Pana Hema Taylor

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Pana Hema Taylor
Born (1989-09-14) 14 September 1989 (age 27)[citation needed]
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007 – present
Spouse(s) Danielle Cormack (m. 2009; div. 2013)
Children 2

Pana Hema Taylor (born 1989) is a New Zealand television actor of Māori heritage, best known for his roles in Spartacus, The Brokenwood Mysteries and Westside.

Personal life[edit]

Pana Hema Taylor grew up in the town of Wairoa, where he became involved with the Mongrel Mob.[1] In order to keep him from becoming a gang member, his parents, who had split up a while before, decided that he should live with his father in Christchurch, New Zealand[1] where he attended Aranui High School.[2] In 2007, he won best actor for his role as Mercutio in the school's production of Romeo & Juliet.[3]

In 2009, 20-year-old Hema Taylor met 38-year-old actress Danielle Cormack when she was the costume/set designer on a play he was in. The two have a son, Te Ahi Ka, born 19 March 2010.[4] In March 2015, Tiare Masina, his daughter with his current girlfriend Naomi, was born.[5]


Hema Taylor was first seen on TV in 2007 on the Māori language educational series Whanau.[2] He has since worked on various New Zealand feature films including Boy and Kawa. Hema Taylor is best known for his work in the Starz television series Spartacus: Vengeance and Spartacus: War of the Damned, playing the role of the Syrian rebel Nasir.[6] In 2014 he was cast as Mana in the New Zealand action film The Dead Lands.[7]

He is currently starring as Jared in The Brokenwood Mysteries and as Bert in Westside.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Whanau Harley
2007 Ebony Society uncredited Short film
2010 Redemption Zig Short film
2010 Boy Juju
2010 Kawa Sebastian
2011 Good for Nothing Young Native American
2012 The Most Fun You Can Have Dying David
2014 The Dead Lands Mana


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Spartacus: Vengeance Tiberius / Nasir Series regular: 9 episodes
2013 Spartacus: War of the Damned Nasir Series regular: 10 episodes
2014 The Brokenwood Mysteries Jared Morehu "Blood and Water" (S01E01)
"Sour Grapes" (S01E02)
"Playing the Lie" (S01E03)
"Hunting the Stag" (S01E04)
2015 Westside Bert Thompson Main role
2016 Dirty Laundry Tane [8]
2017 Resolve Chris Crean

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Story of Pana Hema-Taylor". Matthew Warner. Retrieved 23 November 2015. [better source needed]
  2. ^ a b "Cast Profile - Kawa". Cinco Cine Productions. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Aranui pulls victory from tragedy". The Press. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Danielle Cormack: Love without barriers". NZ Woman's Weekly. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Pana Hema Taylor Facebook". Facebook. 
  6. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (18 January 2011). "He Is Spartacus: Liam McIntyre Talks About Taking Over in Season 2 of 'Blood and Sand'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Dead Lands (2014)". IMDb. 
  8. ^