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Pana Hema-Taylor

Actor [Ngāti Kahungunu]

Since landing a national theatre award in 2007 while at high school in Christchurch, Pana Hema-Taylor has become a New Zealand screen regular, thanks to roles in features The Most Fun You Can Have Dying (as best friend to the main character) and The Dead Lands. There have also been recurring roles on television: in shows The Brokenwood Mysteries, Dirty Laundry, and Westside — as a petty criminal who ends up moonlighting as a Springbok tour protestor — and in cable series Spartacus. In 2017 he starred in TV movie Resolve as Chris Crean, who died after providing evidence on a gang attack just outside his house.   

I felt like we kicked it off straight away. There was a big connection between me and Matt [Whelan] ... That stuff counts you know, it really shows on screen. Pana Hema-Taylor on working with actor Matt Whelan, on movie The Most Fun You Can Have Dying