Teuila Blakely

Teuila Blakely (born 12 January 1975) is a New Zealand-Samoan actress, best known for her roles in Shortland Street, Sione's Wedding, Sione's 2: Unfinished Business, Filthy Rich, and Power Rangers Beast Morphers.

Teuila Blakely
Born (1975-01-13) 13 January 1975
NationalityNew Zealand, Samoan
OccupationActress
Children1

Early life

Blakely was born in Samoa and raised in Tauranga, New Zealand. She is the fourth of five children. Her mother was a Mormon and her father was Catholic.[1]

Career

Blakely started her acting career with minor roles in the Polynesian film The Legend of Johnny Lingo, an appearance on the television series Outrageous Fortune as Savannah, and a voice acting role in Bro'Town as Sina Tapili.[2][3] Her first major film role came when she was cast as Leilani in the 2006 comedy Sione's Wedding.[2] She returned as Leilani in the 2012 sequel Sione's 2: Unfinished Business.[4]

Blakely is most known for her television role as Vasa Levi on the popular prime-time soap opera Shortland Street from 2010 to 2014.[5] In 2015, Blakely was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars but she and partner Scott Cole were eliminated on 29 June.[6] In 2016, Blakely was cast play the role of Malia on the television series Filthy Rich[7] and also sang "This Is For My Girls" with Laura Daniel, Daisy Lawless, Lucy Lawless, Saraid Cameron, Kimberley Crossman, Kura Forrester and Ilah Cooper.

Personal life

Blakely gave birth to her son Jared at the age of 17.[8]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Legend of Johnny Lingo Natiti's Sister
2006 Sione's Wedding Leilani
2012 Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Leilani

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004–2009 Bro'Town Sina Tapili Voice
2005 Outrageous Fortune Savannah
2010 Radiradirah Handmaiden / Aroha
2010 This Is Not My Life Lani / Mani
2010-2014 Shortland Street Vasa Levi
2012 Missing Christmas Kiri TePania TV movie
2015 Dancing with the Stars Herself
2015 Westside Talita
2016-2017 The Barefoot Bandits Kiri / Kiri TePania Voice
2017 Filthy Rich Malia
2018 Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Spyclops Voice
2018 Funny Girls Various
2019-present Power Rangers Beast Morphers Commander Shaw

References

  1. "The Great Kiwi Childhood: Teuila Blakely". stuff.co.nz. Stuff. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. Barry, Rebecca (17 March 2006). "Teuila Blakely makes the leap to the silver screen". NZ Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  3. Whiteside, Andrew (26 January 2016). "Teuila Blakely: Learning on the job". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  4. Jenkin, Lydia (12 January 2012). "Sione's Wedding boys back in business". NZ Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  5. Lu, Anne (30 May 2014). "Teuila Blakely Reportedly Leaving Shortland Street". International Business Times. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. Sim, Keren (30 June 2015). "Teuila Blakely's journey on Dancing with the Stars". nowtolove.co.nz. Woman's Day. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  7. Simich, Ricardo (15 October 2016). "Teuila to get bitchy on Filthy Rich". Spy News. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  8. Milford, Catherine (19 March 2013). "Teuila Blakely: Our amazing journey". nowtolove.co.nz. Australian Women's Weekly. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
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