Rose McIver

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Rose McIver
Rose McIver WonderCon 2015.jpg
McIver at WonderCon in April 2015
Frances Rose McIver

(1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 33)
Auckland, New Zealand
EducationAvondale College
Years active1991–present
RelativesPaul McIver (brother)

Frances Rose McIver (born 10 October 1988[1]) is a New Zealand actress. She starred as Olivia "Liv" Moore in The CW supernatural comedy-drama series iZombie (2015–2019) and played Summer Landsdown the Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers RPM (2009). She also played the role of Amber Moore in the romantic comedy film A Christmas Prince (2017) and its two sequels The Royal Wedding (2018), and The Royal Baby (2019).

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 also had recurring roles in the Showtime period drama series Masters of Sex (2013–14) and the ABC fantasy adventure drama series Once Upon a Time (2013–2017). She is currently starring in the CBS supernatural sitcom Ghosts (2021).

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).

Early life[edit]

McIver was born in Auckland and was raised in Titirangi by her father, John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver (b. 1951),[1] a photographer, and her mother, Ann "Annie" (née Coney),[1] an artist. Her parents still reside in the house in which she grew up.[2] She has an older brother, Paul McIver, who is a musician and former actor. She studied ballet and jazz dance until she was thirteen.[3][4]

McIver attended Avondale College and was a prefect in her final year. She graduated in 2006.[5] She studied at the University of Auckland, and majored in Psychology and Linguistics, but did not complete her degree.[6] Between acting jobs, she was a babysitter and worked part-time importing bananas with Fair Trade.[7] She took part in their "All Good Bananas" promotion, as the voice of the listener's conscience.[8]


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.[9]

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.[10] Filming took place in July and August 2009 in the towns of Hawera and Eltham.[11] 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.[12][13] She also had a role in the comedy series Super City, playing cheerleader Candice.[7]

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.[14] McIver was also selected to participate in the 2010 Show Me Shorts Film Festival.[15]

McIver put her studies at the University of Auckland on hold, and traveled to Los Angeles for "a couple of top-secret projects".[16] She was cast opposite Chris Lowell in the indie film Light Years.[17] 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.[18][19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22] In January 2017, it was announced that McIver would reprise her role in season 6.[23]

In February 2014, McIver was cast as the adult Cathy Dollanganger in the Lifetime television film Petals on the Wind, adapted from the book by V. C. Andrews.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26] She reprised her role as Amber Moore in the 2018 sequel film A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and the 2019 threequel A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby.

McIver has been cast in the musical feature, Daffodils. Filming began February 2018 in Wellington, Waikato, and Wairarapa,[27] and was released in New Zealand and Australia in 2019.[28]

In March 2020, it was reported that McIver was cast as one of the leads in the CBS sitcom Ghosts.[29] It premiered on October 7, 2021.[30]

McIver is also an ambassador for Emirates airlines.[31]

Personal life[edit]

McIver enjoys writing, and is inspired by the works of John Steinbeck, Wally Lamb and Franz Kafka.[7] She also enjoys crossword puzzles and Sudoku.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Piano Angel
1997 Topless Women Talk About Their Lives Sally
1998 Flying Josie Short film[32]
2001 Ozzie Caitlin
2002 Toy Love Lucy
2007 Knickers Emily Short film[33]
2008 So Fresh & So Keen Sally Poste Short film[34]
2009 The Lovely Bones Lindsey Salmon
2010 Predicament Maybelle Zimmerman
2010 Dangerous Ride Renee Short film
2012 The Dinner Party Heather "Rose" Short film[35]
2013 Blinder Sammy Walton
2013 Brightest Star Charlotte Cates
2015 Warning Labels Jessie Short film[36]
2015 Coward Ophelia Short film
2015 Mattresside Sue Short film
2015 Queen of Carthage Jane (voice)
2015 The Answers Paige Short film[37]
2017 A Christmas Prince Amber Moore [38]
2018 Brampton's Own Rachel Kinley [39]
2018 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding Amber Moore [40]
2019 Daffodils Rose [41]
2019 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby Queen Amber Moore
2020 The Princess Switch: Switched Again Queen Amber Moore Cameo
2022 Next Exit


Year Title Role Notes
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 Unknown episodes
1996 City Life Sophie Unknown episodes
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 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 short[42]
2013–14 Masters of Sex Vivian Scully 8 episodes
2013–14, 17 Once Upon a Time Tinker Bell 9 episodes
2014 Petals on the Wind Cathy Dollanganger Television film
2014 Play It Again, Dick Skank with Attitude 7 episodes
2015–19 iZombie Olivia "Liv" Moore Lead role
2017 A Bunch of Dicks Johnny Funny or Die short[43]
2017 DreamWorks Dragons Atali (voice) 3 episodes
2018 I'm Sorry Elizabeth Episode: "The Small of My Back"
2020 Woke Adrienne Main role
2021-present Ghosts Samantha "Sam" Arondeka Main role[44][45]
2021 Unwanted Kate/Emily

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Access Code Eve (voice) Google Daydream[46]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2015 "Demon Days (Do It All Again)" Wild Wild Horses
2015 "Ordinary Life" Wild Wild Horses
2016 "Heartlines" Broods [47]

Other works[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 Blood Punch Producer
20?? Nice Ride Writer and director[48]


Year Title Role Venue
2003 Arcadia Thomasina Coverly Titirangi Theatre, Auckland
2008 Blood Brothers Various Peach Theatre Company, Auckland
2010 That Face Izzy Silo Theatre Company, Auckland
2019 Key Largo Nora D'Alcala Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles[49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2002 TV Guide NZ Television Awards Best Juvenile Actor/Actress Xena Warrior Princess Won [50]
2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress Maddigan's Quest Nominated [51]
2010 Visa Entertainment Screen Awards Best NZ Actress The Lovely Bones Won [52]
2012 Monte Carlo Film Festival Outstanding Actress Tangiwai Nominated [53]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actress iZombie Nominated [54]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress Nominated [55]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actress Nominated [56]


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  37. ^ "The Answers". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
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