FEATURE FILMS

GONE UP NORTH FOR A WHILE (TV) - self - 1972
Director: Paul Maunder (New Zealand National Film Unit)

THE LOST TRIBE - Ruth Scarry - 1983
Director: John Laing (Meridian Films)

SECOND TIME LUCKY - Big Nick's Party - 1984 - Director: Michael Anderson

HEAVENLY CREATURES Miss Stewart - 1994
Director: Peter Jackson (WingNut Films)

THE UGLY - Marge -1997
Director: Scott Reymolds (Essential Films)

BREAD AND ROSES - Matron
Director: Gayllene Preston

CHRISTMAS - Loma - 2003
Director: Gregory King (Severe Features)

A SONG OF GOOD - June Eskelson - 2008
Director: Gregory King (Headstrong)

SHORT FILMS

OUT OF TOWN - Constable Jane Weppett

SCI FI BETTY - Tempest Storm - 1999
Director: Gillian Ashurst

DONUTS FOR BREAKFAST - Mrs Spratt - 2000
Director: Felicity Morgan-Rhind

SWEET AS MOTHER

PURE MOTHER

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Director: Ruth Dillon

TELEVISION

POSSESSION - Louise Carpenter - 1985

TAGGART
12 Bar Rythm 'n' Shoes Song and Dance

BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE

KALEIDOSCOPE - 2 Solo Shows:
Darien Takle sings Brecht
Wings over Water

HUDSON AND HALL

MARLIN BAY

TYPHON'S PEOPLE - Felicity Gladstone - 1993

STARS ON SUNDAY

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - Cyrene

MERCY PEAK - Caroline
2002 - The Most Deserving
Director: Ian Mune

SHORTLAND STREET - Babs Albright - 2003

DECEIT - Janel
2004 - Director: John Sacret Young
USA TV Drama

BURYING BRIAN - Dayna Williams - 2008

CLIP FROM "SECOND TIME LUCKY"

The DARIEN TAKLE Page

RECORDINGS

NO REGRETS - CD - available from Marbecks. (It's not in the online catalogue anymore, but I asked and they do have some in the warehouse. With shipping cost to the US the price is $34.99, and that possibly refers to New Zealand dollars, or might refer to US dollars.)

height: 162cm
hair: auburn
eyes: blue-green
Favourite song:
True Colours (Cindy Lauper)
sun sign: Cancer

Darien Takle

BIOGRAPHY

At the age of four she played the starring role in an amateur production of Red Riding Hood, and told her kindergarten class that she would grow up to be an actress. Takle started doing shows with a friend named Cathy in primary school. They did puppet shows (mock Italian operas and court dramas) before the teacher arrived in the classroom (one of the more famous being The Case Of The Hairy Leg which, according to Takle, was "not entirely suitable for a young girl's private school". Takle was part of a ukulele duo called the Woodbines, which later became a folk guitar quartet. Eventually she would sing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland. She also plays piano.

Lake Tarawera - New Zealand As a teenager she was doing plays all the time, or swimming and water skiing on Lake Tarawera. Takle's father built a theatre for her in the bush complete with a punga (silver tree fern) proscenium arch.

Her first professional acting job was a small role in the New Zealand TV film GONE UP NORTH FOR A WHILE. The film dealt with an unwed mother who decided to keep the baby and the hardships this caused her. The story contributed to the 1974 adoption in New Zealand of the Domestic Purpose Benefit (DPB).

In her next TV role, that of Louise Carpenter in the series POSSESSION (1983), she played an Alexis Carrington type, and tried to present the character as "really nice and genuine even though the words coming out of her mouth were pretty awful". Her first film role was as Miss Stewart in HEAVENLY CREATURES, a 1984 Peter Jackson film that also marked the film debut of Kate Winslet.

She has been a member of a women's comedy group called "Hens Teeth", based in Wellington.

Beginning in 1995, she was Cyrene (Xena's mother) in eight episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess.

Darien Takle's daughter in THE LOST TRIBE Takle has acted in New Zealand, England, Australia and Hawaii. She also sings. She is divorced and has two children, a son and a daughter. Her daughter may be named Emma. There was an Emma Takle who portryed her daughter in THE LOST TRIBE. She has, apparently acted with her son on stage, and the only other Takle listed on IMDB is Shrikant (alternate spelling Shreekant) Takle, and he is listed only as "assistant camera".

In 2003, she won New Zealand's Best Digital Feature Performance Award for her role as Loma in the film CHRISTMAS.

Pictured below are the women in Big Nick's Party (Darien Takle, Faye Flegg, and Donna Oldmall). They are all credited identically in Second Time Lucky. The scene is supposed to be Chicago in the days of prohibition. Why, I wonder, does everyone have bad brooklyn accents?

Two of the women in Big Nick's Party.  The third female member of Big Nick's Party Ian Watkin and Darien Takle in THE LOST TRIBE
Darien Takle in THE LOST TRIBE Darien Takle as Cyrene Darien Takle in CHRISTMAS