Lani John Tupu

Lani John Tupu

Nov. 4th, 1955
Born in
Auckland, New Zealand

Lani John Tupu's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Farscape TV Show
Tales of the South Seas (AU) TV Show
Tales of the South Seas (AU)

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Lani Tupu was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a classically trained actor, and was educated at Rongotai College and Wellington Teacher's Training College. He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Bursary in 1977 to enter New Zealand Drama School, where he graduated in 1978. Lani left New Zealand for Australia in 1985 to "branch out across the big pond."

He has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include the Best New Talent at the 1984 Feltex Television Awards, several awards from the New Zealand Film and TV Awards (1993) for Best Dramatic Performance and a Best Actor award for Talk of the Town, which he also directed, at the Dream Maker Festival in Ontario, Canada. He was also finalist for the Male Performance Supporting Role at the 1986 Listener Film Television Awards for his work in the film Send a Gorilla, and was nominated for Best Actor in 1985.

Lani Tupu participated in the foundation of an Australian theatre group called The Walkers and Talkers, which is no longer running, and has also served as an acting coach and taught "Acting for the Camera" in Australia and New Zealand. He also runs weekly workshops on "Screen Acting" at the Actors Centre in Sydney, Australia. Tupu is active in stage production, both as a director and actor, and spends considerable time behind the camera. He directed Going Home for the stage as well as the critically acclaimed and award-winning short film Talk of the Town (1996).

Lani Tupu's TV appearances include: Country GP, Impossible (1988), Time Trax (1993), The Feds (1993), High Tide (1994), Water Rats (1996), The New Adventures of Flipper (1996), House Gang (1998), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (1999/2000), Farscape (1999–2003), Green Sails (2000), The Finder (2001), Revelations - The Initial Journey (2002), Grass Roots (2003), Stingers (2002/2004), Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004).

  • Founding member of the Walkers And Talkers theatre group in Australia.
  • Attended Rongotai College in Wellington, New Zealand and Wellington Teachers Training College.

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