Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins is a recognisable face to most of us.

Bruce started in Limbs Dancers, has appeared in many television and theatre productions over the last 20-odd years and was the character of Gamling in the Lord of the Rings. Bruce has also been a professional MC for over 15 years.

Bruce Hopkins has been a professional MC for more than15 yrs, and draws on a wealth of experiences which include 30 years in the entertainment and media industries.

Born a 4th generation Stewart Islander, Bruce has an impressively diverse resume that includes;
 commercial crayfishing off the northern most shores of NZ  8 yrs fulltime professional dancing with the likes of Limbs Dance Company and the Sydney Dance Company
 hosting talkback radio shows on NewsTalkZB and RadioLIVE  acting the featured role of ‘Gamling’ in two of Peter Jacksons, Lord Of The Rings trilogy of films
 playing the coveted role of MacBeth on stage
 MCing the annual client conference for award winning software development company, Advanced Professional Solutions, for 15 yrs  Eden Park ground announcer for the inaugural season of Super 12 rugby

He is a committee member for the Auckland branch of the National Speakers Association of NZ and member of the Performers Committee for Actors Equity and was a founding trustee of the Watershed Theatre. In 2010, Bruce won the Corporate Events Guide Peoples CHoice Award for Best Nationwide MC.

As well as being an MC, Bruce is a voice artist, an actor, and a coffee roaster, he enjoys surfing, playing incredibly average guitar, and spending as much time as he can with his family.


“The induction function was an outstanding success, in so many ways a tribute to Bruce’s skilled MC’ing of the evening…If you are planning an event where you are anxious to make a good impression, I strongly recommend Bruce Hopkins as your Master of Ceremonies “ Dr Phil Handcock, Otago University

“ while many factors contribute to our conferences’ success, Bruce’s efforts represent a significant part of a consistently positive outcome. His extensive stage and comedy experience means that he is able to inject a unique flavour to the event. While professional, Bruce has an ability to maintain a well balanced approach that delegates enjoy immensely….” Shane Compton, Founder APS, Advanced Professional Services

“He is a pleasure to work with, has a great sense of humour and a dedication to the project, which is nothing short of extraordinary.” Mike Mizrahi
Inside Out Productions

“We held a large function of 700 people at Eden Park… We were very happy with Bruce's performance for that event…He responded well to our briefing about the event and came across as being well researched and understanding.” Jenni Spooner, Marketing Manager, J.A. Russell Ltd

Bruce Mc’ed the event in a very professional and engaging manner. He made sure that the event run in a timely manner, being informative and humorous. Thanks to his presentation this event was a special and enjoyable celebration for everyone involved. I very much recommend Bruce as a MC and look forward to be able to engage him in the future. Susanne Ritzenhoff, General Manager, Q Theatre