Wellington, New Zealand


164 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

You would think Karen O’Leary was a cop in another life. In her exciting career to date she has played a naive cop in Taika Waititi’s What We Do In the Shadows, where her character inspired spinoff series Wellington Paranormal; she played a salacious cop in The Breakupperers; a sensible cop in The Educators; and a slight dodgy security guard in webseries Potluck. In fact, Karen is a highly versatile performer with a variety of roles under her belt. She has most recently appeared as a quirky principle in webseries The Eggplant and will feature in up-coming film Nude Tuesday.


2019Nomination NZTV Awards for Huawei Mate30 Pro Best Actress for Wellington Paranormal

Film Film.

2021DoxPatricia (Guest)Miss Piki’s Band Ltd.

Feature Film.

2021Going GoingRegistrar (Guest)Dir. Loren Taylor
2020Millie Lies LowGuard (Guest)Dir. Michelle Savill
2020Nude TuesdayChen (Supporting )Dir. Armagan Ballantyne
2018The Breaker UpperersPolice Officer (Support)Dir. Madeleine Sami and Jackie Van Beek
2014What We Do in the ShadowsOfficer O'Leary (Support)Dir. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement

Short Film.

2016Grey WilliamMargie (Lead)Dir. Sandy Burton


2018Wellington Paranormal Season 1-4Officer O'Leary (Lead)New Zealand Documentray Board Ltd
Dir. Jemaine Clement, Jackie Van Beek, Tim Van Dammen, Dean Hewison


2020Karen's House - Play for LearningPresenterMinistry of Education
Dir. Nancy Bell

Web Series.

2020On The RagKaren O'Leary
2020The EggplantPrincipal Kathleen Morris (Lead)Motion Sickness
2016Pot Luck - Season 1 & 2Donna (Support)Dir. Ness Simons