A keen artist since childhood, Auckland-born Dwayne Cameron was planning to study art at Elam when he got a role as boyfriend to Selma Blair in short-lived series Amazon High. After starring on an episode of anthology show A Twist in the Tale, Cameron got his big break in 1998: playing eco-warrior Bray in cult TV series The Tribe (including the second episode). Cameron would appear in 156 episodes over the first three seasons. The Tribe played on more than 40 networks around the world, spawning visits to international conventions, and even a tie-in album.
After leaving the show, he guested on rural drama Mercy Peak as tortured teen Gus Van Der Velter, then on his 21st birthday won a leading role in horror movie The Locals. Cameron co-starred with Johnny Barker (Shortland Street); the two played young friends who unwittingly head into a boondocks nightmare in rural Waikato. In this period Cameron also had a lead role in play Acting Genius, guested on a number of TV shows and telemovie The Possum Hunter and directed his debut short film, Charlie Has a Face. He also joined the crimefighters for the final two seasons of TV's Street Legal, playing hardworking lawyer James Peabody.
In 2004 Cameron headed to Los Angeles on a three year work visa. He signed with agency ICM, trained at the Stella Adler Academy and the Ivana Chubbuck Studio, and appeared in music videos and short film No Destination, alongside Deer Hunter actor John Savage.
In 2007 Cameron was back in New Zealand in time to rejoin the Power Rangers franchise, for Power Rangers Operation Overdrive. He followed it with 10 episodes of Shortland Street, a role as troubled commune-dweller Nathan Lewis on thriller series The Cult, and an appearance in Legend of the Seeker. Then he headlined in Auckland-shot movie Desired, this time playing a detective hunting a serial killer.
After appearing in telefeature Strongman - The Tragedy and playing the boss in a Jesse Peach stage production of Death of a Salesman (one of Cameron's many theatre credits) he landed the starring role in Brisbane-shot gangster comedy Nice Package.
In 2016 Cameron's agent rang to ask him if he was available to meet director Roger Donaldson (The World's Fastest Indian) that afternoon. When Cameron arrived, he was offered the role of motor racing icon Bruce McLaren in scenes that were being reenacted for the director's documentary McLaren.
In 2017 he flew to Bulgaria to play the policeman partner to Nicolas Cage's character in bank heist movie #211.
Cameron has also acted in a number of his own short films, including writing, directing and starring in Pleroma and Holding the Sun. He accompanied the latter title when it screened at film market the Cannes Short Film Corner; it was also nominated for best self-funded short at the 2013 NZ Film Awards. The following year he joined the cast of Agent Anna, as the bohemian boyfriend of Robyn Malcolm's character.
Dwayne Cameron website. Accessed 26 February 2017
Ricardo Simich, 'Spy: The man who plays McLaren' (Interview) - The NZ Herald, 1 May 2016
'Dwayne Cameron plays James Peabody' ScreenWorks website. Accessed 26 February 2017