About Us

Co-founded by actor Bruce Hopkins, ActionActors is a temp/casual contract HR agency,  sourcing non-acting work for actors based on their previous work experience and skillsets.

As a father of 3 children Bruce had to fund his own acting career with an impressive list of casual work. Thus Bruces vision for ActionActors is based on first hand experience, this vision was shared by Anthony Hurst, founder of several businesses and owner of an existing successful HR company.

Having worked together on various projects previously, Anthony and Bruce formed the company  in early 2011, in time for the Rugby World Cup.

The service is now operating in the main centres throughout New Zealand. After enquiries from actors working in Australia, the decision was made to establish ActionActors Australia.

Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins

Gidday thanks for checking us out here at ActionActors – Australia!

Why does ActionActors exist?

Based on my 30+ yrs experience in the performing arts I know that actors are incredibly versatile and resourceful people with a vast array of other work experience and skills to offer potential employers. By sourcing non-acting work for the personnel on our books, ActionActors helps actors to pay their bills and continue to pursue their dreams.

My background

I graduated from Otago University with a Dip PE.

My work history started as a commercial crayfisherman with my father, at the age of 22 I left commercial fishing to begin what became an 8 yr career as a full time professional dancer in NZ & Australia. Upon becoming a parent in 1986 I switched from dancing to acting… a much more secure way to earn a living!…starting out as a fulltime actor with Aucklands Mercury Theatre, learning the craft on the job. In NZ we no longer have fulltime professional theatre companies offering ongoing contracts.

As an actor my non-acting resume includes hosting music & talkback radio on stations such as NewstalkZB and RadioLIVE, being an award winning Master of Ceremonies , ground announcing at Eden Park for the inaugural season of Super 12 rugby, being a hammer hand for film & TV set construction, theatre managing, production managing, concrete contracting, house painting, landscape gardening, tour guiding and truck driving among others!

I am considered by many folk to be one of NZs ‘successful’ actors, however despite some major roles such as the featured role of ‘Gamling’ in two of Peter Jacksons Lord Of The Rings trilogy of films, I have had to continue finding temp/casual work. Knowing that the majority of actors are in the same boat as me is what spurred me on to make ActionActors a reality.

Again, thanks for stopping by, I look forward to helping you continue to pursue you acting career.

Bruce Hopkins

Bruce is a NZ Actors Equity Board member & was a National Speakers Association of NZ Auckland Branch committee member.

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March 2013 - ActionActors Launches in Australia

Already a proven success in New Zealand, ActionActors is now set to launch in Australia.

Established in late 2011, the web based service has already provided aspiring and experienced actors and performers in New Zealand with over a quarter of a million in supplementary income.


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