Ella Hope-Higginson

Ella Hope-Higginson

Locations
Auckland
Ethnicity
British, NZ European
Age Range
26 - 38
Height
155cm / 5ft 1in
Bust/Chest
95cm / 37in
Waist
73cm / 29in
Hips
92cm / 36in
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Bio

Ella Hope-Higginson, born in Bristol moved to New Zealand with her family at the end of 2004. She attended New Zealand’s leading Drama School: Toi Whakaari graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree as well as winning the Berwyn Gibbons Award for top acting student in her class. 

 Screen highlights include feature films The Rehearsal directed by Alison Maclean, Netflix Power of the Dog directed by Dame Jane Campion who won Best Director at the 2021 Oscars and described Ella as 'a wonderful and mysterious actor'.  This year will see Ella again on the big screen in A Mistake directed by Christine Jeffs for GFC Films and playing opposite Elizabeth Banks. 

 Series highlights include telefeature Ablaze which was nominated for Best Feature Drama at the New Zealand Film and Television awards & Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.  Ella’s will also be appearing in the soon to be released and eagerly awaited Taika Waititi series, Time Bandits playing the role of Soldier Laura for Apple TV+.

Ella is also a member of award-winning improv company "Heartthrobs" and during the in 2020 Covid lockdowns she co-created and acted in the largely improvised show Sidekick which was nominated for Best Narrative at the NZ Web Fest awards. She is also an accomplished playwright, director & theatre actor.

Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Tinā Interview Assistant Tu Fa'atasi Films, dir. Miki Magasiva Feature Film
2022 A Mistake Josie (Supporting) Dir, Christine Jeffs Feature Film
2020 Power of the Dog Consuela Dir. Jane Campion Feature Film
2019 Ablaze Moira Lee Screentime, dir. Josh Frizzell Tele-Feature Film
2016 The Stolen Betty (Supporting) Dir. Niall Johnson Feature Film
2015 The Rehearsal Kara (Supporting) Dir. Alison Maclean Feature Film

Television

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Mairen Amazon Productions Drama
2010 The Investigator Linda Red Sky, dir. Bryan Bruce Drama

Web Series

Year Production Role Company / Director
2023 Viva La Dirt League: NPC In Game Music Dying NPC Viva La Dirt League Productions

Theatre

Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 One Eyed Jacks The Gambler A Slightly Isolated Dog, dir: Leo Gene Peters
2021 Lust Island Returns Core Cast Heartthrobs Improv, dir. Alice Canton & Brynley Stent
2020 Lust Island Core Cast Heartthrobs Improv, dir. Alice Canton & Brynley Stent
2019 The Salem B*tch Trials Core Cast Heartthrobs Improv / dir. Alice Canton & Brynley Stent
2019 Boss of an Office Your secretary Alana Dir. Olivia Mahood
2017 Kororareka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn. Go West Writers Festival Season Maggie Flynn Red Leap dir. Julie Nolan,
2017 Lord of the Flies Jack Centrepoint Theatre, dir. Jeff Kingsford-Brown
2016 Fleabag Voice of "Boo" Centerpoint theatre, dir. Heather O'Caroll
2016 Defending the J.J. Mac Addy Last Tapes, dir. Leon Wadham
2015 Pains of Youth Desiree Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Shane Bosher
2015 Twelfth Night Viola Bright Orange Walls, dir. Samuel Phillips
2014 Into the Woods Cinderella Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Cameron Rhodes
2014 David Mammet Collections Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Brett Adams
2014 Macbeth Lady Macbeth Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Christian Penny
2013 A Midsummer Nights Dream Hermia Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Samuel Phillips
2012 Tom Keeper Passes Actor Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Aaron Cortesi
2011 Laramie Project Marge Murray, Various Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Willem Wassenaar
2011 A Bright Room Called Day Polina Long Cloud Youth Theatre, dir. Stella Reid

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2019 Daniel Chopping Girl Dir. Claire Van Beek Short Film
2017 My Friend Michael Jones Abbey Run Charlie Films Short Film
2017 Do You Like Me Like This? Girl (Lead) Dir. Miryam Jacobi - Selected for Show Me Shorts Short Film
2016 The Palm Reader Actor / Writer / Director Discover Short Film Festival London Short Film
2015 The Usher Elizabeth Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. James Ashcroft Short Film
2014 Untitled Jenny Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, dir. Jason Stutter Short Film
2011 Tell Tale Tit Poppy NZ Film School Graduation piece Short Film
2007 Hurt Lisa Dir. Diana Rowan Short Film

Commercial

Year Production Role Company / Director
2023 SBS First Home Buyer #1 Abel NZ
2021 Lotto 'Imagine on Ice' Jess Eight

Training

Year Description Institution / Presenter
2023 The Actors Workshop Laura Interval & Latham Gaines
2022 Improv for Screen Jesse Griffin
2018 Acting for Humans Brita McVeigh
2017 Casting Hothouse Matt Skrobolak, Kerry Barden, Miranda Rivers and Nathan Lloyd
2016 Acting for Screen Brita McVeigh
2016 Acting for Screen Miranda Harcourt
2016 Actor In Process Sara Wiseman
2012 Bachelor in Performing Arts: Acting Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2011 Theatre Training Long Cloud Youth Theatre: Willem Wassenaar, Kate McGill, Aaron Cortesi

Musical Instruments

Intermediate: Recorder