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Teuila Blakely

Actor, Presenter

A founding host for both music channel Channel 4 and hip hop station Flava FM, Samoan-Kiwi Teuila Blakely presented C4 show Freestyle. After writing and starring in 2002 play Island Girls, she expanded into acting. In 2006 Blakely was nominated for an NZ Screen Award for hit movie Sione’s Wedding. She played Leilani, long-suffering girlfriend of a loving man who drinks too much. Adept at both comedy and drama, Blakely's CV includes bro'Town, three years on Shortland Street (as "tough" solo mum Vasa Levi), WestsideFunny Girls and The Brokenwood Mysteries (as a prison boss). In 2015 she competed on Dancing with the Stars.

I am a brown woman and I want to contribute to the normalisation of that... we don't need to be niche. I didn't get into this industry to stay goddamn niche. Teuila Blakely in The NZ Herald, 3 July 2017

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Funny Girls - NZ Suffragette Special

2018, As: Various roles - Television

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All Talk with Anika Moa

2016 - 2017, Guest - Television

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Game of Bros

2016, Guest - Television

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Westside

2015, As: Talita - Television

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Funny Girls

2015 - 2018, As: Various roles - Television

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Tagata Pasifika - 7 March 2015

2015, Subject - Television

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The Brokenwood Mysteries

2019 - ongoing, As: Superintendent Angela Lafferty - Television

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Shortland Street - Chris and Rachel's wedding

2014, Actor - Television

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Rooster Rooster Dragon Rat - Oscar's Guide to the Chinese Zodiac

2013, Subject - Television

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Shortland Street - 20th Anniversary Special

2012, As: Head Nurse Vasa Levi - Television

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Sione's 2 - Unfinished Business

2012, As: Leilani - Film

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Radiradirah

2010, As: Various roles, Contributing Writer - Television

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Radiradirah - First Episode

2010, Contributing Writer, As: Various roles - Television

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Sione's Wedding

2006, As: Leilani - Film

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bro'Town - Morningside Story

2005, As: Sina Tapili, various roles - Television

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bro'Town - Honky the Wonder Horse

2005, As: Sina Tapili, various roles - Television

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Dancing with the Stars

2015, Contestant - Television

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Outrageous Fortune

2005, As: Savannah - Television

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bro'Town

2004 - 2009, As: Sina Tapili, various roles - Television

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bro'Town - Get Rucked

2004, As: Sina Tapili, various roles - Television

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bro'Town - The Weakest Link (First Episode)

2004, As: Sina Tapili, various roles - Television

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Children of the Migration

2004, Subject - Television

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Shortland Street

2010 - 2014, As: Nurse Vasa Levi - Television