From Maitland Repertory to national television Rutherford's Guil Noronha is flying high

OH WHAT A FEELING: Guil Noronha of Rutherford jumps for joy at his latest acting gigs for Toyota and KFC. Picture: Max Mason Hubers.
OH WHAT A FEELING: Guil Noronha of Rutherford jumps for joy at his latest acting gigs for Toyota and KFC. Picture: Max Mason Hubers.

He’s a formidable figure who is fast becoming recognised on the stage and screen.

Rutherford’s Guil Noronha is poised to make the big time following three acting gigs which has given him national recognition.

The 33-year-old father of two has finished a season with Opera Australia in its production of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and more recently filmed television commercials in Sydney for Toyota and KFC.

Guil has a colourful theatrical background, performing and directing in more than 50 shows in Sydney, Newcastle and Maitland.

After studying at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, some of his most treasured stage memories have been playing the title roles of Sweeney Todd, The Mikado, Simon Zealot in Jesus Christ Superstar (Chatswood Musical Society), Candide (Australian Institute of Music), Joseph Bouquet in The Phantom of the Opera (Metropolitan Players) and proposing to his wife Lesley in song at curtain call of All For Your Delight.

The advertisement for Toyota Yaris shows Guil nodding off next to a young woman on a seat at an airport. She continues to alert him to his indiscretion highlighting the car’s new safety alert technology.

Guil plays a soccer player in the KFC commercial which shows a losing team buoyed by buckets of KFC in the locker room.

“We had to eat KFC for six hours straight when we were shooting that ad,” Guil said. “It turned me off it for about a month but I’ve started eating it again.”

Born and bred in Maitland the former Maitland Grossmann High student said he has “always wanted to strive for the stars.”

“I always wanted to be on the stage and study theatre, music and opera.

“I’ve signed with an agent in Sydney and my recent work has stemmed from there,” he said.

Guil hopes his stage and television work now paves the way for something more permanent.

“Through these jobs I have gained some contacts and I’m starting to get to know people in the industry.

“A lot of people are asking why I don’t move to Sydney. That’s because Maitland is home,” Guil said.