Ginette McDonald
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HEIGHT:
158cm
HAIR:
blonde
EYES:
blue

BACKGROUND
Ginette's career has spanned over 35 years. She devised the Kiwi comedy icon Lyn of Tawa in the early 70's, followed by a five year acting stint in the UK. As an actress, she has done an enormous amount of theatre , television and radio in New Zealand, England and Scotland. For many years she worked for TVNZ as a drama Producer/Director. She has written articles, opinion columns,reviews, after dinner speeches and debates. She has been a regular on TV1's Good Morning as a social commentator and agony aunt. For five years, Ginette was the presenter of the TV3 gardening show Ground Force.Ginette was the narrator in the 2011 World of Wearable Arts Kiwi Icons section and has also toured with the Dunedin and Christchurch symphony orchestras narrating The Proms, The Firebird and Badjelly. She is kept busy as a warm and humorous after dinner speaker and conference MC and has won numerous awards for acting, producing and public speaking.Her conference work has taken her to Singapore, Australia , Hong Kong, Fiji and all over New Zealand. In 2015, Ginette performed in the celebrated Australian play Unholy Ghosts at Centrepoint Theatre playing a dying 80 year old woman. She began 2016 in a Festival of the Arts Circa Theatre production of the Kate de Goldi story Honora Lee playing an 85 year old woman with dementia. Ginette is thrilled to be embracing this new ancient phase of her life and is looking forward to playing a 90 year old and to making being 90 seem fashionable. In 2007 she was awarded the ONZM for services to Entertainment. She is the proud mother of Auckland actress Kate McGill.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
1970 HOLLYWOOD BOWL - Best Radio Commercial
1979 FELTEX - Best Actress Film
1980 SUNDAY NEWS - Best Entertainer
1984 FELTEX - Best Actress TV
1985 MOBIL RADIO AWARDS - Best Commercial
1988 FELTEX - PRODUCER FINALIST - Best Drama Series
1989 GOFTA - PRODUCER - Best Drama Series & Best Childrens Series
1990 AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF BROADCAST ARTS & SCIENCE - Best Producer of Children's Programme
1991 UMBRIAFICTION TV ITALY - Best Producer for Non European Drama
1992 BNZ FESTIVAL DEBATE - Best Speaker
1994 HAWKES BAY SPEAKING UNION - Best Writer/Debater
1996 BANFF CANADA TV AWARDS - Producer Finalist
1997 NEW YORK TV AWARDS - Producer Finalist
1998 HAWKES BAY SPEAKING UNION - Best Writer/Debater
1999 DRIFTING CLOUDS FILM FESTIVAL - Best Actress
2002 WORDPLAY INTERNATIONAL RADIO FESTIVAL DUBLIN - Best Performance
YEAR PRODUCTION ROLE COMPANY/VENUE DIRECTOR

FILM
2013THE HOBBITLaketown Woman3 foot 7Sir Peter Jackson
2008THE TRUTH ABOUT MENMarriage CelebrantNew Holland PicturesPaul Middleditch

TELEVISION
2011RAGERhondaTom Scott ProductionsDanny Mulheron
2010WANNABEN seriesBen's MumTV 3Andy Robinson
2009LEGEND OF THE SEEKER IIDeliaWalt Disney Chris Martin-Jones
2005TEST THE NATIONGuest PanellistTVNZPeter Hallwright
2005DOVES OF WAR - 6 EpsRosa FalconeScreen WorksChris Bailey
2004KIDNAPPEDWeaver WomanSPP/BBCBrendan Maher
2004DUGGANLead Gibson Group NZ
2004MCPHAIL & GADSBYvarious Roles
1996DEAD CERTSMontana Sunday Theatre
1995HER NEW LIFETVNZ
1993IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT NZ MALETV3, Documentary
1991VISUAL SYMPHONIESProducer/PerformerTVNZ, NZ & Australian Series
1981-84PIONEER WOMEN
COLOUR SCHEME
MORTIMERS PATCH
CLOSE TO HOME
PLAY SOMETHING FANTASTIC
ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL -Sitcom series
GLIDE TIME
ANYTHING GOES
GOOD DAY
LYN OF TAWA SPECIAL
LYN OF TAWA - series
ANGLIAUK TELEVISION
LONDON WEEKENDUK TELEVISION
HARRIETS BACK IN TOWNUK TELEVISION
ANGELSUK TELEVISION
LORD PETER WIMSEYUK TELEVISION
BRIEF ENCOUNTERUK TELEVISION
NORTH AND SOUTHUK TELEVISION
JACK THE RIPPERUK TELEVISION
SWEEPING PLAINSCommonwealth Series
BEDTIME STORIESUK TELEVISION

PRESENTING
2004-08THE GOOD MORNING SHOWPanel - Regular GuestTVNZ
GROUNDFORCEPresenter/Writer 84 EpsTV3 Reality Series
P.A. FOR A DAYPresenter 9 EpsTVNZ
DUNNIES DOWN UNDERPresenter/WriterTVNZ
TRICK OR TREATPresenterTVNZ Documentary
HITCH HIKERPresenter/WriterTV3 Series
DILEMMAPanel PresenterTVNZ Advice Series

THEATRE
2019JOANJoanAuckland Theatre CompanyTim Gordon
2018JOANJoanCirca TheatreTim Gordon
2016THE ABC WITH HONORA LEEGranCirca TheatreJane Waddell
2013LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WOREVariousFortune TheatreLara MacGregor
2012KINGS OF THE GYMViv CleaverCirca TheatreDanny Mulheron
2005THE CHERRY ORCHARDCirca Theatre, WellingtonSusan Wilson
1971-76DONS PARTYRoyal Court Theatre UKMichael Blakemore
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTLady BracknellCirca Theatre, Wellington
FOUR CITIESJune RamsayCirca Theatre, Wellington
A PASSIONATE WOMANBetty DerbyshireCirca Theatre, Wellington
FOUR CITIESJune RamsayCirca Theatre, Wellington
KNICKERSComedy Revue
KNACKERSActress/Writer18 Month Comedy Revue
PRIVATE LIVESDownstage Theatre, Wgtn
AMERICAN HURRAHDownstage Theatre, Wgtn
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUNDDownstage Theatre, Wgtn
THE PHILANTHROPISTDownstage Theatre, Wgtn
LITTLE MALCOM AND HIS STRUGGLEDownstage Theatre, Wgtn
AGAINST THE EUNUCHSDownstage Theatre, Wgtn
YOU KNOW I CANT HEAR YOU WHEN THE WATERS RUNNINGDownstage Theatre, Wgtn
TANGOdownstage Theatre, Wgtn
TWELFTH NIGHTDownstage Theatre, Wgtn

VOICE
2006CALLPLUSVoice overThe Radio Network
SUNDAY SUPPLEMENTWriter/Contributor
RADIO NZ DRAMAActress, 760 Hours
BREAKFASTContributor
GOODMORNINGContributor
NEWSTALK ZBHostWellington
NATIONAL RADIO SUNDAY SHOWHost
TALKBACK ZBHostAuckland

RELEVANT SKILLS
AEROBICS, DANCE, DRIVERS LICENCE, FRENCH (Basic), , SWIM.

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