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Full Name:  Shane Cortese
Born:  August 13th, 1968
Hometown:  Wellington
School:  Tauranga Boys' College
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Groups:  Class of 58
TV Shows  Shortland Street, Dancing With The Stars
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  Award presented 2008


 

The Class Of 58


The Class Of 58

 

Shane Cortese is perhaps best known for his role of Mac on Nothing Trivial, Loki on the Almighty Johnsons and Hayden Peters on the hit show Outrageous Fortune.  He started his professional career as a travel agent in Palmerston North getting involved in an amateur drama society and soon finding a passion for acting.  He participated in numerous plays before moving to London in 1993 to further his newfound career.  Cortese trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama before graduating from the Musical Theatre Course in 1993.   He spent 10 years touring the UK in musicals, performing several times on London's prestigious West End, where his performances won critical acclaim from UK reviewers.  In 2000, Cortese auditioned for the popular soap opera Shortland Street for the role of Geoff Greenlaw, but did not receive the part, and returned to England to continue to star in the West End.  He scored a major part in a production but was contacted by Shortland Street producers who announced their intention to write a character specifically for Cortese who was to play a major part in the serial.  Relishing the opportunity, hed returned to New Zealand to take the part, despite being threatened by those involved in the West End play that he would never work there again.  Cortese made his Shortland Street debut in early 2003 as Dominic Thompson - a character which remained on screen for just under 2 years, before dying in one of the shows most iconic and well received storylines.  On 29 April 2005 he starred on the New Zealand version of Dancing With The Stars, partnered with Nerida Lister, he was named runner-up on 20 June 2005.  In his spare time he runs The Class Of 58 - a retro rock band.

 

ROCKONZ 2008


ROCKONZ 2008


ROCKONZ 2008