TVNZ announce cast of Filthy Rich

John Jnr (Josh McKenzie), Savannah (Emma Fenton), Brady (Miriama Smith), Vader (Taylor Hall) and Joe (Alex Tarrant)

John Jnr (Josh McKenzie), Savannah (Emma Fenton), Brady (Miriama Smith), Vader (Taylor Hall) and Joe (Alex Tarrant)

Miriama Smith will lead an incredible cast in TV2’s fierce new multi-night drama, Filthy Rich, which began filming this week.

Created by top award-winning Kiwi writers, Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan (Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial), Filthy Rich is a sexy drama series centred on three illegitimate children who discover they each have a claim to the fortune of one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men – John Truebridge.

When he dies, these unwanted, unexpected heirs stand to share in his legacy – but not if his legitimate family has anything to do with it!

Miriama Smith (Siege, Legend of the Seeker) plays Brady, the ambitious, younger second wife of John Snr who thought she’d inherit it all – or at least share in the spoils of a legacy with her step-son, John Jnr – played by Josh McKenzie (Shortland Street, Power Rangers).

But secrets are revealed, alliances forged and suddenly there are three cuckoos in the nest – with no intention of leaving soon.

Alex Tarrant (When We Go To War) plays athletic Joe, who is shocked to find he’s from somewhere else entirely and his whole life has been a lie.

Newcomers Taylor Hall and Emma Fenton play easy-going but secretive Vader and wily, beautiful Savannah respectively.

Also joining the cast are Elizabeth Hawthorne (Outrageous Fortune) as John Snr’s eccentric sister Nancy, Jodie Rimmer (In My Father’s Den) as Lorna, Mike Edward (Spartacus) as Fisher, and Erroll Shand (Underbelly) as Karl.

Filthy Rich is from Filthy Productions, and is produced by Steven Zanoski (Shortland Street).

“I’m delighted with this incredible cast and crew, who joined us a lot earlier than most productions to collaborate on a unique look and feel for the show. It’s been a dynamic process, now paying off as we film our first episodes,” says Zanoski.

TVNZ’s Head of Content, Jeff Latch adds, “Filthy Productions and everyone involved have done a fantastic job in making Filthy Rich an addictive, top quality, bold new series. We cannot wait to bring this show to TV2 viewers.”

Filthy Rich will air at a date to be set.

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  • Hogr

    Looks promising… I’ll look foward to this…

  • Jay

    Oh great, another show from Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan. Could we please have some fresh voices in NZ television!!!

    • Matt

      Why?
      I mean, Im all for new talent being given a chance, but why are we so obsessed with putting people from the television industry out to pasture so quick. This is their profession, their living, why on earth do we despise the idea of them being successful. Im sure you’d hate people walking up to you every time you tried to get a job and say you were over exposed. :/
      Look, Im on the same page as you, it’s great to see new writers, but just because these guys have done the hard yards and had success before doesn’t mean we should cast them away.
      Same goes for the likes of Dom Bowden. He’s a tv presenter, it’s his crust, why must we insist on making him unemployed for the sake of it.

      • Jay

        Because New Zealand only produces ONE or TWO local drama series a year. For an up-and-coming writer in NZ, what hope is there? In a US context, how would we discover the next Vince Gilligan or Matthew Weiner (i.e. Breaking Bad or Mad Men) if we insisted that every new show be written by Shonda Rhimes? Yes, she’s produced some hits but the differences in her storytelling technique between shows is negligible when you compare it to her shows and the shows of the writers I just mentioned.

        And before you ask, no, I’m not a disgruntled writer. I work in finance so after work I’d love it if my taxes helped finance a fresh take on NZ life.