Acushla-Tara Kupe

Acushla-Tara Kupe

European, Māori, NZ European
Age Range
28 - 38
169cm / 5ft 7in
92cm / 36in
74cm / 29in
88cm / 35in

Bartlett-Walford Associates  - UK Agent

Iwi: Ngāti Maniapoto
Te Reo Level: Conversational 

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Acushla-Tara Kupe is a New Zealand actor of NZ European & Māori (Ngāti Maniapoto) descent.  Acushla-Tara started her professional acting journey at 20 when cast in the cult feature film hit Fresh Meat starring alongside New Zealand icon Temuera Morrison followed by 4 years working at the iconic Circa Theatre in Wellington.  Kupe then headed to the UK where she landed the role of Pui Sonova in the BBC drama series Creeped Out. During her time in the UK Acushla-Tara also performed at many international functions with renowned kapa haka group Ngāti Rānana of which she appeared in the multi award winning Netflix series The Crown

As well as her many theatre performances overseas she also spent 3 years filming the new XBox & INT./NIGHT video game As Dusk Falls, and BBC Radio’s The Christchurch Murder with Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw. On returning to New Zealand Acushla-Tara has been busy working on series including the Apple TV+ show Mr Corman alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Acorn TV/TVNZ’s comedy-drama series Under the Vines Season 2, the Māori-language children’s series Te Pāmu Kūmara Season 1 & 2, and the Irish/New Zealand co-production The Gone where she plays the lead role of Diana Huia, directed by Peter Burger and Hannah Quinn.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2021 Encounters Sarah (Supporting) Oneshotcollective Feature Film
2016 Chronesthesia Elena (Supporting) Turn Right Ltd Feature Film
2015 The Dead Room Anna dir. Jason Stutter Feature Film
2012 Fresh Meat Kiri (Supporting) Gibson Group Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2024 The Gone S2 Diana Huia Blinder Films (Ireland), Kingfisher Films (NZ), Southern Lights Films (AUS), dir: Peter Burger Drama
2024 Shortland Street Bonnie Kawaiti South Pacific Pictures Drama
2023 Te Pāmu Kūmara S2 Grace Rau Kura Productions, dir: Te Manawani Rawiri Drama
2023 The Gone Diana Huia - Lead Blinder Films (Ireland), Kingfisher Films (NZ), Southern Lights Films (AUS), dir: Peter Burger Drama
2022 Te Pāmu Kūmara S1 Grace Rau Kura Productions Drama
2022 Under The Vines S2 Sienna Libertine Pictures Drama
2021 Mr Corman Susan Apple TV+, dir. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Drama
2021 The Crown - Season 3 Dance Performance Netflix Drama
2017 Creeped Out Pui BBC Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2023 Prima Facie Tessa Ensler Auckland Live with Plumb Productions, dir: Paul Gittins
2023 Waiting for Waiting for Godot Laura dir: Michael Hurst
2020 Emilia Emilia #1 Pop Up Globe, dir Miriama McDowell
2020 Found in Translation Kandii Te Pou Theatre in association with Circa Theatre
2020 Front Yard Fest Performer Te Pou Theatre, dir. Tainui Tukiwaho
2019 Anahera Anahera Finsbourgh Theatre, dir. Alice Kornitzer
2019 Twelfth Night Feste Iris Theatre, dir Raw McKen
2019 Like You Hate Me Lead Fight or Flight, dir. Jess Barton
2017 Slow Ripening Fruit Jessica (Lead) Bechdel Theatre, dir. Nastazja Somers
2017 Romeo & Juliet Benvolio Mayhem Theatre, dir. Mathew Bentley
2015 2080 Nancy (Lead) Hapai Productions, dir. Katie Wolfe
2014 Hotel Anita Site Specific NZ, dir. Paul McLaughlin
2014 A View From The Bridge Catherine (Lead) Circa Theatre, dir. Susan Wilson
2013 Kings of the Gym Annie (Lead) Circa Theatre, dir. Danny Mulheron

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 The Brylcream Boys Amiria Rafer Rautjoki Short Film
2019 Woman in Blue Awhi (Lead) Jack O'Donnell Short Film
2018 Review Jane (Lead) Central Film School Short Film
2017 Lantana Lantana University of Westminster Short Film
2013 The Return Lead Gretchen Peterson Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 Destruction AllStars Hana Lucid for Playstation
2022 As Dusk Falls Video Game Avatar - Joyce Walema Int./Night for XBox


Year Production Role Company / Director
2023 Les Mills - Choose Happy Millie dir: Andreas Nilsson
2022 Kaitiaki Hero Sister Film 360
2021 KFC 'Zumba' Hero Instructor Film360
2019 Bach Remedies Lead Tinderflint, dir. Ryan Mansfield
2022 NZ Cancer Society 'Can Move' Story Teller Dripple Productions


Year Description Institution / Presenter
Acting Workshops The Actors Guild
'Being Human’ Workshop Brita McVeigh
Young and Hungry Wellington


Intermediate: Sign Language | Te Reo Māori


Advanced: American - General | British | New Zealand | UK - English

Circus & Horse

Intermediate: Stage Combat

Driving & Flying

Advanced: Driving (general)

Intermediate: Stick Shift

Singing Range


Singing Styles

Intermediate: General | Musical


Intermediate: General Movement | Māori