Fern Sutherland Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


165 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

​​Fern Sutherland has become a familiar face in television both in New Zealand and overseas. Fern first gained TV exposure of The Almighty Johnsons in her stand out role as Dawn, mistreated but respected personal assistant to demi-god Dean Gorman. A key character for all three seasons, Sutherland was award-nominated for the role and placed in the running for Best Supporting Actress at the Aotearoa Film and Television Awards in 2011. This success was followed by the role of forthright small-town cop Detective Sims on The Brokenwood Mysteries. One of New Zealand’s longest-running and most successful TV shows, Season 8 of The Brokenwood Mysteries is expected to air end of 2022.

Feature Film.

2023The MountainWendy (Lead)Dir. Rachel House
2022A MistakeJessica (Supporting)Dir. Christine Jeffs

Film Film.

2008A Book By It's Cover'Lead' ('Lead')Dir. Nick Graham

Short Film.

2008ThudNurseDir. Campbell Rouselle
2008TrashPoppyDir. John Callen


2022The Brokenwood Mysteries season IXDet. Constable Kristin Sims (Core Cast)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2021Mystic Season 2 Renaye (Guest)Dir. Dir Aidee Walker
2020The Brokenwood Mysteries season VIIDet. Constable Kristin Sims (Core Cast)Dir. Various
2019Brokenwood Mysteries: season VIDet. Constable Kristin Sims (Core Cast)Dir. Various
2018Brokenwood Mysteries: season VDet. Constable Kristin SimsDir. Various
2017Brokenwood Mysteries: season IVDet. Constable Kristin Sims (Core Cast)Dir. Various
2017RIOT (Telemovie)Sue Willis
2014Brokenwood Mysteries: season I - II - IIIDet. Constable Kristin Sims (Core Cast)Dir. Various
2014Pirates of the Airwaves (tele-feature)Wendy GapesDir. Charlie Haskell
2011The Almighty JohnsonsDawn (recurring)Dir. Murray Keane & Simon Bennett
2010Go GirlsGuest (Guest)Dir. John Laing & Britta Johnstone


2013Live Live Cinema: Carnival of Souls & Dementia 13Mary Henry (Lead/ Ensemble)
2012The End of the Golden WeatherEnsemble (Ensemble)Dir. Murray Lynch
2012TribesRuthDir. Shane Bosher
2009Life is a Dream/Back StoryBasilio/LenaDir. Michael Hurst/Oliver Driver
2009The Pohutukawa TreeSylvia AtkinsonDir. Colin McColl
2008A Midsummer Night's DreamBottomDir. Michele Hine
2008Silent VigilCharlotte (Lead)Dir. Michele Hine
2008The Ensemble Project'Performer'Dir. Oliver Driver & Michael Hurst
2007The Caucasian Chalk CircleCook / Monk / Ludovica / BlockheadDir. Heath Jones
2007The Long Goodbye at the Riverside SaloonTillyDir. Ross Gardner
2007To Seek the Happy IslesSarahDir. Gene Peters


Bachelor of Performing Arts - UNITEC School of Performing Arts -