Matt Whelan

Matt Whelan

Age Range
33 - 41
NZ European
Regional North Island NZ
194cm / 6ft 4in
106cm / 42in
88cm / 35in
101cm / 40in

Paradigm Talent Agency (US - Agent)

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Matt Whelan is a New Zealand actor, based in Auckland. His breakthrough performance was as Brad Caulfield in the South Pacific Pictures comedy-drama series Go Girls - his performance earning him the Qantas Film and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor. 

A graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, his film credits include My Wedding and Other Secrets and The Most Fun You Can Have Dying, performances in both films gained him nominations for Best Actor at the New Zealand Film Awards. Other screen credits include: Top of the Lake series, where he starred alongside Elisabeth Moss, 3 Mile Limit (2014) and the 2017 remake of kiwi classic Pork Pie.  

In 2017, Whelan played the icon, Hugh Hefner in Amazon's American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story. He was then cast as DEA agent Daniel Van Ness, a major supporting role in season 3 of Netflix's top rated show Narcos.  Matt's most recent credits include core cast of the BBC adaptation of Eleanor Catton's Man Booker prize winning The Luminaries, released early 2020 followed by Canadian/New Zealand 8 episode, Television series, The Sounds playing the lead role of Tom Cabbott.  

Most recently, it was announced he would join the core cast of Under the Vines, starring Rebecca Gibney.


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2022 The Tank Ben Adams GFC Ltd Feature Film
2017 Pork Pie Noah Blondini Enterprises Ltd, dir. Matt Murphy Feature Film
2016 Gary of the Pacific Nelson Dir. The Downlow Concept Feature Film
2015 25 April John Persson GFC Limited , dir. Leanne Pooley Feature Film
2014 3 Mile Limit Richard Davis (lead) No. 8 Films, dir. Craig Newland Feature Film
2012 The Most Fun You Can Have Dying Michael (lead) Heimatfilm, Chocolate Fish Productions, Neon Productions, dir. Kirstin Marcon Feature Film
2011 My Wedding and Other Secrets James (co-lead) 2010 Productions, dir. Roseanne Liang Feature Film
2008 Show of Hands Matt Great Southern Films, dir. Anthony McCarten Feature Film
2007 Eagle vs Shark Kissing Boy Sad Animals Productions, dir. Taika Cohen Feature Film


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2021 Under the Vines Ben Libertine Pictures Drama
2020 My Life Is Murder 2 Connor Greenstone Drama
2020 The Sounds Tom Cobbott Acorn TV, dir. Peter Stebbings Drama
2020 The Luminaries Cowell Devlin Dir. Claire McCarthy, Working Title Television and Southern Light Films Drama
2018 Wanted 3 Alistair Wanted 3 Productions Drama
2017 Narcos S3 Daniel van Ness Netflix Drama
2017 American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story Hugh Hefner Stephen David Entertainment Drama
2016 Of Kings and Prophets Mattiyahu American Broadcasting Company (ABC) Drama
2014 Coverband Alex The Downlow Concept Drama
2013 Top Of The Lake Little Shane Dir. Jane Campion, Garth Davis, Top Of The Lake Productions Drama
2013 Running - Trei, feat. Thomas Oliver Lead Sakowski Studios, dir. Alan Morrison Other
2012 These Prison Walls - Concord Dawn, feat. Thomas Oliver Lead Sakowski Studios, dir. Aleksander Sakowski Other
2009 - 2012 Go Girls S1-4 Brad Caulfield South Pacific Pictures Drama
2007 My Story Regan Gibson Group, dir. Peter Salmon Drama
2005-06 Tough Act Self Gibson Group, dir. Stuart McKenzie Drama
2005 Bring the Money Back Baby - OdESSa Featured Dir. Ivan Slavov Other

Web Series

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2016 Stake Out Salesman Dir. Thomas Sainsbury


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2014 Belleville Zack Silo Theatre, dir. Oliver Driver
2012 Private Lives Elyot Chase Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
2009 Holding the Man Biscuit, Lee, Marie, Peter and various others Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
2008 The Man, The Pie and The Taxi Guy The Man Bats Theatre, dir. Matt Whelan
2007 Angels in America Prior Walter Downstage Theatre, dir. Willem Wassenaar
2007 Moulding Man (devised solo) Narrator, John, Jesus, God NZDS, dir. Jade Erikson, Matt Whelan
2007 Antigone (Sophocles) Creon Oerol Festival, The Netherlands, dir. Willem Wassenaar
2007 After Margritte Chief Inspector Foot NZDS, dir. Patrick Davies
2007 Antigone (Jean Anouilh) Creon Dir. Willem Wassenaar
2006 The Fifth Column Philip Dir. Willem Wassenaar
2006 Henry IV (parts I, II, III) Somerset, Chorus NZDS, dir. David O'Donnell
2006 Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America Man NZDS, dir. Vanessa Byrnes
2006 Delicates (devised show) Darsy Jonson Dir. Willem Wassenaar
2005 Taming of the Shrew Petruchio NZDS, dir. Kerryn Palmer
2004 Falling Petals Phil Moss (lead) Hagley Theatre Company, dir. Darryl Low
2004 The Reluctant Messiah Daz Capital (lead) Hagley Theatre Company, dir. Darryl Low
2004 The Season at Sasparilla Roy Child Hagley Theatre Company, dir. Cameron Mattox

Short Film

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2019 DANIEL The Carpenter Dir. Claire van Beek Short Film
2014 Dancers David Dir. Louise Leitch Short Film
2007 Bad Trip David Dir. Louis Sutherland Short Film
2006 The Other Side Fit Guy Dir. Matthew Mawkes Short Film
2006 Dead Letters Extra Dir. Paolo Rotondo Short Film
2006 Wrapped Bob (lead) Dir. John Callen Short Film


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2013 Zales Lead Man GSD&M
2009 - 2013 Coca-Cola 'Heist' Lead Dir. Kylie Matulick & Todd Mueller


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2018 Into the Dead 2 - Ghostbusters Event Egon, Peter, Bad Guys Pik Pok/Prodigy Design Ltd
2012 Telecom Businesss Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2005-07 Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2004 Hagley Theatre Company
2003 NMIT - National Certificate in Radio Broadcasting


Advanced: American - General | American - New York | American - Southern | Australian | British | Māori | New Zealand | UK - Cockney | UK - English

Intermediate: European | French | Irish


Advanced: Basketball | Swimming

Intermediate: Canoeing | Cycling | Yoga

Driving & Flying

Advanced: Driving (general)

Singing Range

Baritone | Bass

Singing Styles

Intermediate: Cabaret

Musical Instruments

Advanced: Clarinet | Recorder | Saxophone