New face - Thijs Morris
We sat down with new face Thijs Morris, who joins the cast as Kieran's long-lost brother Sid
Thijs was born in Worcester, England. He started acting at school, in plays and shows at the local theatre.
He played a surfer on Casualty and a Dutch hotel manager in Judge John Deed for the BBC. In theatre, he played Dermetrius in Midsummer Night's Dream and Michael in Feston, which was a Battersea Arts Centre production in London.
Thijs studied at Rose Bruford Drama School in South East London. This was the same school that Gary Oldman attended.
He appears on Shortland Street in mid-November 2009. Watch Sid's first appearance here.
How did you get your role on Shortland Street?
I auditioned for a different part and they decided to write the character Sid in.
How long have you been acting and how did you get your first big break?
I've been acting for years. I used to do youth shows at my local
theatre. I then went on to do drama school and filmed an episode of
Judge John Deed after I graduated.
I did a few other things and then went to travel New Zealand. Then just before I was set to go back to the UK, I was offered this job on Shortland Street!
What are your hobbies/interests outside of Shorty?
All sport, but mainly football. I also love travelling.
What do you do in your down time during the day when you're not shooting?
Go to the gym, swim, catch up with friends and family back home.
What is your favourite destination in NZ and overseas?
In New Zealand - Cathedral Cove
World - Whistler in Canada or the Amazon region of Ecuador
How many brothers and sisters do you have, are they older or younger?
I have one younger brother.
What is your date of birth and what star sign are you?
21st November and I'm a Scorpio.
Do you watch Shortland Street at home?
No, but I did when I was 15. I watched Shortland Street as it was the first thing on after school in the UK!
What is your favourite food?
What is your favourite television programme and/or film of all time?
Film - I'm a big Lord of the Rings fan. TV wise - The Office (English version of course), Extras, Flight of the Conchords, 24.
Are you from Auckland or did you move here to film Shortland Street? Where did you grow up?
I moved here. I grew up in a small town called Worcester in the UK. That's where Worcester sauce comes from.
Can you remember your first day on Shortland Street - what was it like?
I only had three scenes, it was very exciting and everyone made me feel at home from the get-go. The day was over so quickly it was all a bit of a blur. Great fun though!