After graduating in 2007 from acting studies at Unitec, Sophie Henderson got busy with a range of theatre roles. Two years later she was invited to join the ensemble on Outrageous Fortune as Bailey, the hardnosed lawyer girlfriend of both West twins. In 2013 her debut feature Fantail won a place in the New Zealand International Film Festival. Henderson wrote and starred, playing “a girl called Tania who thinks she’s Māori”.  In 2017 she co-starred in another festival invitee, acclaimed drama Human Traces — this time as a scientist who encounters a stranger, while working with her husband on an isolated island. 

... its clear (Henderson) knows her character inside out ... the insights, performances and mood are all world class. Dominic Corry, reviewing Fantail in the NZ Herald, 5 August 2013
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Human Traces

2017, As: Sarah - Film

Director Nic Gorman won best short at the 2013 NZ Film Awards for zombie tale Here Be Monsters. With his first feature he shifts horror genres to the psychological thriller, as a mysterious new arrival (Vinnie Bennett) disturbs subantarctic island life for a husband and wife scientist team (Fantail's Sophie Henderson and Siege's Mark Mitchinson). Human Traces debuted at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival. NZ Herald reviewer George Fenwick praised the "stunning cinematography" and "impressive performances", arguing they helped produce a "fine debut" for Gorman.

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Fantail

2013, As: Tania, Writer - Film

Service station worker Tania (Sophie Henderson) is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman who identifies as Māori, working to take her little bro Pi to Surfer’s to find their Dad. But flitting Pi causes plans to go awry. Directed by Curtis Vowell (his debut) the script was adapted by Henderson from her theatre monologue, and shot in 20 days via the NZFC’s low budget Escalator scheme. The twist on the Hine-nui-te-po myth was a breakout hit of the 2013 NZ Film Festival. NZ Herald critic Dominic Corry raved: “one of the freshest New Zealand films to come along in years”.

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The Most Fun You Can Have Dying

2012, As: Tina - Film

Young, confident and good-looking, Michael (Matt Whelan from Go Girls) discovers he has only a short time to live. Rather than undergo pricey experimental cancer treatment, he steals the cash and absconds to Hong Kong and Europe, determined to enjoy the life that remains. But heedless OE hedonism is complicated when he meets Sylvie (Roxane Mesquida, star of A Ma Soeur) and goes cross-continental with her. Based on Steven Gannaway novel Seraphim Blues, Kirstin Marcon’s first feature combines down under filming with a guerilla-style winter shoot across Europe.

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Auckland Daze

2011 - 2014, As: Trinity - Web

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Underbelly NZ - Land of the Long Green Cloud

2011, As: Alison Dine - Television

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Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield

2011, As: Fanny - Television

Bliss is a portrait of the artist as a young woman. The award-winning telemovie follows Katherine Mansfield from boredom in Edwardian Wellington to liberation and love affairs in London, where she dares to dream of being a writer. Kate Elliott plays Mansfield as a spirited 19-year-old, hungry for experience. Bliss screened to acclaim in TV One's Sunday Theatre slot in August 2011. Listener reviewer Fiona Rae praised director Fiona Samuel's "excellent" script, and for allowing "her Mansfield to be witty, passionate and outspoken without belabouring the status of women in 1908".

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Hauraki

2011, As: Lisa - Short Film

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This is Not My Life

2010, As:Tiffany - Television

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Rowboat

2009, As: Her - Short Film

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Legend of the Seeker

2010, As: Sister Deidre - Television

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Piece of My Heart

2008, As: Margaret - Music video

As band member Haddon Smith points out, "you get the feeling Richard Bell knows what he's doing". And having produced renowned music videos for the likes of Depeche Mode, U2 and Nirvana, you have to agree with him. Bell's captivating concept, astute editing and spectacular set unite to deliver a thing of pure delight.   "We designed our own rooms. Mine is essentially my room in Auckland recreated in a small cube in an old warehouse somewhere in Christchurch!" Haddon Smith - April 09

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Bus Stop

2006, As: Mila - Short Film

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Outrageous Fortune

2010, As: Bailey - Television

After her husband is jailed, matriarch Cheryl West (Robyn Malcolm) decides the time has come to set her family on the straight and narrow. But can the Wests change old habits? So begins the six-series long saga of the Westie dynasty. Hugely popular at home (beloved by public, critics and awards-nights alike), and imitated overseas, Outrageous Fortune has been a flag-bearer for TV3 and contemporary NZ telly drama; the series proved — in all its grow-your-own glory — that genre TV in NZ could be so much more than overseas stories pasted to a local setting.