Jed Brophy

Jed Brophy (born 29 October 1963) is an actor from New Zealand. He has appeared in several of Peter Jackson's films, including Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and King Kong. Brophy also appears as the dwarf Nori in The Hobbit films.

Jed Brophy
Brophy in April 2015
Born (1963-10-29) October 29, 1963 (age 57)
Taihape, New Zealand[1]
Years active1991–present


Brophy was born in Taihape in 1963. He grew up in Mataroa and went to school at Mataroa Primary School and Palmerston North Boys' High School.[2][3]

He was educated at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, graduating in 1987 with a Diploma in Acting.[4] He started acting in stage productions in Wellington in the 1980s. He became well known for his role in Gary Henderson's play Skin Tight, which he performed hundreds of times over numerous tours. When it was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1998 it won the Scotsman Fringe First Award.[5][6][7][8]

The first screen role Brophy played was in 1988 in Small War on the Edge of Town produced by the National Film Unit.[5] He has been part of many screen and film projects with director Peter Jackson and associated digital company Weta.[9][10]

Brophy lives on the Kāpiti Coast north of Wellington.[2]


Nokia New Zealand Film Awards (2001) - Nominated for Best Performance in a Short Film: for Room Tone[5]

Drifting Clouds Short Film Festival New Zealand (2000) - Best Actor: for Group Therapy[5]

Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards (2009) - Best Actor for The Blackening by Paul Rothwell[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Shark in the Park Vci Molloy TV series. Episode: "You've Gotta Have Mates"
1992 Chunuk Bair Private Fred South [12]
Absent Without Leave Joe
Braindead Void First collaboration with Peter Jackson. Also known as Dead Alive in North America.
1994 A Little Death Short film
Lemming Aid Short film
The Last Tattoo Furlough Guard
Heavenly Creatures John/Nicholas Directed by Peter Jackson
1996 Chicken Will Tilfer
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Gnatius TV series. Episode: "The Enforcer"
Return to Treasure Island Joseph Savage TV movie
1997 Enid Blyton Secret Series PC Cooper TV series. Episode: "The Secret Island"
1998 Shortland Street Dr. Jack Galloway
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Seth Parsons TV series. Episode: "Survival: Part 1"
Group Therapy Ewen Short film
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Ramius TV series. Episode: "Looking Death in the Eye"
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nazgûl Directed by Peter Jackson
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Sharku/Snaga, Orc Warg Rider, and the Rohan Rider in the Extended Cut. Directed by Peter Jackson. (He was also a riding double)
Tongan Ninja Bank Manager
Revelations Pieter TV series. Episode: "Incident at Whitewater"
2003 Perfect Strangers Pete
2005 King Kong Venture Crew #1 Directed by Peter Jackson
2006 The Killian Curse Mr. Shepard TV series. Episode: "Water"
2007 Heavenly Sword Commander/Clansmen Video Game (Voice)
2008 Second Hand Wedding Waz
2009 District 9 Police Officer James Hope
Dreamer Tamir's Father Short
Lovely Bones Stunt Performer (New Zealand)
2010 Home by Christmas Mart Preston
The Warrior's Way Jacques
Tracker Posse Soldier Barker
Dangerous Road Martin Short
Darryn Exists Freckles Short
Legend of the Seeker Shadrin TV series. Episode: "Princess"
RingCon 2010 Himself Documentary
2011 Tangiwai Dick Brittenden TV movie
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Nori Directed by Peter Jackson.
Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game Sharku Video Game (Archive Footage)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan Himself TV series. Episode: "Cast of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'/Jesse Tyler Ferguson/Carmen Electra"
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Nori Directed by Peter Jackson.
The Offering Lord Short
Beep Beep and the Island of Terror Lance Borman Short
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Nori Directed by Peter Jackson.
Lego The Hobbit Nori Video Game (Archive Footage)
Calgary Expo 2014 Himself Short
2015 The Shannara Chronicles The Dagda Mor TV series (adapted from the books)
The Dead Room Liam Andrews
2019 Killer Sofa Bob Gravy


  1. ^ Beaumont, Emily (17 December 2013). "Actor's family rest and recharge in Taihape". Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Beaumont, Emily (16 December 2013). "Actor's family rest and recharge in Taihape". Stuff. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Eight months to mars - Jed Brophy". RNZ. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Graduate". Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Jed Brophy". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Gary Henderson". Playmarket. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  7. ^ "PAST SHOWS - SKIN TIGHT by Gary Henderson 1998 (NZ)". Theatre Tours International. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  8. ^ Matheson, Lexie (23 June 2011). "Skin Tight - Revel in the sensuality of one of our best stories". TheatreView. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  9. ^ Willis, Rosalie. "Actor inspires Ōtaki College students". NZ Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  10. ^ Scotcher, Katie (19 September 2019). "Fellowship of the actors: Robyn Malcolm says 'Hobbit Law' should protect actors on Amazon series". RNZ. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards: Winners announced". Scoop News. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Jed Brophy". New Zealand Film Commission. Retrieved 19 January 2021.

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