In between plot twists Antonia Prebble was hitting the books.
The actress, who became a household name in 2005 playing Loretta West - the youngest member of the criminal West family in the hit show Outrageous Fortune - graduated from Massey University yesterday with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature.
The feat slotted in just before her self-imposed deadline of graduating before she turned 30, with the actress' birthday next week.
"I've been studying quietly away one paper per year for the last few years toward my BA and now I'm basking in its completion," the proud graduate said.
She set herself the 30th birthday deadline in 2002, when she already had an established acting career, appearing in the teen television drama The Tribe.
Since New Zealand farewelled the Wests she has starred in another local show, The Blue Rose. She returned from the United States, where she is filming the show Salem, set during the 17th century witch trials, for yesterday's ceremony.
"I definitely wanted to make it back to Wellington to graduate in person."
She praised the university's distance learning system, which includes a library service and even saw her sit one exam at the New Zealand Embassy in Paris.
"They organised a moderator who was a Kiwi expat and it all helped make the experience so much easier. If Massey wasn't here I would have been unable to do the degree."
Now that she had been capped, she plans to do more creative writing, along with more acting - she's off to Sydney next week for an audition.
- The Dominion Post
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