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Miriama McDowell

Actor [Ngāti Hune and Ngāpuhi]

Miriama McDowell made a splash in 2005 with a trio of roles: her award-nominated turn as one of the sisters in Toa Fraser film No. 2, a policewoman on TV's Interrogation, and a starring role as an unfortunate WWII wife in an episode of Taonga. Since then the Toi Whakaari graduate has co-starred in sci-fi thriller This is Not My Life and acclaimed movie The Dark Horse. In miniseries Hope and Wire she was a woman eager to escape post-quake Christchurch. In 2015 she won a Moa Award after co-starring as a pregnant woman in film The Great Maiden's Blush. She went on to act in thriller Coming Home in the Dark, then played Whina Cooper in biopic Whina.

She's the one Alec just can't forget — he's always coming back to her. She's a constant reminder for him that there are real people and real feelings out there. She becomes his sidekick and they set out to solve the mystery of Waimoana. Miriama McDowell, on her role in This is Not My Life