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Theatre Co Graduate Doing BIG Things

June 7, 2017
By Cameron Mattox

In 2004 Byron Coll applied to the Hagley Theatre Company to do his one year post-secondary acting course. Now he’s a kiwi icon!

It soon became clear that he was eager to learn and develop his skill level. He undertook major roles with the Hagley Theatre Company and was successful with the roles he portrayed.

At the end of the year, Byron was accepted into Toi Whakaari whereby he studied a Degree in Acting. As we met for the final time that year, he was extremely appreciative of the opportunity the Hagley Theatre Company gave him.

Byron may be most recognisable as Tim, the over-enthusiastic All Blacks supporter in the award-winning Mastercard commercials featuring Richie McCaw, Ma’a Nonu, Dan Carter and Ali Williams. His character has become a New Zealand icon which is loved and recognised by many throughout New Zealand.

His other work includes roles in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake – his character ‘Penguin’ was written for him by Jane Campion after seeing his character work as a penguin from the award-winning play Heat by Linda Chanwai-Earle. Other credits include Warp Films’ multi award-winning feature Shopping by Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston, which featured at such festivals as Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale Film Festival; Jack the Giant Slayer directed by Bryan Singer; Lippy Pictures’ television drama Tangiwai Jean and Field Punishment No.1; Screentime’s Bombshell and Gaylene Preston’s Home by Christmas featuring Martin Henderson. His solo work in DIVE, a short film by Matthew Saville, created prestigious accolades in New Zealand which has now become an Oscar® accredited film for 2016.

More recently he has delved into the world of Opera and had a major role in a New Zealand Opera production, The Mikado.

Well done Byron, we are looking forward to seeing where you head to next!

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