Fern Sutherland

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Fern Sutherland
Born 1987[1]
New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010 – present

Fern Sutherland is a New Zealand actress, best known for her roles as Dawn in The Almighty Johnsons[2], and Detective Sims in The Brokenwood Mysteries.


Starting her career as a lead artiste in short films produced by the UNITEC Performing Arts School, Sutherland pursued her acting work in theatre shows like Silo Theatre’s Ensemble Project 08, the Auckland Theatre Company’s The Pohutakawa Tree (2009) and The End of the Golden Weather (2011), among others. Later, she ventured into television plays for South Pacific Pictures, doing small roles in Go Girls and The Almighty Johnsons.[3] Most recently Sutherland has shared top billing in the miniseries The Brokenwood Mysteries.[4]

She has said of herself, "I get extreme stage fright and really bad anxiety, so by rights acting is probably the worst career choice for me, but the truth is I really love being able to create and bring characters to life."[5]

Sutherland received a nomination for best supporting actress at the 2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards (AFTAs) for her role in The Almighty Johnsons.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 A Book By Its Cover[6] Lead Dir: Campbell Rousselle
2007 Trash Poppy Dir: John Callen
2010 Thud Nurse Dir: Nick Graham


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Go Girls Drunk Girl #3 "Boys Behaving Badly" (S02E09)
2011-2013 The Almighty Johnsons Dawn Series regular
2014–present The Brokenwood Mysteries Detective Kristin Sims Main role


  1. ^ "Birth date". aucklandactors.co.nz. Archived from the original on 17 April 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. ^ "The Almighty Johnsons(2011– )". imdb. Archived from the original on 18 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b "DAWN (Fern Sutherland)". tv3.co.nz/. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Almighty Johnsons star in murder mystery". The New Zealand Herald.
  5. ^ Utiger, Taryn. "Almighty local love triangle". stuff.com.nz. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  6. ^ Surtherland, Fern. "Filmography". actors.co.nz. Archived from the original on 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.

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