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Vanessa Wells

Actor / Improvisor / Presenter / Voice Artist

Height
172cm / 5ft 8in
Birthdate
3 August 1970 (48 this year)
Eye Colour
Brown
Hair Colour
Dark Brown
Natural Accent
New Zealand
Ethnicity
European
Locations
Auckland / Christchurch

Experience

Theatre

2016 The Streaker Linda The Court Theatre, Dir. Mark Hadlow, Christchurch, NZ
2008 The Graduate Mrs Robinson Canterbury University, Dir. Emma Cusdin and Hamish Parkinson, Christchurch, NZ
2007 The Full Monty Pam Lewkowski Showbiz, Christchurch, Dir. John Hudson
2005 - 2017 Scared Scriptless Improviser The Court Jesters - The Court Theatre, Christchurch

Commercials

2013 Jetstar Featured MAP productions, NZ and Australia
2011 Toyota Wife Saatchi and Saatchi
2010 Sony/Disney DVDs Hero Mother Orly Productions, Christchurch
2010 Baby First Presenter Ruffell Productions, Christchurch
2010 Verkerks Featured Ruffell Productions, Christchurch, Dir. Louise Leitch
2009 New Zealand Pork Board Lead Presenter Shuriken, Christchurch, Dir. Richard Bell
2009 Macquarie Bank Featured Film Construction, Australia, Dir. Perry Bradley
2007 New World Featured Shuriken, Christchurch, Dir. Richard Bell
2006 Harcourts Featured Shuriken, Christchurch, Dir. Richard Bell

Feature Film

2017 Kiwi Christmas Cathy Dir. Tony Simpson, Christchurch, NZ
2017 Human Traces Margo (voice) Overactive Imaginations Films, Dir. Nic Gorman
2015 Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws Sexy Alcoholic Dir. Mad Fox Films, Andrew Todd and Johnny Hall
2006 Wait Up Harriet Stacie Limelight Motion Picture Company, Christchurch, Dir. Hanna Eichler and Angus Benfield
2006 Husband Wife Canterbury University, Dir. Ed Lust

Short Film

2015 The Silent Man Harper Harrison TBALC, Dir. Ben Allan
2015 Kin Catherine Canterbury University Film School, Dir. Seung-woo Hong, Christchurch, NZ
2013 Azanti Lead Zebra Crossing, Dir. Richard Lord, Christchurch, NZ
2012 Fukushu Hero Zebra Crossing, Dir. Richard Lord, Christchurch, NZ
2009 Home Front Mother Picture The Difference Productions, Christchurch, Dir. Louise Leitch
2009 A Sense of Place Wine Taster Porter Pictures, Dir. Alex Porter, Christchurch, NZ
2007 Sleeping Mat Shelley Littlewood Productions, Christchurch, Dir. Stephen Cleary
2004 Sleep When You're Dead Sonya New Zealand Broadcasting School, Dir. Amanda Booke
2004 Compulsion Wife New Zealand Broadcasting School, Dir. Jason Berry

Voice

2017 NZ Ministry for Primary Industries Lead Voice - NBV Stun Media, Dir. Greg Ellis, NZ
2017 NZ Ministry of Justice Lead Voice - NBV Stun Media, Dir. Greg Ellis
2016 Simply Furniture TVC CTV, Christchurch, NZ
2016 Auckland International Airport Announcer Simpleway, NZ
2015 - 2016 NZ on a Plate - Series 5 & 6 Narrator Destination Media, Dir. Jacqui Shrimpton/Tony Benny, NZ
2013 Avis/Budget Rent-A-Car IVRS voice 247 Inc, USA
2013 New World Supermarkets (South Island) In-Store voice TV5
2012 - 2014 Contracted Commercial Voice The Radio Network
2011 - 2014 Kitchen Studio TVC voice Whitebait Productions, Christchurch, NZ
2009 - 2017 Other Voice Work Various corporate, e-learning, medical, IVR systems, animation and non-broadcast work. Home Studio with full editing suite

Presenting

2014 - 15 Covered Presenter CTV, Christchurch, NZ
2014 Loose Lips Host CTV, Christchurch, NZ
2013 RedSeed E-Learning Presenter RedSeed Ltd, Dir. Anya Anderson, Christchurch, NZ
2012 City Life Presenter CTV, Christchurch, New Zealand
2009 Nine Lessons and Carols Presenter TVNZ, Dir. Robert Hagen
2009 Red Seed Sales Training Presenter The Plant, Dir. Anya Anderson
2007 - 2008 Good Living Lead Presenter Canterbury Television

Television

2013 Hope and Wire Nurse Sophie Gaylene Preston Productions, Dir. Gaylene Preston, Christchurch, NZ
2012 What Now - The Wobblies Marriage Celebrant Whitebait Studios, Dir. Robin Shingleton, Christchurch, NZ
2009 Science Girl - USA TV pilot Headmistress Apollyon Productions, Dir. Kim Georgine
2009 Kaitangata Twitch Toni Kaitangata Twitch Productions, Dir. Yvonne McKay
2006 What Now Wendy Whiteboard Whitebait Productions, Christchurch, Dir. Jason Gunn
2004 Oswald Gold Maia the Aromatherapist EH Productions, Dir. Patrick Gillies

Training & Education

2017 Masterclasses Danny Mulheron, Cameron Rhodes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand
2017 Introduction to Perdekamp Emotional Method Sarah Victoria and Jon Hunter - Open Acting Academy
2017 Actors to Directors Lara Macgregor
2013 Voice Estill Programme - Jon Hunter
2012 Advanced Screen Acting Miranda Harcourt
2009 Screen Acting Miranda Harcourt
2009 Voice for the Actor Kirstie O'Sullivan
2008 Voice Technique Workshop Linda Cartwright
2008 US Accent Workshop Chris Stewart
2008 Improvisation Patti Stiles - Impro Melbourne

Awards

2013 National Finalist "Azanti" (Team - Zebra Crossing) 48hour Film Competition
2012 Best Actress and Christchurch Finalist "Fukushu" (Team - Zebra Crossing) 48hour Film Competition
2011 Christchurch Finalist "A Series of Unlikely Events" (Team - Zebra Crossing) 48hour Film Competition

Other

Nominated for "Best Actress" award in a 48hour film in 2007, 2011 and 2013
WIFT NZ (Women in Film and Television) Board Member since 2015

Skills

Cycling - road and mountain bike
Running - road and trail
Kayaking - flat water and whitewater (grade 2)
Rowing
Snow skiing
Tennis
Yoga
Horse riding
Swimming
Sailing

Full and clean drivers licence