Blair Strang

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Blair Strang

Born

3/13/1972, New Zealand

Birth Name

Blair Strang

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Blair is a New Zealand actor best known for his role of Rangi on Shortland Street.

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  • Trivia

    • While shooting Nothing Trivial, Blair split his time half and half between acting and his law career. He said of the experience, "I've always loved acting and I have grown to really enjoy law, particularly the area I practice which is family, because I love meeting people and helping them out."

    • Blair and Katrina continued their Shortland Street connections while they were a couple. Their castmate Karl Burnett, who played Nick Harrison, lived in their home. And at Blair and Katrina's wedding, Katherine Hubbard (Ange Weaver) was a bridesmaid and John Leigh (Lionel Skeggins) Blair's groomsman. Greg Johnson (Dean Cochrane) and Geraldine Brophy (Moira Cochrane) shared the duties of the Masters of Ceremonies.

    • As a boy Blair attended Saint Kentigern College, where he was Head Prefect.

    • Blair has appeared in several short films, including 2003's Wrestless, playing the role "Insanity", 2001's Death of a Theatre Manager in the role of "Mathew", and 1988's Thunderbox, playing "Peter".

    • In 2008, Blair won the Metro Magazines Outstanding Performance of the year award for his role in the play Whero's New Net.

    • Blair and his co-star Wesley Dowdell had a little trouble at first at playing convincing gay men in the play Whero's New Net. At first when they hugged or kissed there was a lot of space between them, and director Albert Belz had to remind them to move in closer. But now Blair says, "I don't even think about it anymore. I'm sort of used to it. I don't intend getting too used to it, though."

    • Blair tried out for four or five different roles before lading the part of Rangi on Shortland Street. Blair laughs about his luck, reminiscing, "I auditioned for Otis, who ended up being a very blond, skinny guy."

    • Blair has thrown his hat into the ring as a possible candidate for mayor of the projected Auckland "super city". His name was first mentioned by Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt as a possible candidate, and Blair has since decided that this might be a challenge he will relish. His goals for improving Auckland include a large arts centre on the CBD waterfront, improved public transportion, and promoting arts and sports opportunities as a way to keep young people from crime.

    • In 2001, Blair wed his Shortland Street co-star Katrina Devine. The couple has since split up.

    • Blair was part of the Loop Group for the NZ feature film Skin & Bone.

    • Blair has acquired acting training at numerous workshops with some of New Zealand's most highly renowned actors, including Teri De'Ath's 2003 Masterin audition techniques, Stuart Devenie's 1998 screen workshop, and Raymond Hawthorne's 1994 Theatre workshop.

    • Blair's theatre credits include:
      (2009) Whero's New Net, NZ tour, Massive Company, dir. Sam Scott
      (2004) Ladies Net "Wes", The Court Theatre, Christchurch, dir. Cathy Downes
      (2002) Flush "Kevin", X-CAT Productions, dir. Hamish Hector-Taylor
      (2002) Titus Andronicus "Aaron", The Silo Theatre, Auckland, dir. Andi Revelly
      (2001) Te Maunga "John", Herald Theatre, Un-Real Theatre Company, dir. Nathaniel Lees
      (1999) Revival "Soloist", Sky City Casino Variety Club
      (1993) Fiddler On The Roof "Perchik", St James Theatre, Auckland Operatic Society

    • In 2000, Blair was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" for his role of Rangi on Shortland Street at the TV Guide New Zealand Television Awards.

    • Blair doesn't read when on an airplane, because it makes him airsick.

    • Blair holds a Bachelor of Laws degree in Entertainment Law from Auckland University. Since graduating he was kept on at his alma mater mentoring Maori law students, as well as acting as a tutor.

    • Blair enjoys cricket, rugby, and running marathons.

    • Blair is 6'0" (183 cm), with black hair and brown eyes.

    • Blair is represented professionally by the firm Johnson & Laird Management.

  • Quotes

    • Blair: (on his new show "Nothing Trivial") I hope the audience loves it. Considering what a lot of New Zealanders have been through over the last couple of years, this country needs a bit of entertainment and a good laugh and this could be it.

    • Blair: The soldier part of Doves of War was great fun, though the actual event that takes place was pretty disturbing. Dressing up in army gear and going into caves shooting guns has to be every male actor's dream. I didn't think I'd get an opportunity to play a role like that, so I was glad I did.

    • Blair: Shortland Street taught me to act with little preparation and now I prefer it that way. If I don't rehearse too much it stays fresh.

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