Stephen Butterworth

Stephen Butterworth

Age Range
49 - 59
180cm / 5ft 11in

Iwi : Ngāti Porou 

Te Reo Level : Conversational

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A graduate of Toi Whakaari : NZ Drama School in 1994, Ngati Porou - Stephen Butterworth, has worked professionally in NZ within Live Theatre, Film and Television for over 30 years. His most challenging roles of his career both here and abroad were performed with Pop -Up Globe in roles such as Richard III, Maria in “Twelfth Night” and Capulet in “Romeo & Juliet”.  In 2022 he performed a principal role, Walter De Causey in Chess the Musical, produced by GnT Productions at the Auckland Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre.

 Appearing in various Television and Film roles Stephen’s screen highlights include international productions including Spartacus (Starz), Evil Dead (Sony), Power Rangers & Cowboy Beebop (Netflix), Lord of the Rings (Amazon).  Local New Zealand productions include Insider’s Guide to Happiness & Prosperity, Nothing Trivial, Fresh Eggs, The Dead Lands & New Zealand’s leading Soap “Shortland Street.

 Stephen is also working as a Tutor inspiring the young rangatahi of Aotearoa in the art form and values of Drama.  


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2014 The Dead Lands Corpse / Sentry GFC (Warrior Ltd), dir. Toa Fraser Feature Film
2012 Evil Dead Toothless Hilbilly Sony Pictures Entertainment, dir. Fede Alvarez Feature Film
2009 Nights In The Garden Of Spain Spanish Man Cinco Cine Conbrio, dir. Katie Wolfe Feature Film
2003 Skin And Bone Maitre D Screenworks, dir. Chris Bailey Feature Film


Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2023 A Question of Justice Senior Detective Red Sky Film & TV, dir. Bryan Bruce Drama
2022 LOTR : Rings Of Power Farmer Man Amazon Drama
2021 Cowboy Bebop Shahab Netflix Drama
2021 Shortland Street Tony Glover South Pacific Pictures Drama
2018 Fresh Eggs Nathan Parker Warner Bros, dir. Various Drama
2015 Radar's Chequered Past Epikawaiti Dir. Peter Bell Drama
2012 Nothing Trivial s2 Rob South Pacific Pictures, dir. Various Drama
2011 Spartacus: Vengeance Trebius Pacific Renaissance Pictures, dir. Various Drama
2009 Spartacus: Blood & Sand Slave Trader Dir. Various Drama
2007 Power Rangers Egyptian Man Ranger Productions, dir. Mike Smith Drama
2006 Rude Awakenings Pita MF Films, dir. Various Drama
2006 Orange Roughies Ecomomou Screenworks, dir. Chris Bailey Drama
2005 Akina: Korero Mai Sean Cino Cine Film Productions, dir. Alisha Haua Drama
2004 Insiders Guide to Happiness & Prosperity Stephen Love Gibson Group, dir. Various Drama
2002 Revalations: And Judus Had A Brother Jesus Cloud 9, dir. Costa Boates Drama
2002 You Wish! Ron Disney Channel, dir. Paul Hoen Drama
2000 Jackson's Wharf Stephen Fraser South Pacific Pictures, dir. Various Drama
2000 Cleopatra 2525 Researcher Pacific Renaissance Pictures, dir. Various Drama
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess Small Man Pacific Renaissance Pictures, dir. Various Drama
1998 Xena: Warrior Princess Carminus Pacific Renaissance Pictures, dir. Various Drama
1997 Hercules Thantos Pacific Renaissance Pictures, dir. Various Drama
1995 Mirror Mirror Frid Gibson Group, dir. John Banas Drama
1995 Enid Blyton Adventure Series Tai Cloud 9, dir. Peter Sharp Drama


Year Production Role Company / Director
2018 Richard III Richard Pop Up Globe, Season 3, 4.1
2017 Henry V / As You Like It Alice & Montjoy / Duke Fredrick Pop-Up Globe
2016 Twelfth Night / Romeo & Juliet Maria / Capulet Pop-Up Globe Theatre
2015 Belonging Kareem / Juan Talking House Theatre / South Island Four, dir. Hilary Halba
2014 Earnest Lady Bracknell Q Theatre, dir. Benjamin Henson
2014 Ladies Night Bernie Fortune Theatre, dir. Lara Macgregor
2014 Jumpy Roland Fortune Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
2013 Swan Song Prince Siegfried Wet Hot Beauties, dir. Lara Fischel-Chrisholm
2013 Chicago Various Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Michael Hurst
2011 Sirens Sea Captains Wet Hot Beauties, dir. Linda McFetridge
2009 The Italian Girl in Algiers Sergio New Zealand Opera, dir. Colin McColl
2008 The Mystery of Irma Vep Various Centrepoint Theatre, dir. Steven Ray
2008 Who Needs Sleep Anyway Various Auckland Theatre Company, dir. John Callen
2006 The Rivals Faulkland Circa Theatre, dir. Ken Blackburn
2006 Sweet Charity Ensemble Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Colin McColl
2005 Boys in the Band Michael Silo Theatre / Downstage, dir. Jonathan Hendry
2004 Cloud 9 Betty / Edward Circa Theatre, dir. Katherine McRae
2004 She Stoops to Conquer Marlow Circa Theatre, dir. Ken Blackburn
2004 Monkey Buddha Capital E Theatre, dir. Peter Wilson
2003 In Flame Fabrizio Circa Theatre, dir. Susan Wilson
2003 A Passionate Woman Craze Circa Theatre, dir. Susan Wilson
2002 Playing Around Steve Circa Theatre, dir. William Walker
2001 On the Razzle Weinberf Downstage Theatre, dir. Elric Hooper
2001 The Hunchback of Notredame Various Theatre Stampede, fir. Ben Crowder
2001 Rosencranz & Gildenstern Are Dead Player Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Colin McColl
2000 Blue Smoke Pania of the Reef Wellington Festival, dir. Murray Lynch
1999 Wairoa Tipuna Waiora Touring Trust, dir. Murray Lynch
1999 Boys At The Beach Den Circa Theatre, dir. Susan Wilson
1999 Travesties Tristan Tzara Circa Theatre, dir. Susan Wilson
1998 Beauty And The Beast Beast's Man / Brother 2 St James Theatre, dir. Laurence Boswell
1998 The Abattoir Gustave BATS Theatre, dir. Stephen Bain
1997 Blood Wedding The Groom Dir. Maya Dalziel
1995 Whaea Kairau - Mother Hundred Eater Various Taki Rua Theatre, dir. Colin McColl
1994 The Rover Sancho / Biskey Downstage Theatre, dir. R. Hodgman

Short Film

Year Production Role Company / Director Type
2020 Impossible Thespian Dir. Gabriel Reid Short Film
1997 Mesmer Boyfriend Dir. Morag Brownlee Short Film
1997 Parata Paurea Nei Dir. Adrianne Rikihama Short Film
1994 Para Recordar Outlaw Dir. Rachel Anderson Short Film


Year Production Role Company / Director
2022 Airpoints 'Don't Live Pointlessly' Mystic Good Oil
2022 Wrong Ride Homie Robber 1 TVNZ on Demand
2015 Honda Man Australia


Year Description Institution / Presenter
1994 Graduate Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School


Intermediate: Gymnastics

Circus & Horse

Intermediate: Horse Riding

Singing Range

Baritone | Tenor

Singing Styles

Intermediate: General

Musical Instruments

Intermediate: Guitar