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Rose McIver
General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: October 10, 1988
Age: 32
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Social Networks: Instagram
Other Information
Height: 5'3¾"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: University of Auckland
Avondale College
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver (father)
Ann "Annie" (née Coney) [mother]
Paul McIver (brother)
Relationships: George Byrne (boyfriend)
Series Information
Character: Tinker Bell
First appearance: Quite a Common Fairy
Last appearance: Page 23

Frances Rose McIver is a New Zealand actress. She is best known for starring as medical examiner Olivia "Liv" Moore in The CW supernatural comedy-drama series iZombie (2015–2019). She received further recognition for starring as Amber Moore in the romantic comedy films A Christmas Prince (2017), A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019)

McIver began her career with guest appearances in New Zealand-based series, such as Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Legend of the Seeker. She gained further success as Summer Landsdown in the superhero series Power Rangers RPM (2009). She also had recurring roles in the Showtime period drama series Masters of Sex (2013–14) and the ABC supernatural drama series Once Upon a Time (2013–17).

McIver made her film debut in the period drama The Piano (1993). She has since starred in the drama The Lovely Bones (2009), the horror comedy Predicament (2010), the sports drama Blinder (2013), the romance drama Petals on the Wind (2014), and the musical drama Daffodils (2019).

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Early life

McIver was born in Auckland and was raised in Titirangi with her father, John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver (b. 1951), a photographer, and her mother, Ann "Annie" (née Coney), an artist. Her parents still reside in the house she grew up in. She has an older brother, Paul McIver, who is a musician and former actor. She studied ballet and jazz dance until she was thirteen.


At the age of two, McIver began appearing in commercials. At the age of three, she received the role of an angel in the film The Piano.

McIver has mostly worked for New Zealand television, from fantasy-based series like Maddigan's Quest to dramas such as Rude Awakenings. She has also starred in television films such as the Hercules film series and Maiden Voyage, as well as two Disney Channel films: Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off in 2003, and Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board in 2007, which is the sequel to the 1999 film Johnny Tsunami. From March to December 2009, she played Ranger Yellow Summer Landsdown in the television series Power Rangers: RPM for 32 episodes.

McIver's big screen debut was in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lovely Bones, which received its U.S. release on 11 December 2009. In the film, she played Lindsey Salmon, the younger sister of the main character.

McIver appeared in the film Predicament, based on the novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson, which was released in New Zealand and Australia on 26 August 2010.[10] Filming took place in July and August 2009 in the towns of Hawera and Eltham. In 2011, McIver appeared in the television film Tangiwai, based on the 1953 Tangiwai rail disaster. In the film, she played Nerissa Love, the fiancée of New Zealand cricketer Bob Blair and one of the victims of the disaster. She also had a role in the comedy series Super City, playing cheerleader Candice.

From 19 March to 10 April 2010 she appeared on stage at the Herald Theatre as Izzy, the best friend of the main character in That Face. McIver was also selected to participate in the 2010 Show Me Shorts Film Festival.

McIver put her studies at the University of Auckland on hold, and traveled to Los Angeles for "a couple of top-secret projects". She was cast opposite Chris Lowell in the indie film Light Years. McIver was also cast in Australian rules football film, Blinder, which began filming in Torquay on 20 February 2012, before moving to Boston. The film was scheduled for release in 2013.

McIver was cast as the lead character in MTV's Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys, based on the book by Eric Garcia and produced by Garcia and Krysten Ritter. McIver was also cast as a recurring character on Showtime's Masters of Sex, which is based on the book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier. The drama began filming in New York City in March, and began to air in September 2013.

In July 2013, it was announced that McIver landed the role of Tinker Bell for a multi-episode story arc on the series Once Upon a Time. In January 2017, it was announced that McIver would reprise her role in season 6.

In February 2014, McIver was cast as the adult Cathy Dollanganger in the Lifetime television film Petals on the Wind, adapted from the book by V. C. Andrews.

In March 2014, McIver was announced to star in CW's new series iZombie as Olivia "Liv" Moore, which premiered a year later on March 17, 2015. The series concluded after five seasons with 71 episodes on August 1, 2019.

In March 2017, it was reported that McIver was in Romania, filming A Christmas Prince for Netflix which was released 17 November 2017. She reprised her role as Amber Moore in the 2018 sequel film A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and will reprise the role in the threequel A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby.

McIver has been cast in the musical feature, Daffodils. Filming began February 2018 in Wellington, Waikato, and Wairarapa, and was released in New Zealand and Australia in 2019.

McIver is also an ambassador for Emirates airlines.

Personal life

McIver enjoys writing, and is inspired by the works of John Steinbeck, Wally Lamb and Franz Kafka. She also enjoys crossword puzzles and Sudoku.


Year Title Type Role
1992 Shortland Street TV Series Holly (1993)
1993 The Piano Angel
1994 Hercules and the Amazon Women TV Movie Girl (Hydra)
1994 Hercules in the Underworld TV Movie Ilea
1994 Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur TV Movie Ilea
1995 Riding High TV Series Billy (1995)
1995 - 1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys TV Series Ilea
1997 Topless Women Talk About Their Lives Sally
1998 Flying Short Josie
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess TV Series Daphne
2002 Toy Love Lucy
2002 Murder in Greenwich TV Movie Sheila McGuire
2002 Mercy Peak TV Series Gwyneth Couch
2003 Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off TV Movie Hannah
2003 P.E.T. Detectives TV Series Genevieve
2004 Maiden Voyage TV Movie Jenny (as Rose Mciver)
2006 Maddigan's Quest TV Series Garland
2006 Ozzie Caitlin
2007 Rude Awakenings TV Series Constance Short
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board TV Movie Valerie
2007 Knickers Short Emily
2009 Legend of the Seeker TV Series Alice
2009 The Lovely Bones Lindsey Salmon
2009 Power Rangers R.P.M. TV Series Summer Landsdown / Yellow Bear RPM Ranger
2010 Predicament Maybelle
2010 Dangerous Ride Short Renee
2011 Super City TV Series Candice
2011 Tangiwai TV Movie Nerissa Love
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Bridget Byron
2012 Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys TV Series Cassie
2013 Blinder Sammy Walton
2013 Brightest Star Charlotte Cates
2013 - 2014 Masters of Sex TV Series Vivian Scully
2013 - 2017 Once Upon a Time TV Series Tinkerbell
2014 Petals on the Wind TV Movie Cathy Dollanganger
2014 Play It Again, Dick TV Series Skank with Atitude / Horny Mourner
2015 The Answers Short Paige
2015 Warning Labels Short Jessie
2015 Mattresside Short Sue
2015 Coward Short Ohpelia
2015 - 2019 iZombie TV Series Olivia Moore
2016 Queen of Carthage Jane (voice)
2017 A Bunch of Dicks TV Mini-Series Johnny
2017 Access Code Video Game Eve (voice)
2017 A Christmas Prince TV Movie Amber
2017 - 2018 Dragons: Race to the Edge TV Series Atali
2018 Brampton's Own Rachel Kinley
2018 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding TV Movie Amber
2019 I'm Sorry TV Series Elizabeth
2019 Daffodils Rose
2019 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby Queen Amber

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2015 "Demon Days (Do It All Again)" Wild Wild Horses
2015 "Ordinary Life" Wild Wild Horses
2016 "Heartlines" Broods

Other works

Year Title Notes
2014 Blood Punch Producer
20?? Nice Ride Writer, director


Year Title Role Venue
2003 Arcadia Thomasina Coverly Titirangi Theatre, Auckland
2008 Blood Brothers Various Peach Theatre Company, Auckland
2010 That Face Izzy Silo Theatre Company, Auckland
2019 Key Largo Nora D'Alcala Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2002 TV Guide NZ Television Awards Best Juvenile Actor/Actress Xena Warrior Princess ("Little Problems") Won
2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards Best performance by an actress Maddigan's Quest Nominated
2010 Visa Entertainment Screen Awards Best NZ Actress The Lovely Bones Won
2012 Monte Carlo Film Festival Outstanding Actress Tangiwai Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actress iZombie Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actress Nominated


  • Attended the University of Auckland and majored in psychology and linguistics (2009).
  • Her father, Mac, is a photographer, and her mother, Annie, is an artist. She has an older brother, Paul McIver, who is a musician and former actor.
  • Of Clan MacIver.
  • Her boyfriend is actress Rose Byrne's brother, George Byrne (January 2020).
  • She started acting in commercials when she was just two years old and, at the age of three, appeared in the film The Piano.
  • She briefly studied linguistics and psychology at the University of Auckland.
  • She grew up in Titirangi, New Zealand, as the daughter of photographer John George Whitfield McIver and artist Annie Coney McIver. Her brother, Paul McIver, had a career as an actor and musician. She has been in a longterm relationship with Benjamin Hoeksema, an architect.
  • In The Lovely Bones, she played the sister of Saoirse Ronan's character.