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Tai Berdinner-Blades plays Bennie

Bennie Keegan (played by Tai Berdinner-Blades)

 Not many actors are lucky enough to land a lead role in a hit television series in the same week that they graduate from drama school, but that's exactly what happened to Tai Berdinner-Blades who scored the part of Bennie Keegan just as she completed her degree in Performing Arts at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School.

The Wellingtonian has a strong background in local theatre, having worked with the Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company in her home town for many years.

ARTICLE: Tai talks about the challenges of being part of the new cast, and more

As well as treading the boards, the actress has featured in Gaylene Preston's film Home By Christmas and TVNZ's innovative and award-winning interactive web series Reservoir Hill .

Go behind-the-scenes with Tai as she embraces Bennie's clumsy side at the Go Girls photo shoot: