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Get to know: Judy Rankin

Judy Rankin plays Mona McKay in Shortland Street on TV2

Judy Rankin as Mona McKay in Shortland Street

Judy Rankin plays Mona "the moaner" McKay, Callum's no-nonsense mother.  

How did you get your role on Shortland Street?

The wig did it! Actually, Mona is my fourth character on the show.  The first being Susannah Beauchamp back in the 1990's.

How long have you been acting for

All my life or ever since I could dress up in old curtains.  I'm involved in community theatre...Howick Little Theatre for 30 years or so and professionally on and off since Theatre Corporate in the 80's.

Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

Only the wrinkles! I'm not a bit like Mona!

What has been your best experience/scene on the show to date?

 The welcome back.

Which other character would you like to be and why?

Sorry - I'm sticking with Mona.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of Shortland Street?

Howick Little Theatre...I am deeply immersed in Shakespeare at the moment in preparation for directing "As You Like It" for HLT next year.

Apart from that travel, Zumba and family.

What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?

Very fond of central Otago and also our wonderful native bush and overseas - Italy, Italia, Italy!!!

Do you have any pets?

One black cat rescued as a kitten from Cornwall Park who can still show his feral side (ouch!)

Who is the actor or actress that you admire the most?

Michael Hurst in New Zealand and amongst others Cate Blanchet and Diana Rigg.

What is the thing you enjoy most about going to work everyday?

While on Shortland Street....just going to work.

What has been your favorite scene to film in your time at Shortland Street?

There's a talkback radio scene with Vinnie (Pua Magasiva) which is coming up soon.

What is your favourite television programme and/or film of all time?

Good grief! Too many to mention.

What's the best experience you've had with a fan/fans?

Being asked, "excuse me...are you on Shortland Street?"

What's the strangest experience you've had with a fan/fans?

I'm not that famous, thank goodness.

Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street - what was it like?

It was way back when the studios were at Browns Bay. I was sooo excited.

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