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Shane Cortese plays Mac

Shane Cortese plays Mac

Shane Cortese is one of New Zealands most recognisable performers with a multitude of television, film, theatre and music credits to his name.

Shane plays the role of Colin Gunderson (aka the Norse god Loki) in The Almighty Johnsons and previously starred as Hayden Peters in five seasons of Outrageous Fortune.

Shanes other television credits include Brown Bruthas, Legend of the Seeker and he played the lead role of Brian in Burying Brian. He is also widely remembered for his two year stint on drama serialShortland Streetas evil Dominic Thompson - a character killed off in spectacular fashion. Find out more about Shane's time in Shorty in theShortland Street's best baddiesfeature.

In 2006 Shane presented the entertainment series, So You Think You Can Dance? and won the hearts of the nation as runner up on Dancing With The Stars in 2005. Shane met his partner, Nerida on this series; they married in early 2009 and have two young sons together.

In 2005 Shane also appeared on the childrens series Maddigans Quest and on the film, Inside.

Before returning to New Zealand for Shortland Street in 2003, Shane starred in musicals all over London and the United Kingdom.

Shane fronts his own rock n roll band, The Class of 58, which has played all over New Zealand. The band recently completed a tour of New Zealands biggest theatres culminating in a highly successful concert in Twin Towns/Australia.

Shane is currently Managing Consultant of the New Zealand branch of Talking Heads ICMI, an international franchise and is also one quarter of The Mentors, a company of experienced entertainment professionals offering career advice for people seeking out a career in the entertainment industry.

A strong supporter of charities in New Zealand, Shane is an ambassador for Variety New Zealand, Make a Wish, The Breast Cancer Research Trust, The Starship Foundation and a patron of the Childrens Autism Foundation.