Magdalene Mary Szubanski ( zhə-BAN-skee, born 12 April 1961) is an Australian television and film actress, comedian and writer. Szubanski's career started as a writer and performer of sketch comedy and has since progressed to production of TV, film acting, and musical theatre. She starred in Full Frontal, Kath & Kim where she played Sharon Strzelecki, and in the films Babe (1995) and Babe: Pig in the City (1998) as Esme Hoggett. In 2015, she released her memoir Reckoning. She has twice been polled as Australia's most recognised and trusted personality. In 2017, she became one of the most prominent faces of the same-sex marriage campaign in Australia and the co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality rated her crucial in the success of the "Yes" campaign. On 26 January 2019, Szubanski was appointed an officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, comedian and writer, and as a campaigner for same-sex marriage.