Episode 7 (Mar 25)
Denise L’Estrange Corbet
Born in New Zealand,Denise
L'Estrange-Corbet grew up in southwest London where she attended the London College of Fashion, and worked for
luxury fashion house Crolla. Returning to New Zealand Denise and Francis Hooper launched
WORLD in 1989 - a brand which grew from a tiny High St shop selling badges to one of New Zealand’s biggest fashion
labels with 10 stand alone stores around the country.
Denise was made a Member of the New Zealand Order
of Merit MNZM (formerly an MBE) in 2002. She is a published author - her
autobiography, entitled 'All that Glitters...' was featured in the 2008
Bestsellers List. She has been an ambassador for the New Zealand Breast Cancer
Foundation, and works extensively with the Mental Health Foundation and the
Starship Foundation on awareness and fundraising.
Writer, presenter, producer and
radio DJ Ben Boyce was born in Taranaki, grew up in the Wairarapa and Christchurch
before moving to Auckland.
He became a familiar face due to
hit TV shows Pulp Sport and WANNA-BEn. He's also written award-winning
commercials and parodies.
In 2008 Ben ran for government
in the New Zealand General Election.
He’s 182cm tall.
The queen of ad-libbing,
Justine is notorious for getting sidetracked -usually to hilarious effect. The award-winning comedian mostly draws her
material from everyday life: people in general, turning 40, her stints as a
cocktail waitress in Melbourne, and barbs about her hometown of Christchurch -
only when she's not performing there of course.
But beware the heckled comedian: while Justine doesn't
get much flak from the audience, when she does, she will not hold back: It's
open season, mate.
Actor Greg Johnson - not to be confused with the Kiwi
musician – was born in Woodville.
He had a promising career as a
young rubgy player, getting into the Manawatu rep side at 13.
Greg has been a courier, a
fruit-pruner and a baker’s assistant in the past, but in his late 20s he became
a standup comic, before reinventing himself as one of the country’s busiest
actors and voice artists.
He’s madea bit of a specialty of playing gruff Kiwi
blokes which may or may not be a reflection of his true character.
He’s also done loads of theatre -
include recent plays about the Rose-Noelle capsize, and ballet-dancing rugby
players,and will appear in ATC’s
forthcoming The Motor Camp.