Danielle Cormack

Danielle Cormack


12/26/1970, Auckland, New Zealand

Birth Name

Danielle Cormack


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Danielle got her start of on-screen acting with a role on the television series Gloss in 1987. In the early 1990s, Danielle had some roles in a few movies, which include The Last Tattoo and A Game With No Rules.

She is most known for her role…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2011, Danielle won an Equity Award for "Best Ensemble Cast" for Rake.

    • In 2012, Danielle was nominated for a Silver Logie Award for "Most Popular Actress" for her role of Kate Leigh on Underbelly.

    • Danielle has a son named Ethan.

    • Danielle's theatre credits include:
      (2012) Top Girls "Marlene", Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
      (2011) Yellow Moon "Hollie", B Sharp, dir. Susanna Downing
      (2010) Christ Almighty "Three Wise Men", Basement Theatre, dir. Cameron Rhodes
      (2008) Rock n Roll "Lenka", Melbourne Theatre Co & Sydney Theatre Co, dir. Simon Phillips
      (2008) The Hypocrite "Dorine", Melbourne Theatre Co.
      (2007) The Case of Katherine Mansfield "Katherine Mansfield", Downstage Theatre, dir. Katie Woods
      (2006) The Case of Katherine Mansfield "Katherine Mansfield", Silo Theatre, dir. Katie Woods
      (2005) A Clockwork Orange, various roles, Silo Theatre, dir. Andrew Foster
      (2005) Sex With Strangers 2nd Ed "Prostitute", Herald Theatre, dir. Colin Mitchell
      (2004) Caligula "Caesonia", Auckland Theatre Co., dir. Colin McColl
      (2004) Sex With Strangers 1st Ed "Robin", Herald Theatre, dir. Colin Mitchell
      (2004) Skin Tight "Elizabeth", New Zealand Tour, dir. Miranda Harcourt
      (2003) The Shape of Things "Evelyn" Auckland Theatre Co., dir. Oliver Driver
      (2003) The Vagina Monologues, various roles, Solo New Zealand Tour, dir. Oliver Driver
      (2002) The Bellbird "Flo", Auckland Theatre Co., dir. Oliver Driver
      (2002) The Vagina Monologues, various roles, Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Oliver Driver
      (2002) A Streetcar Named Desire "Stella", Auckland Theatre Co., dir. Simon Prast
      (2001) The Blue Room "Alison/various roles", Auckland Theatre Co., dir. Oliver Driver
      (1999) Trainspotting, various roles, New Zealand Tour, dir. Chris Meads
      (1997) Arcadia "Chloe Coverly", Auckalnd Theatre Co., dir. Simon Phillips
      (1996) Return of the Summer Street Seven "Lucinda", Basement Theatre, dir. Michael Robinson
      (1996) Spare Prick "Lucinda", Basement Theatre, dir. Michael Robinson
      (1994) East "Sylv", Zurich Arts Festival, dir. Roger Morton
      (1993) East "Sylv", Mercury Theatre, dir. Roger Morton

    • In addition to English, Danielle can speak in basic French and Te Reo Maori. She can also act using various English accents, including Australian, British and American, as well as her own native Kiwi.

    • Danielle has performed in a number of short films, including:
      (2006) Cross My Heart "Crystal", Girls Dorms Productions, dir. Kirsty Cameron
      (2006) Mirage, various roles, 48 Hour Film Festival, dir. Bill Gianacas
      (2005) The Pool "Jane", 48 Hour Film Festival, dir. Bill Gianacas
      (2004) Together "Rose", Second Cine, dir. Felicity Morgan-Rhind
      (1993) A Game With No Rules "Vera Smith", Zee Films, dir. Scott Reynolds
      (1993) Snap "Felicity", MAP Productions, dir. Scott Reynolds

    • In 2010, Danielle won for best "Performance by an Actress in General Television" at the Qantas Film and Television Awards for her role of Cynthia on The Cult.

    • In 2009, Danielle was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film at the Qantas Film and Television Awards for her role in the movie Apron Strings.

    • Beisdes acting, Danielle has also hosted the reggae music TV show Fire It Up! for the NZ channel Alt TV.

    • Danielle enjoys swimming and tennis.

    • Danielle is represented professionally In New Zealand by the firm Johnson & Laird Management. In Australia she is listed with Sue Barnett & Associates.

    • Danielle has become quite close to fellow Xena alumnus Claire Stansfield (Alti) in spite of the two never appearing in an episode together. They met at a convention, and became instant friends.

    • Danielle has stated that she is not happy with her past acting in the show High Tide. She has claimed that the scripts were bad and the whole experience was not a good one for her.

    • In 1997, Danielle went to the Cannes Film Festival with her film Topless Women Talk About Their Lives. Danielle won "Best Actress" for Topless Woman Talk About Their Lives at the New Zealand Film & Television Awards in the same year.

    • After she graduated from high school, Danielle moved to Europe. She lived in Paris and London.

    • Danielle is married to Hayden Anderson.

    • Danielle has written some plays that have been put into small production in New Zealand.

    • Danielle has stated that prior to getting the role of Ephiny, she auditioned for six or seven other roles on both Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

    • Danielle has stated that her favorite episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys to act in was "Les Contemptibles". In that episode, Danielle played a 1700s French woman.

    • When Danielle auditioned for the role of Ephiny on Xena, she had to read an old Hercules script from a different character as no lines had yet been written for Ephiny.

    • In a poll by popular Xena fan site Tom's Xena Page, Danielle's character, Ephiny, was ranked as the third (right behind Xena and Gabrielle) most loved character on Xena: Warrior Princess. The poll had over 4,000 voters.

    • Danielle's first Xena convention was in 1998 in Burbank, California.

    • Danielle has stated that her favorite television show as a child was Wonder Woman.

    • Danielle started taking acting lessons at 8 years old.

    • Danielle has stated that in a fight scene with actor Karl Urban for the series pilot of Amazon High that they both got injured by each other. She received a black eye and he got a bloody nose.

    • Danielle is 5'6" tall.

  • Quotes

    • Danielle: (describing her work on "Xena" and "Hercules") [It was] an opportunity to really dress up and have a bit of fun, running around with imaginary friends and over weapons.

    • Danielle: (describing her character Alison on "Shortland Street") My character I was playing was the virtuous nurse who was constantly getting left at the altar, you know, the lovely... you know, everyone would like to be her ex, at some point- probably not for too long, but at some point.

    • Danielle: (on an unsuccessful attempt to win the role of Dirce on "Hercules") Here's a woman who stood against her own father. She's got integrity, she's standing on her own two feet. So I went into the audition with a sense of this character, the emotional price she's paid, her mannerisms, her determination to do good. And their response was, 'Could you be more vulnerable?'

    • Danielle Cormack: (upon being told of her popularity in the US as a result of playing Ephiny on "Xena") That's so hard for me to believe because down here, no one even knows I'm on that show!

    • Danielle: (on the decision to kill off her character Ephiny) It's important to recognize that death is just as much a part of our lives as life... I see some of the people's responses and think it's perfect that people feel so passionately about Ephiny's death. That's why I do what I do, because I like to create a response from people, whether it's a negative response or a positive response, nothing in between. I like extreme responses.

    • Danielle Cormack: (when talking about the future of her character Ephiny on "Xena") He (Eric Gruendemann) suggested that they were thinking of killing her off or putting her in a coma. I said, 'Why don't you kill her off? It creates another dramatic storyline.'

    • Danielle: (on wearing the Amazon masks for "Xena") They are a nightmare! They're really, realy difficult to work with. Every time I've gone back if there's a window of opportunity not to wear it, I'll take it... You don't want to do a big fight scene with them on because you'd just be stumbling all over the place like a drunkard.

    • Danielle: (referring to the early days on "Xena") It wasn't exactly like a well-oiled machine in any way. It was sometimes confusing and sometimes exhilarating to run around in these tiny little costumes screaming and fighting all the bad guys.

    • Danielle: I don't do anything other than acting. That's how I make my living. I don't have to be a waitress or do anything else.

    • Danielle: (On her hair) I stuck my finger in an electric socket!