A veteran New Zealand actor with 44 years in the business, Bruce Phillips has been involved in acting, directing and writing in film, television, radio and theatre. He has appeared in more than 150 productions all over the country. Over the years, Bruce has appeared in many TV commercials, the last being NZTA’s ‘Less Speed’ campaign. For 22 years, he was a co-artistic director of Circa Theatre in Wellington. Bruce’s Auckland Theatre Company appearances include Roger Hall’s Take a Chance on Me (2001), and Vivienne Plumb’s The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep (2009). He has appeared in many other Auckland productions since, including Theatre Stampede’s 360, Peach Theatre Company’s
The History Boys, Bright Star,
A Thousand Hills, A View fom the Bridge, Gwen in Purgatory, Death of a Salesman, Copenhagen and Thomas Sainsbury’s The Family Wilder. Bruce often works at The Court Theatre in Christchurch and his appearances there include A Shortcut to Happiness, August: Osage County, When the Rain Stops Falling, Le Sud, Easy Money and, this year, Elling. Films include Alex, Lord of the Rings 2 and 3, Out of the Blue and The Insatiable Moon. TV appearances include Country GP, Worzel Gummidge Down Under, Neighbourhood Watch, This Is Not My Life, Go Girls, Agent Anna, Blue Rose,
The Brokenwood Mysteries and as Len Cooper in Shortland Street. Bruce is a member of Equity New Zealand and is represented by Gail Cowan Management.