Chelsie Preston-Crayford was awarded ‘best performance in a short film’ at the 2007 New Zealand Screen Awards for her role in Peter Salmon’s Fog, winner of the audience vote at Cannes Film Festival Critics Week. 

She graduated from Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School in 2008 and her feature film work includes Taika Waititi’s Eagle Vs Shark, (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival) and Anthony McCarten’s Show of Hands, for which she attracted special mentions in numerous reviews. 

Her theatre work includes leads in The Sally Rodwell Monologues and the Silo Theatre productions of Ruben Guthrie and That Face both directed by Shane Bosher. 

She has been acting since the age of four, when she appeared in a water safety commercial, advising “have fun in the water, but do what you oughta”, Her other work as a child includes guest leads in William Shatner’s A Twist in the Tale, Revelation and Shortland Street.

She played Hannah in Great Southern Television’s series The Cult.

She is perfectly suited for the character of Tui in HOME BY CHRISTMAS, since the real Tui is her grandmother.

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