awards.

  15. Erik Thomson

    Erik Thomson


    Erik Thomson (born 27 April 1967) is a Scottish-born New Zealand raised Australian actor known for playing Hades in the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Dr. Mitch Stevens in All Saints and Dave Rafter in Packed to the Rafters. He won an Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in the Australian feature film Somersault.

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