Lawrence Makoare

Vitals

Gender
Male
Age Range
42 - 48
Height
191cm
Base Location
Auckland
Available In
International
Skills
Actor, Specialist Performer
Hair
Black
Eye
Dark Brown

Agent

New Zealand Agent
The Robert Bruce Agency

Australian Agent
The Robert Bruce Agency (Aus)
Feature Photo
Lawrence Makoare

Credits

2014

Television
Za Bing
Marco Polo
Electus
Alik Sakharov
Feature Film
The Warrior (Lead)
The Dead Lands
General Film Corporation
Toa Fraser

2013

Feature Film
Bolg
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
WingNut Films
Peter Jackson

2012

Feature Film
Ratu
L'oncle Charles
Les Productions du Champ Poirier
Etienne Chatiliez
Feature Film
J.T.
Fundamental
ApeOnAWhale
Bill Hunt
Television
Himself
Auckland Daze - Episode#1.3
Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions / Longline Productions
Kiel McNaughton

2007

Feature Film
Snake
The Ferryman
T.F. Productions
Chris Graham

2006

Television
Piki
Kai Korero
Front of the Box Productions

2004

Video
Himself
Ring *Con 2004 (Documentary)
Zoom Entertainment (Germany)

2003

Feature Film
Witch-King / Gothmog
The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King
WingNut Films
Peter Jackson
Video
Himself
Inside 'Die Another Day" (Documentary)
Special Treats Productions Company
Charles de Lauzirka

2002

Feature Film
Mr Kil
James Bond: Die Another Day
Eon Productions
Lee Tamahori
Feature Film
Prince of Morocco
The Maori Merchant of Venice
He Taonga Films
Don C. Selwyn
Television
Warrior
Mataku - The Heirloom
South Pacific Pictures
Michael Bennett & Peter Burger
Television
Tom
Mataku - The Final Plume
South Pacific Pictures
Michael Bennett & Peter Burger

2001

Feature Film
Lurtz (Uruk-Hai Leader)
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
WingNut Films
Peter Jackson
Feature Film
Kahy Bastion (Lead)
Crooked Earth
Communicado Productions
Sam Pillsbury
Video
Lutz
Quest for the Ring (TV Movie Documentary Short)
20th Century Fox Television

2000

Feature Film
Pemako
Feathers of Peace
He Taonga Films
Barry Barclay
Feature Film
Nephew
The Price of Milk
John Swimmer Productions
Harry Sinclair

1999

Feature Film
Grunt
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
Communicado
Ian Mune
Television
Rameka
Greenstone
Communicado Productions
Chris Bailey/Jim Goddard/John Laing

1998

Television
Roadie
Young Hercules - Fame
Pacific Renaissance Pictures
Chris Graves
Television
Maecenus
Xena Warrior Princess - Fins, Femmes and Gems
Pacific Renaissance Pictures
Josh Becker
Television
Barbarian Leader
Xena Warrior Princess - The Quill is Mightier
Pacific Renaissance Pictures
Andrew Merrifield

1996

Television
Oma Rapiti
He Taonga Films
Brendon Butt

1995

Television
Tamihana
Mirror Mirror (Series 2)
Gibson Group
John Banas
Television
Queenie & Pete (Pilot)
Zee Films

1994

Television
High Tide
Franklin/Waterman Productions
Catherine Millar
Television
ITFM (1 hour Drama)
He Taonga Films

1990

Stage
Warrior
Waitangi Re-enactment (250 years Treaty Celebrations)
Opening Ceremony-Commonwealth Games
Don Selwyn / Peter Sharples (Choreographer)

Commercial
Joe
DB Bitter
Geoff Murphy

Skills & Attributes

Shoe Size
11
Clothing Size
Male - XL
Waist
107cm
Neck
44cm
Chest
117cm
Natural Accent
New Zealand
Ethnicity
Maori
Accents
American Standard, West Coast American, Maori, New Zealand
Languages
Maori Language Family
Hair Length
Very Long
Hair Style
Wavy
Instrumental
Guitar
Dance
Maori
Singing
Blues, Country & Western , Pop, Rock
Singing Range
Baritone
Sport
Cricket, Horse Riding, Rugby League, Scuba Diving, Swimming, Touch Football, Fishing, Golf, Ice Skating, Roller Blading, Tennis, Bowls, Wind Surfing
Drivers Licences
Car, Truck, Motorcycle
Professional Skills
Actor, Specialist Performer

Photos


Notes

A commanding 6”3” presence, Lawrence has often played heavies and villains. His physicality was put to use in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ Trilogy bringing him global recognition when he played not only Lurtz, the leader of the Uruk-Hai in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ but also Gothmog, the leader of Sauron’s new race of Orcs in ‘The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King’ who was described by the film makers as a cross between John Wayne and the Elephant Man, and the towering, helmeted Witch-King, who engages Eowyn in battle. ‘The Dead Lands’ directed by Toa Fraser with it’s world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, provides Lawrence with his most complex role to date - The Warrior. It’s a physically demanding and emotionally resonant lead role with the added dimension of being played entirely in Te Reo Maori. Immediately after ‘The Dead Lands’, Lawrence went on to star as series regular ZaBing in ‘Marco Polo’ the drama series produced by The Weinstein Company for Netflix, filmed in Malaysia. The show, which will have a 10-episode first season is rumoured to premiere on Netflix in late 2014. Lawrence was discovered by the late Don Selwyn, who ran drama classes for young Maori in the early 1990s. He says he was a road maintenance worker who stumbled into acting by mistake. He went to a class to support his then wife, but Selwyn encouraged him to join in and very quickly arranged his first audition. His first role was in the Hollywood feature film ‘Rapa Nui,’ filmed on Easter Island. His other features include ‘The Price of Milk,’ ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’, ‘The Feathers of Peace’ and a lead role in ‘Crooked Earth,’ starring alongside Temuera Morrison as his brother. In 2002 Lawrence played the Prince of Morocco in Don Selwyn’s landmark production of ‘The Maori Merchant of Venice’ the same year he joined the special brotherhood of Bond villains in ‘Die Another Day’ directed by Lee Tamahori. Lawrence’s television work includes 'Xena: Warrior Princess', 'Young Hercules', 'Greenstone', 'Mirror Mirror', and the He Taonga Films dramas ‘ITFM’ and ‘Oma Rapin’ plus short films and commercials. Of Ngati Whatua descent, Lawrence grew up in Bastion Point, Auckland , where he still lives.