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Since training at Auckland's influential Theatre Corporate, New Zealand actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over 30 years.  She has excelled in both dramatic and comedic roles, as well as numerous roles in musical theatre and cabaret.

As an accomplished singer, she presents her own shows, Falling in Love Again and The Look of Love, Evocative/Provocative, at festivals and venues in New Zealand and Australia.  She has recorded Falling in Love Again to cd (click here for info).  She is also in demand as a tutor of musical theatre.

Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of The Large Group and The Actors' Program. She is currently President of Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional Trust, Silo Theatre, Clarence St. Theatre, and Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Years Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit "for services to theatre and the community." 

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Jennifer is Donna Rafferty in Dirty Laundry

Jennifer is heading up the cast of the new drama series Dirty Laundry, which was filmed in early 2016.  It is airing Wednesdays at 8:40 p.m. on TVNZ 1. 

Tai Berdinner-Blades, Tim Carlsen, and Victoria MacCulloch play her children.

From the New Zealand Herald:

"In the series, Ward-Lealand's character Donna has been channelling ill-gotten gains through various businesses for years, but when the police cart her off to the slammer, the revelation mum is a doyenne of crime comes as a compete surprise to her family.

"The shell-shocked Raffertys are left to fend for themselves and face the possibility they can't afford their comfortable middle-class lifestyle".

Click here for the whole article.

Jennifer and writer/creator Rachel Lang talked Dirty Laundry on Radio New Zealand's 'Standing Eoom Only' on 18 September 2016.

Jennifer was also on Breakfast on 21 September 2016 talking about the show.  Watch it online here.

Jennifer Guest Stars in Auckland Love

Jennifer plays Barbara in Auckward Love eps. 2.1 and 2.5.  The show premiered on TVNZ On Demand on 22 September 2016. Click here to watch.


Jennifer Narrating Find Me a Maori Bride

Jennifer is the narrator again for the second season of Find Me a Maori Bride, currently in production.  Click here for info and to watch the first season online.

Recent Work

Sing with Jubilation at Artworks Community Theatre, Waiheke (1 October)
Delegate at International Federation of Actors World Congress, Sao Paolo, Brazil (20-25 September)
Teaching Flying Solo, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland (15 September)
Hosting Equity New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award
(12 September)
Hosting ART Awards (31 August)
Teaching Flying Solo, Music Theatre New Zealand (20-21 August)
Teaching The Craft of Acting, Howick Little Theatre (6-7 August)
Glenn in Mannbannd, ATC workshop and playreading (23 June)
Barbara in Auckward Love (web series) ep. 1 & 5 (19 June)
Interviewee on Media Take (14 June)
Teaching The Craft of Acting, Equity Foundation Workshop, Wellington (11 June)
Teaching The Craft of Acting, Waihi Drama Society (4-5 June)


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