Claire Chitham Actor Profile







Auckland, New Zealand


170 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Claire has been one of New Zealand’s most recognisable screen actors ever since her debut on long-running soap Shortland Street at the age of 16. For eight years she played loveable Waverly Wilson and became one of the show’s long-standing favourites, a role which she reprised for the 25th anniversary special in 2016. After leaving the show, Claire moved quickly to an award-winning turn in cop show Interrogation. She followed that with two seasons at New Zealand’s most outstanding and awarded drama series Outrageous Fortune, as gang-chick Aurora Bay. In 2019, Claire appeared as the lead in standout black comedy Fresh Eggs for TVNZ, alongside Danielle Cormack and John Rhys-Davies. More recently, Claire acted in rom-com Falling Inn Love - the first Netflix feature film to be shot in New Zealand, Brokenwood and Don't Make me Go


2019Nomination NZTV Awards for Huawei Mate30 Pro Best Actress for Fresh Eggs
2006Air New Zealand Screen Awards - Best Supporting Actress in Television Drama

Feature Film.

2021Don't Make Me GoJacqueline (Guest)Amazon Studios
Dir. Hannah Marks
2019Falling Inn LoveShelbyNetflix
Dir. Roger Kumble
2010The CupAngela PhillipsVillage Roadshow
Dir. Simon Wincer

Short Film.

2017Father's WishPoppy (Lead)Dir. Oliver Green
1997Venus BlueCheckout girlDir. Gillian Ashurst

Feature Film.

2016The Patriarch Chaperone The Patriarch Limited (NZ)
Dir. Lee Tamahori


2022Shortland StWaverly (Guest)Dir. Various
2020Mean Mums Series 2JaneSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Damon Fepuleai
2020The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 7Sophie (Guest)South Pacific Productions
Dir. Various
2018Fresh Eggs Penny McCarthy (Lead)Warner Bros
Dir. Britta Hawkins, Gaysorn Thavat, Josh Frizzell
2017Power Rangers Ninja SteelMrs FinchPower Rangers Productions Ltd
Dir. Various
2017Shortland Street - 25th Anniversary Waverly Henderson (Return Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2016Power RangersTeacherPower Rangers Productions Limited
Dir. Various
2015Funny GirlsVarious rolesDir. Various
2010WannabenBen's Girlfriend Yoink Productions - TV3
Dir. Andy Robinson
2008Legend of the SeekerBiancaThe Walt Disney Company
Dir. Jonathan Brough
2007Canal RoadKristenNine Network Australia
Dir. Kevin Carlin
2007NeighboursChantelle RebecchiFreemantle Media Australia
Dir. Various
2007Outrageous Fortune Series 3Aurora (Core Cast)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2006Outrageous Fortune Series 2Aurora (Core cast)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2005Interrogation Girl in Woods (Lead)South Pacific Pictures
1997-'04Shortland StreetWaverly WilsonSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
1996Riding HighHannahSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
1994Inside New Zealand - Bad in Bed Re-enactmentsTV3
1994Shortland StreetWaverly WilsonSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
1992Ray Bradbury Theatre - US RosalynSouth Pacific Pictures
1990The Adventures of Black BeautyIsambardDir. Fiona McKellar


2017Nell GwynnNell Gwynn (Lead)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2016GroundedThe Pilot (Lead Solo)Dir. Jonathon Hendry
2011The Only ChildAstaSilo Theatre
Dir. Shane Bosher
2008RabbitBellaSilo Theatre
Dir. Oliver Driver
2008The Raindeer MonologuesDonnorThe Basement Theatre
Dir. Cameron Rhodes
2007The Real ThingAnnieSilo Theatre
Dir. Shane Bosher
2006Skycity Starlight Symphony PerformerSky City Theatre
Dir. MD Penny Dodd
2005Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in ParisSingerSilo Theatre
Dir. Jennifer Ward-Lealand
2005Up For GrabsMindyAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Roy Ward
2005Urbis 24hr TheatreActorThe Herald Theatre
Dir. Caroline Bell-Booth
2004Tape AmySilo Theatre
Dir. Oliver Driver
2003Play 2EnsembleAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Oliver Driver
1997The Elephant ManPinheadMaidment Theatre
1997The Sisters RosenbergTessDir. C. Cahill-Smith
1996Penny BluePennyDir. Jan Saussy
1992Anne of Green GablesDianna Barry
1991The BoyfriendMaisie
1990The Emperor and the NightingaleKitchen Maid


2017Path of ExileLani (Character)
2016The WonderTW Films Limited
Dir. Norman Stone
2015Beauty and the BeachNarrator2B Media Ltd
2015Cigna demo (new)Y&R
2015Evil Deal Loop GroupStarz Evil Dead New Zealand Ltd
2015MahanaVariousThe Patriarch Limited