Kirk Torrance

Kirk Torrance


New Zealand

Birth Name

Kirk Torrance


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Kirk is a New Zealand Commonwealth Games swimmer turned actor and playwright.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2011, Kirk was nominated for "Best Performance" at the New York Festivals Television & Film Awards for his role of Wayne Judd on Outrageous Fortune.

    • In 2010, Kirk was presenter for The Real Hustle NZ, which follows con artists as they demonstrate various scams perpetrated upon the unwary public.

    • In 2010, Kirk was nominated as "Best Actor" in the "TV GUIDE Best on the Box People's Choice Awards" for his role of Wayne Judd on Outrageous Fortune. In the same year, he was also nominated for "Best Performance by an Actor in General Television" for the same role at the Qantas Film and Television Awards.

    • As a boy, Kirk suffered from asthma, and got into swimming to combat his condition.

    • In late 2009, Kirk's play Flintlock Musket was performed for the first time at the Aotea Centre. The story is set in colonial New Zealand during the Musket Wars.

    • Kirk has gotten a lot of teasing about the moustache he was asked to grow for his role of Det Wayne Judd on Outrageous Fortune. Co-star Robyn Malcolm joked that they should "Bring back the mo", because it gave him an air of authority, but Kirk says his wife didn't like it, and he got rid of it as quickly as he could.

    • In 2002, Kirk made the short film Needles & Glass, which was directed by Miranda Harcourt and Rawiri Paratene.

    • Kirk started his successful play writing career because he was dismayed by the lack of strong local material in New Zealand Theatre.

    • After finishing his swimming career, Kirk went into radio, but after that waned, he listened to some friends who suggested he try acting.

    • Kirk's goal for the future is to be develop and produce new projects, and self fund them as lavishly as possible.

    • Besides English, Kirk speaks basic Te Reo Maori.

    • Kirk is quite athletic, and enjoys surfing, fencing, and martial arts, as well as swimming at an international level.

    • Kirk's theatre credits include:
      (2006) The Holy Sinner, the New Zealand International Arts Festival, dir. Michael Mizrahi
      (2005) Disgrace "Petrus", ATC, dir. Colin McColl
      (2003) Strata "Angus", Taki Rua Productions, BATS Theatre, Wellington, dir. Tim Spite
      (2003) Te Ao Marama, Fringe Festival, Wellington, dir. Tanematuta Crey
      (2002) Meltdown "Matiu Rewiti", Circa Studio, Wellington, dir. Danny Mulheron
      (2002) Taki Toru "Tai", Fringe Festival, Wellington, dir. Hone Kouka
      (1999) Snooze, St Marks Theatre, New York, dir. Anna Marbrook
      (1998) Swish "Mick", Phoenix Theatre, dir. Nia Nawalowalo
      (1997) The Caretaker "Mick", Phoenix Theatre, dir. Tolis Papazoglou
      (1996) Isadora's Tribe "Dancer", Downstage Theatre, Wellington, dir. Bert Van Dyke
      (1996) Te Reo Season, Taki Rua Theatre, Wellington, dir. Nancy Brunning
      (1995) The Captive "Maurice", Taki Rua Theatre, Wellington, dir. Hone Kouka
      (1995) Twelfth Night "Orsino", Circa Theatre, Wellington, dir. Murray Lynch
      (1994) The Island "Winston", New Zealand Drama School Productions, dir. Adam McCauley

    • In 2003, a play written by Kirk titled Strata won critical acclaim as well as the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for "Most Original Production, Outstanding New Playwright".

    • In 2006, Kirk took part in the Auckland City/AUT Celebrity Sew-Down. Various celebrities, including Nathan Rarere, Kerre Woodham, and Raybon Kan, were teamed with an AUT Bachelor of Design (Fashion) student and asked to create a fashion design using only 6 meters of fabric, a sewing machine and some trim in less than two hours as part of the Auckland Fashion Week events.

    • In 2002, Kirk won the award for "Best Drama" at the New Zealand Television Awards for his production Fish Skin Suit.

    • In 2008, Kirk was voted Auckland's sexiest man by the judges of Metro magazine's annual "Best of Auckland" awards.

    • In 1994, Kirk was awarded a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting Major) from the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School.

    • In 2008, Kirk was nominated at the Qantas TV Awards for best "Performance By a Supporting Actor in General Television" for his role of DS Wayne Judd on Outrageous Fortune.

    • Kirk is 6'1", with black hair and brown eyes. He is of Maori descent.

    • Kirk is represented professionally by the firm Johnson & Laird Management.

    • Kirk represented his country as a swimmer at two Commonwealth Games (Edinburgh, 1986; Auckland, 1990). His events were both the 50m and 100m backstroke, as well as the individual medley relay.

  • Quotes

    • Kirk: (on filming sex scenes) Very embarassing! And very unsexy.

    • Kirk: (on his award-winning play) I just wanted to get something out there and do something I wanted to do, which we got to do. So the awards were a hell of surprise. I just didn't believe you could do things your own way and achieve what I wanted to achieve.

    • Kirk: (comparing his two careers, swimming and acting) You’d be surprised. There's the preparation and the training that you do for swimming, for an event, the routine and the discipline. That’s very similar to acting. All that sense of performing above yourself is the same as the arts. You know that B-grade actor bullshit of being in the moment? It's exactly the same.

    • Kirk: (on being a Kiwi) We are a young country which has made remarkable changes in a remarkably short time. Outrageous Fortune uses humour to illustrate some of our social 'graces'.

    • Kirk: I was 28 when I got into drama school and having zero acting experience, the place was a real eye opener. A formative time in my life.