Magda Szubanski

Writer, Actor & Side-Splitting Comedian

Magda Szubanski is one of Australia's most versatile, critically acclaimed and popular comedy performers. She has twice been named the Most Popular Person on Television (2003, 2004), and is a regular in the top ten list of people Australians most like and trust.

Magda's talent has been acknowledged with an extraordinary seven Logies, three Australian Writers Guild Awards, two People's Choice Awards and an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Actress.

In 2013, Magda came out on national TV and has been an active and high profile campaigner for LGBTI+ rights ever since. She has become a patron of Twenty10, volunteered at the Orlando concerts in Melbourne and Sydney and has spoken at Marriage Equality fundraisers. She frequently voices her support for Marriage Equality and LGBTI+ rights on national television, including on shows like Sunrise, The Today Show and Q&A. Magda has spoken at rallies, lobbied politicians and has added her name to public petitions against the plebiscite.

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Both a talented writer and actor, Magda Szubanski is best known internationally for her role as Esme Hoggett in the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film Babe and its sequel Babe: Pig in the City. Such was the success of Babe that Magda teamed up the film's creators to voice the box office hit Happy Feet alongside Brittany Murphy and Robin Williams and its' sequel Happy Feet 2.

Magda starred in the 2002 release The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course alongside the late Steve Irwin and appeared in the family comedy, Son of the Mask. Her other film credits include the Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Santa's Apprentice, and the Australian films Dr Plonk directed by Rolf de Heer and Bran Nu Dae by Rachel Perkins.

Magda played the fleshy foil, Sharon, to the whinging Kim in the popular ABC TV sitcom Kath & Kim, which was widely acknowledged to be the most successful comedy in Australian television history. Impressively, the show made the cultural leap to US and UK television via the cable networks Trio and Living, to critical acclaim (The Evening Standard "brilliant stuff"; The Times "The parody of the language is brilliant"). Kath & Kim also evolved into the feature film Kath and Kimderella.

Magda Szubanski created her Kath & Kim character, Sharon Strzelecki in the 1995 sketch show Big Girl's Blouse, which she co-wrote, co-produced and starred in with her Kath & Kim producers and co-stars Gina Riley and Jane Turner. The series was a cult hit and won critical acclaim.

Magda also worked with Gina and Jane on the 1998 comedy series Something Stupid, which she co-wrote, co-produced and starred in. The year 2000 saw the premiere of Dogwoman, a series of three murder mystery telefeatures, which she again co-wrote, co-produced and starred in as the eponymous dogwoman.

In 2013, Magda appeared in the musical comedy Goddess alongside Ronan Keating, and the following year, in the hit ABC series Rake. In 2015, she wrote a book, Reckoning, which dealt with her journey of self-acceptance and has helped countless LGBTI+ people and their families.

But it was back in 1989 that Magda first shot to television fame for her huge variety of comic characters and her gift for accents in the sketch comedy Fast Forward. It played for several years and was the highest-rating comedy in Australian television history at the time, becoming something of a national institution.

A comedic force to be reckoned with, Magda Szubanski is the perfect entertainment to lift the tenor of your next event.