Tim Balme

Timothy Guy Balme (born January 18, 1967)[1] is an actor and screenwriter from New Zealand. He's most well known for his roles on the long-running soap opera Shortland Street and Mercy Peak, as well as lead roles in the cult favourites Braindead and Jack Brown Genius. He most recently was a writer and actor on the television series The Almighty Johnsons.

Tim Balme
Timothy Guy Balme

(1967-01-18) 18 January 1967
Years active1987–present
Katie Wolfe (m. 1994)

Personal life

Balme is married to actress Katie Wolfe, with whom he has two children; daughter Edie (born 2001) and son Nikau (born 2005). Balme also has a son, Sam (born 1987) from a previous relationship.


Balme graduated from Toi Whakaari in 1989, and his first lead role was in the 1992 film Braindead (aka Dead Alive). Balme and his wife, along with Simon Bennett and Robyn Malcolm, founded the New Zealand Actors' Company, which ran for three productions before being dissolved.[2] An actor for the better part of twenty years, he has recently branched out into writing, and has scripted episodes for television series such as Diplomatic Immunity and Outrageous Fortune. Balme also wrote the short film Redemption, directed by his wife, which was selected as part of the short film line-up at the Sundance Film Festival for 2011.[3]

Balme worked as the head of development for South Pacific Pictures for three years before returning to freelancing. He currently writes for shows such as the popular Channel 7 drama 800 Words and is head writer for the murder mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries. In 2015 he won the Best Television Screenplay award at the SWANZ (NZ Writer's Guild Awards) for Brokenwood Ep 2 "Sour Grapes".[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Braindead Lionel Cosgrove
1994 Tin Box Adam
1994 The Last Tattoo Jim Mitchell
1994 La vie en rose Priest Short film
1996 Planet Man Ant Short film
1996 Headlong Arthur Short film
1996 Jack Brown Genius Jack Brown
1998 Via Satellite Ken
2001 Exposure Brad Video
2003 For Good Grant Wilson
2007 The Tattooist Jake's Father
2010 No Reason Pathologist No. 1


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Shark in the Park Barry "Diversions"
1991 Away Laughing Various TV series
1993 Marlin Bay Hal Hayward 1 episode
1994 White Fang Brubaker "Movie Stars Among Themselves"
1994 Hercules in the Underworld Lycastus TV movie
1994–96 Shortland Street Greg Feeney TV series
1995 Coverstory Nick Williams 1 episode
1998 The Legend of William Tell Alum Episode: "Combat"
1999 Shortland Street Greg Feeney TV series
1999 Give Us a Clue 1 episode
1999 Greenstone Father Michael TV series
2001–02 Mercy Peak Ken Wilder Main role
2002 The Vector File Paul TV movie
2004 Deceit Kevin Ordell TV movie
2004 Not Only But Always NY Club Compere TV movie
2004-05 P.E.T. Detectives The Laughing Man "Time After Time", "Science Teacher"
2006 Maddigan's Quest Yves Main role
2010 Outrageous Fortune Quentin "The Power to Seduce", "When Both Contend"
2011–12 Nothing Trivial Jules Recurring role
2011–13 The Almighty Johnsons Mike Johnson Lead role


Year Title Role Company
2017 Nell Gwynn King Charles the second Auckland Theatre Company
1990 Ladies Night Craig Australian Tour
1990–1995 Blue Sky Boys Don Everly
1991 Via Satellite Camerman Circa Theatre
1992 Hang on a Minute Mate Young Jack Downstage Theatre
1993–1994 Let's Spend the Night Together Rick National Tour
1994 Ladies Night II – Raging On Craig Mercury Theatre
1996 Hamlet Hamlet Circa Theatre
1996 One Flesh Neil Downstage Theatre
1997–2000 Jimmy Costello Jimmy Costello
1999 Much Ado About Nothing Benedick Downstage Theatre
2000 A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon / Theseus NZ Actors Company
2002 Queen Leah Regan NZ Actors Company
2010 Horseplay James K Baxter Maidment Theatre

Other work

Year Title Notes
2005 Interrogation Writer: "Her Own Free Will"
2006–09 Outrageous Fortune Writer (12 episodes)
2008 Wayne Anderson: Glory Days Script consultant (8 episodes)
2009 Diplomatic Immunity Writer: "Love My Way", "Strange Fruit"
2010 Redemption Writer: short film
2010 Stolen Writer: TV film
2011–12 The Almighty Johnsons Writer: "Bad Things Happen", "Folkmoot", "The House of Jerome"
2013 The Blue Rose Head of development (10 episodes); storyliner (6 episodes)
2013 White Lies Script development
2014–16 The Brokenwood Mysteries Script editor (8 episodes)
2015–17 800 Words Writer: "1.5", "2.1", "2.2", "2.12"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1992 Fantafestival Best Actor Braindead Won
1993 New Zealand Film and TV Awards Best Male Dramatic Performance Braindead Won
1996 New Zealand Film and TV Awards Best Actor Jack Brown Genius Won
2002 New Zealand Film and TV Awards Best Supporting Actor Mercy Peak Won
2010 NZ Herald Best of Theatre Award Horseplay Won


  1. "Tim Balme". Auckland Actors.co.nz. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  2. Rebecca Barry (11 February 2011). "Tim Balme: taking the lead". NZ Herald. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  3. Linny Lum (6 December 2010). "Sundance Institute announces 2011 short films program". Hollywood News. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  4. Michelle Coursey (7 February 2011). "Katie and Tim Balme: Family comes first". NZ Woman's Weekly. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
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