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10 Celebrities from New Zealand

Small country: big stars!

With only 4 million people in New Zealand, it is pretty hard to secure a place in the celebrity magazines. And it’s not like the 40 million sheep are going to help! Nevertheless, We’ve still managed to spruce up a list of 10 celebrities from New Zealand! Did you know any of these stars were from New Zealand?

From singers to actors, New Zealand has its fair share of celebrities that you may want to familiarise yourself with. So you know to get a photo when you spot them in the New World supermarket.

For more things about New Zealand, check out 10 Things You Did Not Know About New Zealand.

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1. Lorde

Lorde hit the big time with her first single “Royals” that won three Grammy Awards, and since then has released numerous award-winning albums such as “Pure Heroine” and “Melodrama”. She can still be seen playing New Zealand festivals.

Annette Geneva on Wikipedia

2. Russell Crowe

The world-famous Gladiator was born in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. However, he has lived most of his life in Australia. He’s a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award-winning actor starring in over 50 films.

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3. Peter Jackson

His work on The Lord Of the Rings shot him straight to stardom and branded New Zealand as “Middle-earth”. Learn more about his work at the Weta Workshop in Wellington.

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4. Sonny Bill Williams

The “sexiest rugby player” is a true product of New Zealand. He is most famous for being a player in the All Blacks, the New Zealand rugby union team. He also plays rugby league and is a heavyweight boxer. Other famous rugby players include Richie McCaw and Dan Carter.

Gerard Barrau on Wikipedia

5. Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman’s hubby and country singer, Keith Urban, won a Grammy and a Golden Globe for his soundtrack contribution to the movie Act of Valor.

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6. Flight of the Conchords

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie formed New Zealand’s funniest band. They also had a hit TV series also named Flight of the Conchords. For more Flight of the Conchords, check out our list of the 10 best NZ ads from the TV show.

 Kim Metso on Wikipedia

7. Cliff Curtis

Born in Rotorua, Cliff Curtis has featured in many TV series like The Walking Dead. He also has a few movies under his belt, such as Live Free or Die Hard, Training Day, and NZ-made movie Boy.

Gage Skidmore on Wikipedia

8. Karl Urban

RED, Star Treck, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Bourne Supremacy, The Lord Of the Rings, Dredd… Karl Urban is a busy actor with roles in one blockbuster after the other.

Gage Skidmore on Wikipedia

9. Lucy Lawless

Xena the Warrior princess is from New Zealand! Lucy Lawless also acted in Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation and 3 seconds in Spider-Man.

Gage Skidmore on Flickr

10. Taika Waititi

Filmmaker and director, Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, directed Thor: Ragnarok, as well as hit New Zealand movies like Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He has also received an Academy Award nomination for Two Cars, One Night. Waititi also has played acting roles in Thor: Ragnarok, Boy, Green Lantern and more.

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