Scots-born Erik Thomson moved to New Zealand at age seven. In the mid 90s his career took off, after he began acting in Australia. In 2004 he won an AFI award for feature Somersault, then later starred in Aussie TV hit Packed to the Rafters and NZ drama/comedy We're Here to Help. In 2016 Thomson won a Best Actor Logie for his role in TV series 800 Words, as an Australian widower who moves his family to NZ.

As much as I was born in Scotland, most of my childhood was spent in New Zealand, so it's my spiritual home if nothing else. All my memories of my childhood and my early adult life are in New Zealand. It's just the way it is. Erik Thomson

Coming Home In the Dark

2019, As: Hoaggie - Film

The Luminaries

2019, As: Dick Manning - Television

800 Words

2015 - 2018, As: George - Television

The Code

2014, As: Niko Gaelle - Television

My Kind of Place

2011, Subject - Television

Beautiful (Australian feature)

2009, As: Mr Thomson - Film

The Black Balloon

2008, As: Simon Mollinson - Film

The Million Dollar Conman

2008, As: Derek Turner - Television

Packed to the Rafters

2008 - 2013, As: Dave Rafter - Television

We're Here to Help

2007, As: Dave Henderson - Film

Christchurch property developer Dave Henderson experienced bankruptcy, accusations of fraud, and 25 plus tax audits. This Kafkaesque comedy is based on his best-selling book about a five-year battle with the tax department, over a $924,000 bill. Kiwi/Scot actor Erik Thomson returned from Australia to play Henderson, while a near-unrecognisable Michael Hurst cameos as MP Rodney Hide. Lumiere reviewer Simon Sweetman praised the “superb” casting, and Thomson’s playful performance. The film is adapted and directed by screen vet Jonothan Cullinane.

The Alice (TV series)

2005 - 2006, As: Jack Jaffers - Television


2004, As: Richard - Film

The Alice (TV movie)

2004, As: Jack Jaffers - Television

All Saints

1999 - 2003, As: Richard Stevens - Television

Pacific Drive

1996, As: Brett Barrett - Television

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

1995 - 1996, As: Hades - Television


1995, As: PC James Rose - Television

Xena: Warrior Princess

1995 - 2001, As: Hades - Television

High Tide

1994, As: Charles Hart - Television


1994, As: Felicity's boyfriend - Short Film

A young couple (Danielle Cormack and Erik Thomson) wander into a photographic studio, where the owner seems to have the power to bring another age to life. Chosen for many international festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Snap marked another collaboration for filmmakers Stuart McKenzie and Neil Pardington. Inventive and sly, the film plays like a twisted episode of The Twilight Zone, one in which the lead-up to the shock finale provides at least half the fun. Peter Hambleton steals the show, as the oddball photographer with Cormack in his sights.

Bread & Roses

1993, As: Red - Film

Made to mark 100 years of women's suffrage in New Zealand, Bread & Roses tells the story of pioneering trade unionist, politician and feminist Sonja Davies (1923 - 2005), who rose to prominence in the 1940s and 50s. Directed by Gaylene Preston and co-written by Graeme Tetley, the acclaimed three-hour production played on television screens, and also got a limited cinema release. Australian actor Geneviève Picot (as Sonja Davies) and Mick Rose (as her husband) won gongs for their roles at the 1994 NZ Film and TV Awards. Bianca Zander writes about Bread & Roses here.

Stanley - ASB Bank

1992, As: Dad - Television

This trio of 1990s-era commercials features a pre-Xena Lucy Lawless — who is more fiscally responsible mum than warrior princess — while the doting Dad is played by Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters). The two are promoting the “your future bank” concept by extolling the benefits of banking with ASB, and securing the financial future of their baby Stan. Actor and nature presenter Peter Hayden's smooth tones and power suit launch the campaign. The following decade, ASB bank's ad campaign featuring fish out of water lawyer Ira Goldstein began a remarkable 11 year run.

Marlin Bay

1992 - 1994, As: Waiter - Television

Marlin Bay was a drama series following the comings and goings of a far-north resort and casino. Andy Anderson, Ilona Rogers, Don Selwyn, Pete Smith, Katie Wolfe and others made up the cast of earthy locals, wealthy foreigners, and city weekenders. Created by writer Greg McGee, Marlin Bay was one of the first primetime drama series from South Pacific Pictures. Kevin Smith received a 1995 Best Supporting Actor nod for his role as villain Paul Cosic.