Teuila Blakely

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Teuila Blakely
Born (1975-01-13) 13 January 1975 (age 44)
NationalityNew Zealand, Samoan

Teuila Blakely (born 12 January 1975) is a New Zealand-Samoan actress, best known for her roles in Shortland Street, Sione's Wedding, Sione's 2: Unfinished Business, Filthy Rich, and Power Rangers Beast Morphers.

Early life[edit]

Blakely was born in Samoa and raised in Tauranga, New Zealand. She is the fourth of five children. Her mother was a Mormon and her father was Catholic.[1]


Blakely started her acting career with minor roles in the Polynesian film The Legend of Johnny Lingo, an appearance on the television series Outrageous Fortune as Savannah, and a voice acting role in Bro'Town as Sina Tapili.[2][3] Her first major film role came when she was cast as Leilani in the 2006 comedy Sione's Wedding.[2] She returned as Leilani in the 2012 sequel Sione's 2: Unfinished Business.[4]

Blakely is most known for her television role as Vasa Levi on the popular prime-time soap opera Shortland Street from 2010 to 2014.[5] In 2015, Blakely was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars but she and partner Scott Cole were eliminated on 29 June.[6] In 2016, Blakely was cast play the role of Malia on the television series Filthy Rich[7] and also sang "This Is For My Girls" with Laura Daniel, Daisy Lawless, Lucy Lawless, Saraid Cameron, Kimberley Crossman, Kura Forrester and Ilah Cooper.

Personal life[edit]

Blakely gave birth to her son Jared at the age of 17.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Legend of Johnny Lingo Natiti's Sister
2006 Sione's Wedding Leilani
2012 Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Leilani


Year Title Role Notes
2004–2009 Bro'Town Sina Tapili Voice
2005 Outrageous Fortune Savannah
2010 Radiradirah Handmaiden / Aroha
2010 This Is Not My Life Lani / Mani
2010-2014 Shortland Street Vasa Levi
2012 Missing Christmas Kiri TePania TV movie
2015 Dancing with the Stars Herself
2015 Westside Talita
2016-2017 The Barefoot Bandits Kiri / Kiri TePania Voice
2017 Filthy Rich Malia
2018 Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Spyclops Voice
2018 Funny Girls Various
2019-present Power Rangers Beast Morphers Commander Shaw


  1. ^ a b "The Great Kiwi Childhood: Teuila Blakely". stuff.co.nz. Stuff. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Barry, Rebecca (17 March 2006). "Teuila Blakely makes the leap to the silver screen". NZ Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  3. ^ Whiteside, Andrew (26 January 2016). "Teuila Blakely: Learning on the job". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  4. ^ Jenkin, Lydia (12 January 2012). "Sione's Wedding boys back in business". NZ Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  5. ^ Lu, Anne (30 May 2014). "Teuila Blakely Reportedly Leaving Shortland Street". International Business Times. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ Sim, Keren (30 June 2015). "Teuila Blakely's journey on Dancing with the Stars". nowtolove.co.nz. Woman's Day. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  7. ^ Simich, Ricardo (15 October 2016). "Teuila to get bitchy on Filthy Rich". Spy News. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  8. ^ Milford, Catherine (19 March 2013). "Teuila Blakely: Our amazing journey". nowtolove.co.nz. Australian Women's Weekly. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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