Stacey Leilua

Stacey Leilua

Age Range
37 - 47
181cm / 5ft 11in
112cm / 44in
94cm / 37in
123cm / 48in

Industry Entertainment - US Management

Iwi: Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua

Samoan Villages: Fusi Safotulafai, Papa Sataua 

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New Zealand based actor Stacey Leilua is of Samoan, Māori and English heritage.  A graduate of the UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts, she has also had a range of experiences in Writing, Directing and Producing over her career in the Performing Arts.  She was previously one of the Directors of South Auckland based Theatre Company Kila Kokonut Krew and has also acted independently on numerous Pasifika Theatre and Screen works. Stacey is part of the ensemble casts of Tusiata Avia’s acclaimed theatre works Wild Dogs Under My Skirt and The Savage Coloniser Show (both directed by Anapela Polata’ivao), which continue to tour nationally and internationally. The former won Production of the Year at the 2018 Wellington Theatre Awards, and toured to New York in 2020 for a season at the Soho Playhouse, winning the Fringe Encore Series Competition. 

Stacey's breakout screen role came as Ata Johnson in the NBC Universal production Young Rock, playing the inspirational and fearless Mother of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.  Her performance in the show's first season earned her a Hollywood Critics Association Award nomination for Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series (Comedy). The show ran for three seasons (wrapping in 2023) and was received well by fans across the globe.


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2010 Lovebirds Mum #3 General Film Corp. (Pierre) Ltd, dir. Paul Murphy Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2020 - 2022 Young Rock - Seasons 1-3 Ata Johnson (Core Cast) Universal Television USA Drama
2010 Homai Te Paki Paki Presenter Maori Television Drama
2005 Kila Kokonut Krew Various Triangle TV Series, dir. Vela Manusaute Drama
2004 Shortland Street Teuila South Pacific Pictures, dir. Sam Scott Drama
2003 Good Hands Lima Lelei Juddy Screentime Communicado, dir. Justine Simei - Barton Drama

Web Series

Year Production Role Company / Director
2018 Housiewives Kelly Tiki Lounge Productions, dir. Mario Faumui
2013 The Factory Vic (Lead) Jump Film And Television Limited, dir. Joe Lonie


Year Production Role Company / Director
2023 Things That Matter Ana Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Anapela Polata'ivao
2023 The Savage Coloniser Show FCC for Auckland Arts Festival, dir: Anapela Polata'ivao
2019 Wild Dogs Under My Skirt Tusiata F.C.C/Silo Theatre, dir. Anapela Polata'ivao
2019 Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (Tour) Tusiata Auckland Arts Festival, Upsurge Festival, Festival of Colour, dir. Anapela Polata'ivao
2018 Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (Tour) Tusiata F.C.C, NZ Arts Festival (Wellington), Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, Nelson Arts Festival, dir. Anapela Polata'ivao
2018 Think of a Garden Lu’isa TAPA, dir. Anapela Polata’ivao
2012 Plantation Heather /Siapo Kinetic Tautai Theatre Company & Pacific Arts Summit, dir. Iaheto Ah Hi
2011 Four Women Woman 1 Centrepoint Theatre, dir. Anapela Polataivao
2009-2010 Strictly Brown Self Kila Kokonut Krew - Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre
2009 The Taming of the Shrew Katherine G.A.L.S.C.O Theatre Company, Colorado U.S.A
2006 Once Were Samoans Moa Kila Kokonut Krew, Herald Theatre, dir. Vela Manusaute & Anapela Polataivao
2005 Love Handles Sila Eijan Productions, dir. Vela Manusaute
2005 My Mother Dreaming Lisa Herald Theatre, Auckland, dir. Dianna Fuemana
2005 Playaz Night Various Kila Kokonut Krew - Maidment Theatre, dir. Vela Manusaute
2005 Simi's Plight Ane Island Playas, dir. Vela Manusaute
2004 The Songmaker 's Chair Mata Auckland Theatre Company - International Arts Festival, Auckland and Wellington, dir. Nathaniel Lees
2003 Play 2.03 Jules Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Oliver Driver

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2012 SuniMan Female Teacher Opposable Thumb Films, dir. Hamish Mortland Short Film
2011 Tatau Sina Dir. Chantelle Burgoyne Short Film
2008 To 'ona'i Ruth NZ Film Commission, dir. David Mamea Short Film
2004 O Le Mata I le Nifo Sooki UNITEC Productions, dir. Nicola Crestwell Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2018 "Effective Stop Smoking Conversations With Pregnant Women” Online Training Video Woman Waitemata District Health Board


Year Production Role Company / Director
2020 Meridian Energy Mrs Nigel Good Oil


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2001-2003 Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts UNITEC


Intermediate: Samoan


Intermediate: British


Advanced: Netball | Volleyball

Intermediate: Fencing | Roller Skating

Circus & Horse

Intermediate: Horse Riding

Stunts & Weapons

Intermediate: Stunts


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