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Ask Martin Hen­der­son about his tele­vi­sion fail­ings and he stops you mid-sen­tence.

There was his first big break in a Shonda Rhimes med­i­cal drama, 2010’s Off The Map, which went off the boil in its first sea­son; but also, as he cor­rects me, “there was also an­other (Rhimes) pi­lot, In­side The Box which sadly didn’t go the dis­tance.”

He seems at ease own­ing up to the down mo­ments in his ca­reer as much as he’s cel­e­brat­ing his lat­est tri­umph, play­ing Dr Nathan Riggs, in his third Rhimes drama and her big­gest suc­cess story, Grey’s Anatomy. Just how did he get so com­fort­able with the slings and ar­rows of this busi­ness?

“The an­swer to that,” Hen­der­son says, “is I don’t take it all se­ri­ously. Any of it. I’m so grate­ful to be a part of this show ... we want peo­ple to like what we do and it means a great deal, but I don’t let it af­fect how I feel about my­self.

“S---, I started at 13 in tele­vi­sion. When I was young, it was very daz­zling and ex­cit­ing and I ex­pe­ri­enced suc­cess early on in New Zealand (on an­other hos­pi­tal drama, Short­land Street). Fame ... I got a taste of what that is and I think also, at a young age I got to see the pit­falls of in­vest­ing in any of it.”


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