Miriama Smith

Miriama Smith


6/3/1976, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

Birth Name

Miriama Te Rangimarie Smith


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On Thursday, 3 June, 1976, a new baby entered the world at 9.21am. She was a 3500g healthy girl, slightly jaundiced, with lots of dark hair and a great set of lungs. Pamela Copland and Edwin Smith were delighted with the arrival of their baby girl. "She's kind…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2012, Miriama won "Best Supporting Actress" in her role of Delwyn Keefe in the telefeature Siege at the New Zealand Television Awards.

    • In 2010, Miriama was nominated for "Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in General Television" for her role on Kaitangata Twitch at the Qantas Film and Television Awards.

    • After secondary school, she enrolled at Waikato University to study for a Bachelor of Leisure Studies. She has also earned a post graduate in communications and public relations, planning to work in sports marketing.

    • When she was a teenager, a family friend suggested Miriama try modelling. She enrolled in a deportment class, but she hated it, because she says "I couldn't relate to people walking round in a swimsuit!" Her modelling agent suggested she audition for an acting part, and at age 15 (in 1991), she appeared in her first professional role in the NZ police drama Shark in the Park.

    • Miriama is a trained dancer. She gave up on ballet pretty quicky, but took tap and jazz dance classes for ten years.

    • In 2002, Miriama was the spokeswoman for Les Mills International, a NZ firm which is one of the world's largest providers of pre-choreographed exercise-to-music group fitness programs.

    • Miriama's favorite sports team are the Black Ferns, New Zealand's National Women's rugby union team.

    • Miriama says her heroes are Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and her grandmother Rauhuia. If she could have anyone she wanted over for dinner, Mr Mandela and the Dalai Lama would be on her short list along with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

    • To relax, Miriama enjoys drinking wine, yoga, reading, cooking, dancing and listening to music.

    • Miriama's dream job would be to travel the world hosting a travel show featuring great food, wine, and adventures. She got to live this dream for a few weeks when she was asked to present an episode of Intrepid Journeys in China and Tibet.

    • Miriama has lived all over New Zealand and the rest of the world, including Rotorua, Porirua, Tawa, Hamilton, Auckland, Castres (France), Bristol (UK), London (UK) and Melbourne (AUS).

    • Miriama's nickname is Miri.

    • In 2008, Miriama was nominated "Best Actress in a Leading Role" at the Qantas Film and Television Awards for the film We're Here To Help.

    • Miriama is an active supporter of the charity KidsCan, which gives necessary items like raincoats, shoes and food to children in need.

    • Besides acting on TV and in feature films, Miriama has starred in several short films, including Picnic Stops in 2003 and Moby's Island in 2001. She also performed in the play PLAY 2.03 in 2003 performing the role of "Karma".

    • Miriama learned to act using a US accent under Rowena Balos. However, she usually acts using her own native Kiwi accent.

    • Miriama is 5'7" tall, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

    • Miriama was nominated in 2004 and 2005 for "Best Actress" for her show Mercy Peak at the "TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards".

    • Miriama is represented professionally in Australia and New Zealand by the firm Johnson & Laird Management.

  • Quotes

    • Miriama: (on her stint on the soap "Shortland Street") I'd been at uni and going to the pub with my mates. I'd never watched Shortland Street. I loved the work but being recognised constantly became very surreal. Six months into the show, I didn't enjoy it any more. I was only 21 and still curious about the world. Some actors dream of that fame but you can't relax, you can't fail. There's a lot of pressure to be something you aren't. I am who I am. I won't compromise that.

    • Miriama: I'm thrilled to be part of New Zealand's Got Talent. The international versions of this show have been hugely popular and I am pretty sure New Zealand has even more weird, wacky and wonderful talents than our overseas cousins!