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)|
She is best known for six seasons of playing Cheryl West, matriarch to a sometimes criminal working-class family in the television series Outrageous Fortune, Kirsty Corella in the Australian television series Rake, Julie Wheeler in Upper Middle Bogan and Marina Baxter in The Code.
Early life and education
Malcolm was born in Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand. She attended Ashburton College, and graduated from Toi Whakaari (New Zealand Drama School) in 1987. She won an International Actors Fellowship at the Globe Theatre in London for 2003.
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.
|Absent Without Leave||1992||Betty|
|The Last Tattoo||1994||Working girl|
|The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||2002||Morwen|
|Sylvia||2003||1st woman at Ted Hughes' lecture|
|The Lovely Bones||2009||Foreman's wife||uncredited|
|The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell||2010||Gail Snell|
|Burning Man||2011||Kathryn Dent|
|Dream Baby||2015||Marianne||Short film|
|Goodness Grows Here||2017||Trish||Short film|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Shark in the Park||1989||Janice||Guest role (1 episode)|
|Shark in the Park||1990–91||Janet Finn||Guest role (2 episodes)|
|Joyful & Triumphant||1993||Raewyn||Television film|
|Shortland Street||1994–99||Ellen Crozier||Main role (60 episodes)|
|The Tribe||1999||Ma'am||Guest role (1 episode)|
|Clare||2000||Clare Matheson||Television film|
|Op' Stars||2000||Narrator||Television documentary|
|Atlantis High||2001||Violet Profusion||Guest role (1 episode)|
|Mercy Peak||2003||Liz||Guest role (2 episodes)|
|Intrepid Journeys||2003||Herself||1 episode|
|Serial Killers||2004||Pauline||Lead role (7 episodes)|
|Outrageous Fortune||2005–10||Cheryl West||Lead role (107 episodes)|
|Big Night In||2009||Herself||Television special|
|The Jaquie Brown Diaries||2009||Herself||Guest (1 episode)|
|Rake||2010–14||Kirsty Corella||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|Top of the Lake||2013||Anita||Series regular (series 1; 7 episodes)|
|Agent Anna||2013–14||Anna Kingston||Lead role (16 episodes); also executive producer|
|Upper Middle Bogan||2013–present||Julie Wheeler||Main role (24 episodes)|
|Charlotte: A Life Without Limbs||2014||Presenter||Television documentary|
|The Brokenwood Mysteries||2015||Ruth Phelps||Guest role (1 episode)|
|The Principal||2015||Sonya||Guest role (1 episode)|
|Wanted||2016–17||Donna Walsh||Guest role (4 episodes)|
|The Code||2016||Marina Baxter||Main role (series 2; 6 episodes)|
|Wake in Fright||2017||Ursula Hynes||miniseries|
|Harrow||2018||Maxine Pavich||Main role (10 episodes)|
|Denotes television series that have not yet been aired|
|1988||The Threepenny Opera||Lucy Brown||Downstage Theatre|
|1988||The 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||The 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||The 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||The Duchess of Malfi||Cariolla||Auckland Theatre Company|
|2007||The Cut||Susan||Silo Theatre|
|2010||Happy Days||Winnie||Silo Theatre|
|2014||The Good Person of Szechwan||Shen Teh||Auckland Theatre Company|
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.
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- 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. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. 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.