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Tue 5 Sep 17, 12pm–3pm
NGV International
Great Hall
Ground Level

Booked out

Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s most loved and respected actors. She is known for her starring roles in television, film and theatre, including the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film, Babe and its sequel Babe: Pig in the City. She is probably best known for her portrayal of Sharon Strzelecki in the television series Kath and Kim and film, Kimderella. Magda was the voice of Miss Viola in the animated films, Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two.

Magda’s stage appearances include Guys and Dolls, Love, Loss and What I Wore, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She performed in Grease: The Arena Spectacular, and with Geoffrey Rush in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Magda was part of the team which created the comedy programs The D-Generation, Big Girl’s Blouse and Fast Forward, in which she played memorable characters including Pixie-Anne Wheatley and Chenille from the Institute de Beauté. Other television credits include Dogwoman and Something Stupid, which she co-wrote and co-produced.

Magda has received many accolades, including a Mo award, seven Logies, three Awgie Awards, two People’s Choice awards and an AFI award for best actress.

In 2015 Magda released her autobiography, Reckoning, which deals with her personal journey of self-acceptance. The book won the Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction and the Australian Book Industry awards for ‘book of the year’ and ‘biography of the year’.

Magda is a high profile campaigner for LGBTI rights and marriage equality in Australia, and is the patron of Twenty10.