Ilena Shadbolt

Ilena Shadbolt

Age Range
18 - 22
NZ European
169cm / 5ft 7in
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Ilena Shadbolt is a young actress based in Wellington, New Zealand. By the time she was 12 years old she had starred as the lead in Annie which toured internationally. Ilena has strong athletic skills with advanced abilities in rowing, netball, running and triathlon. Shadbolt is proficient in weaponry and stunt training due to her role in the short film Tears of Valhalla, where she played Young Linayeh. Ilena is proactive in developing herself as an artist, achieving distinction in Drama, Voice and Music Theory in 2015 and consistently participating in training and workshops to grow her skillset. Her singing styles range from contemporary to folk and with an English heritage she has an adept British accent. In 2018, at age 16, Ilena won “Outstanding Female Film Maker” at the 48 Hour Film Festival for the short-film Fused which she wrote, directed, produced, edited and starred in. 


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2019 Triangle Becca ABC, dir. McG Drama


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2017 Hamlet Ophelia The Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
2016 Far Away Young Joan BATS Theatre, dir. Tabitha Arthur
2014 ANNIE The Musical Annie London West End Production / International Tour
2014 Grease The Musical Sandy

Short Film

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2020 The Pact Bez (Lead) Dir. Luke Bonjers Short Film
2020 Grounded Lead 48hr Film dir. Ilena Shadbolt Short Film
2020 Inside the Cloud Asha (Lead) Dir. Ashley Williams Short Film
2019 Sleeper Lead 48hr Film dir. Ilena Shadbolt Short Film
2018 Fused Lead 48hr Film Festival (Finalist), dir. Ilena Shadbolt Short Film
2017 Distant Lead Finalist Roxy Shortfilm Competition, dir. Ilena Shadbolt Short Film
2017 Tears of Valhalla Lineyeh (Lead) Sea Star Productions, dir. Dave Allen, Tropfest Finalist / Awarded the Spirit Award Short Film
2016 Robert's Ring Lead 48hr Film Festival, dir. Ashley Williams Short Film
2015 Sine Condicion Amoris: Unconditional Love Gwen (Lead) Dir. Luke Bonjers Short Film


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2018 Summer Intensive: Text/Voice, Movement, Screen, Devising Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2012 - 2017 Performing & Creative Arts Scholarship Queen Margaret's College
2017 Intensive 2 Week Training: Swordsmanship, Shield, Spear, Wrestling James Bennett
2017 American Accent Training Chris Stewart
2017 Professional Teen Acting Miranda Harcourt
2016 Grade 5 Music Theory (Distinction) ABRSM
2015 Grade 5 Voice (Distinction) ABRSM Royal College of Music High Achiever
2015 Grade 5 Drama (Distinction) NZ Speech and Drama Board
2015 Auckland Centre City Music Theatre (CCMT) Emerging Talent School


Intermediate: French


Advanced: British | UK - English

Intermediate: American - Californian | American - General


Advanced: Athletics | Netball | Rowing | Running / Jogging | Speed Walking | Triathlon

Intermediate: Cycling | Kayaking | Ping Pong / Table Tennis | Rock Climbing | Swimming | Tennis

Stunts & Weapons

Advanced: Stunts | Weapons

Singing Range

Mezzo | Soprano

Singing Styles

Advanced: Contemporary | Folk | General