Frankie Adams

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Frankie Adams
Frankie Adams by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Frankie Adams at WonderCon 2018
Born (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 26)[1][2]
NationalityNew Zealand, Samoan
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)

Frankie Adams (born 3 January 1994) is a New Zealand-Samoan actress and boxer, best known for her roles as Bobbie Draper in the science fiction television series The Expanse and as Ula Levi in the prime-time soap opera Shortland Street.[4]

Early life[edit]

Adams was born on the island of Savaiʻi in Samoa and is the oldest of three daughters.[5] She attended Auckland Girls Grammar School.[6]


Adams's first role, aged 16, was that of Ula Levi in the soap opera Shortland Street. She has also had roles in the television series Wentworth and in the film 1000 Ropes.[7]

In 2016, she was cast as the marine Bobbie Draper as part of the main cast in the second season of the U.S. sci-fi television series The Expanse, a role she has continued throughout the fourth season and beyond.[8][9][10]


As a boxer, Adams has participated in a Fight for Life charity boxing event, trained by Lolo Heimuli.[11]



Acting roles in film
Year Title Role Notes
2017 One Thousand Ropes Ilisa
2018 Mortal Engines Yasmina Rashid


Year Title Role Notes
2010–2015 Shortland Street Ula Levi 278 episodes
2016 Wentworth Tasha Goodwin 2 episodes
2017– The Expanse Roberta 'Bobbie' W. Draper Main character starting season 2


  1. ^ @TheExpanseWR (3 January 2018). "Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the talented fun-loving genuine Frankie Adams..." (Tweet). Retrieved 26 March 2018 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Coursey, Michelle (22 May 2014). "I'm all grown up!: Frankie Adams reveals how life on Shortie has changed her life". Yahoo! New Zealand.
  3. ^ Harvey, Kerry (7 August 2016). "Shortland Street's Frankie Adams on Wentworth and landing a US role".
  4. ^ "Frankie Adams: Actress Profile". Johnson & Laird. Archived from the original on 14 October 2017.
  5. ^ Bertrand, Kelly (7 March 2012). "Shortland Street star's family sacrifice". Now To Love. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Frankie wants to go to Hollywood". SUGA Magazine. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Kiwi actor Frankie Adams cast in US space drama". Radio New Zealand. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  8. ^ Martinetti, Cher (14 April 2016). "Exclusive: The Expanse's Ty Franck & Daniel Abraham reveal a major cast addition for Season 2". Blastr. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (14 April 2016). "The Expanse casts Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  10. ^ "The Expanse Season 3 Review: Syfy's Bold Space Drama Still Refuses to Pull Its Punches". IndieWire. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  11. ^ Napier, Liam; Strang, Ben (7 December 2014). "Millie Elder-Holmes wins Fight for Life boxing bout". Stuff. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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