Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH -

When not be­ing stabbed in the back by so-called al­lies and ma­nip­u­lated by a Chi­nese spy, Dan Wyl­lie was play­ing the role of dot­ing fa­ther on the set of his TV lat­est project.

The ac­tor was a new dad when film­ing com­menced last October on the po­lit­i­cal thriller Secret City, so wife Shan­non Mur­phy and three-month-old daugh­ter Dy­lan came along to Can­berra too.

“You’ve got to travel with the cir­cus,” Wyl­lie says. “And I think I’m the cir­cus.”

Be­tween scenes, the cou­ple could be found push­ing their bun­dle of joy in a pram through some of the lo­ca­tions used for the am­bi­tious Foxtel se­ries.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble,” he says. “We shot in the Prime Min­is­ter’s court­yard, right out­side his of­fice, which is prob­a­bly the safest place in Aus­tralia.”

As the se­ries comes to a close this Sun­day, his char­ac­ter Mal Pax­ton — the be­sieged Min­is­ter for De­fence — is caught in the mid­dle of intrigue, govern­ment plots, se­crets and dan­ger­ous es­pi­onage.

Be­ing sur­rounded by Can­berra’s al­most mono­lithic ar­chi­tec­ture made the por­trayal a lit­tle eas­ier, he says.

“The city has a cer­tain smug­ness about it,” Wyl­lie laughs. “You can feel the power.”


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