Martin Henderson's Hollywood leading roles have seen him fighting globalisation (Battle in Seattle), strange forces (The Ring) and dancing (Bride & Prejudice). An original member of the Shortland Street cast, Henderson scored ongoing roles on Australian TV before heading to the US. Variety magazine called his drug-dealing amputee in Little Fish "a revelation". In 2014 he won further acclaim starring in Australian mini-series Secrets and Lies.
Simon Henderson started his career as a TV3 production assistant. In 1991 he began a decade-long stint at Kids TV, eventually becoming the company’s youngest studio director. After relocating to the UK, Henderson produced for quiz shows, and doco Girls in Gangs. Since winning a place on a 2008 ITV management training scheme, he has developed TV shows for both ITV, and indie company Giant Peach Productions.
Kelson Henderson has amassed a long CV of screen roles, from comics to superheroes. After graduating from acting school Toi Whakaari in 1997, he appeared in two high profile TV shows early in his career: as horse trader Pony Joe in sci fi hit The Tribe, and as a suicidal patient of Shortland Street, who gets talked off a rooftop only to see the woman who saved him die. Since then, Henderson's roles have included comedian Peter Rowley in Billy T James chronicle Billy, reporter Phil Kitchin in acclaimed TV movie Consent - The Louise Nicholas Story, plus a range of roles and voice parts on the Power Rangers franchise.
Two years after graduating in 2007 from acting studies at Unitec, Sophie Henderson joined the ensemble on Outrageous Fortune. She played Bailey, the hard-nosed lawyer girlfriend of both West twins. In 2013 her acclaimed debut feature Fantail won a place in the NZ International Film Festival. Henderson wrote and starred, playing “a girl called Tania who thinks she’s Māori”. In 2017 she co-starred in drama Human Traces — this time as a scientist who encounters a stranger, while working with her husband on an isolated island. In 2019 Henderson and her partner Curtis Vowell began making their second feature Baby, Done.
After making his screen debut in 1988 on Margaret Mahy TV series Strangers, actor Martin Henderson spent three years on Shortland Street playing Stuart Nielsen, then moved on to Australia and later the United States. Since then he has acted everywhere from India to Sweden, and in everything from horror (The Ring) to musicals (Bride and Prejudice) to TV’s House MD. His work as Cate Blanchett’s disabled brother in drama Little Fish saw him nominated for an Australian Film Institute supporting actor award. Variety magazine called his performance 'a revelation'.
Buckle up as we blast from the past Russ le Roq, gameshow host Paul Henry, tweenaged Kimbra and catwalk model Rach. Paul Casserly primes the collection: "pig out on these pre-fame Kiwis, gaze upon their fresh faces and remember the good times, before they were famous, before they became household names, movie stars, action figures and flavours of ice-cream."
After countless romances, breakups and revelations — plus the odd psycho and crashing helicopter — Shortland Street turned 25 in May 2017. Made on the run, sold round the globe, the Kiwi soap opera juggernaut has provided a launchpad for dozens of actors and behind the scenes talents. Alongside best of clips, the very first episode, musical moments and favourite memories from the cast, Shortland star turned director Angela Bloomfield writes about how the show has changed here, while Mihi Murray backgrounds how it began — and how it reflects New Zealand.
This collection celebrates the legendary moments that New Zealanders — huddled around the telly — gawked at, chortled with, and choked on our Choysa over as they played out on our screens. "There's a generation who remember where they were when JFK was shot", but as Paul Casserly asks in his collection primer, "where were you when Thingee's eye popped out?"
The last drama to be made in-house by TVNZ, The Champion was written by author Maurice Gee at the behest of producer Ginette McDonald after the success of their collaboration on The Fire-Raiser. Set in Henderson, West Auckland over three weeks in early 1943, it centres on 12 year old Rex (Milan Borich — later the lead singer in Pluto) and a black American GI billeted with his family. This tough, accomplished drama looks unflinchingly at racism and prejudice — both imported and local — and is ample testimony to the skills of its writer, cast and crew.
Actors Tane Williams-Accra and Ngahuia Piripi joined Shortland Street in 2015, as ambulance driver Ali Karim and Nurse Esther Samuels. Here they introduce their favourite Shortie storyline: the one involving Ferndale Strangler Joey Henderson (Johnny Barker). Cut from a longer clip which is viewable on NZ On Screen, the finale has the formerly sympathetic nurse and recently discovered serial killer escaping to the rooftop, where he is tackled by flatmate Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt). When the police show up and make Kieran let go, Joey takes fate into his own hands.