Farmer’s daugh­ter to porn hawker

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GIL­LIAN Alexy has traded drov­ing cat­tle in Blund­stone boots for a pair of heels in a sex shop.

Af­ter a string of teen and child roles, the McLeod’s Daugh­ters star is rel­ish­ing the chance to play a more adult char­ac­ter— in fact a sex-shop worker with a side­line in porn videos — in the new Chan­nel 9 drama The Strip.

Though sad to learn that McLeod’s was com­ing to an end this year, Alexy says she was also ex­cited about the prospect of div­ing into some new roles.

Alexy, 25, played teenage Tayler on the rural drama for 18 months be­fore the long-run­ning se­ries was axed.

She re­turned from South Aus­tralia

McLeod’s Daugh­ters, PG Chan­nel 9, Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm Rural drama Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

to her Syd­ney-based apart­ment and boyfriend once film­ing fin­ished.

‘‘I have done an episode of Packed to the Rafters (the new Chan­nel 7 se­ries star­ring Re­becca Gib­ney and Erik Thom­son) and that was fun,’’ she says.

‘‘I also did The Strip with (for­mer McLeod’s co-star) Aaron (Jef­fery).

‘‘I re­ally en­joyed that be­cause it was some­thing re­ally dif­fer­ent to Tayler.

‘‘It was filmed on the Gold Coast too, which is def­i­nitely a long way from the farm in South Aus­tralia.

‘‘I got to put on make-up and heels.

‘‘I played a sex-shop worker, who’s also in­volved in porn videos.’’

Alexy has been work­ing as an ac­tor since she was 10 and, un­til now, al­ways played very young peo­ple be­cause of her fresh-faced looks.

Be­fore McLeod’s she worked on the chil­dren’s drama Ship to Shore and All Saints.

‘‘I’m 25 and it’s re­ally the first time I’ve done an adult role, which is great,’’ she says.

‘‘ I played a 17-year-old in McLeod’s. I have been play­ing young peo­ple for most of my ca­reer.

‘‘I was play­ing 15-year-olds be­fore that ( McLeod’s).

‘‘I just look young.’’

Not so in­no­cent:

Gil­lian Alexy.

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