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Donna Akersten, MNZM

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Gender: Female
Age Range: 60 - 69
Height: 165cm
Base Location: Wellington
Available In: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, International, Sydney, Wellington
Skills: Actor, Voice Artist
Hair: Grey
Eye: Blue
Ethnicity: New Zealand



Feature Film

2009 Greta Separation City Ltd, Paul Middleditch
1998 Joyce Satellite Films, Anthony McCarten
1994 Mrs Mackersey Preston Laing Productions, Gaylene Preston
1994 Mrs Monaghan Plumb Productions, John Reid
1991 Fiona Pacific Films (Berlin), Barry Barclay
1985 Malvina Jacobs Cinepro & New Zealand Film Commission, John Laing
1982 Doreen Southern Pictures, Mike Newell
1980 Joy Trilogic Film Productions, Richard Turner
1979 Judy Endeavour Productions, John Reid
1977 Mary Aardvark Films, Roger Donaldson


2013 Judy Cooper South Pacific Pictures, Various
2011 Susan Ward Polyphon International Film und Fernseh, Thomas Hezel
2002 Rebecca Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group New Zealand, Various
2002 Clare Gibson Group, Various
1999 Prue Digby South Pacific PIctures, Various
1998 Guest Role Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group New Zealand, Various
1997 Marilyn Bluck South Pacific Pictures, Various
1997 Leonie Coigley Gibson Group, Various
1992 Mary Meridian Film Productions, Pat Robins
1990 Anges Brock TVNZ, Roger Tompkins


2012 Chris Fortune Theatre, Shane Anthony
2012 Laura Circa Theatre, Ross Jolly
2011 Elizabeth (the older) Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2010 Mrs Gottlieb Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2010 Rita Circa Theatre, Jane Waddell
2009 Mother Circa Theatre, Ross Jolly
2009 Ludmilla Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2007 Voinitskaia Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2006 Deborah Auckland Theatre Company, Colin McColl
2005 Aunty Downstage, Peter Tait
2005 Charlotta Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2004 Ursula Loyer Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2004 Frances Beale Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2003 Flora Humble Circa Theatre, Ross Jolly
2003 Julienne Circa Theatre, Ross Jolly
2002 Miss Prism Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2002 Meg Circa Theatre, Ross Jolly
2001 Lorraine Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson
2000 Claire Circa Theatre, Bruce Philips
2000 Irena Circa Theatre, Susan Wilson

Voice Over

1989 Samantha the Cat/The Sheep WingNut Film, Peter Jackson


2004 Donna Akersten Anchor Bay Entertainment, John Reid

Training & Additional Notes

Donna was born in Auckland and was educated in Pakuranga College and Auckland Teachers’ College where she completed training as a primary school teacher, later teaching at Owairoa School and Elm Park School in Auckland.

With a strong interest in theatre she started acting professionally in 1970, touring schools with the New Zealand Players Drama Quartet.  This led to a change of career to one in theatre and film, with occasional periods of relief teaching in New Zealand and Australia.

Donna has worked with all the major theatre companies in New Zealand and for The Nimrod Theatre, J C Williamson, Q Theatre and the Adelaide Arts Festival in Australia.  Among her favourite roles are Mary Mooney in Once A Catholic at Mercury, Carlotta in The Cherry Orchard at Downstage, Meg in The Birthday Party at Circa (Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress) and Deborah in The Book Club for the Auckland Theatre Company (Audience Award for Best Actress).  She last appeared at Fortune Theatre in the role of Honor in an ATC touring production of Honour.  Donna has twice won the Wellington Critics’ Award for Best Actress.

She has had extensive television experience on boh sides of the Tasman.  Principal in New Zealand, being lead roles in Country GP, Shortland Street, Jackson Wharf, Bread and Roses, Mirror Mirror and the German tele-feature The Mystery of the Opals.

Her feature films include Middle-Age Spread, Bad Blood, Sleeping Dogs, Te Rua, Via Satellite and Donna has also worked widely in Radio and voice presentations.

In 2002 she was awarded the MNZM for services to acting.

In addition to her acting, in 2007 Donna re-entered teaching in early childhood and in 2009 she started working as a relief teacher in the Primary Service in Wellington.

She is passionately interested in food, wine and cooking.  She has over twentry years experience as senior partner in a boutique catering company, preparing menus and organising functions for its private, corporate and diplomatic clientele.  It also had as one of its principal aims, to provide work for actors between engagements.

Her other interests include cats, serious gardening, fashion, reading and petanque. Donna is married to Wellington actor and food writer Gerald Bryan and they have a cat called Parker. 

2002	New Zealand Order of Merrit (MNZM)	For services to Acting
2002	Winner    Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for 'The Birthday Party’
1999	Winner    ATC Audience Award	        Best Actress for ‘The Book Club’
1984	Winner    Wellington Critics Award	Best Actress for ‘Insignificance’
1978	Winner    Wellington Critics Award	Best Actress for ‘Old Flames’

1998	Honour / Theatre
1997	Via Satellite / Film
1991	        Te Rua / Film

Donna has extensive experience in all aspects of voice acting for radio dramas, short stories and documentary narrations.
Shoe Size: 8.5
Clothing Size: Female - 12
Waist: 76cm
Neck: 35cm
Bust: 92cm
Hip: 96cm
Natural Accent: New Zealand
Accent Skills: American Standard, Australian, English, New Zealand
Voice Style: Animation, Character, Corporate, Documentary, Soft Sell, Straight, Voice Acting
Languages: English
Hair Length: Shoulder Length
Hair Style: Wavy
Sport & Athletic: Cycling, Swimming
Drivers Licence: Car
Voice Style: Animation, Character, Corporate, Documentary, Soft Sell, Straight, Voice Acting

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