Ana Scotney

Ana Scotney

Age Range
23 - 31
European, Jewish, Māori
170cm / 5ft 7in
89cm / 35in
76cm / 30in
106cm / 42in
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Ana Chaya Scotney is an actor, artist and film and theatre maker.

She recently completed shooting as one of the leads in the inter-generational Māori-helmed feature film Cousins. She plays the lead, Millie, in Michelle Savill's NZFC funded soon-to-be released debut feature film Mille Lies Low.  She has recently wrapped filming the new Netflix series God’s Favourite Idiot in Byron Bay, alongside Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone and Steve Mallory.

Her breakthrough screen role came when cast as Sepa in Jackie Van Beek and Madeleine Sami’s 2018 hit comedy feature The Breaker Upperers – currently streaming on Netflix.

In 2020, Ana was awarded one of six Gender Scholarships from The New Zealand Film Commission. An award which recognises and celebrates women in the screen industry, and is aimed at supporting their career progression. With this grant, she is developing short film Universe From Our Waka, and feature-project Agnes. 

In 2020, she was also an Artist in Residence, taking part in Basement Theatre's 'Ideas In Residence,' alongside award winning theatre maker and director Eleanor Bishop, developing material for a new solo performance exploring themes of belonging as an urban Māori, in Aotearoa New Zealand, today.

A prodigious writer and director, her first short film, Dance of Lonely Birds, created during her final year at Toi Whakaari, was shown at WINDA Indigenous Film Festival in Sydney, The Bali Indigenous Film Festival, and at Māoriland Film Festival. 

Ana has devised and performed four original works of solo performance. Death of Nomad when she was 18, Mighty Boy, whilst studying acting at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Waiporoporo with Meanwhile Gallery, in Wellington and The Contours of Heaven which she co-created with director Puti Lancaster. The verbatim piece won multiple awards at the 2018 Auckland Fringe Festival, The Auckland Theatre Awards and following a New Zealand tour, played as part of a season of New Zealand theatre at the Soho Playhouse in New York January 11-13 2020.

Ana is of Māori (Tūhoe), German, Jewish and Irish decent and is a confident speaker of Te Reo Māori. 

Ana's creative potfolio/platform link: https://kotiropublishinggiant....


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2021 Millie Lies Low Millie Sandy Lane Productions, dir. Michelle Savill Feature Film
2021 Cousins Mata Mis Conceptions Feature Film
2018 The Breaker Upperers Sepa Miss Piki Ltd /Jackie Van Beek, Madeleine Sami Feature Film
2015 Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses Georgina Moses KHF Media - David Stubbs Feature Film


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2021 God's Favourite Idiot Wendy Netflix Drama
2019 Shortland Street Angel Schmidt South Pacific Pictures Drama
2018 Wellington Paranormal Sheena the Shewolf New Zealand Documentary Board, dir. Jemaine Clement, Jackie Van Beek, Taika Waititi Comedy
2018 Golden Boy - Pilot Leah Mediaworks Comedy
2018 Mangere Vice - Pilot Beatrice Adrenalin Group Comedy

Web Series

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2019 The Educators Maria South Pacific Pictures, dir. Jesse Griffin
2018 The Watercooler Various Breakdown Productions


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2019 Waiporoporo Solo Performer Kotiro Publishing Grant, Meanwhile Gallery, dir. self
2018 Mr Burns Various Q Theatre, dir. Oliver Driver
2018 The Contours of Heaven Lead The Basement Theatre, Ana Chaya Scotney, Puti Lancaster & Owen McCarthy
2017 Peer Gynt Various Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Colin McColl
2017 D.O.Cing BJ NZ Intl Comedy Fest. dir Tom Sainsbury & Chris Parker
2016 Dying For It Margarita Toi Whakaari, dir. John Bolton
2015 Courage (An adaptation of Mother Courage and Her Children) Anastasia Agapova (Lead) Toi Whakaari, dir. Annie Ruth
2015 Run For Your Life Sally Smith Toi Whakaari, dir. Uta Plate
2015 Mighty Boy Mighty boy Dir. Jake Eriksen
2014 Death of Nomad Writer, Deviser, Solo Performer Dir. Jo Randerson
2013 Wheeler's Luck Queenie Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Aaron Cortesi
2013 Tom Keeper Passes Textiles Girl Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Aaron Cortesi
2013 Yo! Future Hoodie Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Jo Randerson

Short Film

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2016 Dance of Lonely Birds Director/Writer Ana Scotney/Gabriella Gilbert (co production.) Short Film
2015 BURBS: Owhiro Bay Ana the Mermaid Laura Robinson Short Film


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2018 Tanas Adventures - Animated TV Pilot Tana/Tua/Pekapeka/Launa Taiwan NZ Screen Ltd


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2013 - 2016 Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2014 Screen Workshop Miranda Harcourt
2014 Screen Workshop Brita McVeigh
2011-2014 Acting Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company
2006 Jazz Ballet, American Jazz, Hip Hop Jean Goodman Dance Studios


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