GOLD HAS DRAW­BACKS

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JOHN Wood be­lieves that win­ning the Gold Lo­giemight have been a dou­ble-edged sword. Wood spent four years play­ing mag­is­trate Michael Raf­ferty on Raf­ferty’s Rules, fol­lowed by 13 years as Sgt Tom Croy­don on Blue Heel­ers. Wood was fa­mously nom­i­nated nine times for Gold be­fore fi­nally snag­ging the prized tro­phy in 2006. It has been lean times on TV since then. Wood was in ABC drama The Cut, played Murray Far­quhar on Un­der­belly: A Tale of Two Cities and had a re­cur­ring role in Off­spring. Wood fears that win­ning Gold has made TV pro­duc­ers shy away from of­fer­ing him any­thing other than lead­ing roles. ‘‘It is very nice to be work­ing back on com­mer­cial TV again (on Neigh­bours) re­mind­ing peo­ple I ex­ist,’’ Wood says. ‘‘It (win­ning Gold) must be a con­sid­er­a­tion (in TV pro­duc­ers’ minds) – ‘he’ll ask for too much money’ – but like most ac­tors I just want to work.’’

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