An upbeat and hugely positive character, Jim Booth is best known as the Film Commission boss who gave Peter Jackson his big break. He later became Jackson’s producer, completing three films before succumbing to cancer in 1994.
Rodney Bryant was one of the stars of the heyday of regional television news. In the early 70s he became a Canterbury institution fronting The South Tonight with Bryan Allpress, and returned to host The Mainland Touch in the early 80s. He moved on to TV talkback, then children’s current affairs with The Video Dispatch, before leaving TV for a twenty year run in communications for the Dunedin City Council.
Malcolm Kemp's expertise at covering live events took him from New Zealand to the sports department of the BBC. The one time head of entertainment at TVNZ masterminded TV coverage of concerts, Top Town competitions, elections, World Expo and the Commonwealth Games.
After joining Shortland Street in 1996, Paul Ellis’ role quickly morphed into that of Fergus Kearney, runaway son of the clinic boss. Over seven years the character dabbled in cults and kidnapping, before ditching Waverley Wilson at the altar, tailed by police. Ellis went on to play a nasty agent on Brit soccer drama Dream Team. The one-time Treasure Island runner-up continues to act, while also working as a photographer.