Jennifer Ward-Lealand

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jennifer Cecily Ward-Lealand CNZM (born 8 November 1962) is a New Zealand actor and director whose screen credits includes the in 1993 movie Desperate Remedies as well as appearances in The Footstep Man, the soap Shortland Street and Australian comedy series Full Frontal. Ward-Lealand was born in Wellington, New Zealand to Philippa "Pippa" Mary (née Ward) and Conrad Ainsley Lealand. She has an older sister, Diana Mary Ward-Pickering and a half brother Simcha Lindt. She is married to actor Michael Hurst of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys fame. They have two sons, born in 1997, and 1999. Her first ongoing television role was as Jan in Close to Home (1978–1980). After leaving school she spent a year touring New Zealand in a community theatre group, performing clown shows and Chekhov. In 1982 Ward-Lealand completed a year-long diploma in acting from Auckland's then influential Theatre Corporate. In between the theatre work that followed, Ward-Lealand appeared in short-lived TV drama Seekers, before her breakthrough television role in "Danny and Raewyn", an episode from the About Face series. Filmed largely in an Auckland flat so cramped the cameraman sometimes had to sit on the stove, this tale of working class relationship breakdown would win Ward-Lealand a GOFTA Best Actress Award. The same year Ward-Lealand made her big screen debut as nightclub singer Costello – and sang three songs – in Wellington crime thriller Dangerous ...

The Ugly (1997)

A female psychologist wants to understand the minds of a confessed serial killer who spent the last five years in a mental hospital because of his state.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Reynolds
CAST:  Paolo Rotondo  •  Rebecca Hobbs  •  Chris Graham  •  Darien Takle

A female psychologist wants to understand the minds of a confessed serial killer who spent the last five years in a mental hospital because of his state.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Reynolds
CAST:  Paolo Rotondo  •  Rebecca Hobbs  •  Chris Graham  •  Darien Takle

I'll Make You Happy (1999)

Siggy (Jennifer Ward-Lealand) is a teenage "bad girl" who lives and works in a red-light district of Auckland, New Zealand. Just like her fellow streetwalkers, Siggy constantly dreams of leaving "the life" behind. When she learns one day that her pimp is planning a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Athina Tsoulis
CAST:  Jodie Rimmer  •  Carl Bland  •  Ian Hughes  •  Michael Hurst

Siggy (Jennifer Ward-Lealand) is a teenage "bad girl" who lives and works in a red-light district of Auckland, New Zealand. Just like her fellow streetwalkers, Siggy constantly dreams of leaving "the life" behind. When she learns one day that her pimp is planning a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Athina Tsoulis
CAST:  Jodie Rimmer  •  Carl Bland  •  Ian Hughes  •  Michael Hurst

Desperate Remedies (1993)

In a town called Hope on the edge of Britain's empire, desperations clash: the beautiful Dorothea Brook is desperate to free her pregnant sister Rose from the clutches of Fraser, a fortune hunter. A local politician, William Poyner, is desperate for cash and thinks ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stewart Main  •  Peter Wells
CAST:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Kevin Smith  •  Lisa Chappell  •  Cliff Curtis

In a town called Hope on the edge of Britain's empire, desperations clash: the beautiful Dorothea Brook is desperate to free her pregnant sister Rose from the clutches of Fraser, a fortune hunter. A local politician, William Poyner, is desperate for cash and thinks ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stewart Main  •  Peter Wells
CAST:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Kevin Smith  •  Lisa Chappell  •  Cliff Curtis

A Game With No Rules (1994)

For Kane Harris and Vera Smith, what starts as an easy task of murder becomes a tangled web of deception and betrayal. Their target, Kane's wife, is no easy victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Reynolds
CAST:  Danielle Cormack  •  Marton Csokas  •  Jennifer Ward-Lealand

For Kane Harris and Vera Smith, what starts as an easy task of murder becomes a tangled web of deception and betrayal. Their target, Kane's wife, is no easy victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Reynolds
CAST:  Danielle Cormack  •  Marton Csokas  •  Jennifer Ward-Lealand

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (1994)

After Jane leaves Bill, they each meet unusual strangers as they travel on their own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hurst
CAST:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Mark Wright  •  Norman Forsey  •  Stuart Hoar

After Jane leaves Bill, they each meet unusual strangers as they travel on their own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hurst
CAST:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Mark Wright  •  Norman Forsey  •  Stuart Hoar

Fracture (2004)

A young solo mother loves her son and his needs are formost, but she still has room in her heart for her very broken brother, even as her fundamentalist mother rejects her. But when the brother is responsible for a woman's broken neck, during his burglary of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Parr
CAST:  Kate Elliott  •  Jared Turner  •  Tim Lee  •  Miranda Harcourt

A young solo mother loves her son and his needs are formost, but she still has room in her heart for her very broken brother, even as her fundamentalist mother rejects her. But when the brother is responsible for a woman's broken neck, during his burglary of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Parr
CAST:  Kate Elliott  •  Jared Turner  •  Tim Lee  •  Miranda Harcourt

Vermilion (2018)

Darcy, a composer, sees colors when she plays musical notes. When she notices her usually subtle colors changing, she realizes a profound change is upon her. Over a summer month, Darcy creates a time of music and reflection that help her make a final choice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dorthe Scheffmann
CAST:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Emily Campbell  •  Theresa Healey  •  Peter Feeney

Darcy, a composer, sees colors when she plays musical notes. When she notices her usually subtle colors changing, she realizes a profound change is upon her. Over a summer month, Darcy creates a time of music and reflection that help her make a final choice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dorthe Scheffmann
CAST:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Emily Campbell  •  Theresa Healey  •  Peter Feeney

Dangerous Orphans (1985)

Three orphaned boys - O'Malley, Rossi and Moir - become blood brothers. When they grow up, they plot revenge on the crooks who got away with shooting O'Malley's father. The crooks are doing very nicely importing heroin and laundering money. The boys begin by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Peter Stevens  •  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Ross Girven  •  Michael Hurst

Three orphaned boys - O'Malley, Rossi and Moir - become blood brothers. When they grow up, they plot revenge on the crooks who got away with shooting O'Malley's father. The crooks are doing very nicely importing heroin and laundering money. The boys begin by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Peter Stevens  •  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Ross Girven  •  Michael Hurst

The Footstep Man (1992)

Sam is a sound technician, who must literally walk in the footsteps of the characters on the screen. A "film within a film" that connects the world of modern film-making to the Paris of painter Toulouse-Lautrec and his model/lover Mireille.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leon Narbey
CAST:  Steven Grives  •  Michael Hurst  •  Sarah Smuts-Kennedy  •  Rosey Jones

Sam is a sound technician, who must literally walk in the footsteps of the characters on the screen. A "film within a film" that connects the world of modern film-making to the Paris of painter Toulouse-Lautrec and his model/lover Mireille.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leon Narbey
CAST:  Steven Grives  •  Michael Hurst  •  Sarah Smuts-Kennedy  •  Rosey Jones

Chekhov's The Seagull (2020)

Chekhov's famous characters are reimagined with a Kiwi twist and congregate over Zoom. In a direct commentary of our world in lockdown, the characters are still searching for meaning in their lives while battling love, jealousy, dissatisfaction, dreams, hopes and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eleanor Bishop
CAST:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Arlo Green  •  Bruce Phillips  •  Nathalie Morris

Chekhov's famous characters are reimagined with a Kiwi twist and congregate over Zoom. In a direct commentary of our world in lockdown, the characters are still searching for meaning in their lives while battling love, jealousy, dissatisfaction, dreams, hopes and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eleanor Bishop
CAST:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Arlo Green  •  Bruce Phillips  •  Nathalie Morris

Dead (2020)

Dane ‘Marbles’ Marbeck can see ghosts, thanks to a homemade drug: his late father’s neurological medication mixed with marijuana. Officer Jayson Tagg, a wannabe super-cop on the trail of a serial killer, ends up murdered. So when Marbles’ mum plans to sell the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hayden J. Weal
CAST:  Michael Hurst  •  Cameron Rhodes  •  Thomas Sainsbury  •  Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Dane ‘Marbles’ Marbeck can see ghosts, thanks to a homemade drug: his late father’s neurological medication mixed with marijuana. Officer Jayson Tagg, a wannabe super-cop on the trail of a serial killer, ends up murdered. So when Marbles’ mum plans to sell the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hayden J. Weal
CAST:  Michael Hurst  •  Cameron Rhodes  •  Thomas Sainsbury  •  Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Love Mussel (2001)

In this mockumentary, Kevin Smith plays himself covering the story of a New Zealand town after the discovery that a local shellfish, the geoduck (pronounced "gooey duck") has the properties of Viagra.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hurst
CAST:  Kevin Smith  •  Geoff Snell  •  Vicky Haughton  •  Peter Rowley

In this mockumentary, Kevin Smith plays himself covering the story of a New Zealand town after the discovery that a local shellfish, the geoduck (pronounced "gooey duck") has the properties of Viagra.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hurst
CAST:  Kevin Smith  •  Geoff Snell  •  Vicky Haughton  •  Peter Rowley

Disrupt (2021)

When a burglary goes wrong, a meth addict must choose between his family or his next fix.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand
CAST:  Joe Dekkers-Reihana  •  Ella Edward  •  Miriama McDowell  •  Kararaina Rangihau

When a burglary goes wrong, a meth addict must choose between his family or his next fix.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Ward-Lealand
CAST:  Joe Dekkers-Reihana  •  Ella Edward  •  Miriama McDowell  •  Kararaina Rangihau