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Luciane Buchanan


New Zealand-Tongan actor Luciane Buchanan started acting as a young teen in Aotearoa landing roles on local series The Blue Rose and Filthy Rich. In 2018, Luciane was cast as the lead protagonist Tripitaka in 2 seasons of the Netflix series, The New Legends of Monkey. Successive roles include Netflix’s Sweet Tooth and Apple TV+’s Mr Corman. 2022 was a breakout year internationally for Luciane when she was cast in The Night Agent, playing the lead role of Rose in Netflix’s political conspiracy thriller created by Shawn Ryan and based on author Matthew Quirk’s 2019 New York Times bestseller, which went on to break records as Netflix’s most watched series of 2023. This catapulted Luciane as one of IMDb Top Stars of 2023.

In 2020, Luciane was a recipient of the Script to Screen “Fresh Shorts” program for her first short screenplay Lea Tupu’anga/ Mother Tongue funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, which is world premiering at the Sundance 2024 International Fiction Short Film competition. With a passion for elevating Pasifika stories, Luciane worked alongside Tavake productions as associate producer on the hit show local show Panthers, based on the true story of the Polynesian Panther movement in New Zealand during 1970s. The show had its world premiere at TIFF in 2021.

Luciane’s latest lead role as Queen Ka’ahumanu in Apple TV+ series Chief of War is set to release in late 2024.

The University of Auckland celebrated Luciane in the 2023 “40 under 40” list of alumni. As a drama and psychology major, Luciane approaches her roles with courage, conviction, and verve. Luciane is represented by Gail Cowan Management (NZ), WME (US) & Entertainment 360 (US).