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Laurel Devenie


Laurel Devenie prefers to think of acting in terms of the long steady climb, rather than the big break. Wondering if university studies were her bag, Devenie went and made a short film instead. Roadkill (2001) won her a gig in television, but she chose drama school Toi Whakaari. She went on to work as stand-in for Sigourney Weaver in Avatar, direct plays in Whāngārei, and star in acclaimed play On the Upside Down of the World, which she took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After parts on TV's The Blue Rose and Rainbow Warrior drama Bombshell, Devenie joined the cast of Shortland Street in 2016, as nurse Kate Nathan.  

...I've come to believe really strongly in taking risks, especially in the early stages, and not allowing established process dictate how you work ... that's not how you make anything that's creative, extraordinary and exciting, and isn't that what we're supposed to be doing? Laurel Devenie in The NZ Herald, 20 June 2015