Narelle Ahrens Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


173 cm

Age Range


Career Highlights

Narelle Ahrens has worked in film and television for the past 20 years - both in front of and behind the camera, with lead roles in the New Zealand feature film "Jake" and the internationally acclaimed short film "I’m Going to Mum’s." She has appeared on New Zealand TV series “Shortland Street” and TVNZ drama series Dirty Laundry,” as well as the US anthology drama “Murder is Forever,” and is a member of the Kiwi girl group “Hot Flush.”


2013New Zealand Film Awards - Nominated Best Actress, Short Film

Feature Film.

2024Pike RiverDeb Daley (Guest)Dir. Robert Sarkies
2020Together Forever TeaCoffee Executive (Guest)Screentime NZ
Dir. Josh Frizzell
2009JakeVanessa (Lead)Hybrid Films
Dir. Doug Dillaman
2002Tongan NinjaThe Pink Fairy (Guest)Tommy Ringo International
Dir. Jason Stutter
2000Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingHerbalist (Guest)3 Foot 6/New Line Cinema
Dir. Peter Jackson

Tele Film.

2020Centre PointBarbara Ball (Guest)Dir. Natalie Malcon and Thomas Robins

Feature Film.

2019No Turning Back Tamara Diamond Productions
Dir. Danny Phillips

Short Film.

2015Interloafer Naz (Guest)Dir. Aidee Walker
2015The Dragon's ScaleGecko/Drago (Support)Media Design School
Dir. James Cunningham
2013Linda's ListNurse (Support)Dir. Angela Bloomfield, Kate McDermott
2012I'm Going to MumsGwen (Support)Godwit Films Midnight Billy
Dir. Lauren Jackson
2009Be Careful Fi's Sister (Guest)Shoot First
Dir. Alan Brash
2003The Mens RoomCathy (Lead)Dir. Neil Campbell
2003The TubLynda (Support )Enigma Films
Dir. Bill Giannakakis
2000Paper Doll GirlPaper Doll Girl (Lead )Bubblegum Valley Productions - RAD
Dir. Kezia Barnett
1999DepartureWoman (Lead )Jealous Productions
Dir. Emma Willis
1998A Greater PlanMarie (Lead )Jason Stutter Films
Dir. Jason Stutter
1997Dead & BreathingSarah (Lead)Jason Stutter Films
Dir. Jason Stutter
1997Gun LoversMilly (Lead)Jason Stutter Films
Dir. Jason Stutter


2021Head HighMs Addison (Guest )Dir. Awanui Simich-Pene
2020Black HandsMrs Marsh (Guest )Dir. David Stubbs
2019The Brokenwood Mysteries - Season 6Marion (Guest)South Pacific Pictures Ltd
Dir. Murray Keane
2017Murder Is Forever. Ep 101Dee Dee Blancharde (Lead)Dir. Colin Teague (UK)
2016Dirty LaundryCharlotte (Guest)Filthy Productions Ltd
Dir. Various
2016Filthy Rich Series 2Kate Randwick (Guest)Filthy Productions Ltd
Dir. Various
2015Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior Secretary (Support)Screentime Productions Limited
Dir. Riccardo Pellizzeri
2013Nothing Trivial Series 3Barbara (Recurring Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2012Erebus: Operation OverdueViviane Gulpin (Support)Rogue Productions Limited
Dir. Peter Burger & Charlotte Purdy
2012Safe House Reporter (Support)Screentime Aust/NZ Ltd
Dir. John Laing
2008Politically Incorrect Parenting ShowMother (Guest)Razor Films
Dir. Rupert McKenzie
2008Shortland StreetBernadette Hambyn (Recurring Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2008The Pretender Female Presenter (Guest)Great Southern Television Ltd
2007Outrageous Fortune Series 3Karen (Guest )South Pacific Pictures
2004Insiders Guide to HappinessPip (Guest )Gibson Group
Dir. Jonathan Brough, Brendan Donovan
2002Mercy Peak Series 1Cherie Ruskin (Guest )South Pacific Pictures
2001Dark Knight (UK)Cannibal Wench (Guest )Palana Productions
2001Love BitesKathryn (Guest)Kahukura Productions
Dir. Roz Mason
2000Shortland StreetStacey Clark (Recurring Guest)South Pacific Picutres
Dir. Various
1999DugganDina (Guest)Gibson Group
Dir. John Laing


2021The Beat Girls, A Right Royal Cabaret
2018The Beat Girls 21st Birthday PartyBeat Girl (Lead)Marlborough & Southland festivals
Dir. Andrea Sanders
2015Karaoke Queening (Lead)Basement Theatre
2011MotherlockCharlatan Clinic
Dir. Melissa Fergusson
2006Paradise PackageLouiseFortune Theatre, Dunedin, NZ
Dir. Geraldine Brophy
2006The Beat Girls Birthday Bash Beat GirlCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Andrea Sanders
2006The RivalsJuliaCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Ken Blackburn
2006The Shape Of ThingsJennyFortune Theatre, Dunedin, NZ
Dir. Jerry Jaffe
2005Attempts on Her LifeVariousNew Zealand Drama School Productions
Dir. Steven Whiting
2005Milo's WakeBrookeCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Rachel More
2004The Love of Human KindTrixieCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Danny Mulheron
2003The ExpertThe WaitressCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. James Hadley
2000And Then He Kissed Me - The Beat Girls Beat GirlCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Andrea Sanders
1999It's My Party - The Beat Girls Beat GirlCirca Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Andrea Sanders
1998In The Deep EndVanilla BlandCalico Young People's Theatre - Downstage Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Jenny Wake
1998Pick a Pack of PiratesPirate NarratorKidstuff, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Colleen McColl
1998Purple FrogJudeMister Nude Theatre Co - BATS, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Victoria Spackman
1998The Big ChipsHeidi/NarleneCalico Young People's Theatre, Napier, NZ
Dir. Carole Stevenson
1997CowThe CollectorYoung & Hungry Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Roy Ward
1997Dear JohnLucyBATS Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Judy Dale
1997LoveSvetaVictoria University Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Emma Willis
1997The MaidsMadameBATS Theatre, Wellington, NZ
Dir. Emma Willis
1996GreaseChorusWellington Musical Theatre Company, NZ
Dir. Stephen Robertson


2017Anchor TVC
2017EES Radio
2015Burgen/TV+Online/12monthsColenso BBDO
2015Cadbury Jaffa Block
2015Pharmabroker, Apropos/12months/NZVertigo Motion
2015The Brokenwood Mysteries VariousSouth Pacific Pictures Limited
2015VisaColenso BBDO
2014JR Duty Free/1 x 30" Radio/Short termFCB
2012Medicine WomanSouth Pacific Pictures
2011Prime Television - RadioIrish Monroe
2010Maggi - Radio
2009AMI - TV
2009Glade - TV
2008Prime TV
2008Ridge A2 Milk
2008Sky MySky
2007Positively Wellington
2007TAB Super 14
2005Resene Paint
2005Tranz Scenic Railways
2003Blind Foundation
2003LTSA - Radio
2003Meridian Energy
2003Open Polytech
2003Voice of Shoe Connection
2002Telecom Directory Prompts - IVR
2001Voice of Banks Shoes

Web Series.

2018AlibiDeborah Hunter (Guest)TVNZ & Plus6Four Productions
Dir. David de Lautour
2018Custard's World - Season 1Judge "Sue Perior" (Guest)Whoa Studios
Dir. Rajneel Singh


Film Acting Masterclass with Miranda Harcourt - 2017, Miranda Harcourt
Camera Acting Workshop - 2015, Fiona Samuel
Casting Hothouse NZ - 2015, Matt Skrobalak, Marisa Ross, Kerry Barden, Tom McSweeney, Nikki Barrett, Stu Turner
Casting Hothouse NZ 2012 - 2012, Matt Skrobalak, Margery Simkin, Christine King, Matt and Mike Dwyer
Masterclass Workshop-'Falling through the floor' - 2011, ATC & Stuart Devenie
Acting, Voice & Dance Summer Workshop, The Neighbourhood Playhouse, New York, USA. - 2004, Richard Pinter
Meisner Technique Workshop, NZ - 2003, Michael Saccente
Acting for Film Workshop, NZ - 1999, Vicki Yianoutsos
Diana Rowan Acting Workshop, NZ - 1997, Irene Drake
Under Lili's Balcony Theatre Training, NZ - 1997, Stephen Bain & France Herve
Young & Hungry Theatre Workshops, NZ - 1997, Simon Ferry
Acting for Film Workshop, NZ - 1996, Vicky Yianoutsos
Screen Acting Workshop, NZ - 1996, Tina Regtien & Perry Piercy
Bachelor of Arts; Theatre & Film and English Literature, NZ - 1993, Victoria University of Wellington