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Anna Jullienne

Actor

Anna Jullienne was halfway through an arts degree when she got offered the role of nurse Maia Jeffries on Shortland Street. Then 21, Jullienne had already won awards for stage acting and public speaking; after her character took part in NZ TV's first civil union in 2007, she was awarded for her screen acting as well. She’s since had roles in dramedy 800 Words, and was a nightmarish PA in conspiracy drama The Blue Rose.

I’m not so nice. She probably puts up with a lot more than I would. I'm probably a bit louder than she is. Anna Jullienne, on differences between her and her Shortland Street character - NZ Herald, 16 September 2004