No plain sail­ing for 2Dads

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - GE­OFF SHEARER

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.’’

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