Robbie Magasiva

Robbie Joseph Magasiva (born 21 May 1972) is a Samoan-New Zealander actor who has starred in several films and as a member of the Naked Samoans comedy troupe. He has also appeared on television and in theatre, and was the co-presenter of New Zealand's Tagata Pasifika with famed athlete, Beatrice Faumuina. Magasiva is also known for his role on Shortland Street as Dr. Maxwell Avia, which he played from June 2009 to July 2012, and for his current role as Will Jackson on the prison drama series, Wentworth, an adaptation of the iconic women prison drama Prisoner. Magasiva is the only male actor to appear in all 7 seasons being featured in every episode and set to return for the 8th season.

Robbie Magasiva
Magasiva in 2013
Born
Robbie Joseph Magasiva

(1972-05-21) 21 May 1972
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand. Melbourne, Australia.
OccupationActor
Years active1990present
Spouse(s)Anna Magasiva (m. 2006 div. 2011)
Partner(s)Alice Gordon
Natalie Medlock (2011–present)
Children2
RelativesPua Magasiva (brother, deceased) and 4 siblings.

Biography

Magasiva, born in Wellington, New Zealand, was raised in a small community west of Apia, Samoa called Tanumapua. His family moved back to New Zealand permanently when he was 10 years old.[1]

After leaving school, he tried his hand at theatre sports and acted in commercials while working as a receptionist at an advertising agency.[2]

Magasiva had his start on television during the 1990s, beginning with comedy. In 1999, he portrayed Mason Keeler in Jackson's Wharf. In 2001 he starred in his first major film, Stickmen, and joined the Naked Samoans. In 2002, he played Mauhúr in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. He returned to television in the show The Strip, continued his work with the Naked Samoans, and made a minor appearance in Power Rangers: Ninja Storm, also starring his brother Pua as the brother of Pua's Character of Shane Clarke. In 2006, Magasiva co-starred in Sione's Wedding, a comedy film that achieved commercial success in New Zealand. In 2007 he co-starred in the horror film The Tattooist.

He joined the cast of Shortland Street as Dr. Maxwell Avia in 2009.[3] The character was originally called Maxwell Novak but changed to Avia to relate his Samoan descent.[4] He left the series in 2012; he later reprised his role for a one-off appearance in September 2015. In October 2012, Magasiva was cast in the new Australian drama series Wentworth, a re-imaging of the classic show Prisoner. He plays Officer Will Jackson. The character's background was also changed when he was cast (originally meant to be an Australian officer).[5] He resides in Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia (where he films Wentworth). In 2016 he guest starred in TVNZ's Dirty Laundry.[6]

Personal life

Magasiva is the first son of Salafa and Taufaiula Ropati Magasiva, he has four brothers, Stevan, Miki, twins Pua and Tanu, and adopted sister Trina Magasiva. He inspired his younger brother (Pua) to become an actor, landing him an audition for an alcohol awareness commercial.[7] Pua died aged 38 on 11 May 2019. As a result, Robbie flew to Wellington to be with his family.[8] Later he opened up about the devastating loss of his brother and raised mental health awareness.[9]

He has two children, Austin (born 1996) and Sophie (born 2000). Both reside in Auckland, and he looks after the kids week-on, week-off with their mother, Alice Gordon.[10]

In 2011 he began dating Shortland Street co-star, Natalie Medlock. They first met in 2009 doing a play called "Christ Almighty!".[11] Medlock recalls it was her costume that earned Magasiva's heart.[12] In 2015 the pair went on stage again with Christ Almighty with the Wentworth cast[13] to raise money for the homeless. The couple attributes love and therapy for their long term relationship.[14]

Previously he was married to Anna Magasiva, whom he met while he was a receptionist.[15]

Filmography

Filming the app and it is so

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Tiger CountryTelevision film
2001StickmenJack
2002The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersMauhúr
2006Sione's WeddingCat cat cat is she dead cat emoji is a cat at it tell Kurt to the lot is he
2007The FerrymanCraig (Management in Club)
2006In Her Lineup e of FirePete love
2007The TattooistAlipati
2007Perfect CreatureFrank
2011Tea PartySanjayShort film
2012Sione's 2: Unfinished BusinessMichael
2012TatauOld SiakiShort film
2012Milk & HoneyConstable SalevaoShort film
2015Now Add HoneyChef Sebastian Tasi

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990–1991Shark in the ParkUninformed branch14 episodes
1993SkitzoVarious Characters
1996Telly LaughsVarious Characters
1998The SemisisLagi
1999Jackson's WharfMason Keeler9 episodes
2002–2003The StripAdam Lima32 episodes
2003Power Rangers: Ninja StormPorter ClarkeEpisode: "Eye of the Storm"
2006Doves of WarXavier CollinsEpisode: "Episode #1.6"
2008Burying BrianTony2 episodes
2009Diplomatic ImmunityPrince To'omai2 episodes
2009–2015Shortland StreetMaxwell Avia
2012Auckland DazeRobbie3 episopes
2013OffspringUgly PeteEpisode: "Numbing the Pain"
2013–presentWentworthWill Jackson
2016Black ComedyGuest CastEpisode: "Episode #2.6"
2016Dirty LaundryJackson7 episodes

See also

References

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