Irene Wood

Irene Wood

AWARDS: Winner of Best Actor for the TV Series "The Pact" at the 2022 New Zealand Television Awards

NZ European
Age Range
72 - 84
162cm / 5ft 4in
92cm / 36in
64cm / 25in
92cm / 36in
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Undoubtedly one of Aotearoa’s most esteemed and experienced acting professionals, Irene carries over five decades’ worth of expertise. Perhaps most widely associated with her hard-drinking, legendary role as Nan McCann on five seasons of Go Girls, she has also appeared in the fourth season of Outrageous Fortune as Mrs Webster, Liz Stokes for her enjoyable stint on Shortland Street, and Sybll in Lord of The Rings. Her 2010 comedy, Rest For The Wicked, memorably saw her play sex-crazed pensioner Dorothy, alongside Ilona Rodgers. In 2018 she appeared in Christian Rivers’ feature Mortal Engines, and in 2019 played Hanna in Roger Krumble’s Netflix-backed film Falling Inn Love.

 Irene brings her signature sense of playful irony to all roles and speaks fondly of roles which allow her to ‘make a fool of herself’ before an audience. 


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2019 Falling Inn Love Hana Netflix, dir. Roger Kumble Feature Film
2018 Mortal Engines Elderly Lady Hungry City Ltd, dir. Christian Rivers Feature Film
2017 Beast of Burden Agaba (Voice) BOB SPV Ltd Feature Film
2010 Rest for the Wicked Dorothy RFTW Ltd, dir. Simon Pattison Feature Film
2006 Eagle vs Shark Lily's Mother Sad Animals Productions, dir. Taika Waititi Feature Film
2004 Lord of the Rings Sybll Dir. Peter Jackson Feature Film
2000 Stickmen Janelle Stick Films Feature Film
1999 The Shirt Mum Dir. Ross Bevan Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
AWARDS: Winner of Best Actor for the TV Series "The Pact" at the 2022 New Zealand Television Awards Drama
2023 The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 9 Dolly South Pacific Pictures, dir: Various Drama
2021 The Pact Betty Koha Productions, dir: Peter Salmon Drama
2008 -2013 Go Girls - Series 1 - 5 Nan South Pacific Pictures Drama
2008 Outrageous Fortune - Series 4 Mrs Webster South Pacific Pictures Drama
2005 The Candidate Jeanette Fitsimmons Drama
2002 Revelations - And Judas had a Brother Judith Cloud 9 Productions, dir. Costa Botes Drama
1998 Yound Hercules Pemphredo Pacific Island Pictures Drama
1997 Nightmare Man Lead Canada Drama
1996-1997 Shortland Street Liz Stokes South Pacific Pictures Drama
Cop Shop Australia Drama
Young Doctors Australia Drama
Sporting Chance Major Guest Australia Drama
The White Gardenia Lead role Dir. Katherine Mansfield Drama
Slipknot Lead role Ngaio Marsh Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2017 Three Days in the Country Susan Dir. Susan Wilson, Circa
2017 Escaped Alone Sally Dir. Susan Wilson, Circa
2015 Shepherd Ruth The Court Theatre, dir. Gary Henderson
2014 Moon at the Bottom of the Garden Nan Dunedin Arts Festival
2008 Ruthie Bird and the King of Hearts Ruthie Bats Theatre
2008 Goodnight Elaine Elaine Auckland Theatre Company
2006 The Fundraiser Noeline Centrepoint Theatre
2005 Taking Off Shirley Centrepoint Theatre, dir. Darien Tackle
2005 Katherine Mansfield Readings Reader Wellington Performing Arts, dir. Irene Wood
2005 The Candidate Revue Circa Theatre, dir. Lorae Parry
2004 Blue Heart by Carol Churchill Dir. Madeleine Mac Namara
2004 Collected Stories Ruth Circa Theatre, dir. Miranda Harcourt
2003 Macbeth Witch Circa Theatre, dir. Bruce Phillips
2002 Shake the Bard Lady Macbeth/Rosalind Bard Productions, dir. Ellie Smith
2002 The Inept Louise Playmarket, dir. Ellie Smith
2000 Missionary Postion Garbo Circa Theatre, dir. Renee Taylor
2000 Secret Bridesmaids' Business Colleen Bacon Downstage Theatre, dir. Steven Ray
2000 A Delicate Balance Agnes Circa Theatre, dir. Bruce Phillips
1999 Son's Mrs McFarlane Dir. Christian Penny
1999 Shear Madness Mrs Shubert Macpersons
1998 Stash Ngaire Bats Theatre, dir. Andrew Foster
1998 The Bed Settee Downstage Theatre, dir. Peter Bland
1998 Tour of Secondary Schools NZ Drama Quartet
1998 The Admirable Chricton Mercury Theatre
1998 Ring Around the Moon Mercury Theatre
1998 Alfie Mercury Theatre
1998 Alice's Adventrues in Wonderland Mercury Theatre
1998 Day in the Joe Egg Central Theatre
1998 NZ Drama Festival Hotel Paradiso

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2016 Hypothermia Margaret Dir. Pavel Kvatch Short Film
2015 Jackpot Emily NZFS Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2015 Kapiti Sorbets - First Taste Glamorous Lady Assignment
2015 Oceania Care - Their Idea Mum Film Construction Group


Year Description Institution / Presenter
30 Years working in the Performing Arts arena ( Various)


Intermediate: Swimming | Tennis