Lynette Forday Actor Profile



Chinese, European


Auckland, New Zealand


160 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Lynette received a Bachelor of Arts in at the Queensland University of Technology and trained in acting at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney in the 1990s. Following this, she broke new ground in New Zealand television becoming one of the first Asian actors to land a lead role on a primetime show with her role as Dr. Grace Kwan on long-running hospital soap Shortland Street. She quickly gained national attention and soon became a household name in New Zealand, later starring as the lead in drama series Ride with the Devil. Other screen credits include television series 800 Words and The Brokenwood Mysteries, along with feature film Film 3. Outside of acting Lynette has worked as a reporter, journalist and writer.


2008Qantas Nomination - Performance By an Actress in General Television - Ride With The Devil

Feature Film.

2022Choose LoveLena (Guest)Netflix
Dir. Stuart McDonald
2000Film 3EmpathyFilm 3 Ltd
Dir. Harry Sinclair

Short Film.

1995Topless Women Talk About Their Lives John Swimmer Productions


2022Brokenwood S9Lydia (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2022Celebrity Treasure Island Contestant
2021Under The VinesPetra (Guest)Libertine Pictures
2017The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 4 Lydia Lee (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2016800 WordsNurse CrabbeDir. Pino Amenta
2013Shortland StreetGrace Kwan (Major Recurring Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2008Go Girls Series 1Antonia (Recurring Regular)South Pacific Pictures
2007Ride with the DevilWendy Chung (Lead/Core)Isola Productions/TVNZ
2003The StripJessica (Recurring Regular)The Gibson Group
1996Celebrity SquaresCelebrity PanelistTVNZ
1994Shortland StreetDr Grace Kwan (Lead/Core)South Pacific Pictures
1993Paradise BeachAnna LeeGrundy Productions


2005New Years EveTVNZ
2001Corporate videoCommonwealth Bank
2001My House My CastleTVNZ
2001The PanelScreentime Communicado
1999Corporate videoASB Bank
1999Really LivingTV3
1998Corporate videoExerpta Medica
1998Destination Planet Earth - Florence & SingaporeTV3
1998Hero ParadeTV3
1996Funniest Home Video ShowTVNZ


National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Sydney, Australia - 1991, NIDA
Bachelor of Arts - 1989, Queensland University of Technology
Solo Seal Certificate - Honours Graduate - 1984, Royal Academy of Dance, London