Eli Matthewson Actor Profile







Auckland, New Zealand


171 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Eli Matthewson burst onto the local television scene in 2013, starting out as a music presenter for TVNZU. Since then, he has appeared as a panelist on 7 days, as well as an actor and writer for Funny Girls and Jono and Ben. He has featured on Rhys Darby’s mockumentary Short Poppies and comedy series Funny Girls, both acting and writing skits. Eli is now a leading voice in the modern New Zealand comedy scene, earning accolades across the nation and abroad. He is a two time Billy T Awards nominee, double winner of Auckland Fringe’s Best Comedy Award, and in 2017 was a nominee for NZ’s top comedy honour - The Fred Award.


20212021 NZ Comedy Festival - Winner of the Fred Award
2015Billy T Award Nominee
2013Best Comedy - 'Velcro City' - Auckland Fringe
2013Billy T Award Nominee
2012Best Newcomer Nominee, NZ International Comedy Festival
2011Auckland Fringe-Best Comedy 'Square Eye Pair'

Film Film.

2018Jono & Ben Show - Jono & Ben’s Big Stupid QuizAs himselfTVNZ

Short Film.

2013‘Work’ as part of ‘Talk: A Portmaneau'Chris Auckland Fringe
Dir. Heidi O’Loughlin

Feature Film.

2012Stars in Her Eyes Jay (Lead)Ample Films
Dir. Athina Tsoulis


2023Celebrity Treasure Island Contestant
2022Good Grief Season 2Oliver (Guest)Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions
Dir. Kiel McNaughton
2022Rabble Rousers Guest
2021Shortland StreetLance Nichols (Guest)South Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Various
2020Golden Boy Series 2Mitch’s High School Boyfriend (Guest)Mediaworks
Dir. Various
20187 DaysPanelist and Spec WriterMediaworks
20177 DaysPanel
2017Funny GirlsVarious (Regular Series Skit player & Comedy Writer)
20167 DaysPanelMediaWorks
Dir. Various
2016Funny GirlsVarious (Regular Series Skit player & Comedy Writer)
2015Funny GirlsVarious (Regular Series Skit player & Comedy Writer)Mediaworks Ltd
2013Short PoppiesLibraian (Support)Augusto Films LTD
Dir. Michelle Walshe
2013U-LivePresenterTVNZ U


2023Paddy Gower Has IssuesHostDiscovery
20227 Days Panelist
2022Dancing with the Stars Contestant
2022The Edge BreakfastHost


2014EarnestCecily (Lead)Q Theatre
Dir. Ben Henson
2014Snort (Core Cast)Basement Theatre
2013FanFiction ComedyMCMelbourne Comedy Festival
2013Proposition: Great!ComedianNZ International Comedy Festival
Dir. Rosie Carnahan-Darby
2013TitusFractious Tash
Dir. Ben Henson
2013Velcro CityVariousAuckland Fringe
Dir. Dan Bain
2012MegaChristmasBi-Polar BeerBasement Theatre
Dir. Simon Coleman
2012Square Eye Pair Max Edinburgh Fringe
Dir. Chris Neels
2012‘8’ the Play ElliotMaidment Theatre
Dir. Kacie Stetson
2006Scared ScriptlessImprovisorCourt Theatre


2016KFC Radio
2015Spark Lab
2014AMI - GuidereadColenso BBDO

Web Series.

2019The Citizen's HandbookBritish SettlerDir. Various


Chris Stewart - American Accent Training Workshop - 2015
Audition Workshop - 2012, Terri de'Ath
Bachelor of Performing & Screen Arts-Unitec - 2010
Improv Masterclass - 2010
Court Theatre Company Classes - 2009, Elric Hooper & Lara McGregor