John Sumner



Auckland, New Zealand


178 cm

Age Range




Career Highlights

John is an English-born New Zealand actor who has been appearing on Kiwi screens for over 25 years. He has starred in some of New Zealand’s most popular series including hospital drama Shortland Street and political satire Spin Doctors, as well as docudramas Bombshell and Pike River. He played cameraman Herb in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of King Kong, his other film credits include films Emperor and Rest for the Wicked.


2003Best Entertainment for 'Spin Doctors'

Feature Film.

2015The Monster of Mangatiti (Support)Screentime
Dir. Ric Pellezerri
2012EmperorJoe KeenanKrasnoff Foster Productions
Dir. Peter Weebber
2010Rest for the WickedThe MouthRFTW Ltd
Dir. Simon Pattison
2009District 9EngineerWingnut Films
Dir. Neill Blomkamp
2004King KongHerbUniversl Pictures
Dir. Peter Jackson
2004Perfect Creature Howard AndersonPerfect Creature Productions
Dir. Glenn Standring
2001Whale RiderDoctorSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Niki Caro
1995The FrightenersDeputy 2Dir. Peter Jackson
1992AlexMilk ManIsambard
Dir. Megan Simpson-Huberman
1992TommyknockersMr ArdergTommyknockers Ltd
Dir. John Power

Short Film.

1992The WallDonaldDir. Diana Rowan


2020The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 7Bernie (Guest)South Pacific Productions
Dir. Various
2020VegasLester Burton (Guest)Greenstone TV
Dir. Michael Bennett and Kiel McNaughton
2016Dear MurdererPompous JPScreentime NZ Ltd
2016Pike River - Docudrama Neville RockhouseScreentime
Dir. Rupert McKenzie
2015Bombshell - The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior Harbour Master (Support)Screentime Productions Limited
Dir. Riccardo Pellizzeri
2015Power Rangers Series 22&23Santa (Guest)Power Rangers LTD
Dir. Various
2014Brokenwood MysteriesChairman (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Mark Beasley
2014Power RangersSanta (Guest)Power Rangers Season 22/23
2011Strongman - Docu-dramaMr TaylorA Bigger Picture Ltd.
Dir. Gaylene Preston
2003Secret Agent MenSpace HenchmanGreenstone Pictures
Dir. Various
2002RevalationsWaiter GoldburnCloud 9
Dir. Various
2002Shortland StreetMorrie BrownleeSouth Pacific Pictures
2001Spin DoctorsGiles O'Connor (Core Cast)Comedian Pictures
Dir. Mike Smith
1999HerculesSpenciusPacific Renaissance Pictures
Dir. Mike Smith
1999Jack of All TradesBen FranklinPacific Renaissance Pictures
Dir. Chris Graves
1999Street LegalSergeant SidScreenworks Ltd
Dir. Chris Bailey
1997HerculesSherrifPacific Renaissance Pictures
Dir. Various
1997The ChosenDr. BellDir. Mike Smith
1996HerculesDomesticlesPacific Renaissance Pictures
Dir. Various
1996Xena: Warrior PrincessLord ClaronPacific Renaissance Pictures
Dir. Various
1995Coverstory Series 1-2Bernard Fry (Core Cast)Gibson Group
Dir. Various
1995Every Woman's DreamSenatorDream Productions
Dir. Various
1994HerculesBroteasPacific Renaissance Pictures
Dir. Various
1994Hercules - TelefeatureInn OwnerPacific Renaissance Pictures
Dir. Various
1994High TideHenriStraight Throw
Dir. Various
1993Give Us a ClueFeaturedFirst Pictures Ltd
1993Marlin Bay Series 2BusinessmanSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
1992Black StallionStanwayStraight Throw
Dir. Various
1992Deep Water HavenKostasSouth Pacific Pictures
1992Homeward BoundMan In PubSouth Pacific Pictures
1992Mother TongueFeaturedUnknown Production Company
1992Shortland StreetStan ClemoSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. South Pacific Pictures
1992The Rainbow WarriorJudgeSouth Pacific Pictures


2015Hyundai - Online, 12 MonthsShine
2014Energy OnlineImages and Sound
2014Path of Exile: Forsaken MastersLoremaster ElreonGrinding Gear Games
2014Samsung - Prerolls - 12 Months, NZColenso BBDO