Who is Rose McIver?

Frances Rose McIver was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 10 October 1988 – her zodiac sign is Libra, and she holds New Zealand nationality. She’s an actress who has been credited with appearing in more than 50 movies and TV series, while she’s perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Lindsey Salmon in the 2009 fantasy thriller movie “The Lovely Bones”. Written and directed by Peter Jackson, it starred Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg and Saoirse Ronan, and follows a teenage girl who has been killed, while her ghost is still there to protect her family until her killer is caught; the movie won 10 of the 57 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination.

Early life and education

Rose was raised in Titirangi, Auckland alongside her brother Paul McIver, by their mother Ann ‘Annie’ (nee Coney) who was an artist, and their father John George Whitfield ‘Mac’ McIver who was a photographer. Rose’s brother is also an actor, probably known best for his starring role in the 1993 movie “The Tommyknockers”.

Rose was somewhat thrown into the film industry, as her parents started taking her to auditions when she was three years old; she made her debut TV series appearance in 1992, aged four, when she played Holly in the drama “Shortland Street”. The following year saw her make her debut film appearance, with her portrayal of Angel in the hit romantic musical drama “The Piano”, written and directed by Jane Campion, and which starred Harvey Keitel, Holly Hunter and Sam Neill.

It follows a mute woman who has arrived in New Zealand with her daughter because of her arranged marriage; the movie won 67 awards, including three Oscars – Holly Hunter for Best Actress – while it was nominated for 56 other awards.

Rose thus fell in love with acting, and continued with her career throughout her entire education. She studied at Avondale College in Auckland, and upon matriculating in 2006. enrolled at University of Auckland to study psychology and linguistics, but dropped out to focus on her acting career.

Roles in movies

In 1994, Rose was cast to play Ilea in three action adventure fantasy films: “Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur”, “Hercules in the Underworld” and “Hercules and the Amazon Women”.

She gained wide recognition in 2003, when she was cast to play Hannah in the family sports comedy “Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off”, directed by Paul Hoen, and which starred Taylor Ball, Orlando Brown and Reiley McClendon. It follows Eddie who’s a huge fan of baseball, while his friends are his teammates, and his father is his coach.  A couple of Rose’s other notable performances in the 2000s were in the 2004 action drama “Maiden Voyage”, the 2006 family comedy “Ozzie” and the 2007 family comedy drama “Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board”.

In 2013, she portrayed Charlotte Cates, one of the main characters in the romantic comedy drama “Brightest Star”, written and directed by Maggie Kiley, and which also starred Christopher Lowell and Jessica Szohr. The movie follows a college graduate who’s trying to win the heart of his crush.

Rose is also known for her starring role in the 2017 romantic family comedy “A Christmas Prince”, directed by Alex Zamm, and in which she starred alongside Ben Lamb and Alice Krige. It follows a reporter who’s pretending to be a tutor, so that she could learn more about a playboy prince, but then falls in love with him.

Three of Rose’s most recent roles have been in the biographical musical drama “Daffodils” and the  romantic family drama “A Christmas Prince” both in 2019, and the 2020 family comedy drama “The Princess Switch: Switched Again”.

Roles in TV series

Rose gained recognition in 2006, when cast to star as Garland in the fantasy adventure “Maddigan’s Quest”; it also starred Jordan Metcalfe and Zac Fox, and follows several people from Fantasia who have met two boys from the future, and who are telling them that the future of Fantasia is in their hands. The series won three awards.

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A couple of Rose’s other notable performances in the 2000s were in the comedy drama “Rude Awakenings”, the critically acclaimed action adventure drama “Legend of the Seeker” and the action adventure comedy “Power Rangers R. P. M.”

In 2011, she played the lead character Candice in the comedy “Super City”, created by Madeleine Sami and Thomas Sainsbury, and which also starred Vanessa Riddell and Renee Lyons. The series follows several people living in Auckland, and it won one of the three awards for which it was nominated. The following years saw Rose make a guest appearance in an episode of a couple of series, such as the mystery crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, the comedy “Cassandra French’s Finishing School for Boys” and the romantic mystery drama “V. C. Andrews’ Dollanganger Saga”.

Between 2015 and 2019, she starred as Olivia Moore in the hit crime comedy drama “iZombie”, created by Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Rob Thomas, and which also starred Malcolm Goodwin and Rahul Kohli. The series follows a zombie girl who’s using her ‘zombie skills’ to help the police – it won seven of the 28 awards for which it was nominated.

Three of Rose’s most recent roles in TV series have been in 2021, in six episodes of the comedy “Unwanted”, nine episodes of the fantasy comedy “Ghosts”, and 13 episodes of the comedy “Woke”.

Other credits

Rose worked as an associate producer on the 2014 horror thriller film “Blood Punch”, for which she also received special thanks.

She sang three songs in three episodes of the series “iZombie” in 2015 and 2016.

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Rose has made a guest appearance in a couple of talk-shows, most recently in “Class Act”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Talk”.

Awards and nominations

In 2012, Rose was nominated for a Monte-Carlo TV Festival Golden Nymph Award for Television Films – Best Performance by an Actress, for “Tangiwai”.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, she was nominated for three Teen Choice Awards for her performance in the series “iZombie”.

Love life and relationships

Between 2005 and 2017, Rose was in a relationship with Benjamin Hoeksema, a New Zealand architect who gained recognition only after he started dating Rose. The two could had been seen attending numerous red carpet events together, and there were also rumors circulating the internet claiming that they were planning to marry, but obviously not.

It’s believed by many of Rose’s fans that she and Benjamin broke up in 2017 because she had fallen in love with George Byrne, an artist who’s followed by close to 200,000 people on Instagram, and whom she apparently started dating within a month after she and Benjamin split. Rose and George have uploaded numerous pictures which feature them together onto their Instagram accounts, and it’s said that the two have recently become engaged, however, neither has confirmed this.

As of November 2021, Rose is in a relationship with George Byrne, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Rose is quite active on Instagram, and is today followed by more than half a million people, while she’s uploaded close to 1,000 pictures onto the network, mostly taken during her everyday life, but also during the shooting of her movies and TV series.

She likes solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles in her spare time.

Rose loves to read books, and her favorite writers are Franz Kafka, Wally Lamb and John Steinbeck; she’s also into writing, and is hoping to publish her book which she’s currently working on.

Rose is physically highly active, and has a couple of training sessions at the gym every week, thus her slim figure.

She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, while a couple of Rose’s favorite movies are the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Meet Joe Black” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life”.

Age, measurements and net worth

Rose’s age is 33. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) and she weighs around 110lbs (50kgs).

As of November 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $1.6 million.

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