Star Profiles

Buzz Bumble

Furry Ewok
The local version of TV Guide has a brief column about celebrities called "Star Profile". This week's issue is about Keira Knightley (they're re-playing Bend It Like Beckham on TV that week).


Born: 26 March, 1985 in Middlesex, England

Did you know?
  • Keira is the daughter of actor Will Knightey and actress-turned-playwright Sharman McDonald.
  • She has dyslexia and had to wear special glasses when she was younger to help her read.
  • The similarity between her and Natalie Portman meant during the filming of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, even their mothers couldn't tell them apart when they had makeup on.
  • She did her first nude scene at the age of 16 in The Hole.
  • She credits her dark looks to her mother's Scottish family who have Spanish ancestry.
  • She shares a birthday with poet Robert Frost and Playwright Tennessee Williams.

I'll post them here if they do any more Star Wars actors. :)


She did her first nude scene at the age of 16 in The Hole.

...And now salivating Sabe fans everywhere go out searching high and low for a copy of this movie... :D


Buzz Bumble

Furry Ewok
Here's another "Star Profile" from the local version of TV Guide. This one has a lot of New Zealand bits in it so may not make much sense to you (I've added bits in curly brackets to help).


Born: 10 December, 1961 in Rotorua {New Zealand}

Did you know?
  • One of eight children, he started performing kapa haka {Maori war / greeting dance, performed at the C3 expo I think} at the age of 10 and, as a teenager, travelled internationally with the 40-strong {Maori} cultural group Ngati Rangiwewehi.
  • He has a 13-year-old son, James.
  • Tem had a 10-year relationship with his Shortland Street {NZ evening TV soap opera based around an emergency room / hospital} co-star actress Angela Dotchin.
  • In December 2003, while travelling in the Manawatu {NZ}, he fell off his Harley Davidson motorcycle, breaking his leg in two places.
  • Tem was best man at Street Legal {Australian TV drama} star Jay Laga'aia's wedding. {Jay Laga'aia also later played Captain Typho in Episode II and III}
  • He is the nephew of singing legend {in NZ} Sir Howard Morrison.
  • He is fluent in conversational Maori.


Buzz Bumble

Furry Ewok
Another profile from the local TV Guide magazine ...


Born: 8 June, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel

Did you know?
  • She has been a vegetarian since she was eight years old.
  • She speaks Hebrew fluently.
  • One of her hobbies is diving, a skill she learnt in Israel.
  • An agent for cosmetics giant Revlon discovered her in a pizza parlour when she was 11 and suggested she become a model.
  • She attended Harvard University where she studied psychology.
  • A dancer from age four, she was a member of the environmental song and dance troupe The World Patrol Kids.
  • Maths was her favourite subject in school "because there's always an answer".


Buzz Bumble

Furry Ewok
Another Prequel Trilogy actor gets profiled in this week's NZ TV Guide ...


Born: 27 May, 1922, in London, England.

Did you know?
  • He was one of the judges for the 1995 Miss World beauty pageant.
  • He is fluent in German.
  • He is a classically trained singer.
  • On his mother's side, he is descended from Italian royalty.
  • His great-grandparents founded the first Australian opera company.
  • He is the only member of the cast and crew of Lord of the Rings to have met author JRR Tolkien.
  • As of 2006, he has appeared in 227 films.
  • He struggled initially in acting because he was discriminated against for being taller than the leading male actors of his time.

Gee, born in England, speaks German, Italian ancestors, grand-parents in Australia, American movies ... his family spans the globe. :)