Luanne Gordon

Luanne Gordon


New Zealand

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Luanne Gordon


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In 1997 Luanne received a Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting Major) at the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, Wellington, New Zealand. She has since had roles in theatre, tv and movies, and in 2001 Luanne won Best Supporting Actress for her role as a hooker in the…more


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    • Luanne has appeared in several short films, including Dying Light (2000), New Way Home (2000), and The Unmaking of Vanessa (1999).

    • Luanne has done numerous commercials, including those for Resene Paints, Telecom Nokia Mobile, and the 2001 PSIS Campaign.

    • Luanne's theatre credits include:
      (2006) Plenty "Alice Park" Silo Theatre, Auckland, Dir Katie Wolfe
      (2004) Closer "Anna" Silo Theatre, Auckland, Dir Cameron Rhodes
      (2004) Proof "Claire" Lethal Set Productions, Maidment Studio Theatre, Auckland, Dir Heath Jones
      (2003) Cherish "Jess" Circa Theatre, Wellington, Dir Kathy McRae
      (2000) Serial Killers "Elaine" Circa Theatre, Wellington, Dir Cathy McRae
      (1999) Kitchen Tables "Simone" Phoneix Theatre
      (1997) Vinegar Tom New Zealand Drama School Productions
      (1995) Human Cannon New Zealand Drama School Production
      (1995) Travelling North Wellington Repetory Theatre
      (1994) Once In A Lifetime Eastbourne Theatre, Wellington
      (1994) Bar Tropicana BATS Theatre, Wellington
      (1994) Jawless Fish Twice Told Tales BATS Theatre, Wellington

    • In 2000, Luanne was nominated for "Best Newcomer" for the play Serial Killers at the Chapman Tripp Awards in Wellington, New Zealand.

    • When Luanne's friend and fellow actress Yvonne Tan was diagnosed as having cancer, Luanne and many other friends of Yvonne banded together to holding chanting sessions, since Yvonne was a Buddhist. Unfortunately, these healing sessions did not prevent Yvonne from dying in June 2006.

    • Chris Ellis, Head Writer of Luanne's show The Strip, said of her, "All writers go through a phase where they think there isn't an actress in the world that can play the character they've written. It is such a big ask. But with Luanne it was immediately apparent that she was speaking all the lines from the heart. Luanne displays complete emotional fearlessness and is absolutely committed to the role of Mel".

    • Luanne was the celebrity spokesman chosen to be featured in the South Australia Tourism Commission's $950,000, four commercial campaign. This was intended to promote tourism by Kiwis in Southern Australia. Apparently the ad campaign was a success, and after just two weeks, the ads generated more than 700 enquires for more information on holidaying in South Australia.

    • Luanne is sited as a major success story at the website of her alma mater, the Toi Whakaari New Zealand School of Drama along with internationally known actors Rawiri Paratene ("Whale Rider") and Marton Csokas ("xXx", "Kingdom of Heaven", "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy).

    • The 2000 movie Stickmen was Luanne's first role in a feature film, though she had previously appeared in the short films Dying Light and The Unmasking of Vanessa. She was also an extra in Peter Jackson's The Frighteners.

    • Luanne participated in the Auckland Theatre Company's 2006 playreading and workshop series. The program is meant to nurture and support Kiwi playwrights in the creation of new works.

    • Luanne enjoys a number of sports, including badminton, canoeing, hockey, horseback riding, netball, rock climbing, softball, swimming, and tennis.

    • In 1999 Luanne was a guest narrator on the show Children's Stories for Radio New Zealand.

    • In 2006, Luanne was nominated for the award "Best Performance by an Actress" for the show Interrogation at the New Zealand Screen Awards.

    • In 2003, Luanne was nominated for the "TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Award" for "Best Actress" for her show The Strip. Unfortunately, she came in seventh place out of seven possible candidates.

    • Renee Ellwood, who plays Luanne's daughter on The Strip, said of Luanne and her fellow castmates, "I learnt a lot from them and now have great friendships with all of them. I look up to them and think of them as big brothers and sisters."

    • Luanne is 5'9" tall (175cm), with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

    • Luanne is represented professionally in New Zealand and the UKby the firm Johnson & Laird Management.

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