Robyn Malcolm

Robyn Malcolm

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Robyn Malcolm
Robyn Malcolm Green launch.jpg

Malcolm at the Green Party Campaign launch for the 2008 general election
Born (1965-03-15) 15 March 1965 (age 52)
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Relatives Roger Sutton (brother-in-law)

Robyn Malcolm (born 15 March 1965)[1][2] is a New Zealand actress, who first gained recognition for her role as nurse Ellen Crozier on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street.

She is best known for six seasons of playing Cheryl West, matriarch to a sometimes criminal working-class family in the television series Outrageous Fortune, Kirsty Corella in the Australian television series Rake, Julie Wheeler in Upper Middle Bogan and Marina Baxter in The Code.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Malcolm was born in Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand. She attended Ashburton College,[4] and graduated from Toi Whakaari (New Zealand Drama School) in 1987.[5] She won an International Actors Fellowship at the Globe Theatre in London for 2003.[6]


Malcolm’s first long-running television role was nurse Ellen Crozier in soap opera Shortland Street. She appeared on the show for five years and was nominated for Best Actress at the 1998 TV Guide Television Awards. She was nominated again for her lead role in television feature, Clare, based on the cervical cancer experiment at Auckland’s National Women’s Hospital which resulted in the Cartwright Inquiry.

In 1999, Malcolm was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Actors’ Company along with Tim Balme, Katie Wolfe and Simon Bennett. The company produced and toured a number of successful stage productions throughout New Zealand.

In 2005, Malcolm took on the role of Cheryl West, matriarch of the West family, in Outrageous Fortune. Mixing comedy and drama, the show became one of the highest rating and awarded in New Zealand history. Malcolm won NZ television awards for the role including the Qantas TV Awards for Best Actress in 2005 and 2008, TV Guide Best Actress in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and Air NZ Screen Awards Best Actress in 2007.

Malcolm won the Woman’s Day Readers’ Choice Award for Favourite New Zealand Female Personality in 2005, and New Zealand’s sexiest woman at the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box awards.[7]

Malcolm co-starred in 2010 feature film The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, playing mother to a family obsessed with go-karting and motorsports. She has also had small roles in movies Absent Without Leave directed by John Laing, The Last Tattoo directed by John Reid, Gaylene Preston‘s Perfect Strangers, and Christine Jeffs’ Sylvia. She had a minor role as Morwen in the second film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Shark in the Park Janet Finn “Lamb to the Slaughter” (S01E03)
1990 Shark in the Park Janet Finn “The First Cut Is the Deepest” (S02E03)
1991 Shark in the Park Janet Finn “Suffer Little Children” (S03E05)
1992 Married Maddie unknown episode
1994–1999 Shortland Street Nurse Ellen Crozier Main role
1999 Tribe, TheThe Tribe Ma’am Season 2, Episode 2
2000 Clare Clare Matheson Main role
2001 Atlantis High Violet Profusion Season 1, Episode 1
2003 Mercy Peak Liz “When Ken Met Wendy” (S03E07)
“The Uses of Pork” (S03E09)
2004 Serial Killers Pauline Main role
2005–2010 Outrageous Fortune Cheryl West Main role
2010-present Rake Kirsty Corella Recurring role
2013–2014 Agent Anna Anna Kingston Main role
2013–present Upper Middle Bogan Julie Wheeler Main role
2013 Top of the Lake Anita Series regular, Miniseries
2015 The Principal Sonya Episode 4
2015 Brokenwood Mysteries, TheThe Brokenwood Mysteries Ruth Phelps “To Die or Not to Die” (S02E02)
2016 The Code Marina Baxter, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Main role


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Absent Without Leave Betty
1993 Joyful & Triumphant Raewyn TV movie
1994 Last Tattoo, TheThe Last Tattoo Working girl
2002 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Morwen
2003 Perfect Strangers Aileen
2003 Sylvia 1st woman at Ted Hughes’ lecture
2005 Boogeyman Dr. Matheson
2009 Lovely Bones, TheThe Lovely Bones Foreman’s wife uncredited
2010 Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell, TheThe Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell Gail
2011 Burning Man Kathryn
2012 Drift Kat


Year Title Role Theatre
1988 Threepenny Opera, TheThe Threepenny Opera Lucy Brown Downstage Theatre
1988 Rivers of China, TheThe Rivers of China Various Downstage Theatre
1988 Les Liaisons dangereuses Cecile de Valonges Downstage Theatre
1988 Judy Various Downstage Theatre
1988 Jones & Jones Ida Baker Downstage Theatre
1988 Gulls Puppeteer Downstage Theatre
1989 Twelfth Night Viola BATS Theatre
1989 Horse of Bernada Alba, TheThe Horse of Bernada Alba Martirio Downstage Theatre
1989 Othello Bianca Downstage Theatre
1989 Aunt Daisy Various Downstage Theatre
1990 Sweet Nothings Various NZ Tour
1990 Serious Money Mary Lou Baines / Various Downstage Theatre
1990 Macbeth Ross / Hecate Downstage Theatre
1990 Hamlet Ophelia BATS Theatre
1990 End of the Golden Weather Various Downstage Theatre
1990 Conquest of the South Pole La Braukman BATS Theatre
1991 Weed Raewyn Circa Theatre
1991 Via Satellite Chrissy Circa Theatre
1991 Importance of Being Earnest, TheThe Importance of Being Earnest Cecily Cardew Downstage Theatre
1991 Songs for Uncle Scrim Various Circa Theatre
1991 A Pack of Girls Raewyn Downstage Theatre
1993 Two Weeks with the Queen Various Circa Theatre
1993 Lettice & Lovage Miss Farmer Circa Theatre
1995 Othello Emilia Watershed Theatre
1999 Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice Downstage Theatre
2000 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie the Cat Downstage Theatre
2000 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Titania NZ Actors Company
2001 A Way of Life Jenny NZ Actors Company
2001 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Titania NZ Actors Company
2002 Middle-Age Spread Judy Auckland Theatre Company
2002 Queen Leah Kent / Caius NZ Actors Company
2005 Duchess of Malfi, TheThe Duchess of Malfi Cariolla Auckland Theatre Company
2007 Cut, TheThe Cut Susan Silo Theatre
2010 Happy Days Winnie Silo Theatre
2014 The Good Person of Szechwan Shen Teh Auckland Theatre Company

Personal life[edit]

Malcolm has two sons.[8] Her sister is married to Roger Sutton, the former CEO of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.[9]


Malcolm voiced Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand advertisements for the New Zealand general election, 2008.[10]

Malcolm has helped spearhead an actors’ union campaign to negotiate standard contracts for actors in The Hobbit films. The producers refused, saying that collective bargaining would be considered price-fixing and therefore illegal under New Zealand law. The situation escalated into international calls for an actors’ boycott of the films, but the boycott was called off. Several days later, the producers said they were considering moving the films to another country as they could not be guaranteed stability in New Zealand.[11] In response, the ruling National Party made several controversial changes to New Zealand’s employment laws, and passed legislation explicitly controlling people working on the Hobbit movies.


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