A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR WYLLIE
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.”
SECRET CITY, SHOWCASE, SUNDAY, 8.30PM