Semu Filipo

Semu Filipo

NZ European, Pacific Islander, Polynesian, Samoan, Tokelauan
Age Range
39 - 49
180cm / 5ft 11in
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Semu Filipo, of Samoan and Tokelauan descent, graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2004 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting. His career took off immediately as he collaborated with renowned theatre companies across New Zealand, such as Downstage in Wellington, Silo in Auckland, The Court in Dunedin, Auckland’s Pop-Up Globe Theatre where he showcased his talents in successive seasons of Othello and Much Ado About Nothing and most recently Auckland Theatre Company’s Things That Matter.

Semu has also worked on many well-known New Zealand series, including Orange Roughies, Harry, Kura and Shortland Street. In 2021, Semu landed his first big international role in the highly successful series Young Rock for NBC America based on the early life of The Rock. This was followed by the NZFC feature The Justice for Bunny King, featuring New Zealand’s lead actor Thomasin McKenzie. 2023 will see Semu play the role of Rambo in the feature film Next Goal Wins directed by Taika Waititi.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 Next Goal Wins Rambo Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, dir: Taika Waititi Feature Film
2021 The Justice of Bunnyking Jah NZFC, Madman Entertainment AUS, Firefly Films NZ, dir: Gaysorn Thavat Feature Film
2008 Show of Hands Tayshawn Great Southern Films, dir. Anthony McCarten Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2022 Kura Nigel TVNZ, dir: Various Drama
2021 Young Rock Phil National Broadcasting Company (NBC) America, dir: Various Drama
2013 Harry Tavita Dir. Peter Burger, Chris Dudman Drama
2013 Auckland Daze Semu BSAG Productions, dir. Kiel McNaughton Drama
2007-2009 Shortland Street Grunter South Pacific Pictures, dir. Various Drama
2007 Orange Roughies Trooper Dir. Chris Bailey, John Laing, Peter Sharp Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2024 O Le Pepelo, Le gaoi ma Le Pala'ai Pili Sā Tauilevā (Father) ATC / dir. Natano Keni
2023 O Le Pepelo, Le gaoi ma Le Pala'ai Pili Sā Tauilevā (Father) Mau Festival, dir: Nathanial LeesKia
2023 Things That Matter Chris & Sol Auckland Theatre Company, dir: Anapela Polataivao
2023 The Worm Ben Chrowder Nightsong Productions
2017 Othello Soldier Pop-Up Globe Auckland Season
2017 Much Ado About Nothing Benedick Pop-Up Globe Auckland Season
2015 Hamlet: The Video Game Claudius The Court Theatre, dir. Simon Peacock
2015 Niu Sila Ioane Tafioka The Court Theatre, dir. Dan Pengelly
2013 Tautai - Kinetic Wavefinding Heto Ah Hi Dir. Oscar Knightley
2007 Ensemble Project 07 Performer Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
2005-2007 And What Remains Soloman Pasifika Arts Festival, dir. Hone Kouka
2005 Love Handles David Auckland Festival, dir. Vela Manusaute
2005 Simi's Plight Simi Island Players, dir. Vela Manusaute
2004 Romeo & Juliet Benvolio Downstage Theatre
2004 Penumbra Moala Tuinafanga NZDS, dir. Jade Eriksen, Christian Penny
2003 'Auluma' Go Solo Papa NZDS, dir. Jude Gibson


Year Production Role Company / Director
2023 Frank Energy Toast Man Motion Sickness NZ
2023 Kalo Yoghurt Attendant DDB


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2003-2006 Bachelor of Performing Arts Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2003 Diploma in Drama Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School


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