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Robbie Magasiva (born 21 May 1970) is a Samoan New Zealand actor who has starred in several films and as a member of the Naked Samoans comedy troupe. He has also appeared on television and theatre, and was the co-presenter of New Zealand's Tagata Pasifika with famed athlete Beatrice Faumuina. Magasiva is also known for his role on Shortland Street as Dr. Maxwell Avia which he played from June 2009 to July 2012, and for his current role as Will Jackson on the prison drama series Wentworth, an adaptation of the iconic prison drama Prisoner.
Magasiva had his start on television during the 1990s, beginning with comedy. In 1999, he portrayed Mason Keeler in Jackson's Wharf. In 2001 he starred in his first major film, Stickmen, and joined the Naked Samoans. In 2002, he played Mauhúr in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. He returned to television in the show The Strip, continued his work with the Naked Samoans, and made a minor appearance in Power Rangers: Ninja Storm, also starring his brother Pua as the brother of Pua's Character of Shane Clarke. In 2006, Magasiva co-starred in Sione's Wedding, a comedy film that achieved commercial success in New Zealand. In 2007 he co-starred in the horror film The Tattooist.
He has four brothers, Stevan, Miki, twins Pua, and Tanu, and one sister Trina. He also has two children, Austin (born 1996) and Sophie (born 2000) who both reside in Auckland.
Robbie joined the cast of Shortland Street as Dr. Maxwell Avia in 2009 and left the series in 2012; he later reprised his role for a one-off appearance in September 2015. In October 2012, Magasiva was cast in the new Australian drama series Wentworth, a re-imaging of the classic show Prisoner. He plays Officer Will Jackson.
- 2001 - Stickmen as Jack
- 2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as Mauhúr
- 2006 - Sione's Wedding as Michael
- 2006 - The Ferryman as Man in Club
- 2006 - In Her Line of Fire as Petelo
- 2007 - The Tattooist as Alipati
- 2007 - Perfect Creature as Frank
- 2012 - Sione's 2: Unfinished Business as Michael
- 2015 - Now add Honey as Chef Sebastian Tasi
- 1999 - Jackson's Wharf - Mason Keeler
- 2003 - The Strip - Adam Lima
- 2003 - Power Rangers: Ninja Storm - Porter Clarke
- 2006 - Doves of War - Xavier Collins
- 2006 - Tagata Pasifika - TV presenter
- 2009 - Small Blacks TV - Black Chat Presenter
- 2009–12, 2015 - Shortland Street - Dr. Maxwell Avia
- 2013-present - Wentworth - Will Jackson