Rose McIver

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Rose McIver
Born Frances Rose McIver
(1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 26)[1]
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Benjamin Hoeksema (2005–present)
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Rose McIver (born Frances Rose McIver[1] on 10 October 1988)[1] is a New Zealand actress. Her mainstream feature film debut came in 2009's The Lovely Bones; other works include the films Predicament, and Blinder; as well as guest appearances in New Zealand-based shows Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Legend of the Seeker. McIver was a series regular on Power Rangers RPM, and she has recurring roles in both Showtime's Masters of Sex and on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She is cast the lead role in CW's iZombie, which premiered on 17 March 2015.

Personal life[edit]

McIver was born on 10 October 1988. She was raised in Titirangi with her father, John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver (b. 1951),[1] a photographer, and her mother, Ann "Annie" (née Coney),[1] an artist; her parents still reside in the house she grew up in.[2] She has an older brother, Paul McIver, who is a musician and former actor. She studied ballet and jazz dance until she was thirteen,[3][4] and enjoys running.[5] McIver also enjoys writing, and is inspired by the works of John Steinbeck, Wally Lamb and Franz Kafka.[6] She also enjoys crossword puzzles and Sudoku.[3] She attended Avondale College and was a prefect in her final year; she graduated in 2006.[7][8] She previously studied at the University of Auckland, and majored in Psychology and Linguistics, but did not complete her degree.[9] Between acting jobs, she baby-sits and works part-time importing bananas with Fair Trade;[6] she recently took part in their "All Good Bananas" promotion, as the voice of the listener's conscience.[10] In August 2011, McIver moved from the home she shared in Wellington with her long-term boyfriend, architect Benjamin Hoeksema[2][6] to Los Angeles,[11] where she lived in the East Hollywood suburb of Silver Lake for a year.[12] Currently, she lives in Hollywood with internet comedians Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld.[13]


At the age of two, McIver began appearing in commercials; by the age of three, she received the role of an angel in the film The Piano.

She has mostly worked for New Zealand television, from fantasy-based series like Maddigan's Quest to dramas such as Rude Awakenings. She has also starred in television movies such as the Hercules film series and Maiden Voyage, as well as two Disney Channel films: Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off in 2003, and Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board in 2007, which is the sequel to the 1999 film Johnny Tsunami. From March to December 2009, she played Ranger Yellow Summer Landsdown in the television series Power Rangers: RPM for 32 episodes.

McIver's big screen debut was in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lovely Bones, which received its U.S. release on 11 December 2009. In the film, she played Lindsey Salmon, the younger sister of the main character.[14]

She appeared in the film Predicament, based on the novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson, which was released in New Zealand and Australia on 26 August 2010.[15] Filming took place in July and August 2009 in the towns of Hawera and Eltham.[16] In 2011, McIver appeared in the television film Tangiwai, based on the 1953 Tangiwai rail disaster. In the film, she played Nerissa Love, the fiancée of New Zealand cricketer Bob Blair and one of the victims of the disaster.[17][18] She also had a role in the comedy series Super City, playing cheerleader Candice.[6]

She has appeared on an episode of Made in Hollywood, and on two episodes of the Irish talk show Xposé.

From 19 March to 10 April 2010 she appeared on stage at the Herald Theatre as Izzy, the best friend of the main character in That Face.[19] McIver was also selected to participate in the 2010 Show Me Shorts Film Festival.[20]

Currently, McIver has put her studies at the University of Auckland on hold, and has traveled to Los Angeles for "a couple of top-secret projects".[11] She has been cast opposite Chris Lowell in the indie film Light Years.[21] McIver has also been cast in Australian rules football film, Blinder, which began filming in Torquay on 20 February 2012, before moving to Boston. The film is scheduled for release in 2013.[22][23]

She has been cast as the lead character in MTV's Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys, based on the book by Eric Garcia and produced by Garcia and Krysten Ritter.[24] McIver has also been cast as a recurring character on Showtime's Masters of Sex, which is based on the book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier. The drama will begin filming in New York in March, and will begin to air in September.[25]

In July 2013, it was announced that McIver landed the role of Tinker Bell for a multi-episode story arc on the series, Once Upon a Time.[26]

In February 2014, McIver was cast as the adult Cathy Dollanganger in the Lifetime television film Petals on the Wind, adapted from the book by V. C. Andrews.[27]

In March 2014, McIver was announced to star in CW's new series iZombie as Liv.[28]

She is represented by Sue Barnett and Associates in Australia, William Morris Endeavor in California, and Johnson and Laird Management in New Zealand.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Piano, TheThe Piano Angel
1997 Topless Women Talk About Their Lives Sally
1998 Making the Rain Breathe
1998 Flying Josie Short film
2001 Ozzie Caitlin
2002 Toy Love Lucy
2007 Knickers[29] Emily Short film
2008 So Fresh & So Keen[30] Sally Poste Short film
2009 Lovely Bones, TheThe Lovely Bones Lindsey Salmon
2010 Predicament Maybelle Zimmerman
2010 Dangerous Ride Renee Short film
2012 Dinner Party, TheThe Dinner Party[31] Heather "Rose" Short film
2013 Blinder Sammy Walton
2013 Brightest Star Charlotte Cates
2015 Warning Labels Jessie Short film
2015 Coward Ophelia Short film
2015 Answers, TheThe Answers Paige Short film, completed
2015 Mattresside Sue Short film, post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Shortland Street Holly TV series
1994 Hercules and the Amazon Women Girl (Hydra) TV film
1994 Hercules in the Underworld Ilea TV film
1994 Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur Ilea TV film
1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Ilea Episode: "The Other Side"
1995 Riding High Billy TV series
1996 City Life Sophie TV series
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Ilea Episode: "When a Man Loves a Woman"
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess Daphne/Xena Episode: "Little Problems"
2002 Murder in Greenwich Sheila McGuire TV film
2002 Mercy Peak Gwyneth Couch Episode "Cruel to Be Kind"
2003 P.E.T. Detectives Genevieve Episode: "Play It Again Evan"
2003 Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off Hannah TV film
2004 Maiden Voyage Jenny TV film
2006 Amazing Extraordinary Friends, TheThe Amazing Extraordinary Friends Emily Rushmore TV series
2006 Maddigan's Quest Garland Main role (13 episodes)
2007 Rude Awakenings Constance Short Lead role (11 episodes)
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Valerie TV film
2009 Legend of the Seeker Alice Episode: "Reckoning"
2009 Power Rangers RPM Summer Landsdown Main role (32 episodes)
2011 Tangiwai Nerissa Love TV film
2011 Super City Candice Recurring role (6 episodes)
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bridget Byron Episode: "Tressed to Kill"
2012 Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys Cassandra French Unsold TV pilot
2013-2014 Masters of Sex Vivian Scully Recurring role (9 episodes)
2013-2014 Once Upon a Time Tinker Bell Recurring role (8 episodes)
2014 Petals on the Wind Cathy Dollanganger TV film
2014 Play It Again, Dick Skank with Attitude Regular role (5 episodes)
2015-present iZombie Olivia 'Liv' Moore Lead role, TV series


Year Title Role Theatre
2003 Arcadia Thomasina Coverly Titirangi Theatre, Auckland
2008 Blood Brothers Various Peach Theatre Company, Auckland
2010 That Face Izzy Silo Theatre Company, Auckland


Year Award Category Production Result
2002 TV Guide NZ Television Awards Best Juvenile Actor/Actress [32] Xena Warrior Princess ("Little Problems") Won
2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards Best performance by an actress [33] Maddigan's Quest Nominated
2010 Visa Entertainment Screen Awards Best NZ Actress [34] The Lovely Bones Won
2012 Monte Carlo Film Festival Outstanding Actress[35] Tangiwai Nominated


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