Fiona Samuel has been creating original drama since she graduated from the New Zealand Drama School at the age of 20. As a writer and director, playwright and actor, she has worked in television, radio, film and theatre and has created award-winning dramas in all of these fields.
Her television drama credits include the original series The Marching Girls and Face Value, which Fiona created; writing and directing the single drama Home Movie, documentary Virginity, and telemovies Piece of My Heart and Bliss. Fiona has also written episodes of Interrogation, Rude Awakenings, Outrageous Fortune, Nothing Trivial, The Blue Rose and Agent Anna.
Most recently Fiona wrote on the upcoming series of the popular Nine Network drama Love Child, and telemovie Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story for TV1NZ, for which she won a New Zealand Writers Guild SWANZ Award for Best Television One-Off Drama. Based on a true story, this harrowing tale of a young woman’s fight for justice was also awarded the Best Television Feature at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards in 2014. She currently has two feature films in development, O Jerusalem and The Perfect Woman.
Fiona’s stage plays include The Wedding Party; Lashings of Whipped Cream – A Session with a Teenage Dominatrix; One Flesh; The Liar’s Bible; and Ghost Train, winner of the New Zealand Writers Guild Best Play Award in 2010. Her short films, Bitch and Song of the Siren, can be seen on the NZ On Screen website, along with early television dramas The Marching Girls, Face Value and Home Movie.