Erana James is a New Zealander actress who came into the limelight with Amazon Prime’s The Wilds (2020) in which she played the role of Toni Shalifoe.
Erana James was born on Tuesday, February 16, 1999 (age 21 years; as of 2020), and she hails from Whangārei in New Zealand. At the age of ten, she moved to Wellington, New Zealand. She did her schooling at Wellington Girls’ College. At the age of fourteen, she pursued a professional acting course for teenagers at Rata Studios, a performing arts school in Wellington. Later, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori (Polynesian language spoken by the Māori people) at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.
Height (approx.) : 5′ 4″
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Family & Ethnicity
Erana James belongs to the Māori ethnic group. The Māori mainly consists of indigenous Polynesians who settled in New Zealand.
Parents & Siblings
Erana’s father’s name is Kevin Waki James, and her mother, Jackie James, is the manager of Rata Studios in Wellington, New Zealand. Her brother’s name is Ethan James.
Relationships, Husband & Children
Not much is known about her relationships.
In 2015, Erana James made her television debut with the show Sons of Liars in which she played the role of Bria. In 2017, she appeared in a children’s comedy show Lucy Lewis Can’t Lose as J’ess.
Later, she appeared in the television series Golden Boy (2019), Playing for Keeps (2019), and Golden Boy (2019).
In 2017, she made her film debut with the movie The Changeover in which she played the role of Laura Chant. The film is about a teenage girl, Laura Chant, whose younger brother stumbles upon a sinister old man who brands the boy with a supernatural stamp. As her brother begins to fall ill, Laura discovers her own magic powers to save him.
In 2020, she made her digital debut with Amazon Prime’s The Wilds in which she played the role of Toni Shalifoe. The series showcases the lives of a group of teen girls who must fight for survival while they are stuck on a deserted island after a plane crash.
- Erana James is an occasional smoker.
- Erana James enjoys consuming alcoholic beverages.
- Erana James has also starred in the short films 1882 (2017) and Hot Mother (2020).
- In an interview, while explaining why she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori language, she said,
I chose Te Reo because there really is not enough Te Reo Māori speakers in this country…Being Māori I felt it’s so important to learn the language of my people, though that should never stop anyone – no matter where they are from – from learning Te Reo Māori.”