Mak­ing a name for him­self on the web

Hamilton Metro News - - NEWS - Dean Tay­lor

A for­mer Te Awa­mutu Col­lege head boy is mak­ing a name for him­self as an ac­tor, writer and artist— and his lat­est ven­ture in­cludes a char­ac­ter with a lo­cal con­nec­tion.

Syd­ney-based Sa­muel Christo­pher has made the fi­nal of the TVNZ New Blood Web Se­ries Com­pe­ti­tion with Grandma Knows Best— a web se­ries star­ring Mr Christo­pher as wine soaked, el­derly Sun­day School lady Ngaire Cham­bers host­ing her own chat show in her Te Awa­mutu rest home.

It is based on a char­ac­ter Mr Christo­pher first cre­ated in 2010.

Mrs Cham­bers has per­formed on stage in Welling­ton, Ro­torua, Auck­land and Syd­ney as well as her own sell-out show in the 2012 In­ter­na­tional NZ Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

Af­ter his first per­for­mance of Ngaire, the re­viewer de­scribed him as “mag­netic“and “like Gra­ham Nor­ton dressed up for Hal­loween as Mrs Doubt­fire, spritzed in Jack Ni­chol­son fra­grance“.

Mr Christo­pher com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Arts and Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts at the Univer­sity of Auck­land af­ter Te Awa­mutu Col­lege, then went to fur­ther study at The Ac­tors Pro­gram in 2012.

He has per­formed to ac­claim on stage and screen since 2010, re­cently win­ning the Peo­ple’s Choice award for his film Smoko at the 2017 Tropfest short film fes­ti­val.

Mr Christo­pher also wrote and starred in both sea­sons of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed play Roy­als of Ki­hik­ihi.

The TVNZ New Blood Web Se­ries Com­pe­ti­tion has been whit­tled down to the10 fi­nal­ists— all vy­ing for the first and only prize of $100,000 in fund­ing.

Check out the 10 pilots and vote for your favourite to de­cide the win­ner.

¦Go to tvnz.co.nz/shows/tvnznew-blood to view the shows and vote.

WEB se­ries cre­ator, writer and ac­tor Sa­muel Christo­pher . . . and as Mrs Ngaire Cham­bers— Sun­day school teacher, boxed wine drinker and for­mer Miss Rose­town beauty queen.

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