Tandi is an actress from New Zealand best known for her roles on the shows Shortland Street, Street Legal, and Serial Killers.
In 2011, Tandi was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress" at the Aotearoa Film & Television Awards for her role on This Is Not My Life.
Tandi took a couple of years off acting on television after her stint on Shortland Street ended in 1999. She says, "In some ways it is the best thing to do after Shortland Street. It can be hard for the public to accept you as anything else for a while after that. And as an actor you need to rediscover and become adventurous again, expand again." She did do acting on stage during that time, however, before returning to television on the shows Being Eve and Willy Nilly.
Tandi is a strict vegan.
Tandi attended Wellington High School.
In 2003, Tandi was nominated for "Best Actress" for her show Willy Nilly at the TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards.
When Tandi was asked to go to London in 2004 and study Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, she and a number of her friends and colleagues, including Craig Parker, Oliver Driver, James Griffin and Mark Ferguson held a celebrity debate to the raise money she needed to go. The artistic reseidence was a great honor, but did not include a stipend for living expenses while she was there.
Tandi is 5'7", with dark blond hair and brown eyes.
In 2008, Tandi was nominated for "Best Supprting Actress" for the feature film Out of the Blue at the Qantas Film and Television Awards.
In 2004, Tandi went to London as an International Artistic Resident at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. She later wrote an article titled "Learning To Be A Bard Girl" on her experiences there for the New Zealand Herald.
Tandi is a trained singer, and can do so in both the soprano and alto range.
In 2005, Tandi was nominated for "Best Performance By A Supporting Actress" for her role of Sally on the show Serial Killers at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards.
Tandi's professional theatre credits include:
(2012) Native Affairs "Mrs Foster", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Andrew Foster
(2010) When The Rain Stops Falling "Elizabeth Law", Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
(2007) Three Days of Rain "Nan/Lina", SiLo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
(2006) Twelfth Night "Viola", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Michael Hurst
(2005) Boston Marriage "Claire", Downstage Theatre, dir. Jude Gibson
(2000) A Midsummer Night's Dream, "Helena", North Island Tour, New Zealand Actors, dir. Simon Bennett
(2000) Rutherford "Eileen", Circa Theatre, dir. Susan Wilson
(1995) Dead Funny "Lisa", Centrepoint Theatre, dir. Ross Gumbley
(1995) The Learner's Stand, "Jo", Centrepoint Theatre, dir. Ross Gumbley
(1995) The Taming of the Shrew "Bianca", Centrepoint Theatre, dir. Alison Quigan
Tandi attended the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School from 1993-1994, and graduated with an Acting Degree. In 1992 she also received a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in History, and Theatre & Film.
Tandi enjoys horseback riding, hockey, tennis, cycling and yoga.
In 2000, Tandi won two Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, for "Best Supporting Actress" for Rutherford and "Most Promising Female Newcomer" for A Midsummer's Night Dream.
Tandi is represented professionally by the firm Johnson & Laird Management.
Tandi was born in Zambia. Her father Vernon resides there, running a safari business. Tandi's mother Dinah Priestley was also an actress, and now has a successful batik business. Her sister Justine is also in show business. She's a film editor, living in London, and was the editor of the Oscar Award winning documentary One Day in September, which is about the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Tandi: (on playing Catherine on "Nothing Trivial") My own dress sense is pretty average so I'm always delighted to be in work when someone else can sort it out for me. Dressing in her clothes is actually quite transforming because they are so beautiful; they're feminine but strong.
Tandi: (on landing the role of Catherine on "Nothing Trivial") It was a huge relief. That was the overriding emotion because I had such a lengthy, arduous audition process. I really feel I had to fight for this role, but in some ways the victory is sweeter when you've had to really work hard to get something.
Tandi: (on her childhood home, Zambia) Once you get into the bush there's nothing like it on Earth. Sitting there and listening to the lions roaring at night. You go to bed shaking in your boots, it's fantastic.
Tandi: (on her "Shortland Street" character suddenly becoming gay) It seems out of character but life often is. I will be interested in public reaction because a lot of the public find it difficult. I'm really pleased to be part of a storyline, which will be prompting some debate.
Tandi: (on returning to theatre after four years on "Shortland Street") I wondered if I could do it and to my great delight I think I can. Part of it is me saying I bloody well can do this, so I try 110 per cent, and part of it is probably bluff.
Tandi: I love making comedy because you always end up laughing all day at work.