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Kura Forrester

Actor, Comedian [Ngāti Porou]

After studying drama at Unitec, Kura Forrester kicked off her screen acting career with roles in Kai Korero and comedy show A Thousand Apologies. Heading off to Europe, she studied at Paris clown school École Philippe Gaulier and tried stand-up comedy in London. Back home she’s written for and acted in small-town sitcom Golden Boy, and played a melodramatic drama teacher in The Educators. She starred in both acclaimed docu-drama Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses and web series The Adventure of Suzy Boon, as an immigration officer stuck in a Brazilian prison. In 2019 she became the first Māori woman to win the Billy T comedy award. 

I honestly think Māori are the funniest people in the world, we’re just naturally good at talking, and we raise our kids to be good at it too. Kura Forrester, in an interview with The Spinoff, 7 June 2019