Hera Dunleavy Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


169 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

With an acting career that spans over 25 years, Hera has appeared in various New Zealand screen productions, and worked at every professional theatre in the country. Her notable screen credits include roles in feature films Blessed, For Good, Bloodlines, and In Dark Places, along with telefeature Bliss and comedy series Rude Awakenings, and the award-winning short film Manurewa. More recently, Hera has appeared in the fifth season of popular Kiwi drama The Brokenwood Mysteries and thriller series The Gulf. She has won awards for her performances in stage production Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and radio play The Outsiders.


2011Winner of the Short Film Silver Bear Award-Berlin Film Festival-Manurewa
2004Winner of 'Best Dramatic Production' for the Radio Play 'The Outsiders'
2002Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards Nomination - Best Supporting Actress - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
1994Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards - Winner Most Promising Newcomer - Beautiful Thing

Short Film.

2021AliceLaurenDir. Aastha Oberoi
2016ParasitesKathrynDir. Michael Cannon Miller
2009Amadi Della Frame Up Films
2009ManurewaClancyRobbers Dog Films
Dir. Sam Peacocke
1996O TamaitiVarious RolesPaewai Productions
1995Permanent WaveJaneFiona Bartlett Productions

Feature Film Film.

2017In Dark PlacesMarie Dyhrberg (Support)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Michael Bennett

Feature Film.

2015Inland RoadLyndie (Guest)TIR Ltd
2010BloodlinesPharmacist (Support)Screentime NZ Limited - Tele Feature Film
Dir. Peter Burger
2009After the WaterfallMaddie (Guest)Paraffin Productions
Dir. Somone Horrocks
2007Waiting for YouDube Film Production NZ
Dir. Shyam S.R Upadhyay
2001For GoodMel (Support )New Zealand Film Commission
Dir. Stuart McKenzie
2000BlessedTheresa (Lead)Rachel Douglas Productions, NZ
Dir. Rachel Douglas
1999A Small LifeSocial WorkerDir. Michael Heath


2022DuckrockersSharon (Guest)Dir. Oscar Kightley & Sima Urale
2022For Your Satisfaction (Pilot)TrudyDir. Nina Reed
2019The GulfMiriam Adams (Supoort)Screentime
Dir. Robert Sarkies, Gaysorn Thavatt.
2018Brokenwood Mysteries 5Cassie (Support)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Mark Beesley
2012Shortland StreetNellie Afeaki (Guest)South Pacific Pictures Limited
Dir. Various
2010Bliss - Telefeature - TVNZHenrietta (Support)MF Films Limited
Dir. Fiona Samuel
2006Rude Awakenings Series 1Dara (Regular Recurring)M F Films
2005Interrogation Series 1MeganSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Murray Keane
2005Korero Mai Series 4 - 5Trish (Regular Recurring )Dir. Rawiri Paratene
2001Atlantis HighCopCloud 9 Productions
2001MataoraJenAroha Films
Dir. Sally-Anne Kerr
1997DugganSarahGibson Group
Dir. Yvonne McKay
1997Nga WahineCarolKahukura Productions
1994PlainclothesSimoneSouth Pacific Pictures
1994True Life Stories 'The Corrine Curtis Story'CorrineCommunicado Productions


2004Michael Kings Penguin History of NZVariousRadio New Zealand
2003Lifestyle Block by Sue McCauleyJodieRadio New Zealand
2002The OutsidersReneeRadio New Zealand
2000Son'sAlexRadio New Zealand
2000Various Short Stories, NZ


2019The AudienceMargaret Thatcher/Bobo McDonald (Support)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2018Filthy BusinessEileen (Lead)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2018The Cherry Orchard RoleCarlotta (Lead)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2017Neil GwynNancy/Queen Catherine (Core)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2016The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night TimeJudy BooneAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Sara Brodie
2016To Kill A MockingbirdMiss MaudieAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2015Rupert VariousAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2014Other Desert Cities Brooke WyethAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2014Paniora!Terry Hotai NZ Festival of the Arts
Dir. Colin McColl
2013Anne BoelynVariousAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2013Lord of the Flies Assistant DirectorAuckland Theatre Company
2013Midnight In Moscow SophieAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2012Noughty GirlsThe Basement Theatre
Dir. Hera Dunleavy
2012PurerehuaRosieDir. Renee Maihi
2012Tusk Tusk Auckland Theatre Company - The Next Big Thing Festival
Dir. Hera Dunleavy
2011Calendar GirlsRuth ATC
Dir. Colin McColl
2011In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play AnnieAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2011Joseph and Mahina Wellington/Auckland Fringe Festival
Dir. Hera Dunleavy
2011Mary StuartHanna KennedyATC
Dir. Colin McColl
2011OutsourcedShort & Sweet Festival
Dir. Hera Dunleavy
2011The Laramie ProjectPacific Institute for Performing Arts Graduation Production
Dir. Hera Dunleavy
2010August: Osage CountyIvyATC
Dir. Colin McColl
2010Stepping OutDorothyATC
Dir. Colin McColl
2009God of CarnageAnnetteATC
Dir. Colin McColl
2009OliverOld Sally/VariousATC
Dir. Raymond Hawthorne
2009The Pohutukawa TreeVasrious/Directors AssistantATC
Dir. Colin McColl
2008Female Of The SpeciesTessAuckland Theatre Company, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2008Who Needs Sleep AnywayBella King & VariousAuckland Theatre Company, NZ
Dir. John Callen
2007The CrucibleElizabeth ProctorAuckland Theatre Company, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2005DisgraceLucy Lurie/Melanie IsaacsAuckland Theatre Company, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2005The Land of Make BelieveJaniceSilo Theatre, Auckland, NZ
Dir. Julie Nolan
20043 Days of RainNan/LinaThe Court Theatre, Christchurch, NZ
Dir. Cathy Downes
2004CaligulaMrs MuciusAuckland Theatre Company, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2004Cloud 9Ellen/Mrs Saunders/LinCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Cathy McCrae
2004Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfHoneyAuckland Theatre Company, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2003GhostsReginaCourt Theatre, Christchurch, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2003Top GirlsAngie DulgretCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2002ProofCatherineCourt Theatre, Christchurch, NZ
Dir. Peter Evans
2002RanterstantrumBridgeNew Zealand Festival of the Arts
2002The Cherry OrchardVariaCourt Theatre, Christchurch, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2002Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfHoneyDownstage Theatre, Wellington - Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2001The Blue RoomCirca Theatre, Christchurch, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2001Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfHoneyCourt Theatre, Christchurch, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
2000Cat on a Hot Tin RoofMae FlinnDownstage, Wellington, NZ
2000Double BeatDawn DonaldDownstage Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Miranda Harcourt
2000Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are DeadOpheliaDownstage Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Colin McColl
1999HonourSophieCirca Theatre, Wellington - Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, NZ
1999Son'sAlexHerald Theatre, Auckland, NZ
Dir. Christian Penny
1998HonourSophieAuckland Theatre Company, NZ
1998TrashCentrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North, NZ
Dir. Lucy Schmidt
1996Irirangi BayMaryTaki Rua Productions
Dir. Murray Lynch
1996Ricordi!New Zealand International Festival of the Arts - State Opera House
1996Uncle VanyaSonyaAuckland Theatre Company, NZ
1995Nga Tangata ToaRoseWatershed Theatre, NZ
1995The Master BuilderHildeCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
1995Whaea Kairua/Mother Hundred EaterPuawaiTaki Rua Theatre, NZ


2008The Man Lovelock Couldn't BeatNarratorRadio NZ


Bachelor of Performing Arts - 1993, Toi Whaakari : New Zealand Drama School