Shane Cortese is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable performers with a multitude of television, film, theatre and music credits to his name.
Shane’s recent television credits include a role on Legend of the Seeker and the lead role of Brian in the New Zealand drama television series, Burying Brian. He is also widely remembered for his two year stint on drama serial Shortland Street as evil Dominic Thompson – a character killed off in spectacular fashion.
In 2006 Shane presented the entertainment series, So You Think You Can Dance? and won the hearts of the nation as runner up on Dancing With The Stars in 2005. Shane met his partner, Nerida on this series; they married in early 2009 and have a son together.
Shane also had a role on the children’s series Maddigan’s Quest in 2005 and on the film, Inside that same year.
Shane also fronts his own rock ‘n’ roll band, The Class of 58, which has played all over New Zealand. The band plays a selection of Rock ‘n’ Roll hits, including Elvis Presley.
Before returning to New Zealand for Shortland Street, Shane starred in musicals all over London and the United Kingdom.
Shane Cortese plays Hayden Peters.