This Is Not My Life

This Is Not My Life is a New Zealand television mystery-thriller which originally aired from 29 July to 14 October 2010 on Television New Zealand's TV One.

This Is Not My Life
Created by
  • Rachel Lang
  • Gavin Strawhan
  • Jason Daniel
Written by
  • Gavin Strawhan
  • Peter Cox
  • Rachel Lang
Directed by
Composer(s)Don McGlashan
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Steven O'Meagher
Producer(s)Tim Sanders
Original networkTV One
Original release29 July (2010-07-29) 
14 October 2010 (2010-10-14)
External links
Official website


Set in the 2020s, the show centres on Alec Ross (Charles Mesure) who awakes one morning to find that he doesn't know who or where he is and doesn't recognise his wife or children. The story is set in the fictional town of Waimoana.[1]


The series is written by Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan and directed by Rob Sarkies and Peter Salmon. Thirteen episodes have been produced.[2]

Though the show only lasted one season, it has been announced American network ABC has purchased the series to adapt for an American audience.[3]

Cast and characters


  • Charles Mesure as Alec Ross, Alec wakes one morning to find himself in a life he doesn't believe is his. He sets out on a mission to find the truth of where he comes from and what the real truth is behind Waimoana.
  • Tandi Wright as Callie Ross, Callie is Alec's wife and mother to his two children. Her greatest desire is to have the perfect family and will do almost anything it takes to keep it.
  • Miriama McDowell as Jessica Wilmott, Jessica works as a cleaner at Waimoana Water. She befriends Alec and becomes his ally in digging the secrets from Waimoana.
  • Tania Nolan as Dr Natasha Collins, Natasha is Alec's family's doctor at Waimoana's Wellness Clinic. She has some limited knowledge of the goings-on in Waimoana.
  • Steven A Davis as Gordy Leach, Gordy works for the surveillance company who makes sure everything in Waimoana stays safe. He has a deep-set desire to be a knight in shining armour.


  • John Bach as Harry Sheridan, A Waimoana executive who Alec has vague memories of from before his current life. Alec believes that he has something crucial to do with the mystery.
  • Joel Tobeck as Richard Foster, He runs the Waimoana surveillance team and it is his job to make sure nothing is out of place. It is no surprise then that Alec Ross very quickly catches his attention.
  • Peter Muller as Stephen Lovritch, Alec's boss at Waimoana Water.
  • Katherine Kennard as Hope Lovritch, Stephen's wife. In the past she has had an affair with Alec.
  • Alison Bruce as Jude, Alec's PA at Waimoana Water. She finds herself often holding the fort whenever he steps out for golf or on his own errands.
  • Ariana Brunet as Becky Ross, Alec's young daughter, she is often plagued with nightmares of a green door and a 'bad man' called Harry.
  • Tom Cameron as Christian Ross, Alec's teenage son and who having a secret relationship with Paige.
  • Alexandra Foster as Paige Lovritch, Stephen and Hope's teenage daughter, Paige's sexual relationship with Christian causes a lot of tension between Callie and Hope when it is discovered.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"Rob SarkiesGavin Strawhan29 July 2010 (2010-07-29)
2"Episode 2"Rob SarkiesGavin Strawhan & Peter Cox29 July 2010 (2010-07-29)
3"Episode 3"Peter SalmonRachel Lang5 August 2010 (2010-08-05)
4"Episode 4"Peter SalmonGavin Strawhan12 August 2010 (2010-08-12)
5"Episode 5"Rob SarkiesGavin Strawhan19 August 2010 (2010-08-19)
6"Episode 6"Rob SarkiesGavin Strawhan & Peter Cox26 August 2010 (2010-08-26)
7"Episode 7"Peter SalmonGavin Strawhan & Rachel Lang2 September 2010 (2010-09-02)
8"Episode 8"Peter SalmonGavin Strawhan9 September 2010 (2010-09-09)
9"Episode 9"Rob SarkiesGavin Strawhan16 September 2010 (2010-09-16)
10"Episode 10"Rob SarkiesRachel Lang23 September 2010 (2010-09-23)
11"Episode 11"Rob SarkiesGavin Strawhan30 September 2010 (2010-09-30)
12"Episode 12"Peter SalmonGavin Strawhan7 October 2010 (2010-10-07)
13"Episode 13"Peter SalmonRachel Lang14 October 2010 (2010-10-14)

Home media

The series was released on DVD on 29 June 2011.[4]


  1. Baillie, Russell (30 July 2010). "TV Review: This Is Not My Life". The New Zealand Herald.
  2. Smith, Jacqueline (15 July 2010). "My so-called life". The New Zealand Herald.
  3. "American version of This Is Not My Life on the way".
  4. "This Is Not My Life (TV Show)". This Is Not My Life (TV Show). 30 May 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
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