Actor, comedian, author, TV presenter, radio host
Magda Szubanski is one of Australia's best known and most loved performers.
We know her as the chain-smoking Lynne ("I said pet, I said love..."), the original TV bogan Michelle (with her trusty sidekick Ferret), the lip-pursed, cork- screw curled Pixie-Anne Wheatley, the loveable farmers' wife Esme Hoggett, and the Shane Warne fan girl Sharon Karen Strzelecki.
Magda began her career in university revues, then appeared in a number of sketch comedy shows (including D-Generation and Fast Forward) before creating the iconic character of Sharon in the hit television series Kath & Kim. She became an international figure through her role as Mrs Hoggett in the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film Babe and its sequel Babe: Pig In The City, also playing a role in Happy Feet and its sequel Happy Feet 2.
In 2015, Magda released her extraordinary memoir, Reckoning. "Riveting, overwhelmingly poignant ... by a woman of genius," the book announced Magda as a serious and courageous writer and a natural storyteller.
Most recently, Magda appears alongside Ronan Keating in the musical comedy Goddess.
Through her creation and portrayal of a slew of memorable and colourful characters, Magda Szubanski has provided a humorous (though sometimes dark) window on some of the colourful characters that make up our communities. But as great as these characters are, as much as they tell us about ourselves, the woman is far more interesting than her creations. Hear all about it. In her own words.