Prior to becoming an actor, James Trevena-Brown represented New Zealand four times at the inline hockey World Championships, and played professional ice hockey in Germany for three years.
James discovered hockey at age seven, while living in his home town of Kapiti with his Mum and brother. After responding to an ad in the local paper, James quickly found he had a talent and excelled at the sport.
In 2005, his last year of high school, James was awarded an athletic scholarship by the Prime Minister enabling him to study at university. He chose Massey University in Palmerston North where he continued to balance study with his sport, and at the 2007 World Champs James won most valuable player, most valuable defence, and was named in the world all-star team. After being headhunted by the German ice hockey team, James made the decision to halt his studies in New Zealand to play professional hockey in Passau, Germany, where he trained twice a day for seven months of the year.
He moved back to New Zealand in 2010 and found himself looking for a new direction. After stumbling across an online talent forum he landed himself his very first audition. Although he didn’t get the part he was auditioning for, he was cast in a smaller role and quickly found a new passion.
Since his first job, James has acted in short films, advertisements and a music video for local band The Aviators. He has picked up some modelling experience and was most recently cast as the lead in local action film Contract Killers. Although he has had no formal training, James has had mentoring from respected New Zealand actress Miranda Harcourt. The Blue Rose is James’s biggest break since taking up acting in 2010.
James Trevena-Brown regularly visits his family at home in Kapiti, although he is currently based in Auckland.