List of Famous people born in Wellington Region, New Zealand
Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. She is the second of five women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and the first and only female filmmaker to receive the Palme d'Or, which she received for the acclaimed film The Piano (1993), for which she also won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Among her other directed films An Angel at My Table and Bright Star are the most highly regarded.
Rachin Ravindra is a New Zealand cricketer. Ravindra was born to Indian parents Ravi Krishnamurthy, a software system architect from Bengaluru, and Deepa Krishnamurthy in Wellington, New Zealand. He made his international debut for the New Zealand cricket team in September 2021.
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie is a New Zealand actress. She rose to prominence and garnered critical acclaim for playing the lead role in Debra Granik's 2018 drama film Leave No Trace. She has also appeared in supporting roles in Jojo Rabbit and True History of the Kelly Gang.
Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a New Zealand film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03) and the Hobbit trilogy (2012–14), both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is the third-highest-grossing film director of all time, his films having made over $6.5 billion worldwide.
Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer, director and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the epic historical film Gladiator (2000), directed by Ridley Scott, for which Crowe won an Academy Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, an Empire Award, and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor, along with ten other nominations in the same category. Crowe's other award-winning performances include portrayals of tobacco firm whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand in the drama film The Insider (1999) and John F. Nash in the biopic A Beautiful Mind (2001).
Nicola Valentine Willis is a New Zealand politician who is a Member of Parliament for the National Party. Following Steven Joyce's retirement from politics in March 2018, Willis took his seat in Parliament as the next on the party list.
Julian Dennison is a New Zealand actor. He debuted in the 2013 film Shopping, for which he won the New Zealand Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is best known for his roles as Ricky Baker in Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), the highest-grossing New Zealand film in history, as Russell "Firefist" Collins in Deadpool 2 (2018), and as Belsnickel in The Christmas Chronicles 2. Dennison has appeared in multiple commercials for companies including Lynx and Air New Zealand. In 2021, Dennison will make his first appearance as Josh Valentine in Godzilla vs. Kong.
Sir Ronald Alfred Brierley is a New Zealand born investor and corporate raider, chairman and director of a number of companies in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor is an international cricketer and former captain of the New Zealand national team. Batting predominantly at number four, he is the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in Test and ODI cricket.
Sio Julian Savea is a New Zealand rugby union player. He currently plays wing for Hurricanes in Super Rugby Aotearoa. Savea formerly played for Toulon in the Top 14, and is a former captain of the Wellington Lions in the Mitre 10 Cup. Between 2012 and 2017 he won 54 caps for New Zealand.