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Kiel McNaughton

Kiel McNaughton

Kiel McNaughton has always held a love for film and television making, both acting in front of the camera and producing behind it.

Raised in Manurewa and attending James Cook High School, Kiel's foray into acting began with his school musical in his last year of college.

After a brief stint trying his hand at architecture, Kiel decided to follow his passion and enrolled at the Selwyn College of performing arts. After a year there he added to his experience with a Unitech Bachelor of Performing Screen Arts, from which he graduated in 2001.

In the time since, Kiel has focussed on trying to create his own work with the help of his wife.

His wife Kerry is also an actress as well as a writer and the two are constantly making and thinking of ideas for film projects, with an ultimate goal of producing their own work and making the sort of programming that Kiel quotes, "we would like to watch."

As well as running his production company with his wife, Kiel has kept busy with other projects such as stunt work for Power Rangers and the New Zealand film, River Queen.

He also did stunt work for Shortland Street a few years ago. Kiel and Kerry have two young sons and a daughter and lived in Papua New Guinea for almost a year before he got his role as Scotty. (Kerry, his wife is Papua New Guinean).

Shortly after his return from Papua New Guinea, he discovered an email regarding an audition for the role of James 'Scotty' Scott on Shortland Street.

The audition was not his first, he also auditioned for the roles of Nelson Copeland and Mark Weston.

Fortunately for Kiel, on this occasion he was exactly what the producers were looking for and he started work at Shortland Street in March of 2007.

In 2008 Kiel co-wrote a play for Asian Tales: Native Alienz entitled The Mooncake and the Kumara.

In the summer of 2008/2009 Kiel worked hard at his swimming skills, taking part in numerous Sovereign Swim Series around New Zealand.

He lists his hobbies as spending time with his young family, playing touch rugby and of course, making films.



(last updated April 09)