Anna Jullienne was active in drama during her school years, with lead roles in productions of Amadeus, Julius Caesar and Anything Goes. She won several awards, including the 1999 NZ Young Performer of the Year, 1st prize in the 1999 Auckland National Independent Schools Speech Competition, and 1st prize in the Auckland Drama Championship at the North Shore Performing Arts Festival.
Her professional career started during her time at the University of Auckland with roles in Mercy Peak and Secret Agent Men. She put her studies (a BA in English and Film and TV) on hold to take up her first major dramatic screen role on Shortland Street, a part she played for eight years. She quickly made an impact on the show playing nurse Maia Jefferies. Anna’s on screen lesbian relationship with co-star Jaime Passier-Armstrong proved one of the most controversial and engaging Shortland Street storylines to date, and a year after the Civil Union Act came into effect in New Zealand, the first Civil Union on New Zealand television took place between Maia and Jay. In 2007, she won the Air New Zealand Screen Award for Performance by a Supporting Actress for her Shortland Street role.
Anna has also had a myriad of other television roles on productions such as Underbelly-Land of the Long Green Cloud, Auckland Daze and TV 3’s 2013 six-part crime series Harry.
Anna’s recent theatrical work includes lead roles in Auckland Theatre Company’s The Twits and In the Next Room. She has worked alongside other well-known New Zealand actors in The Basement Theatre’s fundraiser seasons of Vagina Monologues, Christ Almighty and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues.