Jennifer Ward-Lealand, ONZM, is a New Zealand actress who has appeared on many films and television shows such as The Ugly and Shortland Street as well as the Australian comedy series Full Frontal.
Her first ongoing television role was as Jan in Close to Home (1978–1980). After leaving school she spent a year touring New Zealand in a community theatre group, performing clown shows and Chekhov.
In 1982 she completed a year-long diploma in acting from Auckland's then influential Theatre Corporate. In between the theatre work that followed, Ward Lealand appeared in short-lived TV drama Seekers, before her breakthrough television role in Danny and Raewyn, an episode from the About Face series. Filmed largely in an Auckland flat so cramped the cameraman sometimes had to sit on the stove, this tale of working class relationship breakdown would win Ward-Lealand a GOFTA Best Actress Award.
The same year Ward-Lealand made her big screen debut as the nightclub singer Costello - and sang three songs - in Wellington crime thriller Dangerous Orphans.
She is married to Michael Hurst of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys fame. From 1989-1990 she appeared with Harry Sinclair and Don McGlashan in The