New Zealand Herald

13 October 1999

- Dotchin takes plumb US role


By Louisa Cleave

Angela Dotchin, best known for her role as Kirsty the receptionist on Shortland Street, will soon be starring in an American television series called Jack of all Trades. The new series from Pacific Renaissance - maker of Xena: Warrior Princess starring Lucy Lawless - will be filmed in West Auckland. Dotchin has been cast as Emelia, an "independent and sassy" British spy working undercover in America with Jack, her side-kick partner who is the brawns to her brains. Dotchin, 25, said the weekly half-hour show, which will have its United States debut in January, was set around the 17th or 18th centuries and her character was "totally exceptional for her time."

"Her whole driving force is about social justice, about helping the people. She creates inventions to help her and her partner. "She fights for the good and doesn't believe in violence. The whole comedy and relationship between her and Jack come from her wanting to use ingenuity to conquer the world. He's more the Errol Flynn type." Dotchin yesterday credited Lucy Lawless for "paving the way for other Kiwi girls" into the American television industry. "I don't know if it's going to be big or not. We're hoping it's going to be," Dotchin said. "I'm so over the moon - and extremely flattered."
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