John Callen

John Callen

John Callen, originally from the UK, is a seasoned actor and director who has called New Zealand home for more than 60 years.

NZ European
Age Range
71 - 83
181cm / 5ft 11in
116cm / 46in
116cm / 46in
116cm / 46in
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John Callen's illustrious career, spanning five decades, has seen him make substantial contributions to various forms of media including theatre, radio, film, and television. Not only has he been in front of the camera, but he has also worked behind the scenes as a director, writer, tutor, and voiceover artist. Callen is perhaps best known for his role as the deaf dwarf Oin, in Sir Peter Jackson’s acclaimed Hobbit Trilogy.

John Callen’s unwavering dedication to his craft was acknowledged when he was honoured with the 2021 New Zealand Actors Equity Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious accolade, bestowed upon him by his fellow actors, is a testament to his remarkable contributions to the field of acting and in particular his dedication to developing talent in young people.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dwarf Oin Wingnut Films, dir. Sir Peter Jackson Feature Film
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Dwarf Oin Wingnut Films, dir. Sir Peter Jackson Feature Film
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dwarf Oin Wingnut Films, dir. Sir Peter Jackson Feature Film
2011 Love Birds Professor Craddock General Film Corporation, dir. Paul Murphy Feature Film
1988 Send a Gorilla Chris Dean Pinflicks Productions, dir. Melanie Read Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 Rūrangi Father Martin Autonomouse LTD Drama
2020 The Luminaries Customs Officer The Luminaries Production Ltd Drama
2019 The Brokenwood Mysteries 6 K.L Carnaby South Pacific Pictures, dir. Aidee Walker Drama
2019 Darryl 2 Colin Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Ltd Drama
2018 Straight Forward Bruno Screentime NZ / Mastiff, dir. Ric Pellizzeri Drama
2017 Moe's Christmas Voice Pop-Up Workshop Ltd Drama
2010 The Kiwi Who Saved Britain Narrator Greenstone Pictures Drama
2007 The Man Who Lost His Head Nigel Harrison South Pacific Pictures, dir. Terry Johnson Drama
2004 Treasure Island Kids Conrad Dir. Gavin Scott, Micheal Hurst Drama
2000 Feathers of Peace Settler He Taonga Films, dir. Barry Barclay Drama
1993 The Rainbow Warrior Prime Minister David Lange Bonny Dore Productions, dir. Michael Tuchner Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2017 Much Ado About Nothing Leonata Pop-Up Globe Theatre
2004 Macbeth Duncan / Porter Large Group, dir. Michael Hurst
1994 Hamlet Claudius Watershed, dir. Michael Hurst
1993 Think of a Garden Frank Watershed, dir. Nathaniel Lees
1993 Daughters of Heaven Prosecutor ATC, dir. Colin McColl
1993 Romeo & Juliet Benvolio Aotea Centre, dir. Michael Hurst
1992 Macbeth Macbeth Aotea Centre, dir. Michael Hurst
1992 My Fair Lady Karpathy Aotea Centre, dir. R Hawthorne
1991 M Butterfly Toulon Mercury Theatre, dir. Paul Minifie
1989 Woman in Black Lead Circa Theatre, dir. Cathy Downes
1987 The Share Club Warren Downstage Theatre, dir. Colin McColl
1986 Master Class Zhdanov Circa Theatre, dir. Ross Jolly
1982 Hamlet Polonius Downstage Theatre, dir. Tony Taylor

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2016 21 Points Waldorf - Homeless Man Studio Local Ltd Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2017 Viva la Dirt League Self Viva la Dirt League Ltd


Year Production Role Company / Director
2018 Lloyd's Bank 'Running Of The Horses' Grandfather / Neighbour adam&eve DDB


Advanced: French

Intermediate: Italian


Advanced: American - General | Australian | British | French | German | Italian | Portuguese | UK - Cockney | UK - English | UK - Liverpool | UK - Manchester | UK - New Castle | UK - Scottish

Intermediate: American - New York | American - Southern | Eastern European | New Zealand


Intermediate: Cricket

Circus & Horse

Intermediate: Horse Riding | Stage Combat

Driving & Flying

Intermediate: Driving (general) | Motorcycle | Stick Shift

Singing Range

Baritone | Bass

Singing Styles

Intermediate: General | Show


Intermediate: General Movement