Craig Parker


Craig Parker Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In 2011, Craig was nominated for "Best Performance by a Supporting Actor" at the Aotearoa Film & Television Awards for his role on Legend of the Seeker.

    • Craig says he hadn't read Terry Goodkind's series until getting the part of Darken Rahl on Legend of the Seeker, but since then he's begun working his way through them.

    • Craig acted as MC at the wedding of Michael Galvin, his Shortland Street co-star. Michael plays Dr Chris Warner, the brother of Craig's character Guy.

    • Craig speaks French.

    • Craig's theatre credits include:
      (2007) The Pillowman "Katurian" Auckland Theatre Company Dir: Simon Prast
      (2006) Glide Time "John" Silo Theatre Dir: Oliver Driver
      (2001) Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead "Rosencrantz" Auckland Theatre Company Dir: Colin McColl
      (2000) The Judas Kiss Auckland Theatre Company
      (1999) Amy's View "Dominic" Auckland Theatre Company Dir: Cathy Downes
      (1998) Wind in the Willows "Mole" (1997) Arcadia "Valentine" Auckland Theatre Company Dir: Simon Phillips
      (1994) The Seagull "Konstantine" (1992) Weed "Hugh"
      (1991) Macbeth "Malcolm"

    • Craig has become so popular internationally due to his role of Haldir in the Lord of the Rings movies that fans have travelled halfway around the world to Auckland to see him perform in his recent play The Pillowman.

    • Craig managed to sneak into The Return of the King. He was part of the loop group, doing the voices of some fighters running and screaming in the battles, as well as supplying voices for a couple of the orcs, Gothmog and his evil lieutenant. He says, "The great thing about just recording a character voice is you don't have to spend hours getting made up to then stand around in the rain. Just pop into the studio, have a cup of tea and play around making silly sounds. Very civilized."

    • Craig's favorite singer is David Bowie, and his favorite bands include Radiohead, REM, U2, and Bic Runga.

    • Craig is a PADI Advanced Diver. The places where he has most enjoyed diving are Fiji, Tahiti, and Bora Bora.

    • Craig was on the Negative Team for the comedic Great Debate asking the question, "Is sex the most important part of the relationship?" His teammates were Rebecca Hobbs and Oliver Driver, and they were opposed by an Affirmative Team consisting of Ginette McDonald, Kevin Smith, and Anna Kennedy. He and his teammates won the debate, which was judged by their audience.

    • During the comedic "Great Debate" to determine "whether rugby is only a game", Craig (Affirmative Team) got Rebecca Hobbs (Negative Team) to admit something she probably shouldn't have- her Auntie Marion is a member of New Zealand's government and according to Rebecca, it is therefore the duty of all Hobbs women to bag an All Black (New Zealand's top rugby team).

    • In the 2001 Great Comic Debate, whose subject was whether men or women rule the world, Parker's fantastically comical speech professed his yearning for the days when men were men, when "women knew how to make scones with lemonade. Where every cauliflower-eared, beer-gutted man ruled his quarter-acre paradise from his La-Z-boy by the telly." Unfortunately his team of men, which included Kevin Smith and Oscar Kightley and was defeated by his opposition, which consisted of Ginette McDonald, Rebecca Hobbs and Cal Wilson.

    • Craig is one of several actors who takes part in the yearly Great Debate at the Queenstown Winter Festival. The debates are comic, with topics such as 2006's "Is New Zealand an Idle Nation?". Craig was on the Negative Team for that particular debate along with Kerre Woodham and Raybon Kan, and was opposed by Rebecca Hobbs, Ginette McDonald and Oliver Driver.

    • Craig is one of fifteen New Zealand actors suing New Line Cinema for royalties on merchandise from The Lord of the Rings movies.

    • When asked which Christmas carol is his favorite, he replied, "I'm a little bah humbug when it comes to Christmas carols and songs but one I do love is David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing Little Drummer Boy. Filmed in September 1977, it went to air in December just after Bing had died. Very strange but quite lovely."

    • Craig considers himself unathletic, but is an accomplished horseback rider and skater.

    • For his part as Haldir, Craig learned to speak in Tolkien's Elvish. The scenes with Elven characters were filmed twice, once in Elvish and again in English, and they never knew which would make the final cut.

    • Craig was cast as The Narrator for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Fellow Xena actor Kevin Smith was supposed to play Frankenfurter, but died in an accident before the show's run began. The went on with Joel Tobeck taking over as Frankenfurter, and the show was dedicated by Craig and his castmates to Kevin.

    • Craig is afraid of singing in public, but he overcame his fear to play Mole in the Auckland Theatre Company's production of Wind in the Willows.

    • Craig took part in the annual Blessing of the Animals in Auckland, held to celebrate the life of St Francis of Assisi. Craig read the Prayer of a Cat, "If you have by chance in some celestial realm, a little white mouse or a saucer of milk, I know someone who would relish them."

    • While Craig was taking some time off from his career in England he was offered a three-year contract on the UK soap Casualty. He thought about it very hard, but in the end decided that wasn't what he wanted to be doing for the next three years, and turned it down.

    • Craig took part in a celebrity debate at the SiLo Theatre in Auckland. The celebrities, including Craig, Mark Ferguson, Oliver Driver, James Griffin, Ginette McDonald, and Tandi Wright debated the topic "That Real Artists Suffer For Their Art". This humorous piece of entertainment came about when actress Tandi Wright was chosen to study at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London as an artistic resident, but was not given a sponsorship as part of the deal.

    • Craig MC'ed the AK07 (Auckland Festival, 2007).

    • Craig Parker reprised his Shortland Street role of Guy Warner for the show's fifteenth anniversary with a two week run.

    • Craig went travelling through Kathmandu for the show Intrepid Journeys. The show sends well known Kiwis to exotic locales, but they also leave the comforts of home behind.

    • Craig is represented as an actor by the firm Karen Kay Management. He's also listed with the Talking Heads agency as an MC/Speaker/voice actor and with Speakers New Zealand. Finally, he's listed with the Luko Agency, which books actors for convention appearances; he does so for his role of Haldir in The Lord of the Rings.

    • Craig is 5'11" (180cm) tall, has dark brown hair and blue eyes.

    • From 1987 to 1997 Craig was involved in Theatresports, a comedy show which calls on actors to use improvisation and stand-up comedy techniques.

  • Quotes

    • Craig: (on playing the villain on "Legend of the Seeker") The world of fantasy is wonderful fun, with the costumes, great sets, sword fighting and magic. You always need someone wanting to take over the universe. Darken Rahl does terrible things but, like all dictators, he believes he's doing it for the right reasons. He just wants to bring order to the world but unfortunately people want free will, which is slightly troubling for him. And there are some episodes later on where you see the reasoning behind what he does and that's much more interesting. If you play a villain who's just evil, there's no real interest in it.

    • Craig: I have always kept the important people and things in my life reasonably private and still do. I think that to hold the details of your life up for public consumption is crass and unfair to those very people you care about.

    • Craig: I don't think you can really define a career as successful until it's over.

    • Craig: (on his suspicion of the media) A quote can be made to mean anything and in their photo sections there's a lot of innuendo. When that first happens you worry about how people who don't know the situation will read it, how your family will be affected by it. It really pays to keep your private self for the people you like and love. It does me no favours at all to reveal my personal life to people who read magazines.

    • Craig: (on "Shortland Street") One of the really good things about that show is, people go on it, they become a bit famous, but then realise that fame in New Zealand means nothing really. It's just like being recognised at the dairy and they get over themselves and they learn how to do it every day, they get over the preciousness of acting and learn really basic fundamentals of how to do it. As well as that, you're paid well and have a great time; you get invited to a few parties.

    • Craig: (on doing "Lord of the Rings" conventions) They're kind of bizarre but quite wonderful things. Initially they were great, because you'd get an email from someone saying, 'Come to Bratislava', or 'Come to somewhere in Australia', and the next week it would be somewhere in America. So it was the perfect way to travel very comfortably around the world.

    • Craig: (on talk shows) I hate that stuff. I think it's the worst symptom of people not taking responsibility for themselves. Why go on a syndicated show and talk about your most private issues? People so crave fame and notoriety and will sell their souls for it.

    • Craig: (on returning to "Shortland Street") The great thing about working on that show was that you get to know everyone so well. There's 100 people working out there every day and the tension is huge so you become like a very, very close family- far too close at times. Around 3 o'clock is when tension hits when everyone is sugar-depleted and goes a bit mental. You end up finding the dumbest things hilarious. They can be the most stupid moments but you end up laughing like you'd never normally laugh.

    • Craig: (on the NZ soap "Shortland Street") It's the only regular work ... in this country and it's given people financial security and the opportunity to work with their mates every day.