Hanelle Harris Actor Profile





Rotorua, New Zealand


169 cm

Age Range


Also Represented in

United States of America

Career Highlights

Hanelle is a Māori actress and director who has worked in film, television and theater for a decade. She created and starred in web series Baby Mama’s Club, a dramatic-comedy starring a group of Pasifika and Māori women looking for the father of their children. In 2014, Hanelle appeared as the lead in the multi-award-winning feature film Orphans and Kingdoms. Her other screen credits include roles in television movie Hillary and drama series This is Piki.


2008Mai Maori Unitec Scholarship
2008Regent Training Scholarship
2008UNITEC Study Award Scholarship
2007Glenda Pierce Trophy Drama Trophy
2007Prestige Cup
2007Runner Up Korimako - Senior English - Speech Competitions
2007Runner Up Mid Regional Speech Competitions

Feature Film.

2013Orphans & KingdomsTibs (Lead)O&K Film Limited
Dir. Paolo Rotondo

Short Film.

2012Playing with FireAroha (Lead)YOBEE PRODUCTIONS
Dir. Brioni Gray
2011At the BarFredaUNITEC
Dir. Vicki Yiannoutsos
2011Three SistersIrena (Lead)UNITEC
Dir. Ruby Railey
2009Almost, not quiteMariaUNITEC
Dir. Elena Ngatai
2009Anti Depression Aroha Auckland University & Vodafone 3G
Dir. Various


2016This is PikiRiri Muir (Major Guest)Brown Sugar Apple Grunt
Dir. Kiel McNaughton
2015HillaryMoana (Support)Great Southern Television Ltd
Dir. Danny Mulheron


2014FIXNicoleJunket Theatre Co.
Dir. Sam Snedden
2013I Don’t Do CoconutNikkita Kumar (Lead)GREYVIEW PRODUCTIONS
Dir. Eric Smith
Dir. Jay Williams
2012Paniora - WorkshopBonita (Workshop Group)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin Mccoll
20114 The Love Of LosiHelenUNITEC
Dir. Shimpal Lelisi
2011Three SistersNataliaUNITEC
Dir. Elena Stejko
2009Chicken or FishMarieUNITEC
Dir. Ben Crowder
2009Sleeping AroundKateUNITEC
Dir. Heath Jones
Dir. Elizabeth Hawthorne

Web Series.

2018Baby Mama's Club ShanCulture Factory
Dir. Hanelle Harris


Raymond Hawthorne 10 week Course - 2015
Raymond Hawthorne Masterclass - 2015
Casting Hothouse NZ - 2014
Jeremiah Comey Acting Masterclass - 2013
Terri De’Ath Audition Technique Workshop - 2012
American Accent Training - 2009, Jacque Drew
Commedia Dell Arte Workshop - 2009, Lisa Brickell
Shortland Street Workshop - 2009, Geoff Lawthorne
American Television Workshop - 2008, TVI Actors Studio
Bachelor of Performing Arts - 2008, UNITEC
Neutral Mask Workshop - 2008, Lisa Brickell
Singing Training-Louise Britzman - 2008, UNITEC
Studio Workshops for Film-John Callen - 2008, UNITEC
Vocal Training-Kirstie O'Sullivan - 2008, UNITEC