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Meet Nell Irene Rainee

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Meet Beth Allen's baby girl Nell, who shares her name with mom and great grandmother.

Beth’s lit­tle an­gel

Woman’s Day (NZ) 12 Nov 2018

At the very reasonable hour of 10.32am on a Tuesday in May, beautiful baby girl Nell Irene Rainee McDermott was born via Caesarean at Auckland Hospital to the tune of John Legend’s “Penthouse Floor”.

And although her parents, former Shortland Street actress Beth Allen and her husband Charlie McDermott, insist they didn’t plan for the funky jam to be playing, the laid-back song sure fits their cruisy wee gem.

“They let you put on a playlist and it’s quite civilised,” tells actor and theatre producer Charlie, 35. “We walked in at 7.30am and had a baby at half past 10. It was like a well-oiled machine! She came out, I took one look at her and thought, ‘You’re going to be easy!’”

“And she is,” smiles Beth, 34. “I remember when they held the baby up. I could hear the happiness and elation in Charlie’s voice, then they handed her to me and she was so chill – she just lay there and looked at us. Ever since, she’s been really low-key. She doesn’t complain and doesn’t fuss, so she’s fitted in really well.”

While the mother-of-two, who played scheming Brooke Freeman on the iconic Kiwi soap, had hoped to give birth naturally following the C-section she had with son Sid in 2016, doctors insisted she undergo the operation again as she showed no sign of going into labour almost a week after Nell’s due date.

Beth confesses, “I’m a bit gutted because it’s something I always thought I would do and now, if I have any more children, I definitely can’t have a natural birth. I’ll get over it, I’m sure, but I was disappointed. That said, in the end, it’s all about the baby, not the birth, isn’t it?”

As the actress smiles down at her little girl, Nell also breaks into a grin, prompting proud dad Charlie to exclaim, “I just love her! You can’t not. It’s a weird biological thing that makes you beam. When she smiles back, she looks like a very happy starfish.”

Beth adds, “There is that cheesy thing where you’re not sure if you could love another child as much as the first, but you just have more love if you’ve got two of them.”

Having named Sid, now two, after Beth’s great-grandfather, the Auckland couple gave their newborn the actress’ grandmother’s name, which is also Beth’s middle name. She explains, “We wanted something shorter because she has a long last name. It’s feminine, beautiful but still quite strong.”

Her middle names honour other family members – Rainee comes from Beth’s mum Laraine, while Irene was Charlie’s grandmother who sadly passed away a few months before Nell was born.

It takes two!

After a couple of years working hard here and in the US, Charlie – who created and produced the hit show Pleasure dome: The Musical – confesses that having a second child has forced him to slow down. “Now it’s like I can take my foot off the pedal and enjoy the moment,” he says.

Beth agrees, “I really feel like it’s solidified us as a family. When you’ve got two kids, you have no option but to all be together and that’s really nice.

Big brother Sid seems happy to have a baby sister too, briefly glancing away from Peppa Pig to give her a kiss on the forehead when he thinks no-one is looking.

And although they have a busy household with two children, a dog named Ned and cat called Billie Jean, Charlie and Beth admit adding to their brood is definitely on the cards.

Charlie says, “I was one of four and Beth’s one of three, so I think we’ll have another one.”

Nodding, Beth agrees, “We make nice kids – that’s what the obstetrician says. We should have some more.”

Beth Allen's baby joy

Posted on September 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By her own admission, actress Beth Allen is the queen of organisation. She bought her first house aged 19 and has been known to do her taxes during hair and make-up.

But her plans for giving birth naturally were literally turned upside down at the last minute when her unborn baby boy refused to relinquish his breech position.

“We tried everything,” says the 32-year-old, as husband Charlie McDermott nods in agreement. “I got acupuncture and had Charlie burning sticks by my feet. I did self-hypnosis, I lay upside down on an ironing board propped up against the couch. I even went to the hospital to have him turned manually but my stomach muscles were too tight – I knew those sit-ups were a bad idea at the time!” 

But nothing would budge the bubba, so Beth was told the safest option was to have a Caesarean at 39 weeks – and Sidney Jolyon McDermott was born on May 6.


“I was initially quite disappointed because I had wanted to have a natural birth,” smiles Beth, who played scheming Dr Brooke Freeman in Shortland Street. “But once I knew the date, I went into proactive mode again. The day before, I went and got my hair blow-dried. I just thought, ‘Bugger this! If I can’t have a natural birth, I might as well just enjoy it and look good in the photos!’”

As Sid beams his way through our Woman’s Day shoot, it’s clear he’s already picked up a few tips from his photogenic mum. The 17-week-old heartbreaker smiles as Beth explains his old-fashioned-yet-cool moniker.

“We really liked Sid and then we realised it was also a family name – my great-great-grandfather was Sidney. He can be Sid to his mates and Sidney when he’s a barrister,” she laughs.


But while Beth was more than ready for the birth, hubby Charlie’s needle phobia meant that he was a bit shaky. “I hate needles,” tells the 33-year-old media consultant. “I was white as a ghost! I definitely struggled, but Beth was very stoic. She’s amazing.”

To the soothing strains of “Fish in the Sea” by Kiwi favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop, Sid made his grand entrance.

“It was like a stereotypical ray of light when he arrived,” recalls Charlie. “It hits you like a train, the relief and the joy that he’s OK.” Beth reveals her healing was so speedy that “recovering from C-sections should be listed as my super-power”.

Beth’s father Jolyon, from whom Sid takes his second name, teaches business management at Auckland University. But when he comes home from work, he puts the tot in a front pack and takes him for a stroll.


“People look at us a bit funny because they can’t figure out who he belongs to,” laughs Beth. “Dad always says, ‘He’s not mine!’ It’s really nice to have several pairs of extra hands around.”

“It’s so special for Sid to be so connected to his extended family and this place,” adds Charlie, a theatre producer who’s also currently working with creative production agency Augusto. “There’s nine new dads at work, so I’ve been learning lots of fatherhood tips round the water cooler!”

Despite putting their plans to return to the US on the backburner, the couple, both US permanent residents who moved to New York two years ago to chase career dreams, are planning a trip to Hawaii later this year to procure Sid his green card. But for the next year or so, their hearts and souls will be firmly back in Aotearoa.

“I’ve always been very driven,” says Charlie, “but as soon as I had a child, my value set changed overnight. It was a realisation to say bugger the career and American ambitions, and spend time in New Zealand doing what we actually want and what’s good for our baby. You stop – finally – worrying about yourself! It’s like, ‘Oh, good, all my worry can go on this little person now.’ Every day something new happens,” he marvels.


Home for the new family is currently Beth’s parents split-level West Auckland home, where the family’s dogs appear disinterested in the new addition – unlike his besotted grandparents.

The proud parents have already taken their baby boy to one of their favourite Kiwi places – the Coromandel’s Whangapoua, near New Chums Beach, where Charlie proposed to Beth. “That place is so magical,” smiles Charlie. “It was so great to take Sid there. He loved it.”

For her part, Beth’s loving having her sister Dinah – freshly returned from a long stint working overseas – and mum Laraine around while workaholic Charlie gets stuck into his creative work projects.

“It’s meant I’ve been able to go back to the gym – another good thing about living with the grandparents,” smiles the svelte new mum. “I just say, ‘Do you wanna look after the baby for an hour? And they go ‘yes!’”

“That’s really massive for me,” says Charlie. “I consider work my hobby too, so I work crazy hours and it’s really good for Beth to have such incredible support at home.” Concludes Beth, “Having Sid has also made me realise that the biggest clichés about babies are true. You really don’t know just how much you are going to love them.”

Baby Sid

Posted on August 13, 2016 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello beautiful people! As many of you know, Beth took a break from acting in 2015 to move to USA with her husband for a while.

She is now back in NZ and has adjusted to one of the biggest roles yet, being a first time mom to a beautiful baby boy.

Big congratulations to Beth and Charlie!

Photo credit: A.Billing

Beth Allen Generation of Z Interview

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

by Nick Cushion On March 13, 2015

Just under a month ago we brought news that The Generation of Z was going to be invading London fresh off our it’s domination of both New Zealand and Edinburgh (to rave reviews), it was something that we were excited and terrified about in equal proportions! For anyone who may have missed the announcement; the Generation of Z is a theatre experience like no other, it puts you squarely into the heart of a true zombie apocalypse with death and chaos unfolding around you every little step of the way; viewers are thrust into their very own action movie where the choices they make directly impact how the story plays out.

Earlier on today we had the opportunity to have a little chat with and interview one of the producers of The Generation of Z, Beth Allen and explore what it takes to create something truly unique; how do you take the idea of a zombie apocalypse (which is something that has been done many, many, many, many times before) and turn it into a fully immersive, pant-fillingly terrifying experience?

First, a bit of background

Beth Allen is from Auckland, New Zealand and she started her acting career in the mid 90’s (something she suddenly felt quite old about when we discussed it, sorry Beth!) where she joined a TV show called Riding High, she then worked practically solidly doing TV and Movie roles up until 2014 with her most famous role being that of Brooke Freeman in the TV show, Shortland Street where she played Freeman in a whopping 440+ episodes, which by anyones count is insane!

Now for the main event, the interview

IB: As the internet has lead me to believe, you have been acting since the mid 90’s; what made you decide to take the jump into producing instead?

BA: I have always been interested in behind the scenes work and the idea of putting a project together and seeing it through. In my early 20’s I discovered that I had more time and decided to explore that as an avenue and in 2008 myself and Charlie [Charlie McDermott, Beth’s Husband]

started to produce plays of our own.

IB: Did you find the transition difficult, switching from being in front of the camera to suddenly running things behind the scenes?

BA: You adapt very quickly actually, I absolutely loved being an actor but I just didn’t want the unpredictability that comes with it and I wanted to be in control of my own destiny as it were. Acting is great while the work is there but there is always a certain gamble, when you are behind the scenes and in control then everything is a little more secure'

IB:Where did the inspirations for Generation of Z come from

BA: I can’t really take much of the credit for that actually; it was mainly driven by Charlie McDermott, Simon London, and David Van Horn as a result of boys who play videogames wanting to bring their experiences to life in a way that hadn’t been seen before and really watch it take on a life of it’s own

Which, to be fair it seems to have done!

IB: What were your goals when you started Generation of Z? What were you hoping to achieve?

BA: Just under 2 years ago we wanted a way to draw an audience into theatre that hadn’t been done before, more specifically we wanted to draw the younger male audience and this provided us with a niche in that market. We were absolutely amazed by the reception it received and every time we do a show in a new venue we always want to make it bigger and better than before.

IB: On that note, what are your plans after the shows in London?

BA: Worldwide plans, really. The show provides something that isn’t really contained to a certain area and has things that could translate well all around as it is able to tap into that feeling that most people seem to have about their thoughts on how they would fare in a zombie situation.

IB: If you could sum up the experience of Generation of Z in one word, what would it be?

BA: Whirlwind! Both in terms of what the audience experience and for us behind the scenes as well. It was almost exactly a year ago that the first show was launched in Christchurch in New Zealand; Christchurch was ravaged by some really severe earthquakes and the city was looking for ways to rebuild interest so having the chance to set up an apocalypse in a city that had been devastated and looked like an actual apocalypse was really interesting.

Originally the plan for myself and Charlie was always to move to London anyway but when the rest of the crew came over for the show in Edinburgh they were only expecting a short stay (with most of us still holding down full time jobs back in New Zealand), with the show in London this has obviously extended that stay for all of the crew.

IB: Finally, and I have to ask this question really, if you found yourself in some form of Zombie apocalypse, what would your survival plans be?

BA: I would attach myself to someone who knows anything about zombies or maybe I’ll just become one of those people who just shuts themselves inside and refuses to come out. Maybe I’m not the best person to have around in that situation…

So there we have it, information of the origins, the future, and who you maybe should avoid during a real zombie apocalypse.

Big thank you to Beth Allen for talking to us and giving us the inside scoop on what’s involved with creating your own apocalypse. The show will be running from 4th April to 5th July 2015

Turning 30 is fabulous!

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Beth Allen hit the big 30 on May 28th and celebrated together with her bestie Antonia Prebble (who also turned 30), throwing a big 90s theme costume party on June 7th.

Shortland Street’s Beth Allen readily admits she never imagined her life past 22 years old. So as she sat down to a glass of bubbles and mushrooms on toast on the morning of her 30th birthday, it was something of a pleasant surprise to reflect on how well everything has worked out.

While many face the big 3-0 with trepidation, the soap star, who plays Dr Brooke Freeman, is embracing the new decade.

‘I’m more excited about my thirties than I was my twenties,’ enthuses Beth, who saw in the big day with adoring husband of three years Charlie McDermott.

‘I feel really good. I married a lovely man and I’ve got great friends, quite exciting plans and big goals on the horizon

‘I definitely feel like I’m going to be a better person in my thirties. I might just rock it out.’

While there’s plenty to be grateful for in her life, one special relationship stands out for the stunning actress.

‘I’m really proud of my marriage. Charlie and I have worked really hard at creating something we feel good in and it’s not always easy in a marriage. People don’t often talk about how it is hard, but I’m really proud of how far we’ve come and our next steps.’

To celebrate the exciting milestone, Beth teamed up with her best friend, The Blue Rose star Antonia Prebble, to throw an epic ’90s-themed bash, where they were joined by Shortie cast members including Sally Martin, Amelia Reid, Jacqueline Nairn and Ria Vandervis.

Beth and Antonia dressed as Patsy and Edina from TV series Absolutely Fabulous – and the birthday girl says it was only natural she celebrated in true ’90s style

’I’ve always loved it. I grew up in the ’90s and I loved Friends and Alanis Morissette and Ab Fab. At primary school we drove everyone insane by calling each other “sweetie darling” (Ab Fab’s catchphrase) constantly.’

While she loves reminiscing, Beth is just as excited about the future. ‘I want to travel more, I’d like to go and study again and I’d like to have some babies, fingers crossed,’ she says. ‘Those are my top three. I don’t want to put too much on the bucket list or I’ll be overwhelmed.’

Despite her enthusiasm, Beth admits to a few nerves about her changing appearance as she ages.

‘While it’s great to look good and feel good for yourself, there’s a pretty high standard for women in film and TV and it’s a lot of work,’ says Beth, who works out five to six times a week

‘If I’m going to act for a living I’ll have to work even harder as I get older. I’m interested to see how I’ll feel about it. Maybe I’ll have kids and decide I can’t be bothered anymore.’

But Beth hasn’t always handled challenges so calmly. She recalls being 18 years old and vowing to quit acting if she wasn’t making a living from it by 28.

I worried a lot about how things were going to work out. I felt quite anxious I was never going to be able to do what I loved,’ she says, revealing she once considered throwing it all in for a career in advertising.

‘There were a few years where I felt a bit stuck. There are still moments in life where I think, “Oh God, is this going to be all right?” But they feel like worried days rather than months now.’

The inspirational women Beth works with on Shortie are there to remind her age is no barrier

‘Angela Bloomfield [Rachel McKenna] is older than me but she is so young at heart and really enjoys the moment-to-moment stuff,’ she says.

It’s an outlook Beth hopes to emulate herself

‘My motto this year is to turn fear into curiosity. I don’t care so much what people think now. I can trust my instincts on things and know I’m probably taking myself in the right direction.’

Win Beth´s dress!

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Win the dress Beth wore to the ceremony for Brooke and Boyd! You have until May 16th to enter.

You could have the stunning gown that Beth Allen chose for her Shortland Street commitment ceremony! The non-traditional tulle wedding dress, worth $450, is fitted with a flared hem from the knee. The front is decorated with black beading and sequins, which form an intricate floral pattern. This size-10 Mr K ensemble was bought at designer boutique Modes in Auckland. Email [email protected] with ‘Brooke’s Dress’ in the subject line to be in to win. 

Happy 2014

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello all, its update time again. Hope you have had a great start to 2014. Here's a lighthearted little audio interview with Beth Allen from ZM Online where she talks hair, ex-boyfriends and body issues. 

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10 questions with Beth

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Shortland Street favourite Beth Allen is swapping a hospital for a classroom this month starring in and co-producing the psychological drama Between the Sheets at The Basement theatre. She spoke to reporter Jess Lee about feminism and gender bias in the world of New Zealand show business.'

1. Describe Between the Sheets in 140 characters or less.

A parent-teacher interview that veers well away from the child under discussion.

2. What drew you to the play?

The taut writing, the simplicity of the staging, the fact that my character is different from the one I play on Shortland Street and the chance to work with Jennifer Ward-Lealand [actress and co-producer] and Sophie Roberts [director].

3. The play is brought together by an entirely female cast, crew and creative team - was this a conscious decision?

A very conscious decision. Partly because it was fitting due to the female-oriented themes of the play and partly in response to an article by Janet McAllister in a newspaper late in 2012 highlighting the lack of plays written and directed by women being staged in Auckland.

4. What do you think of Sweden's new movie rating system to highlight gender bias? [To get an "A" rating, a movie must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.]

Ha! That is brilliant. Can we get it here? 

5. How do you think New Zealand would stack up across the theatre, television and film scenes? 

Television seems to be more even-keeled in terms of gender bias. We don't produce enough theatre by women but generally theatre tends to give women roles that have more scope to them than "girlfriend" or "mother". 

With regard to films, I saw White Lies [based on the Witi Ihimaera novel Medicine Woman] this year and was cheered to see a film with a cast of women, two of whom were over 30, with about four lines of dialogue in the whole movie revolving around a man. That's got to be progress. 

6. Do you consider yourself a feminist? What do you think of it as a label?

Yes. I think in New Zealand the label has a negative connotation to it - there's a bit of an "oh, don't make a fuss" attitude here.

But in recent weeks, with the revelations of the Roast Busters and several high-profile men's attitudes toward the young women involved, as well as the difficulty in prosecuting sexual assault, I feel that we have to remain vigilant.

We need to preserve all the gains that were made for us by brave women in times past by continuing to demand safety and equality.

There are still plenty of countries where women have it much worse than we do here and in this country we still have to teach our younger women to safely navigate their way through a culture influenced by a highly sexualised online environment.

7. Have you experienced gender bias during your career?

Unless you're the lead role, actresses are usually paid less than the actors playing similar-sized roles.

8. What do you think Between the Sheets says about modern femininity?

That it's complicated!

That it's impossible for women to please everyone but that in many ways we are expected to.

That we judge each other too harshly and that this is holding us back from supporting each other.

9. How do you think audiences will relate to both characters?

The piece is cleverly written to keep you guessing about both characters - your moral compass will swing all over the place.


10. What are you hoping audiences will take from it?

That you can't easily judge people for their choices. 

Especially when the choices are difficult. Between the Sheets runs until November 30 at The Basement theatre. Go to for tickets.

- © Fairfax NZ News

Interview with Rip It Up

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Who’s in the dead supergroup for your dream hologram show?

Hendrix, Joplin, Michael Jackson and Keith Moon, and I insist on going to the after-party.

What’s an upcoming film you’re jazzed about?

 Dallas Buyers Club. I like Matthew McConaughey’s “I do what I want” attitude. And he’s a sweet babe.

Where can your stalkers find you during the weekend?

 Pak’nSave Mt Albert and in my house. Plenty of people chat to me at Pak’nSave, but I prefer if no one talks to me in my house, because they will likely interrupt me talking to myself, or to the dog.

What happens when you mix Coca Cola with Pepsi?


Your fantasy spirit animal is…

A meercat. Or a dragon.Yeah, a dragon. But a pretty dragon.

Your signature “I’m an amazing cook” dish is…

I’m currently making a time consuming and fiddly breakfast that I have come close to sacrificing showering in order to eat before I leave the house: rocket, asparagus, walnuts, parmesan and poached eggs with lemon dressing and tarragon powder that I found at the back on the pantry and never ever had a use for before.

The best TV show around at the moment is…


The best place for a date night is… 

The French Café if you want to show your credit card who’s boss, or my couch if my husband is cooking. While I throw meals together and hope for the best, he actually bothers to take time and ensure it’s edible. I think he bought the tarragon powder.

You’d get arrested if the police knew that you…

Are you kidding? I had one detention in high school. I get nervous about arrest if I run out of dog poo bags.

People say you look like… 

A meercat. Or Julia Roberts. Or “familiar.”

Kittens or puppies?

Puppies. Cats are fickle. I need more commitment from my relationships than they are prepared to give.

What generic current affair has your blood boiled?

The Roast Busters and the terrible rate of conviction for sexual crimes the world over.

Between the Sheets

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Don´t miss seeing Beth Allen on stage in "Between the sheets" this November!

New Avatars

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Take a look at the avatars section of the site, they have been reorganised and about 30 new additions. With the computer screens getting bigger, there is now also a 150x150 section for you to choose from.

In Good Company

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

by Donna Fleming

You would think Beth Allen had plenty on her plate playing Shortland Street’s Brooke Freeman.

But when she’s not in front of the camera pretending to be the scheming doctor, you’ll usually find the talented actress in her dressing room, doing accounts, writing out invoices or emailing theatres. 

As if working on the fast-turnaround TV show wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Beth also runs a company – Royale Productions – with her husband Charlie McDermott, and has become adept at multitasking.


“The other day I did my GST while I was having my hair done,” says Beth (29).

“It takes a long time to get me ready to be Brooke – I’m in the make-up chair for an hour and 15 minutes – so I might as well use that time. And when I do have other downtime, I can use it to get Royale stuff done.”

Beth, who has been acting since she was 11, finds she has time on her hands because she is able to learn lines quickly, and her character isn’t often required for scenes unless they are necessary to her storyline.


“The good thing about Brooke is she doesn’t have any friends, so she doesn’t sit in the staff room ‘catching up’ with people. Brooke’s scenes tend to be all about Brooke, so I tend to have fewer than other actors,” says Beth, laughing.


The name Royale Productions is inspired by their names – Elizabeth and Charles. 

You might wonder why Beth feels the need to take on extra commitments when she has an established role, but she points out that acting is not the most stable employment, and she and Charlie (also an actor-turned-producer) are keen to create opportunities – not just for themselves, but other actors, too. 

“This is a really fickle industry – you don’t know what will happen next,” Beth says. 

“I want to build a foundation for after Shortland Street. It is good to have something else you can do.”


Plus, Beth doesn’t like sitting around doing nothing. 

“Well actually, some days I do. But when I’m working, I like to get a lot done. I enjoy the extra stimulation that producing gives me.” 

Royale Productions has been responsible for a variety of theatre shows, including good friend Michael Hurst’s one-man show No Holds Bard, and an interactive production called Apocalypse Z, in which the audience becomes part of a zombie invasion. 

Royale is also producing a two-hander play later this year titled Between the Sheets, starring Beth and Michael’s wife Jennifer Ward-Lealand.


“Producing did start out as a way of creating my own projects, but it has turned into a lot more than that,” says Beth. 

Charlie agrees. “As an actor, I need to be in charge of my own destiny – I don’t want to have to rely on someone else.

“But as well as being able to come up with projects that I can do, I also like the idea of leaving my mark on the industry by providing pathways for others.”'

Along with producing and acting, Charlie is also the general manager of Auckland’s Basement Theatre. It means a full schedule, but like his wife, who he married in February 2011, he’s not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in.

“I love hard work,” says Charlie (30). “I come from a farming background, from salt-of-the-earth people who expect to work hard.

“If you want to achieve anything, that’s what you have to do, and the creative industries are no different.”

Beth admits they have to be careful not to take on too much.

“My work/life balance does tend to get a bit out of whack.”

Running a business together can be tricky for some couples, but it’s easier for Charlie and Beth because they are not in an office together all day.

“I don’t think we could do it if we had to sit side by side,” says Beth. “It would be too much.”

“It is probably just as well Beth is at Shortland Street,” adds Charlie, grinning at his wife.

“Like every partnership, it takes work. We are both pretty stubborn people and have to remove emotion from it and just think about what is best for our livelihoods.”

And they tend not to quarrel, according to Beth – at least not over important stuff.

When she’s not playing manipulative Brooke in Shortland Street, Beth is learning the ins and outs of production.

“If we do argue, it is about small things, like whose turn it is to do the dishes. We’re lucky that we are a really good team.” 

They complement each other, adds Charlie, because while he’s good at seeing the big picture, Beth is great at the details. 

“She’s so brainy,” he says. “The brainiest person I know. She’s just amazing.” 

Beth, meanwhile, credits her husband of two years with helping her think outside of the square.

“He has such great ideas. I’ve learned a lot – he is always spurring me on. He has given me so much confidence in myself. I’m not really a confident person in a lot of ways, but that’s why I’ve got Charlie.”

It’s a two-way street, says Charlie. “Beth really helps to inspire me.“

The couple have lots of ideas for creative projects further down the track, and have come up with plans for the next 12 months, five and 10 years, both personally and professionally.

“We are determined to stick to those plans,” says Charlie. 

“For example, I would love for us to have a baby right now, but it is not in our immediate plans and there are lots of good reasons why we should wait.” 

“It is on the cards,” confirms Beth. “We do want to have a family, but I’m not leaving Shortland Street anytime soon.

“There are still lots of things we want to do first, so a baby won’t be happening just yet.”

Charlie adds, “Having a child is the ultimate goal and we want to do everything properly and be financially secure. So we’re working hard and smart now, so we will be able to do that further down the track.”

Beautiful Dreamer celebrating 10 years online

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

It did sneak up on me a bit, this end of July. Hard to believe this website has been online for a whole ten years.

Just in time for out birthday, a new interview with Beth Allen - 12 questions - can be read in the interviews and articles section and I brushed up the layout a little bit.

Happy Birthday!

And to those loyal followers who have been checking in  - thank you so much for supporting this website - and also thank you for your interest in this wonderful talented young woman Beth Allen.



12 questions NZ Herald

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Beth Allen, 29, is a New Zealand actress best known as Dr Brooke Freeman on Shortland Street. She was a child actor on The Tribe, bought her first house at age 19 and loves a budget spreadsheet. 

Beth Allen was about to try her acting talent overseas when she was offered her Shortland Street role. Photo / Dean Purcell

1. So I hear you're the meanest woman on Shortland Street: any Scottish ancestry?

No Scottish in me, just parents who worked and saved hard, made all their meals at home and never put stuff on tick. Preparing my lunch the night before is one of my favourite rituals. Though I possibly take my frugality a bridge too far by transporting the food to work in Jimbo's petfood containers.

2. So your parents taught you to save?

I wasn't very good with money and after I'd made a bit they took it off me because I was spending quite a lot. I was about 16 at the time, and I was furious. It was quite a bit - enough for a deposit on a house. I went out and got a $5.50 an hour job at the Wendy's icecream bar in Lynnmall and a couple of years later I felt a bit differently about what they'd done. I bought a house in New Lynn when I was about 19.

3. What was in yesterday's home-brought lunch?

Cannellini beans, tuna, tomato, chia seeds, parsley and lemon juice. A salad. I've recently come to the conclusion that I need to eat much more healthy food. Less refined, more wholefoods. Once you see your bum on a big-screen high definition TV in your living room it's easier to decide to keep things in check.

4. Where did your acting desire come from and what did you learn from those early experiences?

My mother's convinced I got my acting bug from her reading Winnie the Pooh to me as a kid. She does amazing voices. When I was 12 I moved to Wellington to shoot a series, and a few weeks in called my parents and told them I wanted to come home. My father told me that that certainly wasn't happening, because I'd signed a contract. The moment passed, and in the end I had a fantastic time. So I learned about professionalism. I also learned that in lots of ways acting is more privileged and easier than a real job and to be grateful for every day I get to spend on a set.

5. Is rejection something aspiring child stars have to learn to deal with?

Yep. They'll never tell you why you didn't get the part. You just have to move on and try to stay chirpy.


6. Do people stereotype you because of the whole blonde, telly-star thing?

They seem to think that I'm going to be like Brooke and have a nervous look in their eye when they talk to me in a supermarket. Like they might at any moment have to dodge a missile of a packet of frozen beans.


7. If your appearance matched your personality, what would you look like?

A meerkat with a clipboard.


8. Why haven't you followed so many others trying to make it in Sydney, LA, London?


I was a bit of a scaredy cat about it, to be honest. I went to university after I finished school, so that took up a few years. Then I did actually plan to move to Sydney and was six weeks away from getting on the plane when I got offered the part on Shortland Street. Now I don't rule out giving it a go, but I really love New Zealand, and being close to my family and my dog.

9. Who has been your greatest mentor?


Alma Johnson, my speech and drama teacher from the ages of 10 to 18. She went in to bat for me to sign with my first agent, taught me how to project my voice and bring a script to life, how to move on stage, and to not be lazy and do the work.

10. Who, in your opinion, is the most influential person in New Zealand?

Kim Dotcom. I don't necessarily agree with everything he's doing, but he's become a great figurehead for the issue of citizens' privacy in New Zealand. It's an issue that my generation seems to be complacent about, and that makes me nervous.

11. And he appeared in the Christmas play at your husband Charlie McDermott's Basement Theatre. Did you get to know him at all?


It took them ages to track him down to get him to appear in the play. In the end they just bowled up to him when he was switching on the Franklin Rd Christmas lights. We sent him the script then went out to the mansion to discuss it. It was amazing. They are a really nice family and that house is completely out of this world.


12. Describe the joy of ticking off a task on a to-do list.

I love lists. I have about 14 categories of sublists, things I'm going to read or do. Someone told me that the only natural endorphin-creators are sex, exercise and ticking things off lists. I am guilty of writing things down that I have already done, in order to be able to tick them off." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">source

Spring Apocalypse

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

First of all, new photos of Beth Allen have been added to the website, taken from 2013 Shortland Street's cast photo shoot.

Also, Beth is producing a (slightly tribal) apocalypse project  Apocalypse Z. this April (read more)

High Teal Event

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Added photos of Beth Allen at High Teal @ Langley's dinner.

For those unfamiliar with Beth's charity work, she's an ambassador for New Zealand's Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF).

For more light-hearted reading, take a look at Beth's disaster plan for her pet dog Ned in case of emergencies. Here. (source - World Society for the Protection of Animals )

Raise your hand if you want a dog now...

Official Twitter

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A quick update to let you know Beth Allen has got herself an official twitter account now, so make sure to follow her.

Getting Glamorous on July 26th

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

All NZ residents have the chance to meet Beth Allen face to face and support a great cause while at it.

When: Thursday 26 July, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Where: Hilton Auckland, Auckland

The New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) is hosting its inaugural gala dinner and charity auction “Getting Glamorous for Gynae”.

Beth Allen will be there in her role as NZGCF ambassador. You will be treated to mouth-watering cocktails and canapés on arrival, a delicious three-course dinner with matching wines, live entertainment and the opportunity to bid on a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the live auction.


Happy Birthday!

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Beth Allen celebrated her 28th birthday on May 28th 2012.

And... Shortland Street celebrated their 20th Birthday on May 25th 2012.

This means it was party time.

Take a look at these lovely pictures and video interview with Beth.

Unity's Interview:

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Read about the books currently on Beth Allen's nightstand.

Read HERE:

Interview from 18th March 2012, with Unity Books.