Merrin Cavel

Actor, Extra, Model, Dancer, Teacher / Choreographer,… more

Auckland, New Zealand
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For Good

01For Good
03Fine Fine Line
04Merrin B&T Read
05Silo Theatre - SILTHE 30 BELL GA323878-1
06Malaysia Carnival - TRAMED 30 CARN G3243
09V For Vendetta
010Lady Barker

Physical Attributes

170 cm / 5ft 7in
88 cm / 35 in
57 kg / 125 lbs
Dress size:
UK 10 / AUS 10 / US 6
White / Caucasian
Eye color:
86 cm / 34 in
Hair color:
Skin color:
Hair length:
60 cm / 24 in
Hair type:

Credits & experience

  • Customer Service Video for GJ Gardner Homes : 'Franchisee' Presenter
  • Shannara Chronicles : Elvin Ambassador
  • Juliet Furness : Acting Technique
  • George FM : Voice over artist
  • Danielle Tarento : Auditioning for Musical Theatre
  • The Globe Theatre : Theatre Intern
  • Jacque Drew : American Accent and Attitude
  • Kacie Stetson : Acting on Screen (USA)
  • Jamie Irvine : Screen Acting
  • Studio 111 : Screen Acting
  • Amanda Rees : Directing for Stage
  • Terri De'Ath : Acting for Screen (US Accent)
  • NASDA : Bachelor of Performing Arts (Majoring in Musical Theatre)
  • California State University/NASDA : Voice for Theatre Masterclass
  • NASDA : Acting for Screen
  • Avalon Film and Television School : Presenting and Interviewing
  • Avalon Film and Television School : Certificate in Television Production
  • Spotlight Modelling : Modelling
  • Hagley Theatre Company : Diploma in Acting for Theatre


Acting experience

Previous paid speaking roles

Acting agent


  • English

  • Australian
  • Canadian
  • Irish
  • New Zealand
  • UK Cockney
  • UK English
  • UK Posh
  • UK Scottish
  • USA Boston
  • USA California
  • USA New York
  • USA Southern

Height: 5”7 /171cm Weight: 8st / 55kg

Stephen Sondheim Westend Gala (2013)
Sing Happy (2013)
Rent (2010) – Joanne Understudy/Ensemble dir: Richard Neame
Blood Brothers (2009) – Mrs Lyons dir: Mary Gray
Sound of Music (2008) – Maria Understudy/ Elsa Schroder dir: Grant Meese
And the World Goes Round (2006) Kander&Ebb Revue dir: Stephanie McKellar Smith
Little Shop of Horrors (2006) – Ronette dir: Peter Bucher
My Favourite Year (2005) Harriette Lee dir: Stephanie McKellar Smith
Guys and Dolls (2003) Sarah Brown Understudy/Agatha dir: Douglas Clark

Cloud Nine (2012) – Maud/Victoria dir: Janine Clements
Bent Not Broken (2012) Solo Show dir: Randy Smartnick
An Ideal Husband (2009) – Lady Chiltern dir: Brian O’Connor
Bent Not Broken (2007 – 2008) Solo Show dir: Steven Anthony Whiting
Guid Sisters (2006) –Pierette dir: Tony McCaffrey
Marat/Sade (2005) – Polpoch dir: Tony McCaffrey
Cloud Nine (2004) – Edward/Victoria dir: Christina Stachurski
Playboy of the Western World (2004) Pegeen Mike dir:Tony McCaffrey

Hi Rez & Cyber Busters (2014) T.I.E Anti Bully Show Tour – Soren Bennick (Canada)
Power of One (2011) T.I.E Anti Bully Show Tour – Soren Bennick (Canada)
Jungle Bungle (2010) T.I.E Self Image Show Tour - Echelon Productions (AUS)
Duffy & the Story Snatcher (2009) T.I.E Books in Homes Tour – Duffy Books in Homes (NZ)
Azras Story (2006) Christchurch schools tour
Winnie the Pooh (1999) Christchurch schools tour

Voice Over - Audio FX
Acting for Screen – Studio 111, Auckland
American Accent for Screen – Terri D'eath, Auckland
Directing for Stage – Amanda Rees, Auckland
Acting on Screen – Ron Rodgers, Christchurch
National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts – BPA (majoring in Musical Theatre)
Avalon Film and Television School - Certificate in Television Production
Diploma in Teaching and Learning
Diploma in Television Commercial Presentation
Dance training – Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz
Classical Singing training
Voice for Theatre Masterclass – Joan Melton
Amateur Actress of the Year (Chch) 1998
Ngaio Marsh Centenary Award for Stagecraft 1995

“I cannot remember an actor I have met recently who is as passionate and driven to succeed and find fulfilment in her craft as with Merrin Cavel. I believe that true success occurs when a talented individual is finally recognised for not only their willingness to perform but their inability to do anything else. There is a fire in her and I hope the World gets to benefit from it. – Sir Ian McKellen - Actor

“This piece was beautifully acted. Never once has a single woman held my attention for a whole hour and fifteen minutes. The amazing thing about Merrin Cavel’s performance was that she showed a colossal amount of diversity as an actor within the small time of the play. Not only did she portray Lauren Roche as a child, but she developed with her role into the fully matured woman she is today. - Phil Luke (Salient March 2007)

“This production was an excellent start of a journey that Cavel seems to be willing to commit to. She has incredible strength to continue the work that this extraordinary story demand. - Diane Spodarek - writer, poet, playwright and performer.

Merrin Cavel is a nuanced, intelligent and sensitive performer, blending childlike naivete with a sense of hard-won wisdom - Steven Anthony Whiting – director


Extras experience

Previous speaking roles


Modeling experience

Part-time model - paid commercial work

I have done many fashion projects,runway and photographic
- Marks & Spencers
- Postie Plus
- Glassons

Life Modelling for Artists and Art classes

TV & Reality

many TVCs including Westpac, National Bank, Milka, ASB, Fresh and Fruity.
TV -
'A Ducks Quack Doesn't Echo' 2012
'Sing Date' 2012
'The Bill' 2012
'The Politically Incorrect Guide to Adults' 2011
'The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers' 2011
'Billy T: The Life and Times of Billy T James' 2011

Duffy Books in Homes - Role Model 2010

Presenter – Drama in Schools (Ministry of Education) 2003

Re-enactment for TV - 'The Missing' Screentime 2010
Re-enactment for Film - Private Schools (Amazon Films) 2010

What Now Field Reporter

“Already a skilled and effective actor, Merrin has considerable talent and potential as a presenter. She relates well to the camera and will be very good as her experience in writing and presenting grows. I believe Merrin to be a valuable member of any creative team.”
Ian Johnstone QSO – presenter, producer


Dancing ability


Dance styles
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop

DIPLOMA in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)
Pineapple Dance Studio (Contemporary and Jazz)
10 years of Modern Dance(Jazz,Tap,Contemporary& Ballet)

2008 Dancer 'Why I Move' Chilli&Lime Productions
2003 Dancer/Extra 'The Strip' Gibson Group
1994-1996 Dance Corporate, Christchurch

Film & Stage Crew

Show Manager/Lighting Operator – ‘Little Me’ – All Star Productions
Stage Manager/Lighting Operator – ‘Pipe Dream’ – Union Theatre
Show Manager/Lighting Operator – ‘Phantom’ – All Star Productions
Stage Manager/Lighting Operator – ‘One Touch of Venus’ – All Star Productions
Assistant Director – ‘Wonder of the Wandle’ – Groundworks London
Stage Manager – Acting Up Special Stars
Director/Choreographer – 'Why I Move' – Chilli&Lime Productions
Writer/Producer – 'Bent Not Broken'- Chilli&Lime Productions
Tour Stage Manager (The Butler) - The Loons Circus Theatre Company
Director – 'Baby with the Bathwater' – Riccarton Players
Producer – 'The Birds' – a different light
Resident Stage Manager– Centrestage Productions
Resident Costume Mistress, 2004 – 2006 National Academy of Singing & Dramatic Arts
Stage Manager – 'Batboy' – NASDA

Producer – 'The Birds' – a different light trust

Assistant Director /Sound – 'The Butler' – The Loons Theatre

‘Unconscious’ (Short Film) – Writer/Director/Lighting and Camera

Casting Consultant – Feature Film 'Event 16'- Nine Eyes Pictures Ltd

Camera Assist - Sky Sport

Camera Operator - Avalon Film and Television School

Diploma in Film and Television Production 2002


  • English

  • Australian
  • Canadian
  • Irish
  • New Zealand
  • UK Cockney
  • UK English
  • UK Posh
  • UK Scottish
  • USA Boston
  • USA California
  • USA New York
  • USA Southern

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