Taika Waititi


Birthday August 16, 1975

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Wellington, New Zealand

Age 48 years old

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Actor and director known for his movies What We Do in the Shadows and Boy, the latter of which became New Zealand's highest-grossing film. He was chosen to direct 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, the third movie in the franchise.

Before Fame

He attended Victoria University of Wellington and won the Billy T Award as part of a comedy duo in 1999. His first major TV role came in the early 2000s show The Strip.


His 2004 short film, Two Cars, One Night, was nominated for an Academy Award. He played Tom Kalmaku in 2011's Green Lantern.

Family Life

He's of Russian and Maori descent and is sometimes billed as Taika Cohen. He has two daughters with Chelsea Winstanley. The couple separated in 2018. He and singer Rita Ora became romantically linked in 2021. They were married in August 2022. 

Associated With

He and James Rolleston both starred in Boy.