Malcolm at the Green Party Campaign launch for the 2008 general election
15 March 1965 |
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
|Relatives||Roger Sutton (brother in law)|
Robyn Malcolm (born 15 March 1965) is a New Zealand actress, best known for six seasons of playing Cheryl West, matriarch to a sometimes criminal working-class family in the television series Outrageous Fortune, as well as Kirsty Corella in the Australian television series Rake.
Early life and education
Malcolm's first long-running television role was nurse Ellen Crozier in soap opera Shortland Street. She appeared on the show for five years and was nominated for Best Actress at the 1998 TV Guide Television Awards. She was nominated again for her lead role in television feature, Clare, based on the cervical cancer experiment at Auckland's National Women's Hospital which resulted in the Cartwright Inquiry.
In 1999, Malcolm was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Actors' Company along with Tim Balme, Katie Wolfe and Simon Bennett. The company produced and toured a number of successful stage productions throughout New Zealand.
In 2005, Malcolm took on the role of Cheryl West, matriarch of the West family, in Outrageous Fortune. Mixing comedy and drama, the show became one of the highest rating and awarded in New Zealand history. Malcolm won NZ television awards for the role including the Qantas TV Awards for Best Actress in 2005 and 2008, TV Guide Best Actress in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and Air NZ Screen Awards Best Actress in 2007.
Malcolm co-starred in 2010 feature film The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, playing mother to a family obsessed with go-karting and motorsports. She has also had small roles in movies Absent Without Leave directed by John Laing, The Last Tattoo directed by John Reid, Gaylene Preston's Perfect Strangers, and Christine Jeffs' Sylvia. She had a minor role as Morwen in the second film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
|1989||Shark in the Park||Janet Finn||"Lamb to the Slaughter" (S01E03)|
|1990||Shark in the Park||Janet Finn||"The First Cut Is the Deepest" (S02E03)|
|1991||Shark in the Park||Janet Finn||"Suffer Little Children" (S03E05)|
|1994–1999||Shortland Street||Nurse Ellen Crozier||Main role|
|1999||Tribe, TheThe Tribe||Ma'am||Season 2, Episode 2|
|2000||Clare||Clare Matheson||Main role|
|2001||Atlantis High||Violet Profusion||Season 1, Episode 1|
|2003||Mercy Peak||Liz||"When Ken Met Wendy" (S03E07)
"The Uses of Pork" (S03E09)
|2004||Serial Killers||Pauline||Main role|
|2005–2010||Outrageous Fortune||Cheryl West||Main role|
|2010||Rake||Kirsty Corella||"R vs Corella" (S01E08)|
|2012||Rake||Kirsty Corella||"R v Floyd" (S02E04)
"R v Turner" (S02E05)
|2013–2014||Agent Anna||Anna Kingston||Main role|
|2013–14||Upper Middle Bogan||Julie Wheeler||Main role|
|2013||Top of the Lake||Anita||Series regular, Miniseries|
|2015||The Principal||Sonya||Episode 4|
|1992||Absent Without Leave||Betty|
|1993||Joyful & Triumphant||Raewyn||TV movie|
|1994||Last Tattoo, TheThe Last Tattoo||Working girl|
|2002||Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Morwen|
|2003||Sylvia||1st woman at Ted Hughes' lecture|
|2009||Lovely Bones, TheThe Lovely Bones||Foreman's wife||uncredited|
|2010||Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell, TheThe Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell||Gail|
|1988||Threepenny Opera, TheThe Threepenny Opera||Lucy Brown||Downstage Theatre|
|1988||Rivers of China, TheThe Rivers of China||Various||Downstage Theatre|
|1988||Les Liaisons dangereuses||Cecile de Valonges||Downstage Theatre|
|1988||Jones & Jones||Ida Baker||Downstage Theatre|
|1989||Twelfth Night||Viola||BATS Theatre|
|1989||Horse of Bernada Alba, TheThe Horse of Bernada Alba||Martirio||Downstage Theatre|
|1989||Aunt Daisy||Various||Downstage Theatre|
|1990||Sweet Nothings||Various||NZ Tour|
|1990||Serious Money||Mary Lou Baines / Various||Downstage Theatre|
|1990||Macbeth||Ross / Hecate||Downstage Theatre|
|1990||End of the Golden Weather||Various||Downstage Theatre|
|1990||Conquest of the South Pole||La Braukman||BATS Theatre|
|1991||Via Satellite||Chrissy||Circa Theatre|
|1991||Importance of Being Earnest, TheThe Importance of Being Earnest||Cecily Cardew||Downstage Theatre|
|1991||Songs for Uncle Scrim||Various||Circa Theatre|
|1991||A Pack of Girls||Raewyn||Downstage Theatre|
|1993||Two Weeks with the Queen||Various||Circa Theatre|
|1993||Lettice & Lovage||Miss Farmer||Circa Theatre|
|1999||Much Ado About Nothing||Beatrice||Downstage Theatre|
|2000||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof||Maggie the Cat||Downstage Theatre|
|2000||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Titania||NZ Actors Company|
|2001||A Way of Life||Jenny||NZ Actors Company|
|2001||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Titania||NZ Actors Company|
|2002||Middle-Age Spread||Judy||Auckland Theatre Company|
|2002||Queen Leah||Kent / Caius||NZ Actors Company|
|2005||Duchess of Malfi, TheThe Duchess of Malfi||Cariolla||Auckland Theatre Company|
|2007||Cut, TheThe Cut||Susan||Silo Theatre|
|2010||Happy Days||Winnie||Silo Theatre|
Malcolm has helped spearhead an actors' union campaign to negotiate standard contracts for actors in The Hobbit films. The producers refused, saying that collective bargaining would be considered price-fixing and therefore illegal under New Zealand law. The situation escalated into international calls for an actors' boycott of the films, but the boycott was called off. Several days later, the producers said they were considering moving the films to another country as they could not be guaranteed stability in New Zealand. In response, the ruling National Party made several controversial changes to New Zealand's employment laws, and passed legislation explicitly controlling people working on the Hobbit movies.
- Reid, Neil (3 January 2010). "TV star tells why she's joined Greenpeace". Sunday News. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- Neville, Alice (21 March 2010). "TV stars' outrageous sexiness". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- Collins, Simon (21 July 2009). "Celebs go toe-to-toe on smacks". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- Hughes, Andrew; Wix, Olivia (26 November 2009). "The Job Tour: Movie and acting careers in Wellington". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- "Artists take their talent to the world". The New Zealand Herald. 22 May 2003. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- "Westie named NZ's sexiest woman". Stuff.co.nz. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- Fraser, Fiona (16 August 2010). "Robyn Malcolm's double life". New Zealand Woman's Weekly. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
- Hampton, Jeff. "Unconventional lines man appointed new quake boss". TV3 News. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- "Future focus at Green campaign launch". Stuff.co.nz. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- Paul Harper, Derek Cheng and Amelia Wade (21 October 2010). "Hobbit loss 'potential tragedy for NZ film'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- Robyn Malcolm at the Internet Movie Database
- New Zealand Listener - Cheryl and me
- Biography at Johnson and Laird
- Robyn's profile and ScreenTalk interview August 2009. Requires Flash video software (53.6 MB).