Magda Szubanski is Victorian winner of the Australian Awards For Excellence In Women’s Leadership in recognition of her work in comedy, acting, writing and activism. Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s most loved and respected actors. She is best known for her roles as Mrs Hoggett in the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film Babe and its sequel Babe: Pig In The City, and also her performance as Sharon Strzelecki in the hit television series and now feature movie Kath and Kim. Magda teamed up with the Babe creators again to voice the box office hit Happy Feet and its sequel Happy Feet 2.
After early training with the ABC TV cult show D-Generation, Magda shot to fame in 1989 in response to the huge variety of comic characters she created for the sketch comedy Fast Forward, which played for several seasons and became one of Australia’s highest rating comedies. Magda’s most iconic character is Sharon Strzelecki from Australian sitcom Kath & Kim, which is widely acknowledged as the most successful comedy in Australian television history. The show made the cultural leap to US and UK television and was re-made for US audiences. A feature length film brought Kath & Kim to the big screen with Kath & Kimderella in 2012.
Magda has received many accolades in the course of her career, including a Mo Award, seven Logie Awards, three AWGIE Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and an AFI for Best Actress. She remains one of Australia’s greatest and most loved acting talents.
In addition to her acting work, in October 2015 Magda release her hugely successful first book, Reckoning. Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski tells her story. Reckoning is the winner of the 2016 ABIA Book of the Year, 2016 ABIA Biography of the Year, 2016 Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award, 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction, 2016 Indie Award for Non-Fiction.
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