We use cookies to help us understand how you use our site, and make your experience better. To find out more read our privacy policy.
Profile image for Alex Tarrant

Alex Tarrant

Actor [Ngāti Pāoa]

After graduating from drama school Toi Whakaari in 2012, Māori-Niuean-Samoan actor Alex Tarrant got a gig co-presenting youth show Totes Māori. But 2014 was the year his career took off: that year he co-starred in WWl miniseries When We Go To War (as a Māori pacifist forced to go to Gallipoli) and played bad boy roles on the Cook Islands set Tatau and Kiwi-Australian hit 800 Words. The later show played for three seasons. Meanwhile Filthy Rich saw him entangled in a backstabbing business empire. Tarrant's CV also includes time on the medical staff of Shortland Street, Australian show SeaChange, and Canadian-shot movie Night Raider.

The whole experience of playing Manaaki has taught me things I try to embody now. To stand up for myself, to stay strong in what I believe in and to question things that don't sit right with me. That's what I love about acting — learning skills and qualities that I can apply to real situations. Alex Tarrant on miniseries When We Go to War, Stuff, 21 April 2015