Miriama McDowell has been working in theatre, film and television since she graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2002. She is an actor, director, writer and tutor. As an actor, she has worked with some of Aotearoa’s most acclaimed playwrights, including Hone Kouka (The Prophet), Miria George (The Vultures), Albert Belz (Te Karakia) and Briar Grace-Smith (100 Cousins, Paniora!, Potiki’s Memory of Stone).
She was on stage most recently with Sam Brooks’ sold-out season of Burn Her. Along with Rob Mokaraka and Jason Te Kare, she wrote Cellfish, which opened the Auckland Arts Festival in March 2017. Miriama’s screen credits include No.2, The Dark Horse, Mahana and most recently, Waru. She won the award for Best Actress at the New Zealand Film Awards for her lead role in feature film The Great Maiden’s Blush. Over the past 15 years, she has appeared in numerous television series, including This Is Not My Life, Hope and Wire and Find Me a Māori Bride.