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Duane Evans Junior

Actor [Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi]

Duane Evans Junior has been performing since he was a toddler, starting with adverts and modelling. His list of credits spans a diverse slate, from playing a young Billy T James (Billy), to a young Romeo (a JGeeks music video), and a recurring role on Shortland Street (as son of Vinnie Kruse). He has played lead roles in short films Possum, Ebony Society, and did an award-winning turn in I’m Going to Mum’s. In 2017 it was announced he would join the cast of James Cameron's Avatar sequels, as Roxto, a member of the oceanic Metkayina clan. Fluent in te reo, Evans Junior is sometimes credited as Duane Wichman-Evans.

He did an ad about cervical screening when he was three. His mother and I were also in it, but it was based around him. The director explained to him that he would be looking at a photo of his Mum, who had gone away. He needed to look sad. When they started filming he started crying. Everyone was amazed. Duane Evans Senior on his son's early acting talent, The NZ Herald, 7 June 2015