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Brian Sergent

Brian Sergent (born 29 December 1959) is an actor born and based in Wellington, New Zealand.[1]


  • Background 1
  • Filmography 2
    • Television 2.1
      • Guest star 2.1.1
    • Film 2.2
      • Short films 2.2.1
    • Theatre 2.3
  • References 3


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), the New Zealand Prime Minister on The Flight of the Conchords (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. He performed as five different characters in Time of My Life, ten roles in Greater Tuna, eleven characters in Travels with My Aunt and several roles in The Duchess of Malfi and Take a Chance on Me.

Sergent’s film credits include Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles, 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 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.[2]

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 three years, Sergent returned to Outrageous Fortune as Eric in the second to last episode of the fifth season.



  • 2009: Flight of The Conchords (Prime Minister Bryan)
  • 2005–06, 2009–10: Outrageous Fortune (Eric)
  • 2006: The Lost Children (TV) (Harold)
  • 2004: The Insiders Guide to Happiness:[3] Is Happiness an Accident? (Father of the Bride)
  • 2004: From Len Lye to Gollum [1] (narrator) (winner of 2005 qantas media awards best documentary)
  • 2002: The Strip:[4] Opening Night ('Dogwood' Douglas)
  • 2002: The Strip:[4] Epiphany ('Dogwood' Douglas)
  • 2001: Shortland Street (Rich Fortune)
  • 2000: Dark Knight (Phillipe de Mere)
  • 1998: The Semisis: Episode #1.1 [5] (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


Short films

  • 2002: Dying Light
  • 1998: The Shirt
  • 1992: I'm In Here


  • 2006: Dinner
  • 2005: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • 2004: The Love Of Humankind (outstanding New Zealand playwright of the year)
  • 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


  1. ^ Smythe, John (2005-04-01). Downstage Upfront: A 40th Anniversary Biography of New Zealand's Longest Running Professional Theatre. Victoria University Press. pp. 484–.  
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ The Insiders Guide to Happiness at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b The Strip at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ The Semisis at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Blessed at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ The Shirt at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Via Satellite at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Chicken at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ Heavenly Creatures at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Absent Without Leave at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Carry Me Back at the Internet Movie Database
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