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Ana Scotney

Actor [Ngāti Tāwhaki]

By the time Ana Scotney graduated from drama school Toi Whakaari in 2016, she'd already acted in TV movie Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses, and begun realising her directing ambitions with short film Dance of Lonely Birds. Her breakout performance came in 2018 with comedy hit The Breaker Upperers as Sepa, intimidating ex-girlfriend to James Rolleston. That year she guested as a werewolf on Wellington Paranormal. Then she joined web comedy Educators, and played combative receptionist Angel on Shortland Street. She also has one of the main roles in feature film Cousins, based on the novel by Patricia Grace.

From the moment she arrives on-screen, she breaks the laid-back and aggressively quirky film over her knee. You don’t just want to look at her, you need to look at her. She moves and talks in a way that is unashamedly theatrical yet so grounded she’s basically buried neck-deep. It’s no surprise that she’s been hailed as the breakout star of the film. Sam Brooks on Ana Scotney's performance in movie The Breaker Upperers, The Spinoff, 20 June 2018