Kirk Torrance - nudity, swimming and the fight to become Wayne Judd

Posted on 2 March 2010

Former Commonwealth Games athlete Kirk Torrance (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) struggled with asthma and school as a child, before realising his potential as an internationally competitive swimmer. Following his exploits at home and abroad in the pool, Torrance graduated from Toi Whakaari and embarked on a successful career in film and television. His most memorable performances to date include Toa in Fish Skin Suit, Lee Kapene in Shortland St, Holden in award-winning feature film Stickmen, and detective Wayne Judd in the hit TV series Outrageous Fortune.

In this ScreenTalk interview, Torrance shares his experiences on:

  • Growing up as an asthmatic kid in Dargaville
  • Traveling overseas to swim on the world stage
  • Facing unexpected nudity at drama school
  • Issues behind the scenes of Fish Skin Suit
  • Shooting feature film Stickmen
  • His double life on Shortland St
  • The Outrageous audition process for Wayne Judd, and the complexities of realising the character
  • Facing his family with Wayne Judd's mustache

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



actor, outrageous fortune, athlete, swimming, toi whakaari, wayne judd, shortland street

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