• Frankie Adams is an actress with both Samoan and New Zealand nationality and of Aboriginal-Australian descent.
• She made her acting debut playing Ula Levi in the series “Shortland Street" in 2010.
• She gained international prominence after appearing in the series “The Expanse” in 2017.
• She has a boyfriend, Vinnie Bennett, who she has been in a relationship with since 2017.
• As of early 2023, Frankie's net worth has been estimated at close to $500,000.

Who is Frankie Adams?

The science-fiction drama “The Expanse” has been a big hit since its premiere in 2017, and Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Draper – also known as Gunny among her fellow Martian Marine Corps members – was one of the series’ most popular characters. She’s a courageous, superior and a fiercely nationalistic young lady with an iron will, who is devoted to her allies. Frankie Adams, the actress who played this role, rose to international prominence after appearing in this show based on Daniel Abraham’s and Ty Franck’s novels, which won numerous awards and accolades.

Continue reading to learn more about this young actress, her career beginnings, and what her role in “The Expanse” brought her.

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Bio- Early life, family, and education

Born on 3 January 1994, Frankie’s zodiac sign is Capricorn; she’s a Savai, Samoa native raised in Auckland, New Zealand, so holds both Samoan and New Zealand nationality, and when it comes to her ethnicity, she comes from a family of Aboriginal-Australian descent. When Frankie was a toddler, her parents, Allan and Lau, moved to Auckland, where her sisters Julie and Flo-Jo were born.

Frankie had an interest in acting from an early age, and began acting on television aged 16. She attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2012, she didn’t go to college but pursued her acting career.

Acting career

Frankie made her acting debut playing Ula Levi in the series “Shortland Street” in 2010, also starring Michael Galvin, Ben Mitchell and Sally Martin. This is one of the longest-running shows in New Zealand, which premiered back in 1992 and is still airing. It follows the story of staff and patients at Auckland city hospital; Frankie was seen in 278 episodes though 2014.

Two years later, she was cast to play Tasha Goodwin in the series “Wentworth”, which was her first appearance in a show produced in the US.

In 2017, Frankie made her big-screen debut as Ilisa in the drama “One Thousand Ropes”, in which she starred opposite Lagi Farani and Beulah Koale. The movie followed the story of a father and his estranged daughter who reconnect, and now the father is given a chance to reshape the future of his family. It had four award nominations and won two, including the New Zealand Cinematographers Society Gold Award for Features.

Later that year, Frankie was cast to play her most notable television role to date, as Roberta in “The Expanse”. In her interview for Den of Geek, Frankie said that this role taught her how to conduct herself on set, how to have hard conversations, and how to be confident about the things she knows. This was her first big job in the American production show, and as she said, has opened a lot of doors for her.

From 2017 to 2022, Frankie was seen in 52 episodes of the series “The Expanse”, starring opposite Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, and Dominique Tipper.

Concurrently, she was cast to play Yasmina Rashid in the 2018 fantasy adventure “Mortal Engines”, from the filmmakers of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”, which had five award nominations and won three.

She also made an appearance as Rabia in the 2020 short movie “Minimum Mass”, followed by her role as Ahi in the 2021 TV mini-series “Teine Sa”, which followed the story of the ancient female spirits of sacred goddesses who have crept back into to the modern world. Frankie starred opposite Elsie Polosovai and Dominic Ona-Ariki, and the series won the Heartland International Film Festival Audience Award for Horror.

Later that year, Frankie was cast to play Tessa in another TV mini-series, entitled “The Panthers”, a drama inspired by a group of young radicals from New Zealand, which won three awards.

Frankie reprised her role as Roberta Draper in the 2021 series “The Expanse: One Ship”, which were short webisodes based on the original series.

As Frankie said, for her as an actress, a lot of doors opened after her role in “The Expanse”, and her fans will be happy to hear that Frankie has two upcoming projects. In 2023, she will be seen starring as Candy opposite the great Sigourney Weaver, in the series “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart”, and she’s also finished filming the movie “Next Goal Wins”, set to be released by the end of 2023.

Love life and relationships

This young actress, like many of her fellows, has been the subject of various rumors concerning her love life, and was romantically linked to various men from the entertainment industry, including her co-star from “The Expanse”, Wes Chatham. However, Frankie revealed that the two are just close friends and that since 2017, she has been in a relationship with actor, Vinnie Bennett, who’s also from New Zealand, and is perhaps known best for his role in the movie “F9: The Fast Saga”, while television series fans will recognize him as Beau in the series “Good Grief”.

Frankie and Vinnie met through a mutual friend and began dating soon after. Although Frankie prefers to keep her personal life private, she does occasionally post photos of herself and her boyfriend on Instagram.

As of January 2023, Frankie is in a relationship, she hasn’t been married or engaged before, and she doesn’t have children. Her Instagram followers were confused with the photo featuring Frankie holding a baby boy, but later Frankie explained that the baby is her nephew.

Age, height, and net worth

Frankie recently celebrated her 29th birthday, and is still known for her exotic look, light brown skin, dark hair, and hazel eyes, which are her trademarks. Frankie is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall, and weighs around 130lbs (60kgs), with vital statistics of 36-26-35.

Many critics believe that Frankie is just at the beginning of a brilliant acting career and that her time is yet to come. However, for now, thanks to her acting talent, she’s accumulated decent wealth for herself – according to sources, as of early 2023, Frankie’s net worth has been estimated at close to $500,000.


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