Thursday, April 30, 2009

Maori actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, star of Whale Rider

Keisha Castle-Hughes (born 24 March 1990) is a New Zealand film actress who rose to prominence playing Paikea "Pai" Apirana, in the successful (2002) film Whale Rider, says Wikipedia. She was cast in the film as "Pai Apirana" at age eleven. Whale Rider not only established Castle-Hughes as a Hollywood actress but the New Zealand film was nominated for many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress of which she was the youngest female nominated in the Best Actress category and a award at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress, which she won in 2004.

Since she made her film debut, Castle-Hughes has appeared in various films including Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger (2008). She also appeared as the main character, playing the role of the Virgin Mary, in the film The Nativity Story in (2006).

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