Madeleine Sami

Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Height 165cm
Age 44
Location New Zealand - Auckland

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photograph #1,2 courtesy of The Breaker Upperers
photograph #3 courtesy of Super City



Comedian (Stand-Up), Guitar, Voice Artist


American (standard), British, Irish, Maori, Scottish

Acting Experience

Feature Film

2019Baby, Done, 'Karen'

Piki FIlms Dir: Curtis Vowell
2019Come to Daddy, 'Gladys (cameo)'

Daddy Films Ltd Dir: Ant Timpson
2018The Breaker Upperers, 'Mel (lead)'

Piki Films Dir: Jackie van Beek & Madeleine Sami
2014What We Do In The Shadows, 'Morana'

Shadow Pictures Dir: Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement
2014Slow West, 'Marimacho'

Slow West (NZ) Ltd Dir: John Maclean
2011Sione's 2, 'Tania (supporting)'

South Pacific Pictures Dir: Simon Bennett
2008Under the Mountain, 'Constable Green'

Red Head Films Dir: Jonathan King
2005Sione's Wedding, 'Tania (supporting)'

South Pacific Pictures Dir: Chris Graham
2002Perfect Strangers, 'Andrea (lead)'

Huntaway Films Dir: Gaylene Preston


2023Double Parked, 'Nat'

Kevin & Co Dir: Madeleine Sami
2023Our Flag Means Death, season II, 'Archie'

HBO Max Dir: Various
2021My Life Is Murder, 'Lena'

Greenstone Pictures Dir: Michael Hurst
2019Educators, season I, 'ERO Inspector'

South Pacific Pictures Dir: Jesse Griffin
2019Golden Boy, season I, 'Claire'

Kevin & Co Dir: Various
2018The Bad Seed, 'Detective Marie Da Silva (core cast)'

South Pacific Pictures Dir: Various
2013Super City II, 'Ray / Ofa / Mary / Levi (lead)'

Super Fumes Ltd Dir: Oscar Kightley
2012Top of the Lake: season I, 'Zena (supporting)'

See Saw Films Dir: Jane Campion
2010Super City, 'Jo / Azeem / Linda / Pasha / Georgie (lead)'

Super Fumes Ltd Dir: Taika Waititi
2010Radiradirah, 'Various (core cast in sketch show)'

Firehorse Films Dir: Various
2009Jaquie Brown Diaries: season II, 'Sarita Singh (core cast)'

Young, Gifted & Brown Dir: Gerard Johnstone
2008Diplomatic Immunity, 'Agent Bickler'

South Pacific Pictures Dir: Various
98-99Shortland Street, 'Shivanni Naran (core cast)'

South Pacific Pictures Dir: Various

Web Series

2022Get the Name Right, 'Herself'

ThreeNow, Discovery NZ Dir: Joe Whitehead
2019Goodnight Kiwi, 'Narrator '

2018What Women Want , 'Presenter/Herself'

Diva Productions

Television Commercials

18-22Kalo Yoghurt

2020Tourism NZ 'Do something NEW New Zealand'


Online Commercials


6 months, Social Campaign only

Television Appearances

20-22Have You Been Paying Attention, 'Panelist'

TVNZ Dir: Various
2021Patriot Brains, season I, 'Panelist'

TVNZ Dir: Various
2020Taskmaster, season I, 'Contestant'

TVNZ Dir: Various
18, 19The Great Kiwi Bake-Off: season I & II, 'Host '

Warner Bros
15-217 Days, 'Panelist'

Mediaworks Dir: Various

Voice Work

19-23State Insurance, 'Brand VO'

2019Tales of Nai Nai (animated series), 'Akshara'

Mini Monster Productions

MC / Speaker


Actor, After Dinner Speaker, Comedian, Debater, Director, DJ, Entertainer, Host, Improvisor, Live Performance Host, MC, Motivational Speaker, Musician, Panelist, Pod-caster, Satirist, Singer, TV Presenter, Writer


Madeleine is an accomplished actor who got her start playing a multitude of characters in award winning plays No2 and Bare.

She has starred in some of New Zealand’s most successful film comedies including SIONES WEDDING and SIONES WEDDING 2, EAGLE VS SHARK and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, and of course her own feature film THE BREAKER UPPERERS which was picked up by Netflix International.

International film credits include UK western SLOW WEST, and more recently alongside Elijah Wood in deranged comic thriller COME TO DADDY.

She has numerous small screen acting credits including MY LIFE IS MURDER, THE BAD SEED, OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, TOP OF THE LAKE, Australian comedy DEADLOCH, and cult comedy hit OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH.

She created, wrote, and directed in the aforementioned film THE BREAKER UPPERERS, and her own critically acclaimed TV show SUPER CITY.  More recent directing work includes the second season of hit sketch comedy show FUNNY GIRLS, and RAISED BY REFUGEES.

Madeleine is a true creative triple threat, bringing all these expertise to every job she tackles.


Just want to say a huge thank you for finding us Madeleine! She was an absolute legend and by far the easiest MC I have worked with! Please pass on our thanks! It makes such a difference when we have a confidential professional MC, it really helped me focus on other parts of the event. We will love to book her for future events!

Holly Adams, REINZ, 2019


Voice Characteristics

Retail, Narrative, Documentary, Character, Bubbly, Comedy, Confident, Energetic, Friendly, Kiwi, Singer, Upbeat, Warm