"We came to Australia only the day before filming. We did the last costume fitting -- which was only the second costume fitting -- so it was very nerve-wracking for them just in case things didn't fit. But it all went fine. I liked the whole look of the thing. It made me feel really proud to be wearing it."
―Keisha Castle-Hughes[src]

Keisha Castle-Hughes (born March 24, 1990) is a New Zealand actress who played Queen Apailana in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.


Early life[]

While born in Australia, Castle-Hughes and her family moved to New Zealand when she was 18 months old. She became a New Zealand citizen in 2001. She has four younger siblings.

Castle-Hughes attended Waiuku Primary School, Bailey Road School, and later One Tree Hill College and Rosehill College.


Castle-Hughes received her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 2004 for her role in the film Whale Rider. While she did not win the award, she was at the time the youngest person nominated for the category, as well as the second Polynesian to be nominated for an Oscar. However, she won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actor/Actress for the role.

In the same year, Castle-Hughes appeared in Prince's controversial music video "Cinnamon Girl."[1]

In 2006, Castle-Hughes played with Oscar Isaac in The Nativity Story, in which they portrayed the roles of Mary and Joseph. In 2009, Castle-Hughes appeared with Rena Owen (Taun We in Episode II and Nee Alavar in Episode III) in the TV movie Piece of My Heart. She played the young version of Owen's character. In 2011, Castle-Hughes also shared the screen with Rohan Nichol (Captain Raymus Antilles in Episode III) in the film Red Dog, and with Rachael Leigh Cook (voice of Jaesa Willsaam in the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game) in the film Vampire the same year.

From 2015 to 2017, she appeared in Game of Thrones alongside Jessica Henwick. In 2016, she worked on Roadies, a television series produced by J.J. Abrams, including on an episode directed by Jon Kasdan.


Year Title Role Other notes
2015 The Stolen Aroha Announced
2015 Roadies Donna Mancini TV movie – Announced
2015 Find Your Voice Princess a.k.a. Million Dollar Mate – Announced
2015 Game of Thrones Obara Sand TV series
2014 The Walking Dead Joan TV series
2013 Queen of Carthage Simi
2013 Rewind Priya TV movie
2011-2013 The Almighty Johnsons Gaia TV series
2011 Red Dog Rosa
2011 Vampire Jellyfish
2010 Legend of the Seeker Maia/The Creator TV series
2009 A Heavenly Vintage Celeste a.k.a. The Vintner's Luck
2009 Piece of My Heart Young Kat TV movie
2008 Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger Sunni
2006 The Nativity Story Mary
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Queen Apailana
2004 "Cinnamon Girl" Arab-American Girl Music video
2002 Whale Rider Paikea "Pai" Apirana


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