Lionel Wellington Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


183 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Lionel first caught viewers attention with his role of Rip in the 2013 feature film The Dark Horse, starring alongside Cliff Curtis. He then went on to join the core cast of New Zealand primetime drama Shortland Street, before landing roles on New Zealad-German co-production The Gulf, web series Educators, and most recently, a core cast role on high school rugby drama Head High. Being fluent in both english and te reo Māori (New Zealand’s native language), Lionel brings a special type of energy to his acting work.

Head High Season 2
South Pacific Pictures Ltd
Role: Tai Roberts
Producer: Rachel Jean
Director: Rachel Jean


2014First Place in the Junior English Category for Secondary High Schools Regional Speech Competition

Short Film.

2014Angus IcarusSeanUnitec

Feature Film.

2013The Dark HorseRipDark Horse Films Ltd
Dir. James Nepia


2021Head High Season 2Tai Roberts (Lead)South Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Tim Worrall
2019Head HighTai (Core)South Pacific Productions
Dir. Tim Worrall
2018Funny WhareGuest - as himselfMaori Television - MTS
Dir. Various
2018The GulfNikauDir. Charlie Haskell and Jackie van Beek
2016Shortland StreetLeroy Raumati (Core Cast)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2013Te KaeaLionelMaori Television
2012PukanaLionelMaori Television


201910ft TallTamati (Lead)Playworks
Dir. Bryan Divers
2018Bless This ChildTaylor (Lead)Dir. Hone Kouka

Web Series.

2022Kura Season 3Hotene (Lead)Dir. Various
2019Educators S-2DixonDir. Various
2018EducatorsStudentDir. Various
2018Kura HoteneDir. James Watson and Vince McMillan


Toi Whakaari (Drama) - 2010, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi Marae