James Rolleston

Actor [Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou, Whakatōhea]

Cast in the main role just three days before filming began, newbie actor James Rolleston proved a screen natural as star of box office sensation Boy. Aged only 11 at the time, the Ōpōtiki teen was nominated for a Qantas best actor award for his work in Taika Waititi's second feature. 2014 saw two more starring roles:  as the son of a Māori chieftain in the Toa Fraser-directed Dead Lands, and an award-winning turn as a troubled teen in acclaimed chess and gangs drama The Dark Horse. Rolleston went on to co-star in a remake of car chase classic Goodbye Pork Pie, and an adaptation of Eleanor Catton novel The Rehearsal

He just launched himself into it, he was so enthusiastic about it. Boy director Taika Waititi on James Rolleston, in The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 August 2010