Bruce Hopkins Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


182 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Bruce has been acting professionally for over 30 years, probably best known for his portrayal of Gamling in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other notable film credits include Chinese-New Zealand co-production Into The Rainbow, horror-comedy Housebound, and adventure fantasy film Under the Mountain. His most recent television credits include roles on The Brokenwood Mysteries, Dear Murderer, My Life Is Murder S2 and television movie Hilary.

Giving Up The Ghost


2011Winner of Best Supporting Actor - International
2010Corporate Events Guide Peoples Choice - Best Nationwide MC Award
2004Paris Film Festival Winner - Best Actor - Henchman

Short Film.

2021Giving Up The GhostFred (Lead)Brown Sugar Apple Grunt
Dir. Kiel McNaughton and Libby Hakaraia.
2017Space Cowboy Glen (Lead)Media Design School
Dir. David Gunson
2015Each To Their OwnDir. Maria Ines Manchego
2005Dinner with the DeRezneys - 48 Hour FilmBodil DeRezneyPlan R
Dir. Derek Hall
2003Point AnnihilateClawDir. Virginia Heath
1996Warm GunBruceTHE
Dir. Stephen Batt

Feature Film.

2019AblazeHarry Stokes (Guest)Dir. Josh Frizzell
2017Stranded PearlTrevorMahayana Films Limited
2015Ork LandTelefeature
2015The Monster of MangatitiSergeantTelefeature
2015The Wonder 3DMilitary Commander (Support)TW Films Ltd
Dir. Norman Stone
2011Housebound - Escalator Film Project NZFCCarson (Support)Kitchen Sink Films Ltd
Dir. Gerard Butler
2011Strongman - TelefeatureDarkie Thomas (Support)A Bigger Picture Limited
Dir. Drama directed by Gaylene Preston
2008Dean SpanleyGamekeeper/ShepherdGeneral Film Corp/Two Dogs Limited
Dir. Toa Fraser
2008SleeperRaynor (Support)Seven8 Media Pty Ltd
2008Under The MountainRichard MathesonRedhead Films Ltd
Dir. Jonathan King
20041niteBruce (Lead )Rice Digital - International NZ Film Festival
Dir. Amarbir Singh
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingGamling (Regular Recurring)3 Foot 6/New Line Cinema
Dir. Peter Jackson
2003This Is Not A Love StoryTV WriterLoose Unit Productions/AK03 Festival
Dir. Keith Hill
2002The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersGamling (Regular Recurring)3 Foot 6/New Line Cinema
Dir. Peter Jackson
2002The Vector FileDoug (Support)Film Knights Productions
Dir. Eliot Christopher
1999I'll Make You HappyOfficer JockOceania Productions/New Zealand Film Commission
Dir. Athina Tsoulis
1999JubileeLarry (Major Support)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Michael Hurst
1998Channeling BabyDr SmithNew Zealand Film Commission
Dir. Christine Parker
1998Savage HoneymoonRhys (Major Support)Rocket Pictures
Dir. Mark Beasley
1992Desperate RemediesChorus GroupJames Wallace Prod - Cannes Film Festival
Dir. Peter Wells & Stewart Main

Short Film.

2018Sail Away ActorDir. Ella Becroft & Tama Jarman


2022Good Grief Season 2Nobby (Guest)Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions
Dir. Kiel McNaughton
2021My Life Is Murder S2Tony (Guest)Greenstone TV
Dir. Kiel McNaughton
2020The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 7Buzz (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2016Dear MurdererThomas RichardsScreentime NZ Ltd
2016Find Me a Maroi Bride Series 2Maurice PartridgeMaori Television
2015Find Me a Maori BrideMaori Television
2015Flat 3 - Web SeriesFlat3 Productions Ltd
2015HillaryAuckland Grammar Gym Teacher (Guest)Great Southern Television Ltd
Dir. Danny Mulheron
2015The Monster of Mangatiti - Telefeature (Support)Screentime
Dir. Ric Pellezerri
2011The Jono ProjectGavinMedia Works
2009Jaquie Brown DiariesCooper (Guest)Young, Gifted & Brown
Dir. Gerard Johnstone
2007Burying Brian Series 1RogerEyeworks Touchdown
Dir. Peter Burger
2006Heavenly SwordFeatured CharacterPlayStation 3 Game - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Dir. Andy Serkis
2004Ike: Countdown to D-Day, Telefeature USAUS Colonel at Savoy (Support)Film Factory/Sony Pictures
Dir. Robert Harmon
2003Murder in Greenwich, Telefeature/USALancasterFilm Factory/Columbia Tristar
Dir. Tom McLaughlin
20022050, What If - DocumentarySceentime New Zealand/TV3
2002Shortland StreetMarcus BowmanSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2000Xena: Warrior Princess Series 5Bartender (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1999Cleopatra 2525Jake Logan (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1999Lawless: Dead Evidence & Lawless: Beyond Justice, Telefeatures - NZAndy (Regular Recurring)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Geoff Cawthorn, Charlie Haskell & Chris Martin Jones
1999Xena: Warrior Princess Series 4Rahl (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1998Hercules: The Lengendary Journeys Series 5Triton (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1998New Zealand Telefeatures - TV Series - Mini series'Mercy Peak', 'Being Eve','Funny Business','The Chosen', 'Spin Doctors', 'Letter to Blanche', 'Greenstone', 'The Life & Times of Te Tutu'
1998Young HerculesTheseus (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1997Hercules: The Lengendary Journeys Series 4Nehemiah (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1996Hercules: The Lengendary Journeys Series 3Pylon (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1996Xena: Warrior Princess Series 2Tegason (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1995Hercules: The Lengendary Journeys Series 2Lieutenant (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1995Xena: Warrior Princess Series 1Termin (Regular Recurring)Pacific Renaissance Pictures/USA
1990USA Telefeatures - TV Episodes - Mini Series - Cameo's'Jack of all Trades', 'Hearts of Men', 'The Nightmare Man', 'Blood Crime', 'High Tide pilot'


2018Class ActMentor Dir. Bianca Ikinofo
2015Talkback Radio HostRadioLive
2012Match Fishing LeaguePresenter


2006The Holy SinnerDuke GrimaldNew Zealand International Arts Festival
Dir. Mike Mizrahi
2005Jack & the BeanstalkSquire SmellyAK05 Festival - St James Theatre,Auckland
Dir. Michael Hurst
2004A Christmas CarolBob Cratchet/Mr FezziwigSky City Theatre - Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Jennifer Ward-Lealand
2004MacbethMacbethSilo Theatre, Auckland
Dir. Margaret Mary Hollins
1998Professional Credits - 'Breaking the Code', 'Streetcar Named Desire', 'Fool For Love', 'East', 'West', 'Restless Ecstasy', 'Via Satellite''The Lover & the Beloved', 'Song of the civilised Thief', 'West Side Story', 'Peter Pan', 'Romeo & Juliet',
1993Ladies Night 2: Raging OnThe Court Theatre, Christchurch
1993Lovelock's Dream RunPike/Fritz/Reporter #2/KiddieAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Raymond Hawthorne
1989The Three MusketeersBuckinghamMercury Theatre Company
Dir. Raymond Hawthorne
1987Ladies NightNormanMercury Theatre Company
Dir. David Coddington
1987Sound of MusicFranz/Churchman/Storm TrooperMercury Theatre Company


2002Power RangersMonster Voice 'Choobo'

Web Series.

2022Kura Season 3Graham (Guest)Dir. Various
2022Viva La Dirt League FATHER in NPC Man (Guest )Dir. Various


Audition Workshop with Jami Rudofsky - 2021
Acting Masterclass - 2015, Juliet Furness
Casting Hothouse NZ - 2015
Casting Workshop - 2015, Andrea Kelland
US Accent Workshop - 2015, Jacque Drew