David Fane

David Fane

Age Range
49 - 61
Pacific Islander
188cm / 6ft 2in
129cm / 51in
113cm / 44in
122cm / 48in
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David has recently finished shooting the new HBO Max series Our Flag Means Death with Taika Waititi starring, directing and executive producing. Dave has previously worked with Waititi on several projects including the Fox Searchlight feature film, Next Goal Wins, starring Michael Fassbender, which completed principle photography in Hawai'i in late 2019 and is now in post production, pending release in 2022. Dave also played the nemesis in Taika’s first feature film, Eagle vs Shark and he appears as the Disco Ghost in the series Wellington Paranormal currently taking the US by storm. 

A New Zealander of Samoan descent, David Fane is one of New Zealand’s most high-profile and versatile actors. A graduate of New Zealand’s top drama school, Toi Whakaari, Fane first came to the attention of viewers for his innate sense of comedy and multiple characterisations in early 1990s TV comedy sketch shows Skitz and Telly Laughs and he has gone on to play many more well loved characters on the small and large screens. Television highlights include playing the part-time crook and full-time comic relief character of Falani in the hugely successful television series Outrageous Fortune and spinoff series Westside , the lead in the madcap 2009 comedy Diplomatic Immunity,  an opera singing concreter in the internationally successful co- production 800 Words and tough guy Pig in the Warner Brothers series Fresh Eggs. Feature film performances include The Tongan Ninja , Love Birds ( Directed by Paul Murphy and starring Rhys Darby and Sally Hawkins), Mr Va’a in horror film The Tattooist (a best supporting performance which was nominated for a NZ Film and TV award and won a Fright award in 2008). He is frequently recognised around the world for his role as Paul in the high grossing NZ films Sione's Wedding 1 and 2, (released as Samoan Wedding in the US). 

David is a founding member of the theatre company The Naked Samoans, creators of multiple stage productions which have been extremely successful in New Zealand and at festivals around the world. This group of friends and collaborators were also the powerhouse creative team behind Bro’ town, New Zealand’s first and most successful animated comedy series, and Dave holds a number of awards for his work as a writer and performer on this projectDave became well known for his versatility in playing multiple iconic characters in the series and remains in demand as a character voice actor for creative and commercial projects. 

David is also well known as an award winning theatre actor and has worked for New Zealand’s leading companies playing roles as diverse as King Edward (Richard III) , Martin Luther King (The Mountaintop ) and Mrs Twit (Roald Dahl's The Twits) . He is  in demand as a director and writer for theatre and was awarded a Chapman Tripp Theatre playwrights award for his play A Frigate Bird Sings. He is highly respected as a game changer and leader in the Pacific community and received the NZ Arts Council Senior Pasifika Artist award in 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the Performing Arts in Aotearoa. 


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2022 Next Goal Wins Ace Taika Waititi Feature Film
2020 Paper Champions Kenife Paper Chamions SPV PTY LTD Australia Feature Film
2015 Gary of the Pacific Dad The Downlow Concept Feature Film
2011 Sione's 2 Bolo (core cast) South Pacific Pictures Feature Film
2010 Love Birds Kanga General Film Corp, dir. Paul Murphy Feature Film
2007 Eagle vs. Shark Eric Elisi Sad Animals Ltd, dir. Taika Waititi Feature Film
2006 The Tattooist Mr Va'a Eyeworks Touchdown Films Ltd, Dir. Peter Burger Feature Film
2006 Sione's Wedding Bolo (core cast) South Pacific Pictures, dir. Chris Graham Feature Film
2001 Tongan Ninga Henchman Dir. Jason Stuttler Feature Film


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2022 Our Flag Means Death Fang Retro Inc, HBO Drama
2019 Fresh Eggs Pig Warner Brothers, dir. Various Drama
2019 The Great NZ Bake-off Self Warner Brothers Other
2018 Westside S4 Falani's Father South Pacific Pictures Drama
2018 Wellington Paranormal Raymond New Zealand Documentary Board, dir. Jemaine Clement, Jackie Van Beek, Taika Waititi Comedy
2017 800 Words S3 Smiler Weld Productions Ltd Drama
2016 The Brokenwood Mysteries S3 Olsen South Pacific Pictures Drama
2016 800 Words S2 Smiler SPP/ Weld Productions Ltd Drama
2015 800 Words Smiler SPP/ Weld Productions Ltd Drama
2015 Word Up! South Pacific Pictures Other
2015 DNA Detectives Presenter Jam TV Ltd Other
2014 Westside S1 Ofisa South Pacific Pictures Drama
2013 My Kitchen Ruined Whitebait Prod Drama
2010 Trails of Napier (comedy) Mongolian Prince Great South TV, dir. Jonathan Brough Drama
2010 Cheers to 50 Years (docu) Team Member TVNZ Drama
2009 Radiradirah (comedy) Judas - Roimata Firehorse Films Ltd Comedy
2009 Island Wars Co Presenter Eyeworks Touchdown Ltd Drama
2008 Diplomatic Immunity Jonah South Pacific Pictures Comedy
2007-2009 Outrageous Fortune (Series 3-6) Falani South Pacific Pictures Drama
2002 What Now Various Drama
2001-2003 The Strip (Series 1-2) Jack Gibson Group Drama
1997 The Semisis Pisupo/Minister Gibson Group Comedy
1995-1996 Telly Laughs Various Gibson Group Comedy
1993-1996 Skitz (comedy) Various Gibson Group Comedy
1992 Typhon's People Terry Gibson Group Drama
2004-09 Bro'town Mac, brother, Ken, Jeff, Agnes, Tapili, Pepelo Pepelo Actor and Writer Comedy

Web Series

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2017 Baby Mama's Club Iosefa BMC Productions, dir. Hanelle Harris, Roseanne Liang


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2019 Naked Samoans Do Magic Sinonidini Dir. Nina Nawalowalo
2019 Peter Pan Captain Hook Dir. Dan Pengally, Centrepoint
2018 The Mountaintop Martin Luther King Dir. Fasitoa Amosa, FCC
2018-19 The Taming of the Shrew Richard III Pop up Globe
2015 Sons Auckland Theatre Company
2012 A Frigate Bird Sings Kapili Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Alison Quigan
2011 The Twits Mrs Twits Auckland Theatre Company
2011 Bare ChCh Earthquake Appal, Civic Theatre
2010 Naked Samoans Go Home Oxfam Tsunami Charity Show
2009 Gods of Carnage Dir. Colin McColl, ATC
2008 Where We Once Belonged ATC
2007 Niu Sila Tauranga Festival
2006 Naked Samoans Go Home Naked Samoans
2004 Niu Sila Downstage Theatre
2003 Ladies Night Wes Auckland Theatre Company
2002 Naked Samoans-The Trilogy Edinburgh Festival
2001 Vicks Boy Circa Theatre, dir. Danny Mulheron
2001 Paradise Takirua Productions / Circa Theatre, dir. Tina Cook
2000 Naked Samoans Go To Hollywood
2000 Serial Killers Circa Theatre, dir. Cathy McRae
1999 Naked Samoans
1998 Sons Downstage Theatre, dir. Christian Penny
1998 Naked Samoans Talk About Their Knives
1997 Mojo Circa Theatre, dir. Stephen Bain
1997 A Streetcar Named Desire Downstage Theatre / Northland Festival, dir. Jean Betts
1996 Eulogy Downstage Theatre, dir. Andrew Foster
1994-1995 Fresh off the Boat Dir. Nathaniel Lees
1993 Voices on the Wind Barton National Tour, dir. Justine Simae Barton

Short Film

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2021 Proof Len Heimlich Manoeuvre Short Film


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2022 Air NZ 'Christmas' Santa Reel Factory
2020 Partners Life Narrator The Hood & Co
2018-2019 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Mama Nature FCB
2017 Ducktails Himself The Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty Ltd


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2022 The Poo Files Narrator Rude Girl Productions
2018 Kiri & Lou Animated Series Uncle Tama Kiri & Lou Ltd
2017 The Barefoot Bandits Curtis Scott Mukpuddy Animation
2014 One Winged Bee Bee Bee Sting One Winged Bee Productions


Year Description Institution / Presenter
1999 Bachelor of Acting Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School
1992 Diploma in Acting Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School


Advanced: Samoan


Advanced: Samoan


Intermediate: Fencing

Singing Styles

Advanced: General

Musical Instruments

Intermediate: Trombone