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 49)
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Years active1988–present
RelativesRoger Sutton (brother in law)
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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 49)
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Years active1988–present
RelativesRoger Sutton (brother in law)

Robyn Malcolm (born 15 March 1965)[1][2] is a New Zealand actress, best known for six seasons of playing Cheryl West, matriarch to a sometimes criminal working-class family in the television series Outrageous Fortune, as well as Kirsty Corella in the Australian television series Rake.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Malcolm 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.

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.


Shark in the ParkJanet FinnTV series
1992Absent Without LeaveBetty
1992MarriedMaddie1 episode
1993Joyful & TriumphantRaewynTV movie
1994Last Tattoo, TheThe Last TattooWorking girl
Shortland StreetNurse Ellen CrozierTV series
1999Tribe, TheThe TribeMa'amEpisode: "2.2"
2000ClareClare MathesonTV series
2001Atlantis HighViolet ProfusionTV series
2002Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersMorwen
2003Mercy PeakLizEpisode: "When Ken Met Wendy"
Episode: "The Uses of Pork"
2003Perfect StrangersAileen
2003Sylvia1st woman at Ted Hughes' lecture
2004Serial KillersPauline7 episodes
2005BoogeymanDr. Matheson
Outrageous FortuneCheryl West107 episodes
2009Lovely Bones, TheThe Lovely BonesForeman's wife (uncredited)
2010Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell, TheThe Hopes & Dreams of Gazza SnellGail
2010 - 2012RakeKirsty CorellaEpisode: "R vs Corella"
Episode: "R v Floyd"
Episode: "R v Turner"
2011Burning ManKathryn
Agent AnnaAnnaTV series
2013–14Upper Middle BoganJulie WheelerMain role
2013Top of the LakeAnita


1988Threepenny Opera, TheThe Threepenny OperaLucy BrownDownstage Theatre
1988Rivers of China, TheThe Rivers of ChinaVariousDownstage Theatre
1988Les Liaisons dangereusesCecile de ValongesDownstage Theatre
1988JudyVariousDownstage Theatre
1988Jones & JonesIda BakerDownstage Theatre
1988GullsPuppeteerDownstage Theatre
1989Twelfth NightViolaBATS Theatre
1989Horse of Bernada Alba, TheThe Horse of Bernada AlbaMartirioDownstage Theatre
1989OthelloBiancaDownstage Theatre
1989Aunt DaisyVariousDownstage Theatre
1990Sweet NothingsVariousNZ Tour
1990Serious MoneyMary Lou Baines / VariousDownstage Theatre
1990MacbethRoss / HecateDownstage Theatre
1990HamletOpheliaBATS Theatre
1990End of the Golden WeatherVariousDownstage Theatre
1990Conquest of the South PoleLa BraukmanBATS Theatre
1991WeedRaewynCirca Theatre
1991Via SatelliteChrissyCirca Theatre
1991Importance of Being Earnest, TheThe Importance of Being EarnestCecily CardewDownstage Theatre
1991Songs for Uncle ScrimVariousCirca Theatre
1991A Pack of GirlsRaewynDownstage Theatre
1993Two Weeks with the QueenVariousCirca Theatre
1993Lettice & LovageMiss FarmerCirca Theatre
1995OthelloEmiliaWatershed Theatre
1999Much Ado About NothingBeatriceDownstage Theatre
2000Cat on a Hot Tin RoofMaggie the CatDownstage Theatre
2000A Midsummer Night's DreamTitaniaNZ Actors Company
2001A Way of LifeJennyNZ Actors Company
2001A Midsummer Night's DreamTitaniaNZ Actors Company
2002Middle-Age SpreadJudyAuckland Theatre Company
2002Queen LeahKent / CaiusNZ Actors Company
2005Duchess of Malfi, TheThe Duchess of MalfiCariollaAuckland Theatre Company
2007Cut, TheThe CutSusanSilo Theatre
2010Happy DaysWinnieSilo Theatre


  1. ^ Reid, Neil (3 January 2010). "TV star tells why she's joined Greenpeace". Sunday News. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Neville, Alice (21 March 2010). "TV stars' outrageous sexiness". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Collins, Simon (21 July 2009). "Celebs go toe-to-toe on smacks". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Andrew; Wix, Olivia (26 November 2009). "The Job Tour: Movie and acting careers in Wellington". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Artists take their talent to the world". The New Zealand Herald. 22 May 2003. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Westie named NZ's sexiest woman". 15 November 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Fraser, Fiona (16 August 2010). "Robyn Malcolm's double life". New Zealand Woman's Weekly. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  9. ^ Hampton, Jeff. "Unconventional lines man appointed new quake boss". TV3 News. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Future focus at Green campaign launch". 5 October 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Paul Harper, Derek Cheng and Amelia Wade (21 October 2010). "Hobbit loss 'potential tragedy for NZ film'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 

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