It’s not just the Logies—everything Hamish Blake touches seems to turn to gold.
He first came to our attention as part of the comedy duo Hamish and Andy, forging a successful drive-time radio career with friend Andy Lee. The pair went on to create a number of other projects, including the Gap Year series of television shows that had them gallivanting around the country—and the world—in search of adventure.
These adventures have given Hamish a multitude of life highlights, from kicking the winning goal in an E.J. Whitten Legends football match to winning the heavyweight division of the Mr New York State bodybuilding competition on a technicality. Hamish and Andy’s fun-loving and good-natured personas have seen them become favourites with the public, and netted Hamish a number of Logie nominations and a Gold Logie win.
He has also pursued a number of projects on his own and has demonstrated his versatility, making his mark as a writer. As well as having a regular magazine column, he and wife Zoë co-authored a book on dating and relationships.
Given all this success, it would be easy for Hamish to forget that life isn’t as golden for everyone.
Since his marriage to Zoë Foster in 2014 Hamish has become a devoted family man. The couple have two children, Sonny Donald born in 2014, and Rudy Hazel in 2017. It’s clear from his social media posts that Hamish is deeply invested in spending time with his children and he mentioned in recent interviews how grateful he is to have a lifestyle that allows him to do so.
Given all this success, it would be easy for Hamish to forget that life isn’t as golden for everyone. But he hasn’t. He’s shown a heart for those less fortunate, being particularly supportive of the work the Salvos do, giving up his time to raise funds and awareness.
Unsurprisingly, Hamish has made sure that he has found interesting and unusual ways to help the Salvos. In 2014, he took part in the Row Ho Ho challenge, spending almost three hours on a rowing machine after betting a friend he could do 42 km. He turned the event into a fundraiser for the Salvos, with regular social media updates that showed his family getting in on the fun.
More recently, Hamish appeared in a number of YouTube videos encouraging young people to give their time to help collect for the Red Shield Appeal. It’s just another example of the ongoing partnership between the Salvos and this household name that is helping those most in need, and worth its weight in gold.