Shelley Waddams

Shelley Waddams

Age Range
25 - 31
176cm / 5ft 9in
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Shelley was born in England but moved to New Zealand in 2011, where she trained at Unitec, graduating with a Bachelors in Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Acting. She then went on to feature in LOTR: The Rings of Power and Our Flag Means Death, as well as playing Pippa Forsyth in Shortland Street. Shelley also devised and performed in a theatre show, Read My Lips, which was performed in both spoken English and New Zealand Sign Language. Shelley is also a talented writer and has won multiple awards for her short film Hand In Hand. 


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023` Our Flag Means Death S2 Bride Emporium Productions, Taika Waititi Drama
2022 LOTR : Rings of Power Mage Attendant Amazon Drama
2022 Shortland Street Pippa South Pacific Pictures Drama

Web Series

Year Production Role Company / Director
2019 In The Rainbow Amber Dir. Rose Mcmahon, TVNZ, Twinkling Bat Films
2017 Under The Covers Nelly Dir. Sophie Wells, Trina Peters, Ellen Paterson


Year Production Role Company / Director
2020 Tampocalypse (Fringe Festival) Aoife Embers Collective, dir. Ashleigh Hook
2019 Read my Lips Leane Embers Collective, Dir. Shelley Waddams & Ashleigh Hook
2019 Tampocolypse Aoife Embers Collective, Dir. Ashleigh Hook
2018 Summer Shakespeare Proteus Stay Theatre Company, dir. Alex Bonham
2017 Canto 26 Crazy Cat Lady UNITEC, dir. John Bolton
2017 Othello Desdemona UNITEC, dir. Eleanor Bishop
2017 The Marriage of Figaro Marceline UNITEC, dir. Elena Stejko
2016 When Sun and Moon Collide Francie UNITEC, dir. Abigail Greenwood
2016 Blackrock Rachel UNITEC, dir. Alexandra Whitham
2015 A Dolls House Christine UNITEC, dir. Elizabeth Hawthorne
2015 Chantry Paradigm Valley UNITEC, dir. Siobhan Nathan
2014 DNA Jan ATC Next Big Thing, dir. Benjamin Henson

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2018 Eric Hanged Himself Lexie Antipodean Animal Productions, dir. Ryan Bennett Short Film
2017 Kiwi Dip Stella UNITEC, dir. Vicky Yiannoutsos Short Film
2015 Stickmen Waitress UNITEC Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2020 Forced to Fight Kissing Girl Flying Fish, dir. Gregor Nicolas


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 Airpoints 'Don't Live Pointlessly' Fancy Girl at Resort Good Oil
2022 Long White Friends TBWA New Zealand


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2023-2024 The Working Actor Workshop - Ongoing Laura Interval & Latham Gaines
2020 Screen Acting Course Jamie Irvine
2020 Advanced Acting Classes Juliet Furness
2018 Acting for Screen Intensive Liz Mullane & Rachel Bullock
2018 The Actor's Workout - July & August Jamie Irvine & Lara Macgregor
2017 Bachelor of Performing Arts: Acting UNITEC
2019 Audition and Self-Tape Workshop Peter Feeney


Intermediate: Sign Language


Intermediate: American - General | American - Southern | Australian | British | Irish | New Zealand | Russian


Advanced: Running / Jogging

Intermediate: Kick Boxing | Swimming | Yoga

Driving & Flying

Intermediate: Driving (general)

Singing Range


Singing Styles

Intermediate: Musical


Intermediate: Ballet