Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Jennifer Ward-Lealand

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Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Born Jennifer Cecily Ward-Lealand
(1962-11-08) 8 November 1962 (age 55)
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Michael Hurst (1988–present)
Children
  • Jack Louis Ward Hurst (21)
  • Cameron Lane Ward Hurst (18)
Parent(s)
  • Conrad Ainsley Lealand
  • Philippa Mary Ward (77)
Website jenniferwardlealand.com

Jennifer Cecily Ward-Lealand, ONZM (born 8 November 1962) is a New Zealand screen and theatre actress whose screen credits includes the in 1993 movie Desperate Remedies as well as appearances in The Footstep Man, the soap Shortland Street and Australian comedy series Full Frontal.

Biography[edit]

Ward-Lealand was born in Wellington, New Zealand to Philippa “Pippa” Mary (née Ward) and Conrad Ainsley Lealand. She has an older sister, Diana Mary Ward-Pickering and a half brother Simcha Lindt.

On 31 January 1988 she married actor Michael Hurst of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys fame. They have two sons: Jack Louis Ward Hurst, born 25 January 1997, and Cameron Lane Ward Hurst, born 2 December 1999.

Her first ongoing television role was as Jan in Close to Home (1978–1980). After leaving school she spent a year touring New Zealand in a community theatre group, performing clown shows and Chekhov.

In 1982 Ward-Lealand completed a year-long diploma in acting from Auckland‘s then influential Theatre Corporate. In between the theatre work that followed, Ward-Lealand appeared in short-lived TV drama Seekers, before her breakthrough television role in “Danny and Raewyn”, an episode from the About Face series. Filmed largely in an Auckland flat so cramped the cameraman sometimes had to sit on the stove, this tale of working class relationship breakdown would win Ward-Lealand a GOFTA Best Actress Award.

The same year Ward-Lealand made her big screen debut as nightclub singer Costello – and sang three songs – in Wellington crime thriller Dangerous Orphans.

From 1989–1990 she appeared with Harry Sinclair and Don McGlashan in theatre/musical group The Front Lawn, winning a number of awards and accolades, and acting in Front Lawn film Linda’s Body.

As an actress, singer and director of theatre, Ward-Lealand has amassed an impressive number of credits and accolades, and acted in New Zealand plays The Bach, Via Satellite, and The Sex Fiend. In 2007, she toured her acclaimed Marlene Dietrich cabaret show, Falling in Love Again (also the name of her first solo CD) in New Zealand and Australia.

Actress (43 credits)
 2018 Vermilion (post-production)
Darcy
 2018 Funny Girls (TV Series)

Episode #3.2 (2018)
 2018 The Adventures of Suzy Boon (TV Series)
Warden Touro

The Great Boon Escape (2018) … Warden Touro
The Skype is the limit (2018) … Warden Touro
The ‘Nice’ Warriors (2018) … Warden Touro
Jailhouse Sux (2018) … Warden Touro
 2018 Friday Night Bites (TV Series)

 2016-2017 Auckward Love (TV Mini-Series)
Barbara

Oh my god, we’re back again (2017) … Barbara
Are you f*cking kidding me? (2017) … Barbara
You Must Be the Other Woman (2016) … Barbara
 2015-2017 Find Me a Maori Bride (TV Series)
Narrator

Weddings (2017) … Narrator
Respect (2017) … Narrator
Whanau Day (2017) … Narrator
Waiata Aroha (2017) … Narrator (voice)
God’s Game (2017) … Narrator
 2016 Dirty Laundry (TV Series)
Donna

Episode #1.13 (2016) … Donna
Episode #1.12 (2016) … Donna
Episode #1.11 (2016) … Donna
Episode #1.10 (2016) … Donna
Episode #1.9 (2016) … Donna
 2016 Terry Teo (TV Series)
Barbara Bertinelli

Baby Takes a Bullet (2016) … Barbara Bertinelli
 2015 Newsworthy (TV Series)
Kalonike

Episode dated 30 July 2015 (2015) … Kalonike
 2014 High Road (TV Series short)
Camilla Harrison-Smyth

Who Drunk All the Vodka? (2014) … Camilla Harrison-Smyth
The Party (2014) … Camilla Harrison-Smyth
 2012-2014 Auckland Daze (TV Series)
Wanda

Episode #2.6 (2014) … Wanda
Episode #2.5 (2014) … Wanda
Episode #2.4 (2014) … Wanda
Episode #2.3 (2013) … Wanda
Episode #2.2 (2013) … Wanda
 2013 End of Daze
Wanda
 2009-2013 Buzzy Bee and Friends (TV Series)
Dorable Duck

Homework (2013) … Dorable Duck (voice)
Favourites (2013) … Dorable Duck (voice)
The Arrival (2013) … Dorable Duck (voice)
Shadow Dragon (2013) … Dorable Duck (voice)
Tip Top Topping (2013) … Dorable Duck (voice)
 2013 The Almighty Johnsons (TV Series)
Karen

And Then on to Norsewood (2013) … Karen
Unleash the Kraken! (2013) … Karen
Like the Berserkers of Old (2013) … Karen
 2013 Sunny Skies (TV Series)
Penny

Episode #1.3 (2013) … Penny
 2009 The Jaquie Brown Diaries (TV Series)
Louise Bouchet

Brown’s Bush: Part 2 (2009) … Louise Bouchet
Brown’s Bush (2009) … Louise Bouchet
 2006 Elgar’s Enigma: Biography of a Concerto (TV Movie documentary)
Narrator
 2005 Interrogation (TV Series)
Gail Mary Abbot

True Confessions (2005) … Gail Mary Abbot
 2004 Fracture
Ulla Peet
 2001 Love Mussel (TV Movie)
Doctor
 2000 The Painted Lady (Short)
Fay
 1999 Duggan (TV Series)
Joanne Taylor

A Shadow of Doubt: Part 2 (1999) … Joanne Taylor
A Shadow of Doubt: Part 1 (1999) … Joanne Taylor
 1997-1999 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV Series)
Zehra / Boadicea

The Play’s the Thing (1999) … Zehra
The Deliverer (1997) … Boadicea
 1996-1998 Shortland Street (TV Series)
Isobel Kearney

Episode dated 20 April 1998 (1998) … Isobel Kearney
Episode dated 17 April 1998 (1998) … Isobel Kearney
Episode dated 16 April 1998 (1998) … Isobel Kearney
Episode dated 15 April 1998 (1998) … Isobel Kearney
Episode dated 14 April 1998 (1998) … Isobel Kearney
 1997 The Bar (Short)
 1996-1997 Letter to Blanchy (TV Series)
Jane

Garage Sale of the Century (1997) … Jane
China Syndrome (1996) … Jane
Love Makes the World Go Wrong (1996) … Jane
 1997 The Ugly
Evelyn Cartwright
 1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV Series)
Voluptua

All That Glitters (1995) … Voluptua
 1994 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Short)
Jane
 1994 A Game with No Rules (Short)
Lauren
 1993-1994 Full Frontal (TV Series)
Various Characters

Episode #2.22 (1994) … Various Characters
Episode #2.21 (1994) … Various Characters
Episode #2.20 (1994) … Various Characters
Episode #2.19 (1994) … Various Characters
Episode #2.18 (1994) … Various Characters
 1994 2 Newsnight (TV Series)

Episode #1.51 (1994)
 1993 Desperate Remedies
Dorothea Brook
 1992 The Footstep Man
Mirielle
 1991 For the Love of Mike (TV Series)
Betty-Sue

Episode #1.6 (1991) … Betty-Sue
 1990 The Billy T James Show (TV Series)
Raewyn

Episode #1.6 (1990) … Raewyn
 1990 Linda’s Body (Short)
Linda
 1986 Seekers (TV Series)
Nardia Alterman

The End of the Game (1986) … Nardia Alterman
There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (1986) … Nardia Alterman
Episode #1.14 (1986) … Nardia Alterman
Episode #1.13 (1986) … Nardia Alterman
Fellow Travellers (1986) … Nardia Alterman
 1985 Dangerous Orphans
Teresa Costello
 1978-1979 Close to Home (TV Series)
Jan

Episode dated 16 July 1979 (1979) … Jan
Episode dated 27 March 1979 (1979) … Jan
 1972 Gone Up North for a While
Child (as Jennifer Lealand)
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