Abby Damen

Abby Damen

Locations
Wellington
Ethnicity
Dutch, NZ European
Age Range
24 - 40
Height
164cm / 5ft 5in
Bust/Chest
85cm / 33in
Waist
70cm / 28in
Hips
90cm / 35in
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Bio

With over two decades of experience in the industry as an actress and voice artist, Abby's career began in her teens. Her screen presence and playful comedic streak landed her roles in David Stubbs and Thomas Robbins' romantic-whodunnit Girl vs Boy. Later, Stubbs would cast in his romantic period drama feature Daffodils. Other screen credits include New Zealand’s leading drama series Shortland Street, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's feature film What We Do in the Shadows and the soon to be released series for Apple TV+ Time Bandits.

Abby also voiced the 15cm, PVC plastic rollercoaster Jinny, in Korean animated cartoon, Nori the Rollercoaster Boy. Over the last few years, Abby has increased her range, with nuanced voice performances leading her to early character development work with Denis Villeneuve and Martin Kwok on Dune: Part Two.

Abby won Best Actress for her performance alongside Tom Sainsbury in The Jogger which was part of the The Watercooler series and played a bilingual, exaggerated version of herself in Tamati Kawha and Brandon Te Moananui's The Māori Sidesteps. In 2021, she was cast in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's comedy, Mr Corman and most recently as the fragile, isolated Olive in Katie Jackson's film debut, the post-apocalyptic horror Attachment Theory.

Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Dune: Part Two Character Development Warner Brothers US, dir: Dennis Villeneuve Feature Film
2020 Friend to the Friendless Anna Macdonald Production Shed TV Tele-Feature Film
2019 Daffodils Jude Dir. David Stubbs Feature Film
2016 Doubt: The Scott Watson Case Amelia Hope Production Shed, dir. Yvonne Mackay Tele-Feature Film
2016 Chronesthesia Imogen Dir. Hayden J. Weal Feature Film
2014 What We Do In The Shadows Beth Dir. Taika Waititi/Jemaine Clement Feature Film

Television

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2021 Mr Corman Screaming Mom Apple TV+, dir. Joseph Gordon Levitt Drama
2020 Hari & the Māori Sidesteps Abby Potent Youth, Tamati Kawha Comedy
2018 Shortland Street Lena May Holdsworth South Pacific Pictures, dir. Various Drama
2017 Murder is Forever Misti Stephen David Entertainment, dir. Colin Teague Drama
2016-2017 Nori Roller Coaster Boy (Voice) Jinny POW Studios Drama
2015 Wonderland Alice Austin S C Wheelbarrow & Sons, dir. Hayden Weal Drama
2014 Girl vs Boy 3 Kjesten Krafthaus Flow, dir. David Stubbs/Thomas Robins Drama
2013 Girl vs Boy 2 Kjesten Krafthaus Flow, dir. David Stubbs/Thomas Robins Drama
2012 Girl vs Boy Kjesten Krafthaus Flow, dir. David Stubbs/Thomas Robins Drama
2010 Reservoir Hill: Everyone Lies Petra Taplin TVNZ, dir. David Stubbs/Thomas Robins Drama
2009 Reservoir Hill Petra Taplin TVNZ, dir. David Stubbs/Thomas Robins Drama
2009 Paradise Cafe Eliza Gibson Group Comedy

Web Series

Year Production Role Company / Director
2018 The Watercooler Abby Breakdown Productions, Mike Minogue
2017 The Māori Sidesteps s2 Abby Potent Youth, Tamati Kawha
2017 Pot Luck s2 Toni Dir. Ness Simons
2016-2017 The Watercooler Amy Breakdown Productions, Mike Minogue
2016 The Māori Side Steps s1 Abby Potent Youth, Tamati Kawha

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Attachment Theory Olive Warped Productions, dir: Katie Jackson Short Film
2018 Applesmash Hero Woman 48 Hours Short Film
2014 Dick Off The Wife Simmo & Simmo Short Film
2014 Blind Date Abby Dir. Hayden J. Weal Short Film
2012 6EQUJ5 Amy Dir. Trevor Bymer Short Film
2008 Night of Sunshine Tania Dir. Alan Morrison Short Film

Video

Year Production Role Company / Director
2023 Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn - Gaming Video Various NPC Characters A44 Games
2018 "Everything's Minimal" Lawrence Arabia Music Video Woman Dir. Loren Taylor
2018 WREDA Maori Language Week Jean Potent Youth, Tamati Kawha
2016 8iReality News Anchor Wrestler, dir. Glen Puklowski
2016 "The Secret Lives of Furniture" Ha the Unclear Woman Dir. Simon Oliver
2013 ACC Driving Instruction Video Learner Propeller Productions
2013 Roxy Cinema Gun Woman Dir. Mike Wallis

Commercial

Year Production Role Company / Director
2021 Hells Pizza Presenter
2019 Mana in Mahi - MSD (Online) Rockclimber Flying Saucer, dir. Charlie Bleakley
2017 Mish Guru Hero Wrestler, dir. Glen Puklowski

Training

Year Description Institution / Presenter
On Set Coaching - Standard American Chris Stewart
Self Taping Masterclass McSweeney/Newman Casting Australia
Foundation Workshop PEM
2016 US Accent Jade Valour
2006 Auditioning for Camera Toi Whakaari

Languages

Intermediate: Sign Language

Accents

Intermediate: American - Californian | American - General | Australian | British | New Zealand | Standard US

Sports

Intermediate: Cycling | Netball | Running / Jogging | Surfing | Swimming | Tennis | Yoga

Circus & Horse

Intermediate: Horse Riding

Driving & Flying

Advanced: Driving (general)

Singing Range

Soprano

Singing Styles

Advanced: Contemporary

Musical Instruments

Intermediate: Keyboard | Piano

Dance

Intermediate: General Movement | Hip Hop