Malta’s a great place to live. It’s warm in every sense, it’s fun, it’s nurturing – and it nurtures great talent. Although it’s always hard for us to see that talent leave our shores, you can rest assured that we’re the rowdiest bunch cheering them on from back home.
Here’s a list of Maltese people who are really kicking-ass on foreign land:
1. Daniela Attard – cartoonist
From creating a Deviantart account at age 13 to scoring a job last year at Cartoon Network – this talented artist really has us banging our chests in pride. Before getting her job with one of the world’s biggest cartoon channels, she crowd funded her own projects on Kickstarter, until one of them got picked up by a publisher. Consider our ‘impressed’ box ticked.
2. Joseph Grima – editor
Okay – this guy is just Maltese by Birth, but that still counts, yes? Yes. Well, it better had. Grima is editor of one of the world’s most high-profile design magazines – Domus. Between 2007 and 2010, he directed Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New York gallery – renowned for its role in supporting experimental practices in architecture and contemporary art – and he’s curated a tonne of biennales and important art shit all over the world.
3. Brenda Lee Grech – dancer
Grech spent six years dancing with the National Scottish Ballet, performing in some of the most renowned ballets of all time. She is now part of the contemporary company – Rambert. She’s talented, beautiful, and really living the dream.
4. Nicholas Bonnano – actor
After studying acting in Europe, Bonnano moved to the US in early 2013 to train at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. After graduating from the conservatory in 2014 he moved to LA for more training. He has remained there in pursuit of on-screen acting work. He has performed on stage in Malta, UK and New York, and appeared in two films while in New York. We can’t wait to watch him in the next Hollywood blockbuster!
5. Matthew Caruana Galizia – journalist
Caruana Galizia studied journalism at City University London, Univeristy of Amsterdam, and Danmarks Medie- og Journalisthøjskole. He has lived and worked in both London and Berlin for some of the most prestigious companies in the industry including FT Labs and the World Economic Forum. He is currently working at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and played a major role in uncovering the Panama Papers story. Can’t wait see what he’s going to expose next.
6. Sarah Naudi – actress
Naudi is a West End actress currently performing in the musical ‘In The Heights’ at the Kings Cross Theatre in London. She’s been acting for years and probably was the best part of the last Brangelina project. This was before it all came crashing down and the film was By The Sea, filmed in Gozo but pretended to be in France.
7. Sr Maria Borda – Hospital chief & gynaecologist
Sister Maria Borda runs the Makiungu Hospital in Tanzania. She has been working at the hospital since the 80s, and in 1986 saw their first AIDS patient. She’s also a gynaecologist and has delivered thousands of newborns in her hospital. She also works to raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition in Tanzania. Go Sister Borda!