Michael Whalley Actor Profile





Sydney, Australia


178 cm

Age Range


Also Represented in

Australia & United States of America

Career Highlights

Michael is an Australian-New Zealand actor who has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. He has starred in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Adrien Brodie’s Backtrack and John Maclean’s Slow West (where he worked alongside Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn). In 2017, he played the pivotal lead in Australian independent feature film The Pretend One. For television, Michael appeared in Love Child for Australia’s Channel 9, played ‘Flynn’ in the ABC US series Legend Of The Seeker, and then became a series regular in the Kriv Stenders’ directed SBS series The Principal as detective Dave Santos. On screen back home in his native New Zealand, he played the lead role Beverly, in the tele-feature Jean. Michael is also a talented singer and dancer. Recently he completed a recurring role in Australian TV series Wanted Series 3 as well as a guest role in Halifax: Retribution.


2018Best Male Actor In A Supporting Role In A Mainstage Production - HIR - Sydney Theatre Company
2013Gluggs Award for Best New Talent for performance in "Tarantula"
2008Most Original Production - Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards Winner - Apollo 13 : Mission Control
2007Most Promising Male Newcomer - Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards -

Feature Film.

2017The Pretend One Hugo

Short Film.

2016Grave Attempt BrianDir. Ryan O'Kane
2016JumpJoggerDir. Ryan O'kane
2016Second best KevDir. Alyssa McClelland
2014CrumbleFraserGoldhawk Productions
Dir. Georgiana Taylor
2008BirdwatcherMatt (Lead)Rubber Monkey
Dir. Nathan Meister
2005Bad DatesTodd BurkleighGranite Films
Dir. Grant La Hood
2002The other side of the MoonAntsDir. Andrea Bosshard

Short Film.

2015Dayfire Craig Dir. Ngaire O'Leary

Feature Film.

2014BacktrackConstable SamuelsBacktrack Productions
Dir. Michael Petroni
2014UnbrokenStanley PillsburyDir. Angelina Jolie
2013PsychoanalysisRyanDir. James Raue
2013Slow West The Kid (Support)See Saw Films
Dir. John Maclean
2009MatarikiJermaine (Lead)Filmworks Ltd
Dir. Michael Bennet
2006Out of the Blue Darren Gibbs Dir. Robert Sarkies
2006Out of the BlueDarren Gibbs (Lead)Southern Light Films
Dir. Robert Sarkies
2005Eagle vs SharkHoon (Supporting Role)Whenua Films
Dir. Taika Waititi
2005Lord of the RingsORCDir. Dir: Peter Jackson
2001Lord of the RingsOrcNewline Cinema & Wingnut Films
Dir. Peter Jackson


2021Real Life Fights Liam Dir. Jessica Grace Smith
2019Halifax: RetributionMitch MarcovicDir. Mark Joffe
2018Wanted - S-3 Lance GreinerMatchbox Pictures/Netflix
Dir. Various
2016Jean - Tele Feature Beverley (Major Support)Lippy Pictures
Dir. Robert Sarkies
2014Love Child S-2ArthurPlaymaker Media (AU)
2014The Principal DaveEssential Media & Entertainment
2013Field Punishment No.1 (Tele Feature)William Little (Major Support)Lippy Productions Limited
Dir. Peter Burger
2013WonderlandHomeless TonyFreemantle Media
2012Pirates of the Airwaves (Documentary Drama Film)Doc O'Callahan (Lead)Lippy Productions
Dir. Charlie Haskell
2010Paradise Cafe Series 2Max - The Surfer (Support)The Gibson Group
2009Legend of the SeekerFlynn (Reaccuring Guest)Walt Disney Company
2008NZTA Four Mates CampaignJasonDir. Peter Burger
2007FaceliftPolice Recruit - Anti Smacking Squad LeaderGibson Group
2007Killian's CurseStanTVNZ
Dir. Thomas Robins
2007Time HackersMuttheadGibson Group
Dir. Thomas Robins
2006Karaoke HighTom Winston (Core Cast)TVNZ
2003The TribeTechno CommanderCloud 9


2020Harry Potter & the Cursed ChildRon Weasley (Lead)Dir. John Tiffany
2019Astral PlaneSamDir. Charlie Garber
2017HIRIsaac Connor Belvoir St Theatre
Dir. Anthea Williams
2017Muriel's Wedding Perry Heslop Dir. Simon Phillips
2016There will be a Climax Nida
Dir. Alex Berlage
2016Tiny Remarkable Bramble DougKing's Cross Theatre
Dir. Cathy Hunt
2016You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Charlie Hayes Theatre
Dir. Shaun Rennie
2015Blue AngelThe Academic / Saxon Seafarer JohnBig hART
Dir. Scott Rankin
2015CockJohnRed Line Productions / Mardi Gras Festival
2015Edward IIGavestonSport for Jove Theatre
Dir. Terry Kerabelos
2015The FrontKeithAdelaide Cabaret Festival
Dir. Andy Packer
2014Hipbone Sticking OutPerformerDir. Big hART / Yala Project
2013Songs of the FallenPerformerCritical Stages
Dir. Michael Seiders Presents
2013The Importance of Being EarnestJohn WorthingBurley Theatre
2012An Officer and a GentlemanCraig/ Sid Worley Cover (Lead)GFO Australia
Dir. Simon Phillips
2012TarantulaTerryTredwood Productions
Dir. Nasstasja Djalog
2011Skin TightTom45 Downstairs Theatre & presented by SAYSIX Theatre and The Groundswell Division
Dir. Justin Martin
2011The Threepenny OperaEnsembleA Malthouse Theatre & Victorian Opera Co-Production-Presented by Sydney Theatre Company
Dir. Michael Kantor
2010Romeo & JulietRomeo (Lead)Auckland Theatre Company Limited
Dir. Willem Wassenaar
2009She Stoops to ConquerTony Lumpkin (Lead)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Michael Hurst
2009Te KarakiaMatt (Lead)Taki Rua Theatre Company
Dir. David O'Donnel
2008Apollo 13 : Mission ControlMichael Whallen (Lead)Hackman
Dir. Kip Chapman
2008The Man that Lovelock Couldn't BeatJack Lovelock (Lead)Circa Theatre
Dir. Conrad Newport
2007High School MusicalTroy Bolton (Lead)Wellington Musical Theatre
2007I'm Not Rappaport GilleyDownstage Theatre
Dir. Steven Ray
2007Jack & the BeanstalkJack (Lead)Circa Theatre
Dir. Susan Wilson
2007The CapeMo (Lead)Circa Theatre
Dir. Conrad Newport
2006The Glass MenagerieTom Wingfield (Lead)Circa Theatre
Dir. Willem Wassennar
2006The Goat or Who is SylviaBillyDownstage Theatre
Dir. Catherine Downes
2005Jack Manning - Face to FaceLuka (Lead)New Zealand Drama School Productions
Dir. KC Kelly
2005Wednesday to ComeCliffDownstage Theatre
Dir. Geraldine Brophy
2004Great ExpectationsHerbert PocketNew Zealand Drama School Productions
Dir. Miranda Harcourt & Tom McCrory
2004PericlesPander/PirateNew Zealand Drama School Productions
Dir. Peter Hambleton
2004Westside StoryRiffDir. Alan Marsden
2003Midsummer Nights DreamLysanderDir. Carmel McGlone


2009AMP CommercialLead Voice
2007Chute ThruNarratorChildrens Novel
2006Caltex Lead male voice
2006Children's StoriesNarrator
2006Conflict of InterestVariousDir. Hone Kouka
2006Terror at Tinakori RoadBilly
2005LTSA Radio AdMale Voice
2005Various Children's Stories for CD ROMNarratorLearnig Media Ltd


Bachelor of Performing Arts, NZ - 2003, Toi Whakaari : New Zealand Drama School
Diploma in Acting for Theatre, Film & Television - 2001, Wellington Performing Arts Centre