Mel Odedra


Mel Odedra has established himself as one of New Zealand’s leading Indian actors, working consistently across all performance platforms, including screen (Shortland Street,

The Shannara Chronicles 2, Power Rangers), web series (Friday Night Bites, Touch Wood, AFK) and theatre (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, TEA, The Changeling). Mel is a proud member of Equity New Zealand and MEAA.

Its an incredible time to be a culturally diverse actor at the moment. Moreover, it is extremely empowering and humbling to be able to tell stories, at last, from ones own culture, stemming from a place of truth and real connection, as opposed to these stories being performed and seen only through the murky lens of cultural appropriation.