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Nationality
  
New Zealand

TV shows
  
Role
  
Actress

Name
  
Rena Owen

Years active
  
1990-Presents


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Born
  
22 July 1962 (age 61) (
1962-07-22
)

Occupation
  
Actress, writer, director, producer

Nominations
  
AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress

Movies
  
Once Were Warriors, The Dead Lands, What Becomes of the Bro, Mee‑Shee: The Water Giant, The Well

Similar People
  
Temuera Morrison, Toa Fraser, Lee Tamahori, John Henderson, Ian Mune

Profiles

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Rena Owen (born 22 July 1962) is a New Zealand actress in theatre, television and film. Owen is best known for her leading role as Beth Heke in Lee Tamahori's Once Were Warriors and as Taun We in George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

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Early life

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Born in New Zealand, Owen is of Maori, Welsh, and other European descent. One of nine children, she grew up in Moerewa, raised Catholic in a small rural town in the North Island's Bay of Islands. She regularly performed in local Maori culture groups and performed in dramas and musicals while in high school. Owen pursued a medical career and trained as a nurse at Auckland Hospital for three and a half years. Once she qualified as a registered nurse, Owen moved to London, England.

Career

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Owen trained at the Actors Institute in London in the mid-1980s and worked extensively in British theatre. Highlights include Voices From Prison for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Co-Existences for the Elephant Theatre and Outside in for Theater New Zealand, which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival. Owen wrote and starred in Te Awa i Tahuti (The River That Ran Away), which had a successful London tour and was later published by NZ Playmarket in 1991.

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On her return to New Zealand in 1989, Owen acted in two dramas for Television NZ's E Tipu E Rea series. A first of its kind, the series was written, acted, directed & produced by Maori, telling Maori stories. She worked extensively in theatre; acting, writing, directing, working as a dramaturge, and was a founding member of Taki Rua Theatre. Owen wrote and starred in Daddy's Girl, while also playing reoccurring roles in two TV series; Betty's Bunch & Shark in the Park. Recent theatre credits include starring in the classic NZ plays, Haruru Mai for the NZ International Arts Festival and The Pohutukawa Tree for ATC. In the USA, she has acted in multiple stage readings for Native Voices at the Autry in LA, and a charity stage reading of Vagina Monologues for the City of West Hollywood. She also played the lead in a Hawaiian play called Fine Dancing, adapted and directed Toa Fraser's play Bare for the Asian American Theatre Company in San Francisco (AATC).

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In Once Were Warriors, Owen played the leading role of Beth Heke alongside Temuera Morrison, who played her husband. Once Were Warriors is predominantly narrated from Beth's perspective, and her performance was praised as "classic". Owen reprised the role in the film's sequel, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999).

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Owen played Taun We in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Nee Alavar in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and a cameo role in Steven Spielberg's A.I. Whilst playing a reoccurring role in WB's Angel, Owen played supporting and cameo roles in multiple international independent films. Highlights include the NZ Canadian co-production, Nemesis Game, Garth Maxwell's When Love Comes, Rolf de Heer's acclaimed Dance Me to My Song, Vincent Ward's acclaimed Rain of the Children, and US thrillers Alyce Kills & The Well. She played leading roles in the Australian TV drama series, Medivac in 1998, and recently in ABC's, The Straits, a multi-ethnic crime family drama. She also appeared in A&E's Longmire.

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Recently Owen and Morrison completed work on a documentary celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Once Were Warriors.

Star Wars

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Owen acted as Taun We in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) (in which Morrison played Jango Fett) and acted in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) as Nee Alavar. She also worked with the Star Wars Expanded Universe when she reprised her role as Taun We in the video game Star Wars: Republic Commando and also an uncredited role as Jedi Master Tionne Solusar in the video game Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron.

Awards

Her role in Once Were Warriors earned Owen rave reviews and multiple international awards including Best Actress at the Montreal World Film Festival, Oporto Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival Spirit Award. In New Zealand, she was awarded a Special Benny Award for Excellence in Film, and the Toastmasters Communicator of the Year Award.

Further acting accolades include a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the 1997 New Zealand TV Series, Coverstory and an AFI Best Supporting Actress nomination in 1998 for her role in Rolf de Heer's film, Dance Me to My Song. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2012 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards (AFTA) for her role as Hine Ryan in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her recurring role as Mere Hahunga in the award winning Australian TV series, East West 101, at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, and nominated for Best Actress at the Montecarlo International Television Festival.

  • Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award Nomination (2012): Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama- East West 101
  • New Zealand Film and TV Awards Winner (2011): Best Supporting Actress- Shortland Street
  • Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Nomination (1999): Best Supporting Actress- Dance Me to My Song
  • Australian Film Institute Awards Nomination (1998): Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role- Dance Me to My Song
  • NZ Film & TV Awards Nomination (1997): Best Supporting Actress- Cover Story
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (1994): Once Were Warriors
  • Montreal World Film Festival Winner (1994): Best Actress- Once Were Warriors
  • San Diego International Film Festival (1994): Best Actress- Once Were Warriors
  • New Zealand Maori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu Literary Award, 1992
  • Theatre

  • Lead Role: Pohutukawa Tree, Auckland Theatre Company, New Zealand (2009)
  • Filmography

    Actress
    -
    The Exquisite Continent (Documentary) (announced) as
    Narrator
    -
    The Removalists (pre-production)
    -
    Maya (post-production) as
    Sandy
    2022
    Super Giant Robot Brothers (TV Series) as
    Sarge
    - Upgrades (2022) - Sarge
    2017
    The Orville (TV Series) as
    Heveena
    - Midnight Blue (2022) - Heveena
    - A Tale of Two Topas (2022) - Heveena
    - Sanctuary (2019) - Heveena
    - About a Girl (2017) - Heveena
    2022
    Whina as
    Older Whina Cooper
    2021
    Star Wars: The Bad Batch (TV Series) as
    Taun We
    - Bounty Lost (2021) - Taun We (voice)
    2021
    Vegas (TV Series) as
    Rawina Duncan
    - The Normal Life (2021) - Rawina Duncan
    - Blue Smoke (2021) - Rawina Duncan
    - Between Man and Beast (2021) - Rawina Duncan
    - No Small Thing (2021) - Rawina Duncan (credit only)
    - Macbeth (2021) - Rawina Duncan
    - Feed the Worms (2021) - Rawina Duncan
    2018
    Siren (TV Series) as
    Helen Hawkins
    - The Toll of the Sea (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - A Voice in the Dark (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - 'Til Death Do Us Part (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - Northern Exposure (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - The Island (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - Mommy and Me (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - Life and Death (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - Survivor (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - Revelations (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - Borders (2020) - Helen Hawkins
    - New World Order (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Sacrifice (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - The Last Mermaid (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - The Outpost (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Serenity (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Mixed Signals (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - All In (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - No North Star (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Leverage (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Entrapment (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Distress Call (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Primal Instincts (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Oil & Water (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Natural Order (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - The Wolf at the Door (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - The Arrival (2019) - Helen Hawkins
    - Aftermath (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    - Street Fight (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    - Being Human (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    - Dead in the Water (2018) - Helen Hawkins (credit only)
    - Showdown (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    - Curse of the Starving Class (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    - On the Road (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    - Interview with a Mermaid (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    - The Lure (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    - The Mermaid Discovery (2018) - Helen Hawkins
    2020
    The Gloaming (TV Series) as
    Grace Cochran
    - The Night of the Mothers (2020) - Grace Cochran
    - The Mark of the Witch (2020) - Grace Cochran
    - Heathen Dogs (2020) - Grace Cochran
    - Beyond the Veil (2020) - Grace Cochran
    - Black Winged Angels (2020) - Grace Cochran
    - The Casting of the Bones (2020) - Grace Cochran
    - Hell's Black Grammar (2020) - Grace Cochran
    - The Dying of the Light (2020) - Grace Cochran
    2019
    Escape and Evasion as
    Michelle Pennyshaw
    2017
    Without a Body as
    Mordeya
    2016
    Lost Girls (Short) as
    Cop
    2016
    Joy (TV Mini Series) as
    Kaylee
    - California Soul - Kaylee
    2015
    The Last Witch Hunter as
    Glaeser
    2014
    Longmire (TV Series) as
    Medicine Woman
    - The Calling Back (2015) - Medicine Woman
    - Counting Coup (2014) - Medicine Woman
    2015
    The Red Road (TV Series) as
    Medicine Woman
    - Graves (2015) - Medicine Woman
    2014
    The Dead Lands as
    Grandmother
    2014
    The Last Survivors as
    Claire
    2012
    The Straits (TV Mini Series) as
    Kitty Montebello
    - Fatherhood (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - Dead Reckoning (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - The Big Mistake (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - Poison (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - The Price (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - Epiphanies (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - The Hunt for Vlad (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - Yawor My Lovely (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - The Trouble with Raskols (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    - The Proposition (2012) - Kitty Montebello
    2011
    Absolute Killers as
    Judge Irwin
    2011
    Alyce Kills as
    Danielle
    2009
    East West 101 (TV Series) as
    Mere Hahunga
    - The Price of Salvation (2011) - Mere Hahunga
    - Ice in the Veins (2009) - Mere Hahunga
    2011
    Shortland Street (TV Series) as
    Hine Ryan
    - Episode #20.13 (2011) - Hine Ryan
    - Episode #20.12 (2011) - Hine Ryan
    - Episode #20.7 (2011) - Hine Ryan
    - Episode #20.6 (2011) - Hine Ryan
    - Episode #20.5 (2011) - Hine Ryan
    - Episode #20.4 (2011) - Hine Ryan
    - Episode #20.2 (2011) - Hine Ryan
    - Episode #20.1 (2011) - Hine Ryan
    2009
    Spout (Short) as
    Oma
    2009
    Fear Clinic (TV Series) as
    Brett's Mom
    - Hydrophobia (2009) - Brett's Mom
    2009
    Prison Break (TV Series) as
    SHU C.O.
    - Free (2009) - SHU C.O.
    2009
    Veronika Decides to Die as
    Nurse Josephine
    2009
    Piece of My Heart (TV Movie) as
    Kat
    2008
    Finding Red Cloud as
    Barfly
    2008
    Amusement as
    Psychiatrist
    2008
    A Beautiful Life as
    Sam
    2008
    Ocean of Pearls as
    Anna Berisha
    2006
    The Iron Man as
    Dolores
    2006
    The Horrible Flowers as
    Linda
    2006
    Leela (Short) as
    Mother
    2005
    Freezerburn as
    Lee
    2005
    Mee-Shee: The Water Giant as
    'Crazy' Norma
    2005
    The Crow: Wicked Prayer as
    Mary
    2005
    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith as
    Nee Alavar
    2005
    Star Wars: Republic Commando (Video Game) as
    Taun We / RAS Ship Computer (voice)
    2004
    Pear ta ma 'on maf as
    Warrior Woman
    2003
    Red Zone as
    Mac's Mom
    2003
    Nemesis Game as
    Emily Gray
    2002
    Angel (TV Series) as
    Dinza
    - Ground State (2002) - Dinza
    2002
    sIDney (Short) as
    Clarissa
    2002
    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones as
    Taun We (voice)
    2001
    Soul Assassin as
    Karina
    2001
    A.I. Artificial Intelligence as
    Ticket Taker
    2001
    Gideon's Crossing (TV Series) as
    Tara the Surgeon
    - Flashpoint (2001) - Tara the Surgeon
    2001
    Mataora (TV Mini Series) as
    Wai
    2000
    Her Iliad (Short) as
    Lena
    2000
    The Dark Knight (TV Series) as
    The Rock Witch
    - Golden Bird (2000) - The Rock Witch
    2000
    Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl (TV Movie) as
    Soona Fualaau
    1999
    What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? as
    Beth Heke
    1999
    I'll Make You Happy as
    Mickie
    1998
    When Love Comes Along as
    Katie
    1998
    9 Across (Short) as
    The Woman in the Bank
    1998
    Dance Me to My Song as
    Rix
    1996
    Medivac (TV Series) as
    Macy Fields
    - Last Sacrament (1997) - Macy Fields
    - Silence (1997) - Macy Fields
    - Second Chance (1997) - Macy Fields
    - All the Saints and Angels (1997) - Macy Fields
    - The Sleep of Reason (1997) - Macy Fields
    - The Promise (1997) - Macy Fields
    - Gates to the Kingdom (1997) - Macy Fields
    - Into the Abyss (1997) - Macy Fields
    - Romeo and Juliet (1997) - Macy Fields
    - Sharing The Blame Part 2 (1996) - Macy Fields
    - Sharing The Blame Part 1 (1996) - Macy Fields
    1996
    Cover Story (TV Series) as
    Mairanga
    - The Cult (1996) - Mairanga
    1996
    G.P. (TV Series) as
    Hilary Harper
    - Fire and Water (1996) - Hilary Harper
    1995
    Savage Play as
    Takiora
    1995
    The Call Up as
    Emily Broughton
    1995
    High Tide (TV Series) as
    Kara Gibson
    - Regarding Joey (1995) - Kara Gibson
    1994
    Hinekaro Goes on a Picnic and Blows Up Another Obelisk (Short) as
    Hinekaro
    1994
    Once Were Warriors as
    Beth Heke
    1994
    Rapa Nui as
    Hitirenga
    1990
    Shark in the Park (TV Series) as
    Ngaire
    - Nothing But the Truth (1991) - Ngaire
    - A Little Help for My Friends (1991) - Ngaire
    - Loyalties (1991) - Ngaire
    - Give a Dog a Bad Name (1991) - Ngaire
    - Et Tu, Brute (1991) - Ngaire
    - Thicker Than Water (1991) - Ngaire
    - Suffer Little Children (1991) - Ngaire
    - You've Gotta Have Mates (1991) - Ngaire
    - Silver Spurs (1991) - Ngaire
    - All Sorts (1991) - Ngaire
    - Double or Quits (1990) - Ngaire
    1990
    Betty's Bunch (TV Series) as
    Shirley Gardner
    - Gotcha (1990) - Shirley Gardner
    - Billy Does a Runner (1990) - Shirley Gardner
    Producer
    2022
    Whina (associate producer)
    2017
    Out of the Shadows (associate producer)
    2009
    Spout (Short) (producer)
    Writer
    2017
    Out of the Shadows (written by)
    2009
    Spout (Short) (screenplay)
    Thanks
    2017
    Bridget and Iain (Short) (special thanks)
    2016
    The Unwilling (the director and producers wish to thank the following for their assistance in the making of this motion picture)
    2014
    Imperial Dreams (special thanks)
    2012
    Pablo (thanks)
    2010
    Switch (TV Series) (indiegogo supporter)
    2002
    sIDney (Short) (special thanks)
    Self
    2021
    RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest Judge
    - Marketing Hats (2021) - Self - Guest Judge
    2020
    KaYaMenTa: Sharing Truths about Menopause (Documentary short)
    2020
    Popternative (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Rena Owen (2020) - Self
    2018
    Hellblazerbiz (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Rena Owen on Siren and more (2018) - Self
    2018
    GeekRockTV (TV Series) as
    Self
    - WonderCon Anahiem 2018 - (Highlights) (2018) - Self
    2011
    Mika's Aroha Mardi Gras (TV Special)
    2009
    Australians Hit Hollywood (Documentary) as
    Self
    2008
    Rain of the Children (Documentary) as
    Puhi
    2002
    From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II' (Video documentary) as
    Self
    2000
    Mai Time (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 22 April 2000 (2000) - Self
    1999
    Marae (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Ngahau: Jubilee (1999) - Self
    1995
    New Zealand Film and Television Awards (TV Special) as
    Self
    1995
    Maurizio Costanzo Show (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 17 January 1995 (1995) - Self
    Archive Footage
    2009
    Prison Break: The Final Break (Video) as
    Shu C.O.
    1998
    60 Minutes (TV Series) as
    Mickie
    - I'm a Star (1998) - Mickie

    References

    Rena Owen Wikipedia


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