Karl Burnett


When he left Shortland Street in 2005 after 14 years and 3100 episodes, Karl Burnett was the soap's longest-serving cast member. His oft comical character Nick Harrison stole many scenes, romanced at least eight Shortland characters, and memorably watched as long-time love Waverley Wilson was kidnapped. Post-Shortland, Burnett has worked on and off camera, directed low budget film Captain Amazingly Incredible and the Space Vampires from the Evil Planet, and reported on video games for 2003 show Screenshot. In 2019 he won headlines, after withdrawing from TV's Celebrity Treasure Island

When the show started, people wondered what this creature was all about. Now he's, like, this comic genius — a Buster Keaton who talks, crossed with Bart Simpson. He's just great, so deadpan. Shortland Street actor Michael Galvin, in a 1995 Shortland Street tie-in magazine