Craig Parker

Posted on 3 January 2010

Craig Parker made his television debut in the 80s soap Gloss and then went on to Shortland Street where he played a womanising social worker. After checking out of the long-running soap, Parker played an elf in Lord of the Rings, a doctor on Mercy Peak, a villain in Legend of the Seeker and a diplomat in Diplomatic Immunity. Some of his other screen credits include Hercules the Legendary Journeys, Xena and the soon to be released Spartacus. In this ScreenTalk interview, Parker discusses:
  • How terrifying Gloss was but how it taught him about TV
  • Playing annoying social worker Guy Warner on Shortland Street
  • The fun of Hercules and Xena
  • Fighting with Lucy Lawless on set
  • The dangers of on-set catering on Mercy Peak
  • An awkward sex scene with good friend Robyn Malcolm
  • The enormity of Lord of the Rings
  • How he loved making Diplomatic Immunity despite it not being a complete success
  • Being part of the yet to be screened TV series Spartacus
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.


actor, hercules, lord of the rings, Shortland St, shortland street


by TeMiha on 06 January 2010 at 6:53 pm

We wanted all the kiwis in the Ring to 'represent' and Craig didn't let us down. From Shorty to the Ring, well done!

by bcooper on 16 February 2010 at 1:18 pm

love his voice, face, etc.

by Veronica Patricia Ortiz on 25 February 2010 at 9:34 am

Hi = ) NZ Thanks for the great interview,we love Craig Parket he is such a unique person, love all his characters it seemed like it was only a matter of time to explore this sexy and talented actor ,he is such a gifted-artist us females love his accents ,he is just amazing keep up the good work by...Veronica Patricia Ortiz

by Emanuela on 02 April 2010 at 3:50 am

Hi! \nI like this interview, very much. Thanks for sharing. \nUnfortunately, in Italy I can't see all his works. \nI had the luck to meet Craig in Malmo in 2006. He is an awesome person. I'll never forget his sweetness and his liking with all. He is a guy that can't be forgotten.

by Donna on 21 June 2010 at 1:25 pm

Thank you for the Craig Parker interview. So sorry Legend of the Seeker was cancelled. Unfortunately in the USA not all of his work is shown. Will miss not seeing him & the other talented actors from LotR ! :(

by Nîn Meleth on 10 September 2010 at 5:59 am

He's good enough to eat. I could marry him on the spot! \n \n(As for him liking everyone- that's just not possible. You can't like everyone).

by Maggs on 20 November 2010 at 5:16 am

I've gone right off Craig now that I've found out he is still a smoker. euw!

by Amy Larison on 24 December 2010 at 6:15 pm

So very enjoyable to watch. This confirmed that he is absolutely sexy in my book. Love it! Thank you!

by Regina on 25 October 2011 at 9:54 am

Bonjour ! Comment ça va ? I'm writing to you from France. Thanks for this interview. It 's very interesting to know more about Craig Parker, and I think it must be great and very interesting to talk and laugh with a man like him...I hope to see him soon here, in France.

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