Hayley Sproull is an actor, comedian, musician and writer originally from Wellington. She is a 2011 graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting. Her passion for theatre and comedy has lead her to create a number of successful comedy works, including Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues, Outsiders’ Guide, Tighty Whiteys, Milky Bits, Vanilla Miraka and Just a Phase, earning her an array of praise and accolades, including Best Newcomer at the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012, the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Promising Female Newcomer in 2013 and Best Actress and Best Composer at The Wellington Theatre Awards 2016. She was also nominated for an NZ Film Award in 2014 for her role in the short film School Night.
Hayley has been a writer on many of TV3’s series including Jono and Ben, Seven Days and Funny Girls, with a weekly segment Hayley Bailey featuring on the Jono and Ben show. She regularly makes comedy content for TVNZ and is co-host in both seasons of The Great Kiwi Bake Off for TVNZ 2 and now the host of comedic current affairs show Have You Been Paying Attention? She plays the lead role in the TV3 half hour sitcom Golden Boy which premiered in 2019.
She has hosted many events including the 2018 Comedy Fest Gala, the Queenstown Winter Festival, Big Wednesday at The Classic, and the Basement Theatre Christmas Show. Her short film Marching Girls is currently being turned into a feature film, and when she isn’t writing, performing or composing, you’ll find her on the marching field as a member of the Champion Marching Drill Team, Lochiel.
Thanks so much for the AMAZING job you did as MC for us, you really nailed it! We’ve had wonderful feedback on the event overall, with particular mention of the great life, fun and positivity you injected. Your self-deprecating approach really appealed to our audience and your wit, professionalism and skill really shone through. Thanks for powering through the programme at a great pace, without making it feel rushed – I’m glad you didn’t have to whip out the bell on our speakers in the end, but appreciate that you were willing to.Natalie Ward, Kiwi Innovation Network Limited, 2020