LEAV­ING HOME IS NEVER EASY

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH -

Is there ever a right way to go when it comes to tele­vi­sion farewells? For Stephen Pea­cocke, who played beloved Dar­ryl ‘Brax’ Brax­ton (above) on Seven’s Home And Away, the time to make his exit was as heart-break­ing for him as it was for the fans who will mourn his dis­ap­pear­ance from the Lo­giewin­ning soap (es­cap­ing af­ter his pri­son trans­fer ve­hi­cle was run off the road and plunged into a river).

The Dubbo-born 33-yearold for­mer tradie knows he has the Chan­nel 7 se­ries to thank for the Hol­ly­wood op­por­tu­ni­ties rolling out be­fore him like red car­pet to come.

He told Switched On: “I had no plans with my act­ing ca­reer, I just drifted along and trusted it would work out. I got of­fered Home And Away and it was com­pletely un­ex­pected...I turned up and it was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s where I learned to act in front of a cam­era.

“Peo­ple say that it teaches you to show up on time and all this stuff but I don’t think you should have to learn that ... that had al­ready been drilled into me from ev­ery other job I ever had. Home And Away has been a great place to learn scripts with 10-min­utes no­tice or be able to do 12 scenes in a day and not com­plain about it.”

HOME AND AWAY, CHAN­NEL 7, MON­DAY-THURS­DAY, 7PM

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