Rena Owen Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


169 cm

Age Range


Also Represented in

United States of America

Career Highlights

Rena Owen is renowned for her unforgettable portrayal of Beth Heke in the seminal New Zealand film "Once Were Warriors," marking the start of a prolific career that spans across a diverse array of international film and television productions, including notable roles in George Lucas’s "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones," Spielberg’s "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "The Last Witch Hunter," US /Freeform "Sirens," "The Dead Lands," "Vegas," "Orville," alongside Seth MacFarlane and Australian series "The Gloaming."


2012Nominated for Best TV Actress for East, West 101 AACTA; Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts
2011Nominated for Best TV Actress for East, West 101 Montecarlo International TV Festival
2011Nominated for TV Guide’s People’s Choice Best Actress award for Shortland Street
2011Shortland Street Best Supporting Actress, Aotearoa Film and TV Award
1998Dance Me to My Song Best Supporting Actress Nomination
1997Coverstory Best Actress in a Television Drama Nomination, New Zealand
1995Best Actress Award at the Oporto Film Festival for Once Were Warriors
1995Once Were Warriors - Benny Award for Excellence in Film, New Zealand
1995Once Were Warriors - Best Actress Award, Montreal Film Festival
1995Once Were Warriors - Best Actress Award, San Diego Film Festival
1995Once Were Warriors - Toastmasters Communicator of the Year, New Zealand
1995Once Were Warriors Best Actress Independent Spirit Awards

Feature Film.

2023MayaSandyDir. Julia Verdin
2022A MistakeTessa Williams (Supporting)Dir. Christine Jeffs
2022KĀINGANan (Supporting )Dir. Nahyeon Lee
2020WhinaWhinaDir. Paula Whetu Jones & James Napier Robertson
2018 Escape and Evasion MichelleBronte Pictures Pty Ltd
Dir. Storm Ashwood

Film Film.

2017Without a Body Mordeya Dir. Harvey Lowry
2016AsomatousMordeya (Lead)Dir. Harvey Lowry
2015The Last Witch HunterGlaeser (Lead)Dir. Breck Eisner
2014The Dead Lands Hongi's Grandmother (Supporting)Dir. Toa Fraser
2014The Last SurvivorsCameo (Cameo)Dir. Tom Hammock
2014The Well Claire (Supporting)Dir. Tom Hammock
2014Where Are They Now? - Once Were Warriors 20th AnniversaryDir. Julian Arahanga
2012Alyce KillsDanielle (Supporting)Dir. Jay Lee
2011Absolute KillersJudge IrwinDir. Heather Hale
2011The Exquisite ContinentNarrator (Narrator)Dir. Stephen Gyllenhaal
2009SpoutOma (Lead)Dir. Alex Munoz
2009Veronika Decides to DieNurse Josephine (Supporting)Dir. Emily Young
2008A Beautiful LifeSam (Supporting)Dir. Alejandro Chomski
2008Rain of the ChildrenPuhi (Lead)Dir. Vincent Ward
2007AmusementPsychiatrist (Supporting)Dir. John Simpson
2007Finding Red CloudBarflyDir. Michael O'Connor
2007Ocean of Pearls Anna Berisha (Supporting)Dir. Sarab Neelam
2007The Iron ManDolores (Supporting)Dir. Alex Nam
2006Horrible FlowersNancy (Lead)Dir. Eric Tretbar
2005DeadlyAunt Bonnie
2005FreezerburnLee (Supporting)Dir. Melissa Balin
2005Mee-Shee: The Water Giant Crazy Norma (Supporting)Dir. John Henderson
2005Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Senator Nee Alavar (Supporting)Dir. George Lucas
2005The Crow: Wicked PrayerMary (Supporting)Dir. Lance Mungia
2004The Land Has Eyes: Pear ta ma ‘on maf Warrior Woman (Supporting)Dir. Vilsoni Hereniko
2003Nemesis Game Emily Gray (Supporting)Dir. Jessie Warne
2002A Thousand GunsGypsy
2002Pledge of AllegianceMaria MacIntyre (Supporting)Dir. Lee Madsen
2002Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Taun WeDir. George Lucas
2001Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Ticket Taker (Cameo)Dir. Steven Spielberg
2001Soul Assassin Karina (Supporting)Dir. Laurence Malkin
2000Her IliadLena (Supporting)Dir. Jesse Warn
2000The Mary Kay Letourneau Story: All-American Girl Soona FualaauDir. Lloyd Kramer
1999I’ll Make You HappyMickie (Supporting)Dir. Athina Tsouli
1999What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Beth HekeDir. Ian Mune
1998Dance Me to My SongRix (Supporting)Dir. Rolf de Heer
1998When Love Comes Katie Keen (Lead)Dir. Garth Maxwell
19979 AcrossJoey (Lead)Dir. Jesse Warn
1997Vaudeville HouseNadine (Lead)Dir. Marianne Rischert
1995Once Were WarriorsBeth Heke (Lead)Dir. Lee Tamahori
1994Rapa NuiHitirengi (Supporting)Dir. Reynolds

Short Film.

2016Lost GirlsCopRough Diamond Productions
Dir. Julia Verdin
2004LeelaMother Earth (Lead)Dir. Malik Vitthal
1995Hinekaro goes on a Picnic and Blows Up Another ObeliskHinekaro (Lead)Dir. Christine Parker
1991The Visitation Cheryl Natana (Guest Star)

Short Film Film.

2009SpoutOmaDir. Alex Munoz


2022Super Giant Robot Brothers (Animated Series)Sarge (Guest)Dir. Mark Andrews
2020VegasRawinia Duncan (Guest)Greenstone TV
Dir. Michael Bennett and Kiel McNaughton
2019The GloamingGrace CochraneDir. Michael Rymer, Greg McLean, Sian Davies
2018Siren (Season 1-3)Helen Hawkins Freeform
Dir. Nick Copus
2017The DeepHelen (Series Regular)Dir. Scott Stewart
2017The Orville HeveenaDir. Brannon Braga
2016JoyKaylee (Guest Star)Dir. Nan (Arnaud Dufour)
2015The Red Road Series 2Medicine Woman (Guest Star)Dir. Randall Einhorn
2012Longmire Series 4Medicine Woman (Guest Star)Dir. T.J. Scott
2012The StraitsKitty Montebello (Series Lead)
2011East West 101 Series 3Mere Hahunga (Series Regular)Dir. Peter Andrikidis
2011Shortland Street Hine Ryan
2009East West 101 Series 2Mere Hahunga (Series Regular)Dir. Peter Andrikidis
2009Fear Clinic Brett’s MomDir. Robert Hall
2009Piece of My HeartKat (Lead)Dir. Fiona Samuels
2009Prison BreakSHU C.O. (Guest Star)Dir. Kevin Hooks
2002AngelDinza (Reccuring)
2001Aroha Maori Drama SeriesWai
2001Gideon’s Crossing Tara McPhearson (Guest Star)
2001Living Face Wai Dir. Sally-Anne Kerr
2000Dark Knight The Rock Witch
1996Beth’s WorldPresenter
1996Medivac - Adrenalin JunkiesMacy Fields (Series lead)
1995CoverstoryMairanga (Guest Star)Dir. Mike Smith
1995High Tide Kara Gibson
1995Savage PlayTakiora (Supporting)Dir. Alan Lindsay
1995The Call UpEmilyDir. David Blyth
1992The VisitationCheryl NatanaDir. Ian Mune
1990Shark in the Park Ngaire (Lead)
1989Betty’s Bunch Shirley Gardner (Recurring)
1989RoimataGirlieDir. Riwia Brown
1989Variations on a ThemeNancy (Lead)Dir. Don Selwyn
1988Nightmare to a DreamCindy (Lead)
1987Open Space HMP Officer
1987Reporting London Customs Official
1986Breaking ThroughCinderella


2021Two LadiesSandy (Supporting)Auckland Theater Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2009The Pohutukawa Tree Aroha Mataira
2000Haruru MaiPearl
1997Fine DancingHina
1993The Hungry CityRiria
1993The Hungry CityRiria
1992Land of TrashRahui
1992Te Whanau a Tuanui Jones Director
1991In the Wilderness without a Hat (On Ilkla Moor b’aht ‘at)Director
1991Te HokinaGirlie
1991Whatungarongaro - Adelaide Theatre Festival - Australia, NZRuby
1990Daddy’s Girl Writer / Rose
1990No Ordinary SunVarious
1990Te Hara (The Sin)Director
1989Outside In Di/Sandy
1989The FedsVarious
1988Voices from PrisonCB
1987Te Awa I Tahuti (The River that Ran Away)Writer / Toni


Graig Wallace Acting for Camera, Los Angeles - 2005
Margie Haber Summer Intensive, Los Angeles - 2002
The Actor's Institute, London - 1985