Darien graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 1971 and again in 2004 when she did the Degree Upgrade. She has a Diploma in Fine Arts from Elam at Auckland University and has acted at Mercury, Circa, Downstage, The Court Theatre, Fortune Theatre, Centrepoint and Auckland Theatre Company as well as in Australia, England, and Hawaii.
Her television credits include Xena Warrior Princess (as Xena’s mother Cyrene); Possession; 12 Bar Rhythm n’ Shoes; Both Sides of the Fence; Shortland Street; Marlin Bay; Typhons People; Mercy Peak; Burying Brian; Edmund Hillary Series and 800 Words.
Darien's previous theatre credits include Piaf; Evita; Cabaret; Into the Woods; Les Miserables; The Sound of Music; The Birthday Party; Lysistrata; Social Climbers; The Pink Hammer; You Can Always Hand Them Back; A Shortcut to Happiness; Four Flat Whites in Italy; Happy Coupling and many more. Darien toured England in the musical Godspell and while in the UK joined Steven Berkoff’s New London Theatre Company, worked at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester and founded The Centre Theatre Company in London. She is a member of Living Theatre Troupe, The Amamus Group, Hensteeth Women’s Comedy Group and The Elam Magic Show.
She has appeared in several films, including Miss Stewart; Heavenly Creatures; Deceit; The Lost Tribe; The Ugly; Bread and Roses; Christmas and A Song of Good. Darien won a New Zealand Film Award for her role as Loma in Christmas in 2007.
Darien has previously been seen on The Court’s stage in Gypsy; Daughters of Heaven; The Women and her solo show Darien Takle Sings Brecht. She is very pleased to be back at The Court.