No plain sailing for 2Dads
HE’S been beaten up, shot at, involved in high-speed boat chases and had a monkey sit on his shoulder trying to upstage him.
As the new kid on the Sea Patrol block, Nikolai Nikolaeff has had a fast and furious introduction to life on the popular Australian drama set aboard the Armidale-class navy patrol boat Hammersley.
A veteran of children’s programs such as Round The Twist, Pig’s Breakfast, Crash Zone, The Saddle Club and Wicked Science, the Melbourne-based Nikolaeff is stepping up to play with the big boys as the show’s new principal character, Leo Kosov-Meyer, known as ‘‘2Dads’’.
‘‘I’ve been around for 10 or 11 years doing various kids’ shows, so I think I can hold my own, but to come into a pretty intimidating cast like this— wow— you just wanna make sure you don’t let the team down,’’ says Nikolaeff, who has also had guest roles in Blue Heelers, Stingers and Mark Loves Sharon.
‘‘This is the third series of Sea Patrol, so the cast know it back to front. You want to come in guns blazing and, at the same time, with a sort of level-headedness.’’