Debbie Newby-Ward Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


160 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Debbie began appearing on New Zealand screen as a teenager, starring as the lead in horse-drama series Riding High. Following this, she went on to land guest roles in various television shows before landing the role of core cast member Emma in Kiwi comedy series Nothing Trivial. She has also appeared regularly on prime time hospital drama Shortland Street and US series Ash vs Evil Dead.

Feature Film.

2019The Justice of Bunny KingVW DriverDir. Gaysorn Thavat

Short Film.

2006Cinema ParodiesTamara (Lead )48 Hour Film Festival
Dir. Helena Brooks
2003Cut OutMarcy (Lead )You've Got a Lot of Heart Kid Productions
Dir. Kristina Simons


2019Shortland StMargaret HannahSouth Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Various
2018Brokenwood 5 Madison MathersDir. Various
2018Power Rangers Beast MorphersMotherPower Rangers Productions Ltd
Dir. Various
2017Ash v Evil Dead Series 3MarciStarz Evil Dead New Zealand
2017Shortland Street Margaret Hannah (Guest)South Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Various
2015Shortland StreetMargaret Hannah (Support)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2014Nothing Trivial MovieEmma (Lead)Telefeature - South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Mark Beesley
2011Nothing Trivial Series 1, 2 & 3 Emma (Core)South Pacific Pictures
2009Legend of The SeekerEllaThe Walt Disney Comp (NZ), ABC
Dir. Jonathan Brough
2008Go Girls Series 13rd Assistant DirectorSouth Pacific Pictures
2008The Pretender Series 1Staff MemberGreat Southern Television Ltd
2007Outrageous Fortune Series 3Treena (Regular Recurring)South Pacific Pictures
2003Mercy PeakTracey DunsmoreSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Simon Bennet
2003Serial KillersNurse Stephanie/Melanie (Regular Recurring)Landtry Productions
Dir. Mike Smith
2001Street LegalDebbie JacksonScreenWorks
2000Shortland StreetNicola Halley (Regular Recurring)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Simon Bennet
2000Xena: Warrior PrincessGreek Theatre ActressPacific Renaissance
1996Shortland StreetNicola HalleySouth Pacific Pictures
1995Riding HighEmilySouth Pacific Pictures


1990Deaf Awareness Documentary
1990World Vision DocumentaryGairdner Ward


2009Oh BabyCompany Theatre Physical Tour, Taranaki Festival, Auckland Concert Chamber, Bay of Islands Festival, Fuel Festival Hamilton, Nelson Festival, TAPAC Auckland Fringe Festival
Dir. Margaret May Hollins
2004Beyond ExistenceJulianneUNITEC Productions
2004Lend Me a TenorDianaFortune Theatre, Dunedin
Dir. Murray Hutchinson
2004Olympic Show - Schools TourYoung GymnastCo. Theatre Physical
Dir. Beth Kayes & Debbie Newby
2003Get The Message (Lead/Core)Dir. Besth Kayes & Debbie Newby
2002A View From A BridgeCatherineDir. Luke Wheeler
2002CandideCunegondeUNITEC Productions
Dir. Murray Hutchinson
2002Cherry OrchardAnyaUNITEC Productions
Dir. Vadim Ledogorov
2002Danny and the Deep Blue SeaRobertaDir. Mark Ingram
2002Here I StandTessDir. Elizabeth Hawthorne
2001Shakespeare - The Winters TaleQueen HermioneUNITEC Productions
Dir. Raymond Hawthorne


2014Microsoft/Online Video - 12 months - NZY&R
2009Lotto Powerball - Radio
2009Spartacus - Loop GroupPacific Renaissance Spartacus Ltd
2008McDonalds - Radio
2008Pinky Ugly Betty Promo
2008Tower - Radio
2007Lotto Powerball
2007McDonalds - Radio
2006Civil Defence - Radio
2006KFC - TV
200428 Days Fish 'n' Clips Music Video
2003Augustino Music Video


Chris Stewart US Accent Training - 2017
Meisner Technique Workshops & Masterclass, NZ - 2007, Mike Saccente
Bachelor of Performing & Screen Arts - Acting Major - 2000, UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand
Physical Theatre Training - Co Theatre Physical - 2000, Beth Kaye
Acting for Screen Workshops - 1996, Vicky Yiannoutsos