Self-described "Southern girl" Bonnie Soper found success early in her screen career. She was named Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards after playing a young blind woman in indie film The Map Reader. The same year, Soper appeared on Shortland Street as geeky surrogate mother Morgan Tippett. In 2016 she landed a regular role on high gloss drama Filthy Rich, playing the rich, wild "and kind of crazy" Annabelle. After moving to Los Angeles, Soper was cast as Princess Diana in a pay television film based on the romance of Prince Harry and actor Meghan Markle. Image: photo by Paul Smith
...Bonnie Soper, as Michael's beautiful and blind neighbour is [director Harold] Brodie's hand grenade. And she blows the roof off this film in every scene she gets. Graeme Tuckett in a Dominion Post review of The Map Reader, 21 August 2009
From the duo (Matt Heath and Chris Strapp) behind bad taste TV series Back of the Y, this feature follows Randy Cambell's rocket car driven mission to be "NZ’s greatest living stuntman". Gross and petrol-fuelled palaver ensues en route to a date with speedway destiny, as Cambell romances a one-legged female Evil Knievel, and fights a not-so-death defying family curse. Scott Weinberg (Cinematical) praised this low budget "cross between The Road Warrior, Mad Magazine and Jackass" as "loud, raucous and adorably stupid" when it premiered at US fest SXSW 2007.
Shortland Street is a fast-paced serial drama set in an inner city Auckland hospital. The long-running South Pacific Pictures production is based around the births, deaths and marriages of the hospital's staff and patients. It screens on TVNZ’s TV2 network five days a week. In 2017 the show was set to celebrate its 25th anniversary, making it New Zealand’s longest running drama by far. Characters and lines from the show have entered the culture — starting with “you’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata!” in the very first episode. Mihi Murray writes about Shortland Street here.