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Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski

MAGDA SZUBANKSI is one of Australia's best-loved and most versatile comedy performers. Recognized internationally for her portrayal of Mrs. Hoggett, one of the few human characters in the animated films Babe and Babe: Pig in the City, Szubanski was also integral to the success of several of Australia's landmark television comedy programs of the '80s and '90s.

In 1985, along with friends from Melbourne University's revues, she created and starred in The D-Generation - a cult sketch comedy show that aired for three seasons on the ABC, Australia's highly-regarded public broadcaster. She was also part of the writing and performing team that created the Seven Network's weekly sketch comedy series Fast Forward, a smash-hit that would become the highest rated comedy program in the country's television history and which would earn her numerous awards for comedy performance at both The Logies (Australia's version of the Emmys) and The People's Choice.

In 1995, the series Big Girl's Blouse, which Szubanski and Fast Forward friends Gina Riley and Jane Turner wrote, produced and appeared in, won an Australian Writer's Guild Award for Best Comedy. Szubanski's other sketch comedy credits include Something Stupid for the Seven Network and the 2002 ABC series Kath and Kim.

In 2000, Szubanski created, co-produced and starred Dog Woman. Szubanski wrote the first episode of this murder mystery series, which received 2000 Logie Award nominations for best telemovie or miniseries and best screenplay.

Over the years, Szubanski has appeared in a variety of stage and television shows, including a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and roles in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice for the Sydney Theatre Company, A Royal Commission into the Australian Economy for Belvoir Street, and Bligh, a sitcom set in colonial Australia.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Magda Szubanski Facts

BirthdayApril 12, 1961 (62)

Selected Filmography

Kath & Kim (2005) tv-movie as Sharon Strezlecki
Kath & Kim (2002) tv as Sharon Strezlecki
The Crocodile Hunter (2002)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
Babe (1995)
Babe Family Double Feature (1995)
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