3 January 1984|
Christchurch, New Zealand
Brooke Williams (born 3 January 1984) is a New Zealand actress, best known for her role as Jennsen Rahl in Legend of the Seeker, Aurelia in Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Eva in The Almighty Johnsons.
Early life and career
Williams was born in Christchurch, where she spent her childhood. At a very young age, she decided to become an actress: she then started performing in amateur theatre and attending acting courses.
She moved to London, where, starting in 2001, she trained at Mme Course, Acting for Screen and the Globe Theatre, joining its theatre company. In 2002 she participated in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe acting in Gogo the Boy with Magic Feet, for which she won a Total Theatre Award. After going back to New Zealand, she worked at the Court Theatre in Christchurch; she moved North in 2004 to graduate in Performing and Screen Arts at the New Zealand Drama School: she gained the degree in 2006.
Her television career began in 2005, acting in the movie Meet Me in Miami; then appearing in the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, its prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Legend of the Seeker. In 2008, Williams acted in a spot for Griffin Solay. Two years later, she won two NZ Herald Best of Theatre Awards.
She resigned from Shortland Street in early 2013.
|2005||Meet Me in Miami||Waitress|
|2009||Go Girls||Wanda||3 episodes|
|2009–2010||Legend of the Seeker||Jennsen Rahl||Episodes: "Bloodline", "Fever" and "Unbroken"|
|2010||This Is Not My Life||Crystal||Episode #1.3|
|2010||Outrageous Fortune||Elena||4 episodes|
|2010–2012||Spartacus: Blood and Sand,
|Aurelia||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2011||Spartacus: Gods of the Arena||Aurelia||Episode: "Past Transgressions"|
|2011–2012||The Almighty Johnsons||Eva||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2011–2013||Shortland Street||Lana Jacobs||Recurring role, 204 episodes|
|2014||Anzac Girls||Sister Edith 'Poppy' Popplewell||2 episodes|
|2015||True Crime: Venus and Mars||Caroline Blake||Television film|
|2016-2017||The Shannara Chronicles||Catania||Recurring role|
|2016–2018||12 Monkeys||Hannah||Recurring role (season 2–4)|
|2001||Hansel & Gretel||Various||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2002||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Hermia||Globe Theatre, London|
|2002||Puff, the Magic Dragon||Little Jackie Parker||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2002||The Gingerhead Man||Ensemble||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2002||Gogo the Boy with Magic Feet||Various||Edinburgh Festival Fringe|
|2002||The Lesson||The Girl||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2002||The Cherry Orchard||Anya||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2003||Sleeping Beauty||Ensemble||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2003||South Pacific||Chorus / Nurse||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2003||Great Expectations||Estella||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2005||Mean Jean the Pirate Queen||Ensemble||Court Theatre, Christchurch|
|2007||Jack & the Beanstalk||Ensemble||Kidstuff Theatre, Wellington|
|2007||Porcelain Grin||Lead role (solo show)|
|2007||The Pillowman||The Girl||Auckland Theatre Company, Auckland|
|2007||The Crucible||Mary Warren||Auckland Theatre Company, Auckland|
|2007||I'm Not Rappaport||Laurie||Downstage Theatre, Wellington|
|2007||Urinetown the Musical||Little Sally||Downstage Theatre, Wellington|
|2008||The Tempest||Ariel / Trinculo||Hawke Sea Scout Hall, Cox's Bay|
|2008||The Female of the Species||Molly Rivers||Maidment Theatre, Auckland|
|2008||Mr Marmalade||Lucy||BATS Theatre, Wellington|
|2008||Three Sisters||The Birdcage, Auckland|
|2010||Romeo & Juliet||Juliet||Maidment Theatre, Auckland|
|2010||Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead||Basement Theatre, Auckland|
|2015||Path of Exile||Merveil||(voice) video game|
|2016||A Woman's Right to Shoes||Alice||Short|
Awards and nominations
|2002||Total Theatre Awards||Theatrum Botanicum – shared with the cast||Gogo the Boy with Magic Feet||Won|||
|2008||Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards||Most Promising Female Newcomer of the Year||Mr Marmalade||Won|||
|2010||NZ Herald Best of Theatre Awards||Best Performance||Romeo & Juliet||Won|||
|2010||NZ Herald Best of Theatre Awards||Best of Theatre 2010||Romeo & Juliet||Won|||
|2010||The Hackman Theatre Awards||Best Break Up of the Year – shared with Michael Whalley||Romeo & Juliet||Nominated|||
|2010||The Hackman Theatre Awards||Best Pash of the Year – shared with Michael Whalley||Romeo & Juliet||Nominated|||
- "Get to know: Brooke Williams". Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- "Brooke Williams File". "Shortland Street" Official Website. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- "Brooke Williams". Auckland Actors. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- "Friday the 13th, update". Official website of Sleeping Dogs. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
- "Brooke Williams will be returning as Aurelia in S2 of Spartacus". 7 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- "New Idea – BROOKE QUITS SHORTIE". 11 March 2013.
- "The Female of the Species". Auckland Theatre Company. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- "Three Sisters". New Zealand Theatre. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
- "Romeo & Juliet". Auckland Theatre Company. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- "It's Really F**Ked Up, Charlie Brown!". 6 August 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- "Past Winners". TOTAL THEATRE. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- "The 17th Annual Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2008 held at Wellington Town Hall, Sunday 7 December 2008 'A Grand Celebration of Wellington's Professional Theatre'". New Zealand Theatre. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
- "The Hackman Theatre Awards 2010 – Winners". New Zealand Theatre. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2011.