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Brian Sergent is an actor born and based in Wellington
Wellington
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, although it is likely to have surpassed Christchurch due to the exodus following the Canterbury Earthquake. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range...

, New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga...

. He has appeared in some of New Zealand’s television series, commercial advertisements, and is well known in theatre and his voice is recognized for his voice-overs and radio presentations. He is also an award winning playwright.

Background


Sergent’s acting career began at age 15 playing Lionel in the soap opera, Close to Home.

Brian is also known for playing Eric on the award winning television show, Outrageous Fortune (TV series)
Outrageous Fortune (TV series)
Outrageous Fortune was a New Zealand comedy/drama television series, which was created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang and was produced by South Pacific Pictures...

, the New Zealand Prime Minister on The Flight of the Conchords
Prime Minister (Flight of the Conchords)
"Prime Minister" is the seventh episode of the second season of the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords. This episode first aired in the United States on March 1, 2009.-Plot synopsis:...

(also named Brian), and Harold in The Lost Children (TV).
One of his most popular characters, cabin steward Gavin Soper, appeared on the Pulp Comedy television series.

Sergent has a strong association with Circa Theatre in Wellington
Wellington
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, although it is likely to have surpassed Christchurch due to the exodus following the Canterbury Earthquake. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range...

. He performed as five different characters in Time of My Life, ten roles in Greater Tuna
Greater Tuna
Greater Tuna is the first in a series of 4 comedic plays , each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The series was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard...

, eleven characters in Travels with My Aunt
Travels with My Aunt
Travels with My Aunt is a novel written by English author Graham Greene.The novel follows the travels of Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, and his eccentric Aunt Augusta as they find their way across Europe, and eventually even further afield...

and several roles in The Duchess of Malfi
The Duchess of Malfi
The Duchess of Malfi is a macabre, tragic play written by the English dramatist John Webster in 1612–13. It was first performed privately at the Blackfriars Theatre, then before a more general audience at The Globe, in 1613-14...

and Take a Chance on Me.

Sergent’s film credits include Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles
Meet the Feebles
Meet the Feebles is a 1989 black comedy film directed by Peter Jackson. It features Jim Henson-esque puppets in a perverse comic satire. Like Henson's Muppets, the Feebles are animal-figured puppets assembled together as members of a theatre troupe...

, Braindead and Lord of the Rings, Absent Without Leave, Via Satellite, the lead role as Marty in The Shirt and Noah in Eagle vs. Shark.

Radio listeners are quite familiar with Segent's reading of short stories, novels and radio plays on Radio New Zealand
Radio New Zealand
Radio New Zealand is a New Zealand public service radio broadcaster and Crown entity formed by the Radio New Zealand Act 1995. It operates news, current affairs and arts network Radio New Zealand National and classical music and jazz network Radio New Zealand Concert with full government funding...

 where he is still actively involved.

Sergent won The Chapman Tripp theatre award in 2004 for most promising new playwright for his play The Love of Humankind.

He also won the Chapman Tripp theatre award in 1994 for male supporting actor of the year and the Chapman Tripp theatre award in 1992 for male actor of the year.

After taking a break from the show for nearly 3 years, Sergent returned to Outrageous Fortune as Eric in the second to last episode of the fifth season.

Television

  • 2009: Flight of The Conchords
    Flight of the Conchords
    Flight of the Conchords are a New Zealand-based comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The duo's comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American television series, which premiered in 2007 on HBO, also called Flight of the Conchords.They were named...

     Flight of the Conchords (TV series)
    Flight of the Conchords (TV series)
    Flight of the Conchords is an American television comedy series that debuted on HBO on June 17, 2007. The show follows the adventures of Flight of the Conchords, a two-man band from New Zealand, as its members seek fame and success in New York City. The show stars the real-life duo, Jemaine Clement...

     (Prime Minister Bryan)
  • 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010: Outrageous Fortune
    Outrageous Fortune
    Outrageous Fortune is a 1987 film written by Leslie Dixon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and stars Shelley Long and Bette Midler. The title is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet Outrageous Fortune is a 1987 film written by Leslie Dixon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and stars Shelley Long and Bette Midler....

     Outrageous Fortune (TV series)
    Outrageous Fortune (TV series)
    Outrageous Fortune was a New Zealand comedy/drama television series, which was created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang and was produced by South Pacific Pictures...

     (Eric)
  • 2006: The Lost Children
    The Lost Children
    The Lost Children is a New Zealand drama series set in 1867. It follows four children, three of whom were shipwrecked and landed on the coast off New Plymouth, New Zealand, siblings Ethan and Amy, who were travelling with their mother, Charlotte, from England to Canterbury; Meg, a young thief and...

     The Lost Children (TV) (Harold)
  • 2004: The Insiders Guide to Happinesshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0420415/: Is Happiness an Accident? (Father of the Bride)
  • 2004: From Len Lye to Gollum http://tvnz.co.nz/view/tvone_story_skin/439491?format=html (narrator) (winner of 2005 qantas media awards best documentary)
  • 2002: The Strip
    The Strip (NZ TV series)
    The Strip is the story of corporate lawyer Melissa Walker, who decides her life needs a new direction and quits her job after finding her husband in bed with his male lover...

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312210/: Opening Night ('Dogwood' Douglas)
  • 2002: The Strip
    The Strip (NZ TV series)
    The Strip is the story of corporate lawyer Melissa Walker, who decides her life needs a new direction and quits her job after finding her husband in bed with his male lover...

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312210/: Epiphany ('Dogwood' Douglas)
  • 2001: Shortland Street
    Shortland Street
    Shortland Street is a New Zealand prime-time soap opera, first broadcast on Television New Zealand's TV2 on 25 May 1992. It is the country's longest-running drama and soap opera, being broadcast continuously for over 4500 episodes and 19 years, and is one of the most watched television programs in...

     (Rich Fortune)
  • 2000: Dark Knight (Phillipe de Mere)
  • 1998: The Semisis: Episode #1.1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181807/ (Mr. Belton)
  • 1997: The Legend of William Tell: The Spirit of Kale (Zark)
  • 1996: Telly Laughs (Various Characters)
  • 1993: Skitzo (Various Characters)
  • 1992: The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Long Rain (Boltz)
  • 1990: The Ray Bradbury Theater: Mars Is Heaven (Larson)
  • 1990: The Armchair Shopper (host)
  • 1986: Worzel Gummidge Downunder (Mildew Turnip), 1987 series 2 (Jeremy)

Guest Star

  • Atlantis High: Mr Quentin/Q
  • The Insiders Guide to Happiness: (Is Happiness an Accident?) Father of the Bride
  • Dark Knight: (Ultimate Sword) Card Player #1
  • Atlantis High: Episode Seventeen (Mr Quentin Q)
  • Dark Knight: (Kha) Baron Phillipe de Mere
  • The Legend of William Tell: (The Spirit of Kale) Zark

Film


Short Films


Theatre

  • 2008: The Tempest
  • 2008: Mr. Paradise
  • 2006: Dinner
  • 2005: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • 2004: The Love Of Humankind (outstanding New Zealand playwright of the year)http://www.circa.co.nz/messageboard.htm
  • 2001: Othello
  • 2001: Meltdown
  • 2001: Speaking in Tongues
  • 2001: Take A Chance On Me
  • 2001: The Country Wife
  • 1999: Shear Madness
  • 1999: This Train I'm On
  • 1998: Closer
  • 1998: Four Cities
  • 1998: The Big Picture
  • 1997: Travels with My Aunt
  • 1997: Lady Windermere's Fan
  • 1996: Uncle Vanya
  • 1996: Market Forces
  • 1995: Moonlight
  • 1994: I Hate Hamlet (Chappman Tripp award supporting actor of the year)
  • 1994: Arsenic and Old Lace
  • 1993: Ladies Night
  • 1993: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
  • 1993: Arsenic and Old Lace
  • 1993: A Dangerous Game
  • 1992: The Homecoming (Chappman Tripp award actor of the year)
  • 1991: Elizabeth
  • 1990: Weed
  • 1986: Unsuitable for Adults
  • 1986: Ladies Night
  • 1986: Greater Tuna
  • 1985: Charley's Aunt
  • 1985: Torch Song Trilogy
  • 1984: Full Marx 2
  • 1983: Full Marx 1
  • 1983: The Hangman
  • 1983: Hot Water
  • 1983: The Hangman
  • 1983: Crimes of the Heart
  • 1982: The Duchess of Malfi
  • 1980: A Lion in Winter
  • 1981: Hidden Agenda
  • 1979: Barefoot in the Park

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