McIver at WonderCon in April 2015
Frances Rose McIver
10 October 1988
Auckland, New Zealand
|Relatives||Paul McIver (brother)|
Frances Rose McIver (born 10 October 1988) is a New Zealand actress. She is best known for starring as medical examiner Olivia "Liv" Moore in The CW supernatural comedy-drama series iZombie (2015–2019). She received further recognition for starring as Amber Moore in the romantic comedy films A Christmas Prince (2017) and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018).
McIver began her career with guest appearances in New Zealand-based series, such as Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Legend of the Seeker. She gained further success as Summer Landsdown in the superhero series Power Rangers RPM (2009). She also had recurring roles in the Showtime period drama series Masters of Sex (2013–14) and the ABC supernatural drama series Once Upon a Time (2013–17).
McIver made her film debut in the period drama The Piano (1993). She has since starred in the drama The Lovely Bones (2009), the horror comedy Predicament (2010), the sports drama Blinder (2013), the romance drama Petals on the Wind (2014), and the musical drama Daffodils (2019).
McIver was born in Auckland and was raised in Titirangi by her father, John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver (b. 1951), a photographer, and her mother, Ann "Annie" (née Coney), an artist. Her parents still reside in the house in which she grew up. She has an older brother, Paul McIver, who is a musician and former actor. She studied ballet and jazz dance until she was thirteen.
McIver attended Avondale College and was a prefect in her final year. She graduated in 2006. She studied at the University of Auckland, and majored in Psychology and Linguistics, but did not complete her degree. Between acting jobs, she was a babysitter and worked part-time importing bananas with Fair Trade. She took part in their "All Good Bananas" promotion, as the voice of the listener's conscience.
At the age of two, McIver began appearing in commercials. At the age of three, she received the role of an angel in the film The Piano.
McIver has mostly worked for New Zealand television, from fantasy-based series like Maddigan's Quest to dramas such as Rude Awakenings. She has also starred in television films such as the Hercules film series and Maiden Voyage, as well as two Disney Channel films: Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off in 2003, and Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board in 2007, which is the sequel to the 1999 film Johnny Tsunami. From March to December 2009, she played Ranger Yellow Summer Landsdown in the television series Power Rangers: RPM for 32 episodes.
McIver's big screen debut was in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lovely Bones, which received its U.S. release on 11 December 2009. In the film, she played Lindsey Salmon, the younger sister of the main character.
McIver appeared in the film Predicament, based on the novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson, which was released in New Zealand and Australia on 26 August 2010. Filming took place in July and August 2009 in the towns of Hawera and Eltham. In 2011, McIver appeared in the television film Tangiwai, based on the 1953 Tangiwai rail disaster. In the film, she played Nerissa Love, the fiancée of New Zealand cricketer Bob Blair and one of the victims of the disaster. She also had a role in the comedy series Super City, playing cheerleader Candice.
From 19 March to 10 April 2010 she appeared on stage at the Herald Theatre as Izzy, the best friend of the main character in That Face. McIver was also selected to participate in the 2010 Show Me Shorts Film Festival.
McIver put her studies at the University of Auckland on hold, and traveled to Los Angeles for "a couple of top-secret projects". She was cast opposite Chris Lowell in the indie film Light Years. McIver was also cast in Australian rules football film, Blinder, which began filming in Torquay on 20 February 2012, before moving to Boston. The film was scheduled for release in 2013.
McIver was cast as the lead character in MTV's Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys, based on the book by Eric Garcia and produced by Garcia and Krysten Ritter. McIver was also cast as a recurring character on Showtime's Masters of Sex, which is based on the book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier. The drama began filming in New York City in March, and began to air in September 2013.
In July 2013, it was announced that McIver landed the role of Tinker Bell for a multi-episode story arc on the series Once Upon a Time. In January 2017, it was announced that McIver would reprise her role in season 6.
In March 2014, McIver was announced to star in CW's new series iZombie as Olivia "Liv" Moore, which premiered a year later on March 17, 2015. The series concluded after five seasons with 71 episodes on August 1, 2019.
In March 2017, it was reported that McIver was in Romania, filming A Christmas Prince for Netflix which was released 17 November 2017. She reprised her role as Amber Moore in the 2018 sequel film A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and will reprise the role in the threequel A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby.
|1997||Topless Women Talk About Their Lives||Sally|
|2008||So Fresh & So Keen||Sally Poste||Short film|
|2009||The Lovely Bones||Lindsey Salmon|
|2010||Dangerous Ride||Renee||Short film|
|2012||The Dinner Party||Heather "Rose"||Short film|
|2013||Brightest Star||Charlotte Cates|
|2015||Warning Labels||Jessie||Short film|
|2015||Queen of Carthage||Jane (voice)|
|2015||The Answers||Paige||Short film|
|2017||A Christmas Prince||Amber Moore|||
|2018||Brampton's Own||Rachel Kinley|||
|2018||A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding||Amber Moore|||
|2019||A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby||Amber Moore||Post-production|
|1993||Shortland Street||Holly||Unknown episodes|
|1994||Hercules and the Amazon Women||Girl (Hydra)||Television film|
|1994||Hercules in the Underworld||Ilea||Television film|
|1994||Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur||Ilea||Television film|
|1995||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Ilea||Episode: "The Other Side"|
|1995||Riding High||Billy||Television series|
|1996||City Life||Sophie||Television series|
|1997||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Ilea||Episode: "When a Man Loves a Woman"|
|1999||Xena: Warrior Princess||Daphne/Xena||Episode: "Little Problems"|
|2002||Murder in Greenwich||Sheila McGuire||Television film|
|2002||Mercy Peak||Gwyneth Couch||Episode: "Cruel to Be Kind"|
|2003||P.E.T. Detectives||Genevieve||Episode: "Play It Again Evan"|
|2003||Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off||Hannah||Television film|
|2004||Maiden Voyage||Jenny||Television film|
|2006||Maddigan's Quest||Garland||Lead role|
|2007||Rude Awakenings||Constance Short||Main role|
|2007||Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board||Val||Television film|
|2009||Legend of the Seeker||Alice||Episode: "Reckoning"|
|2009||Power Rangers RPM||Summer Landsdown/Yellow Ranger||Main role|
|2011||Tangiwai||Nerissa Love||Television film|
|2011||Super City||Candice||Main role|
|2012||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Bridget Byron||Episode: "Tressed to Kill"|
|2012||Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys||Cassandra French||Unsold television pilot|
|2012||The Dinner Party||Rose||Web series|
|2013–2014||Masters of Sex||Vivian Scully||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2013–2014, 2017||Once Upon a Time||Tinker Bell||Recurring role; 9 episodes|
|2014||Petals on the Wind||Cathy Dollanganger||Television film|
|2014||Play It Again, Dick||Skank with Attitude||Recurring role; 7 episodes|
|2015–2019||iZombie||Olivia "Liv" Moore||Lead role|
|2017||A Bunch of Dicks||Johnny||Funny or Die short|
|2017||DreamWorks Dragons||Atali (voice)||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2018||I'm Sorry||Elizabeth||Episode: "The Small of My Back"|
|2017||Access Code||Eve (voice)||Google Daydream|
|2015||"Demon Days (Do It All Again)"||Wild Wild Horses|
|2015||"Ordinary Life"||Wild Wild Horses|
|2003||Arcadia||Thomasina Coverly||Titirangi Theatre, Auckland|
|2008||Blood Brothers||Various||Peach Theatre Company, Auckland|
|2010||That Face||Izzy||Silo Theatre Company, Auckland|
Awards and nominations
|2002||TV Guide NZ Television Awards||Best Juvenile Actor/Actress||Xena Warrior Princess ("Little Problems")||Won|||
|2007||Air New Zealand Screen Awards||Best performance by an actress||Maddigan's Quest||Nominated|||
|2010||Visa Entertainment Screen Awards||Best NZ Actress||The Lovely Bones||Won|||
|2012||Monte Carlo Film Festival||Outstanding Actress||Tangiwai||Nominated|||
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Comedy TV Actress||iZombie||Nominated|||
|2018||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress||Nominated|||
|2019||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Actress||Nominated|||
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