Dec. 26th, 1970
Auckland, New Zealand
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Danielle Cormack (born December 26, 1970) is a stage and screen actress from New Zealand. She was one of the original core cast of the long-running soap opera Shortland Street, though she is also known for her role as the Amazon Ephiny in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, Cynthia Ross in The Cult, and Shota in Legend of the Seeker. Other works include the 2009 film, Separation City, and the Australian series Rake. She also portrayed notorious Sydney underworld figure Kate Leigh in Underbelly: Razor and Bea Smith in Wentworth.
Cormack is a leading light in contemporary New Zealand cinema, having made the transition to the big screen after a successful career in television.
Appearances in soap operas in her native country led to her becoming a household name, but Cormack chose to leave behind the security of an ongoing role and instead did a lot of work in theatre, both in her native Auckland and also on tour domestically and abroad.
Playing a recurring guest character in Xena: Warrior Princess, a US TV production filmed in New Zealand, brought Cormack an international fan base at the same time that she was establishing herself in successful independent film productions in her own country, and she has attended the Cannes Film Festival on several occasions to promote her performances in these critically acclaimed works.
Cormack has commented on more than one occasion that she is drawn to acting parts that contrast with previous work, indicating that likes the challenge of breaking new ground professionally, and she continues to show considerable range in her chosen roles. She also finds time between her many film and stage commitments (and the responsibilities of being the mother of a two sons) to attend fan conventions in the US and other countries, where she is a much-loved guest speaker regarding her "Xena" appearances and evidences real talents for comedy and improvisation in these settings. She has considered relocating to either the UK or the US to further her career opportunities, but for now seems content to remain in New Zealand and continue to exemplify the community of tremendous acting and production talent that resides there.
Cormack has one child with fellow actor Pana Hema Taylor, Te Ahi Ka, (b. March 19, 2010). Cormack has another son, Ethan (born in 1996), from a previous relationship.
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