Magda Szubanski (b. 1961) is comedic actress, based in Australia, who made her film debut as Esme Hoggett in the Creature Shop-effects film Babe. She also appeared as Furlow in three episodes of Farscape.

Szubanski spoke warmly of her work on Babe:

As soon as I read the script, I really liked the character. I enjoyed kids' films like Fantasia, Dumbo and Aladdin and thought it would be fun to be in one of those... I had some wonderful work with the animatronic pig. It's hard to pick the real ones.[1]

Szubanski reprised her role as Mrs. Hoggett in the non-Henson sequel Babe: Pig in the City. Other film credits include the animated feature Happy Feet, Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, Son of the Mask, and The Golden Compass. Prior to Babe, she worked primarily in television sketch comedy, on such Australian series as Fast Forward and The D Generation.

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  1. James, Stan. Hobart Mercury. December 16, 1995

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