Ava Diakhaby Actor Profile



African, European


Sydney, Australia


173 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Ava Diakhaby is a leading New Zealand actor, known for her bold and dynamic character driven work across a multitude of disciplines. The British born talent most recently captured the nations heart on the long running landmark Shortland Street as Jojo Starkey. Ava is also no stranger to the international market, with roles in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, Netflix’s Sweet Tooth and a yet to be announced series for Apple TV. Locally Ava has appeared in hit comedy Funny Girls, My Life is Murder, Creamerie and new Sky original Miles from Nowhere. Ava has formidable stage experience, being a touchstone performer for the Auckland Theatre Company in productions Filthy Business, BOYS, Alice and Shortland Street the Musical. Known to make lasting impressions, Ava has impressed Casting Director’s and Creative Teams both domestically and internationally with her diverse range and talent.

Feature Film Film.

2021Don't Make Me GoHotel Employee (Guest)Amazon Studios
Dir. Hannah Marks
2020Avatar SequelsNeurotechDir. James Cameron

Short Film Film.

2020Take 3LaverneDir. Alex Igbanoi


2023The GoneJodene (Guest)Dir. Peter Burger
2022Shortland St Jojo Starkey (Supporting)Dir. Various
2021My Life is a MurderAshDir. Michael Hurst
2021Shortland StreetJojo Starkey (Supporting)South Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Various
2020CreamerieAdaDir. Roseanne Liang
2019Sweet Tooth (Pilot)Head NurseDir. Jim Mickle
2017Funny GirlsVariousMediaworks
Dir. Mediaworks


2020XXXMas CabaretZsa Zsa GaborDir. Leon Waddam
2019Homos or Everyone in AmericaLailaDir. Shane Bosher
2019The WaspHeatherDir. Jonothan Bradshaw
2018AliceAbigailDir. Leo Gene Peters
2018Filthy BusinessRosaDir. Colin McColl
2018Legacy Project 5AbagailDir. Ben Moore
2018Shortland St The MusicalEnsembleDir. Simon Bennett
2018Wigging OutVariousDir. Kate Simmonds
2017BoysEnsemble castDir. Eleanor Bishop & Julia Croft
2017Flaps (Retouched)VariousDir. Torum Heng
2016CinderellaGodmotherTe Pou
Dir. Michael Jamieson
2016The Rime of the Modern MarinerGrantThe Playground Collective
Dir. Robin Kerr
2016The TempestEnsemble CastPop Up Globe
Dir. Benjamin Henson
2016Vagina MonologuesVariousShape Shift Collective
Dir. Alex Whitam
20152063EsmeDir. Pedro Illgenfritz
2015Inspector GeneralZemlyankiaUNITEC
Dir. Elena Stjeko
2015The Taming of the ShrewBaptisaUNITEC
Dir. Paul Gittens
2014Jesus Christ SuperstarEnsemble Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Oliver Driver

Web Series.

2017Auckward Love (S3)KatieDir. Emmett Skillton
2017PSUSYReceptionistPsusy Productions LTD
Dir. Annie Duckworth


GOHUB (London, UK) - 2019
Identity School of Acting (London, UK) - 2019
Screen Acting Master Class (London, UK) - 2019
US Accent Course - 2019
Actors in Process - 2017
Actors Workout - 2017
Singing/Classical Training - 2017
Actors Intensive Workshop - 2016
Flaps - 2016, Bits & Pieces Ensemble
Mind Over Manner - 2016
Singing Training - 2015
UNITEC Bachelor of Performing & Screen Arts - 2013