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
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.