Gina Riley

Gina Riley

Gina Riley (born 6 May 1961 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian actor, writer, singer and comedian.

Riley became a popular television performer in the sketch shows "Fast Forward", its successor "Full Frontal", "Big Girl's Blouse" and "Something Stupid". In the latter she was also a producer and writer. She later appeared in "The Games", a spoof behind-the-scenes look at the organising committee of the Sydney Olympics.

On "Fast Forward", Gina Riley sent-up such singers as Paula Abdul, Bette Midler, Dannii Minogue as well as Australian personalities Kerri-Anne Kennerly and Jackie McDonald. Gina Riley also played Eleanor LaGore on The Saturday Show. Recently she has enjoyed great success as 'Kim' in "Kath & Kim", written, produced and created by Riley and her long-time writing partner and friend Jane Turner. She also works frequently with Magda Szubanski.

Riley has also had some roles in musical theatre. One notable role was as the baker's wife in a 1997 Australian production of "Into the Woods". She also appeared on stage as Janet in The New Rocky Horror Show; she is included on the cast album.

She is married to Kath & Kim Executive producer, Rick McKenna and had daughter, Maggie in 1996. She used to own a rottweiler, but gave it up for adoption after Maggie was born. The family pet is now a schnoodle called Rosie-Rose.

External links

* [ Kath & Kim]
* [ The Games]

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