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Lee Donoghue


Lee Donoghue was studying at drama school Toi Whakaari in 2006 when he got the call to join Shortland Street. During five years spent playing Hunter McKay, he survived run-ins with moving cars, drugs and the robbery of a pharmacy, and romanced a succession of nurses, including a woman old enough to be his mother. Donoghue's screen career began much earlier: at age eight he appeared with a talking goldfish, in a high profile advertising campaign for NZ On Air. He went on to play David Lange's son Byron in Fallout, and later a militia leader on sci-fi hit The Tribe.

... the slow burn of Hunter McKay falling into a spiral of addiction, largely due to the realism we were able to bring to the story and a remarkable performance from Lee Donoghue. Ex Shortland Street producer Steven Zanoski, on one of his favourite Shortland storylines