Anna Paquin cemented her place in Kiwi film history aged 11, after winning an Oscar for her first film, gothic romance The Piano. Since then the part-Kiwi part-Canadian actor has worked under a roster of stateside directors that includes Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee and Bryan Singer. In 2009 Paquin won a Golden Globe for starring as a telepathic Southern waitress in the first of seven seasons of HBO vampire hit True Blood.  

Paquin creates that rarest of things: a profoundly unsympathetic character who is mysteriously, mesmerically, operatically compelling to watch. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, in a review of Margaret, 1 December 2011

The Irishmen

2019, As: Peggy Sheeran - Television

Roots (remake)

2016, As: Nancy Holt - Television

Free Ride

2012, Producer, As: Christina - Film


2011, As: Lisa Cohen - Film

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

2009, As: Irene Sendler - Television

True Blood

2008 - 2013, As: Sookie Stackhouse - Television

Blue State

2007, As: Chloe Hamon - Film

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

2007, As: Elaine Goodale - Television


2003, As: Rogue/Marie - Film

25th Hour

2002, As: Mary D'Annunzio - Film

Buffalo Soldiers

2001, As: Robyn Lee - Film

Almost Famous

2000, As: Polexia Aphrodisia - Film

Finding Forrester

2000, As: Claire Spence - Film


2000, As: Rogue/Marie - Film


1998, As: Donna - Film

Fly Away Home

1996, As: Amy Alden - Film

Jane Eyre

1996, As: Young Jane Eyre - Film

The Piano

1993, As: Flora McGrath - Film

Ada (Holly Hunter) has been mute since she was six. She travels from Scotland with her daughter (Anna Paquin) and her grand piano to colonial New Zealand, for an arranged marriage. When her husband, a stoic settler (Sam Neill) sells the piano to Baines (Harvey Keitel), Ada and Baines come to a secret agreement. She can win her piano back key by key by playing for him, as he acts out his desire for her. An especially big hit in Europe, Jane Campion's Oscar-winning tale of sexual emancipation in the bush is the only NZ film to have won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival.