Sydney Swans dual Brownlow medallist and 2014 New South Wales Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, broadcaster and television presenter Amanda Keller and writer, director and television host Paul McDermott have today been announced as the final cast members to join the sixth Australian season of celebrated genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? which will air on SBS ONE later this year.
Goodes, Keller and McDermott join Jacki Weaver, Andrew Denton, Rebecca Gibney, Lisa McCune and Richard Roxburgh in tracing their family history in this fascinating chronicle of Australia’s national identity.
“Who Do You Think You Are? is an important series for SBS and we’re thrilled to have Adam Goodes, Amanda Keller and Paul McDermott joining this brilliant line-up of well-respected and diverse Australian personalities. The series continues to engage and inform viewers as it combines personal and emotional journeys with big-picture history, telling the stories of Indigenous Australians and exploring the multicultural background and global picture which has helped shape Australia’s national identity,” said Tony Iffland, Director TV and Online Content, SBS.
About Adam Goodes
An Adnyamathanha man, Adam Goodes is a professional Australian Rules football player with the Sydney Swans who is this year’s New South Wales Australian of the Year and Australian of the Year finalist. Adam holds an elite place in AFL history, winning two Brownlow Medals and two premierships. He is a four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century, and has represented Australia in the International Rules Series.
Adam is proud of his Indigenous heritage, and is actively involved with several Indigenous sport and community programs. He has spent time working with troubled youth, including those in youth detention centres. Together with his cousin and former teammate and Who Do You Think You Are? participant Michael O’Loughlin, Adam established the Go Foundation which empowers the next generation of Indigenous role models in all walks of life. Adam co-chairs the foundation, focused on promoting education, employment and healthy lifestyles. Adam is a great role model and advocate for the fight against racism both on and off the field and is admired by a great many people around the nation.
About Amanda Keller
Amanda Keller currently co-hosts WSFM’s breakfast radio show Jonesy and Amanda in the Morning and is the host of Network Ten’s lifestyle show, The Living Room, alongside Chris Brown, Barry Du Bois and Miguel Maestre. She has also starred as the Team Leader of the Baby Boomers on the Logie Award winning series Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.
Amanda’s television career began as a producer’s assistant on Simon Townsend’s Wonder World. In 1985, Amanda became a regular on-air reporter on Ray Martin’s Midday Show but it was Beyond 2000 that made her a household name. During her six years on the program, she reported from all over the world and has received a number of journalism awards including a United Nations Media Peace Award (1989) and the Michael Daley Award for Science Journalism (1989).
Her mischievous sense of humour and quick wit has made her made her one of Australia’s much loved television and radio personalities with credits including a 5 year stint on Triple M breakfast radio with Andrew Denton, ABC TV’s Mondo Thingo, Spicks and Specks and Good News Week, as well as the SBS comedies Swift and Shift Couriers, and Housos.
About Paul McDermott
Paul McDermott has been at the forefront of the Australian entertainment industry since the Doug Anthony All Stars stormed to national and international success in the late 1980s. He also fronted the return of the iconic Good News Week program on Network Ten. Paul’s career so far encompasses writing and presenting national radio programs on Triple J, writing and presenting television programs including ABC’s The Big Gig, DAAS Kapital, Good News Week and in 2007 SideShow. On top of his media successes he has performed sell out Festival seasons at Melbourne, Adelaide, Montreal and Edinburgh to both public and critical acclaim. Paul has also in recent years distinguished himself in the arena of film; two animated short films The Scree and The Girl Who Swallowed Bees he wrote, directed and performed in, were invited to the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and were both nominated for AFI awards with the latter winning Best Short Animation in 2007. More recently Paul has been dedicating his time to painting – his first passion. In 2013 his exhibition, The Dark Garden, was displayed in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney.