Brenda Kendall



Auckland, New Zealand


157 cm

Age Range




Career Highlights

Brenda is a veteran of the New Zealand acting industry, with a career that spans over 35 years. She has worked with some of the country's top directors, with roles in over 10 feature films including Jane Campion’s An Angel At My Table, Peter Jackson’s Braindead, and Niki Caro’s debut film Memory & Desire. Her television credits include a succession of popular New Zealand series such as the iconic Kiwi hospital soap Shortland Street, drama series The Brokenwood Mysteries, and more recently, black comedy show Fresh Eggs.

Feature Film.

2020Nude TuesdayHelene (Guest)Dir. Armagan Ballantyne
2018The Other Side of Heaven 2FloydeneDir. Mitch Davis
2009After the WaterfallLucina Bandy (Support)Paraffin Productions Ltd
Dir. Simone Horrocks
2006Out of the BlueGarry Holden's Mother (Support)Southern Light Films/Desert Road Films
Dir. Robert Sarkies
2004FractureMrs Ponder (Ensemble)Kahukura Productions
Dir. Larry Parr
2002Toy LoveNurse (Support )John Swimmer Productions
Dir. Harry Sinclair
1999Nightmare ManRiat BowmanIsambard Productions
Dir. Jim Kaufman
1997Memory & DesireJeanetteFrame Up Films
Dir. Niki Caro
1992BraindeadNurse McTavishWingNut Films
Dir. Peter Jackson
1990An Angel at My TableMiss BottingHibiscus Films
Dir. Jane Campion
1989Zilch!Tolls SupervisorZee Films
Dir. Richard Riddiford
1984Second Time LuckyDykinBroadbank Investments/Eadenrock
Dir. Michael Anderson
1982Breakfast in ParisJohn Lamond Motion Picture Enterprises
Dir. John D Lamond

Short Film.

2016Sybil's Psychic HotlineConGranite Pictures / Granite Jack Ltd.
Dir. Grant Lahood
2000Camping with CamusRayleneFirst Hand Productions
Dir. Alan Erson
1995Dirty DaveShop ManagerCreative New Zealand
Dir. Jayne Cooper
1995The Call UpWelfare ClerkJames Wallace Productions
Dir. David Blyth
1994The Summer the Queen CameHannah DaviesFrame Up Films
Dir. Niki Caro


2019Mean Mums S1Librarian (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Damon Fepulea'i
2018Fresh EggsPastor RowenaDir. Britta Hawkins, Josh Frizzell
2018Shortland StreetNaomi Johnson (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Caroline Booth Bell
2015The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 2Nelly (Guest)Prime TV
2013Shortland StreetMarissa Parsons (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2012SafehouseDotty (Support)Screentime Aust/NZ Ltd
Dir. John Laing
2006Amazing Extraordinary FriendsMrs PotremkinGreenstone Pictures
Dir. Stephen Campbell
2003Mercy Peak Series 3BarbaraSouth Pacific Pictures
2002Shortland StreetDoreen KeepleSouth Pacific Pictures
2000Lawless: Dead Evidence, TelefeaturePatSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Charlie Haskell
1999Shortland StreetNgaire GleesonSouth Pacific Pictures
1998The Chosen - TelefeatureCarolCommunicado Productions
1997Double BookingPetunia (Lead/Core)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Mark Beelsey
1996Xena: Warrior Princess Series 2Pageant MatronPacific Renaissance Pictures
1995Riding HighMrs LewishamSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Laurence Wilson, Grant Fenn, Dave Morgan & Andrew Friedman
1994Hercules & the Lost KingdomJanus the BartenderPacific Renaissance Pictures
1994Plainclothes Series 1 & 2Lily Thomas (Lead/Core)Dir. Richard Sarell, Brian McDuffie, Mark Beesley & Wayne Tourell
1993Deepwater HavenSouth Pacific Pictures
1986Marching GirlsTVNZ


2011The Turn of the Screw Short and Sweet Festival - Celebration of Live