Tim Balme

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Tim Balme
Timothy Guy Balme

(1967-01-18) 18 January 1967 (age 56)
Years active1987–present
(m. 1994)

Timothy Guy Balme (born 18 January 1967) [1] is a New Zealand actor and screenwriter. He's most well known for his roles on the long-running soap opera Shortland Street and Mercy Peak , as well as lead roles in the cult favourites Braindead and Jack Brown Genius . He was a writer and actor on the television series The Almighty Johnsons , and the creator and a writer for The Brokenwood Mysteries .


Personal life

Balme is married to actress Katie Wolfe, with whom he has two children; daughter Edie (born 2001) and son Nīkau (born 2005). Balme also has a son, Sam (born 1987) from a previous relationship.


Balme graduated from Toi Whakaari in 1989, and his first lead role was in the 1992 film Braindead (aka Dead Alive). Balme and his wife, along with Simon Bennett and Robyn Malcolm, founded the New Zealand Actors' Company, which ran for three productions before being dissolved. [2] An actor for the better part of twenty years, he has recently branched out into writing, and has scripted episodes for television series such as Diplomatic Immunity and Outrageous Fortune. Balme also wrote the short film Redemption, directed by his wife, which was selected as part of the short film line-up at the Sundance Film Festival for 2011. [3]

Balme worked as the head of development for South Pacific Pictures for three years before returning to freelancing. He currently writes for shows such as the popular Channel 7 drama 800 Words and is head writer for the murder mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries. In 2015 he won the Best Television Screenplay award at the SWANZ (NZ Writer's Guild Awards) for Brokenwood Ep 2 "Sour Grapes". [4]



1992 Braindead Lionel Cosgrove
1994Tin BoxAdam
1994 The Last Tattoo Jim Mitchell
1994La vie en rosePriestShort film
1996Planet ManAntShort film
1996HeadlongArthurShort film
1996 Jack Brown Genius Jack Brown
1998Via SatelliteKen
2003For GoodGrant Wilson
2007 The Tattooist Jake's Father
2010No ReasonPathologist No. 1


1990 Shark in the Park Barry"Diversions"
1991Away LaughingVariousTV series
1993 Marlin Bay Hal Hayward1 episode
1994 White Fang Brubaker"Movie Stars Among Themselves"
1994 Hercules in the Underworld LycastusTV movie
1994–96 Shortland Street Greg Feeney TV series
1995CoverstoryNick Williams1 episode
1998 The Legend of William Tell AlumEpisode: "Combat"
1999 Shortland Street Greg FeeneyTV series
1999Give Us a Clue1 episode
1999GreenstoneFather MichaelTV series
2001–02 Mercy Peak Ken WilderMain role
2002The Vector FilePaulTV movie
2004 Deceit Kevin OrdellTV movie
2004 Not Only But Always NY Club CompereTV movie
2004-05P.E.T. DetectivesThe Laughing Man"Time After Time", "Science Teacher"
2006 Maddigan's Quest YvesMain role
2010 Outrageous Fortune Quentin"The Power to Seduce", "When Both Contend"
2011–12 Nothing Trivial JulesRecurring role
2011–13 The Almighty Johnsons Mike JohnsonLead role


1990 Ladies Night Anthony McCarten & Stephen Sinclair CraigAustralian Tour
1990–1995Blue Sky Boys Ken Duncum Don Everly
1991Via SatelliteAnthony McCartenCamerman Circa Theatre
1992Hang on a Minute MateYoung Jack Downstage Theatre
1993–1994Let's Spend the Night TogetherRickNational Tour
1994Ladies Night II – Raging OnAnthony McCarten & Stephen SinclairCraig Mercury Theatre
1996 Hamlet Shakespeare Hamlet Circa Theatre
1996One Flesh Fiona Samuel NeilDownstage Theatre
1997–2000The Ballad of Jimmy CostelloTim Balme [5] Jimmy Costello
1999 Much Ado About Nothing ShakespeareBenedickDownstage Theatre
2000 A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare Oberon / Theseus NZ Actors Company
2002Queen LeahReganNZ Actors Company
2010Horseplay James K Baxter Maidment Theatre
2017 Nell Gwynn Jessica Swale King Charles the second Auckland Theatre Company [6]

Other work


TitleYearCredited asNotes
Redemption2010Yes Short film
White Lies 2013NoScript development


The numbers in writing credits refer to the number of episodes.

TitleYearCredited asNetworkNotes
Interrogation2005Yes (2) Prime
Outrageous Fortune 2006–10Yes (21) TV3 Storyliner (series 3: 7 episodes, series 4–6)
Wayne Anderson: Glory Days2008NoPrimeScript consultant
Diplomatic Immunity 2009Yes (2) TV One
Stolen2010ScreenplayTV3 Television film
The Almighty Johnsons 2011–13Yes (5)Storyliner (series 3)
The Blue Rose 2013NoHead of development (10 episodes)
Storyliner (6 episodes)
The Brokenwood Mysteries 2014–presentYes (21)Prime
Script editor (series 1–3: 8 episodes)
Co-producer (series 6: 1 episode)
Producer (series 7)
800 Words 2015–17Yes (6) Seven Network
The Sounds 2020Yes (3) Acorn TV
Under the Vines2021Yes (1)Acorn TV

Awards and nominations

1992 Fantafestival Best ActorBraindeadWon
1993 New Zealand Film and TV Awards Best Male Dramatic PerformanceBraindeadWon
1996 New Zealand Film and TV Awards Best ActorJack Brown GeniusWon
2002 New Zealand Film and TV Awards Best Supporting ActorMercy PeakWon
2010NZ Herald Best of Theatre AwardHorseplayWon

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