2023 — 4 speeches
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.