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Get to know: Roz Turnbull

Roz Turnbull plays Cat Gibson in Shortland Street on TV2

Ros Turnbull plays Murray's other woman Cat Gibson. She shares some of her favourite things with us and talks about her previous work on Outrageous Fortune.

How did you get your role on Shorty?

I previously auditioned for another role which unfortunately due to a young family and other commitments couldnt accept so when Cat Gibson was written I was offered the part which I gladly accepted!!!

How long have you been acting and how did you get your first big break?

I have been singing and performing since I was about 5 yrs old, acting was something I discovered later when I was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts For Musical Theatre in my early 20s.

I worked in theatre over there then came back to NZ and landed roles for Auckland Theatre Company and TV shows Jacksons Wharf,  Mercy Peak and Outrageous Fortune and never looked back!!!

Name three similarities between you and your onscreen character.

 She is tall and blonde and is a bit of a romantic.

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

Hmmm...have not really got one!!  I am enjoying the whole experience. Its fast and you have to be on your A game, you dont get much of a chance to re shoot so you have to go for it!!! And I like that.

Which other character would you like to be and why?

One of the ones in their 20s

What are your hobbies/interests outside of the show?

Playing my guitar/piano/singing. Cooking. I love a good game of netball when I can. My boys keep me busy most of the time though!!!

What do you do in your down time when your not working? 

Cook, clean hang out washing, mediate between the boys. And learn lines of course.

What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas? beautiful. Perth, Western Australia. It was my home away from home and I lived there while studying....and Fiji.

How many brothers and sisters do you have, are they older or younger?

An older brother and sister.

What is your date of birth and what star sign are you?

October and Im a Libran

Do you have any pets?

A 12 year old Lab Ridgeback cross called Jack hes the best dog in the world. And a cat I call Evil Ronnie, he is blue/grey Burmese crossed with mongrel and is handsome, nasty and cant be trusted but I love him.

Who is the actor or actress that you look up to or admire the most?

Any New Zealand actress trying to forge a sustainable career in this country!! Its hard! Other than that I would like to be a mixture of Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley and Meryl Streep...when I grow up.

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

Hanging out with like minded people in all departments, not just actors. And that there is a really good chance I will have an excellent laugh about something at some stage.

What is your favourite food?

Cocktail type food brought to me on trays, lots of different tiny morsels of flavour followed by a sip of white wine...yum yum. And anything that someone else has cooked for me.

What is your favourite tv programme/film of all time?

Moonlighting!! And Remington Steele ( showing my age) and The Iron Lady. Meryl Streep...far out.

Are you from Auckland or did you move here to film Shortland Street? Where did you grow up?

Pukekohe. Went to primary school and intermediate there then went Epsom Girls in Auckland. Attended tertiary in Perth W.A. Flatted in Auckland and now Im raising my family right back where I started...Pukekohe. South Side.

Which other actors/actresses do you like working with the most and why?

All the women on Outrageous Fortune were exceptional and I loved working with all of them&it was a pretty special time and we will always be friends.

Have you made any good friends amongst the cast and crew?

 Everyone is so nice!! I am enjoying the company of all of them.

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

It was hot, at outside in location and I was wearing bike leathers. I had 2 lines and too much action!! Gloves on...zipper tucked in... line...put thing away... get on bike... pretend to start it... line...helmet on...wait for cut. I held my breath the whole time I had the helmet on.

Catch Shortland Street weeknights at 7pm!