Rena Owen


Rena Owen trained at The Actor’s Institute in London in the mid-1980s and since then has worked extensively in theatre, television, and film. Her illustrious international award-winning career spans over three decades and multiple countries though she is still best known for her leading role in the cult classic New Zealand feature film, Once Were Warriors (1994) and as Taun We in Star Wars Attack of the Clones (2005). She is one of only six actors in the world to have worked with both legendary filmmakers, George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg and to date is the only woman. For the last three years, Rena has been working as a series regular on Disney’s hit TV series, Siren playing the beloved hybrid mermaid, Helen Hawkins. Rena considers the theatre to be her first love and is thrilled to be working again with maestro Colin McColl and ATC. Her last role for both was as the formidable lead, Aroha in their landmark production of Bruce Mason’s classic, The Pohutukawa Tree (2009). Also, a published playwright, Rena is now writing and producing for the screen and is incredibly grateful to be able to work during these COVID-19 days in Godzone, Aotearoa, New Zealand!

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