Brooke Williams

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Brooke Williams
Born (1984-01-03) 3 January 1984 (age 34)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Brooke Williams (born 3 January 1984[1]) 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[edit]

Williams was born in Christchurch, where she spent her childhood.[2] At a very young age, she decided to become an actress: she then started performing in amateur theatre and attending acting courses.[2]

She moved to London,[2] where, starting in 2001, she trained at Mme Course, Acting for Screen and the Globe Theatre,[3] joining its theatre company.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

In 2007 she moved to Auckland,[1] where she joined the Auckland Theatre Company, playing the lead role in Romeo & Juliet.[3]

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.[3] Two years later, she won two NZ Herald Best of Theatre Awards.

In 2011, she appeared in the video of the song Myth Reducer by Sleeping Dogs[4] and joined Shortland Street, playing Lana.[1] In 2012, Williams portraited Aurelia in Spartacus: Vengeance again.[5]

She resigned from Shortland Street in early 2013.[6]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Meet Me in Miami Waitress
2007 Kissy Kissy Erin
2010 Predicament Margot Bramwell
2015 Slow West Maria
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
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
2011 Ice Milly Television miniseries
2010–2012 Spartacus: Blood and Sand,
Spartacus: Vengeance
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)


Year Title Role Notes
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[7]
2008 Mr Marmalade Lucy BATS Theatre, Wellington
2008 Three Sisters The Birdcage, Auckland[8]
2010 Romeo & Juliet Juliet Maidment Theatre, Auckland[9]
2010 Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Basement Theatre, Auckland[10]

Other roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Path of Exile Merveil (voice) video game
2015 June Jamie Short
2016 A Woman's Right to Shoes Alice Short

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2002 Total Theatre Awards Theatrum Botanicum – shared with the cast Gogo the Boy with Magic Feet Won [11]
2008 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards Most Promising Female Newcomer of the Year Mr Marmalade Won [12]
2010 NZ Herald Best of Theatre Awards Best Performance Romeo & Juliet Won [3]
2010 NZ Herald Best of Theatre Awards Best of Theatre 2010 Romeo & Juliet Won [3]
2010 The Hackman Theatre Awards Best Break Up of the Year – shared with Michael Whalley Romeo & Juliet Nominated [13]
2010 The Hackman Theatre Awards Best Pash of the Year – shared with Michael Whalley Romeo & Juliet Nominated [13]


  1. ^ a b c "Get to know: Brooke Williams". Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Brooke Williams File". "Shortland Street" Official Website. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Brooke Williams". Auckland Actors. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Friday the 13th, update". Official website of Sleeping Dogs. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Brooke Williams will be returning as Aurelia in S2 of Spartacus". 7 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "New Idea – BROOKE QUITS SHORTIE". 11 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Female of the Species". Auckland Theatre Company. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Three Sisters". New Zealand Theatre. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Romeo & Juliet". Auckland Theatre Company. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "It's Really F**Ked Up, Charlie Brown!". 6 August 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Past Winners". TOTAL THEATRE. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ a b "The Hackman Theatre Awards 2010 – Winners". New Zealand Theatre. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 

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