Cian Elyse White Actor Profile





Te Arawa/ Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa and Tainui


Rotorua, New Zealand


170 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Cian is a New Zealand-Māori actress, who trained at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, where she won the prestigious Museum Hotel Scholarship for Acting, as well as being the youngest entrant to the school at age 17. Since graduating, Cian has worked back to back in national and international theatre, television and film. Notable screen credits include BBC’s US series Tatau, a core cast role in three seasons of New Zealand-Australian series 800 Words, and a role in the fifth season of popular Kiwi series The Brokenwood Mysteries. A versatile talent, Cian has also worked as a playwright, with her play Te Puhi becoming a finalist for the 2015 New Zealand Play of the Year for the Adam Awards.


2011Winner-Most Orginal Production of the Year-'Hear to See'-Chapman Tripp Awards
2010Chapman Tripp Nominee For Most Promising Female Newcomer
2008Museum Hotel Scholarship for Acting

Feature Film.

2019CousinsGloriaDir. Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace Smith
2012FantailKapa Haka Girl Yes Please Films Ltd & Curious Films
Dir. Curtis Vowell

Short Film.

2017MekeRitaDir. Tim Worrall
2013AhikaaTai CurtisMiro Productions
Dir. Cliff Curtis
2009High Risk TeamSamantha LeeAffordable Films Ltd
Dir. Jason Stutter


2021Into The MistManaia (Core)10000 Company Limited
Dir. Michael Bennett
2021My Life Is Murder S2Nicki (Guest)Greenstone TV
Dir. Katie Wolfe
2020VegasToni Poulan (Lead)Greenstone TV
Dir. Michael Bennett and Kiel McNaughton
2018Brokenwood 5 Chontelle ReihanaDir. Various
2017800 Words Series 3Hannah (Core)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2016800 Words Series 2Hannah (Core)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. various
2015800 Words Series 1Hannah (Lead)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2015TatauLaraBBC/South Pacific Pictures
2012The Blue RoseLeanneSouth Pacific Pictures
2011Nga Reo Hou-The ProphetLauraEyeworks New Zealand Ltd/Black Inc Media Ltd
Dir. Hone Kouka & Tammy Davis
2011Underbelly - Land Of The Long Green CloudAndy (Major Support)Screentime NZ
Dir. Mike Smith and Ric Pellizzeri
2007My StoryParty GoerGibson Group
Dir. Peter Salmon
2004Tu Te PuehuSite Specific TalentTe Atatai Productions
Dir. Eruera Morgan


2022Spilling The Beans Anna (Reader)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Anna Cameron
2013Kings of the GymAnnie TupuaAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Peter Elliot
2012AwateaTinaAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2012Birds with Sky MirrorsPerformerMau Theatre Company Tour: Taipei, Rome, Athens Nov 2012
Dir. Lemi Ponafasio
2011Te Awarua (Lead)Smackbang Theatre Co
2010He Reo Aroha- KaiaKaia (Lead)Nelson Theatre Festival
Dir. Hone Kouka
2010Mo & Jess Kill Susie (Lead)Bats Theatre
Dir. Murray Lynch
2008After Democracy Elderly WomanToi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Productions
Dir. David Nevell
2008Macbeth Lady MacbethToi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School Productions
Dir. Jonathan Hendry
2008The PillowmanMotherCirca Theatre / Toi Whakaari : New Zealand Drama School
Dir. Stuart Handoff
2008Toi Cabaret - Anything GoesAnnieToi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School Productions
Dir. Lyndee Jane Rutherford
2005On Broadway DancerRotorua Musical Theatre Society
Dir. Robert Young


2015MahanaVariousThe Patriarch Limited
2015Women's Refuge
2012Far Cry 3 Various Villagers & Rebel CompanionUbisoft Entertainment
2008The Strength of Water Filmwork


Hear To See - 2011, Workshop for Capital E Theatre - Opera House
Massive Intensive Professional Workshop - 2010, Samantha Scott
Acting Programme - 2009, Cal State Fullerton, Organge County, California
Bachelor of Performing Arts - Acting - 2007, Toi Whakaari : New Zealand Drama School
Amjazz Hip Hop Dance Academy - 2004
Anne Samson School of Dance - 1993, Royal Academy of Dance