Aleni Tufuga Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


185 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Aleni is a Samoan-New Zealand actor and writer who works across film, television and theatre. A founding member of theatre company the Kila Kokonut Krew, Aleni has toured shows around New Zealand, Australia and the UK. He’s starred in a wide range of Kiwi television from popular dramas Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune to music-heavy webseries The Factory and comedy Nothing Trivial. His film credits include The Legend of Johnny Lingo, Sione’s Wedding and The Tattooist.

Film Film.

2023GraftedGardenerDir. Sasha Rainbow
2019The Legend of Baron To'aFuhu
Dir. Kiel McNaughton

Feature Film.

2022One WinterMr Ione (Supporting)Dir. Hamish Bennett, Paul Middleditch
2006The TattooistPeni (Support )Eyeworks Touchdown
Dir. Peter Burger
2005Sione's WeddingMose (Support )South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Chris Graham
2002The Legend of Johnny LingoPua (Support )Turtles Crossing Productions
Dir. Steven Ramirez


2021The PanthersFrank (Guest)TVNZ
Dir. by Miki Magasiva, Vea Mafileo & Tom Hern
2019Shortland StreetDavid LopaDir. Various
2013Webseries - The FactoryKavana (Lead)Jump Film And Television Limited
Dir. Joe Lonie
2012The Wilde BunchSioneSubtext Ltd
Dir. Mike Smith
2011I Shouldn't Be Alive-Dive Of TerrorRob Hewitt (Lead)Making Movies Ltd
2011Nothing TrivialBouncer (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2011The All Mighty Johnsons Series 2CopSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2010Emilie Richards - German TelefeatureDetective Paul (Support)GFC (Germany) Limited
Dir. Oliver Dommenget
2010Shortland StreetSefa TuilagiSouth Pacific Pictures
2009Outrageous Fortune Series 6Detective Beltz (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
2007Shortland StreetNevielle ChambersSouth Pacific Pictures
2005The MarketVaeaIsola Productions
2003Shortland StreetMr Lemalu (Regular Recurring)South Pacific Pictures
2002Good Hands Series 1JohnnyLima Lelei
Dir. Justine Simei-Barton


2021Things That MatterSolomon & ensembleAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Anapela Polatai'vao
2007His Mother's SonTasiChickenhead Productions
Dir. Katrina Chandra
2007Once Were SamoansNiphaiKila Kokonut Krew
Dir. Vela Manusaute & Anapela Polataivao
2007Uli VaoKatuniTapac Theatre, Auckland
Dir. Neru Aleki
2006Once Were Samoans, Kila Kokonut KrewNiphaiHerald Theatre, Auckland
Dir. Vela Manusaute & Anapela Polataivao
2006Uli VaoKatuniUNITEC Theatre, Auckland
Dir. Neru Aleki
2005A House Across Oceans, Co. Theatre PhysicalVariousChristchurch Arts Festival
Dir. Christian Penny
2005Playaz NightFukiKila Kokonut Krew
Dir. Vela Manusaute
2003The Songmakers Chair, Auckland Theatre CompanyFalaniAuckland Arts Festival
Dir. Nathaniel Lees
2002Simi's PlightSamAuckland, Wellington & Rotorua Tour
Dir. Vela Manusaute
2002The Taro KingFilipoIsland Playas
Dir. Vela Manusaute


2015Hepatitis B
2012Far Cry 3Various VillagersUbisoft
2006KFC - Radio
2003Ambipur - Radio
2003EEC Save PowerSamoan Language
2003Sky CitySamoan Language

Web Series.

2021Shortland Street - RetributionDoug (Guest)South Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Emmett Skilton
2020Brutal LivesJimmy the Trainer (Guest)Kingston productions
Dir. Sandra Kailahi