Stephen Pea­cocke

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Stephen Pea­cocke takes hu­mil­ity to a whole new level. The 35-year-old wasn’t sure he would be asked back for a sec­ond sea­son of Wanted.

Pea­cocke, who shot to fame in 2011 as Darryl “Brax” Brax­ton in Home and Away, was so pop­u­lar as the River Boy he won three Lo­gies and was nom­i­nated for Gold.

Mar­ried to Sum­mer Bay alum, ac­tor Brid­gette Sned­don in 2014, he made his last ap­pear­ance on Home and Away in mid-2015.

Since then he has strad­dled Aus­tralia and Los Angeles, mixing Wanted with Hol­ly­wood films Whiskey Tango Fox­trot and Me Be­fore You.

In sea­son two of Wanted, Pea­cocke’s De­tec­tive Josh Levine is back track­ing Lola Buck­ley (Re­becca Gib­ney) and Chelsea Bab­bage (Geral­dine Hakewill) as the ac­tion moves to New Zealand.

You’re back for the sec­ond sea­son of Wanted. Why? It was never a given I was com­ing back. I never think I’m go­ing to be any good at any of these (roles). When Re­becca called me I said “do you re­ally want me to come back?” You can never take any­thing for granted be­ing an ac­tor.

You must have en­joyed play­ing De­tec­tive Josh Levine. The op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing dif­fer­ent was ap­peal­ing. I’d never worked with Re­becca be­fore. I’d passed her a few times in the cor­ri­dors at Chan­nel 7. Ev­ery­one spoke highly of her. It has all proven to be true be­cause she is awe­some to work with.

He’s still chas­ing Lola and Chelsea. What’s next? He be­lieved in the in­no­cence of these women in sea­son one – that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. This sea­son, the au­di­ence will see that be­lief re­ally chal­lenged.

Was it the right de­ci­sion leav­ing Home and Away? It was great to have that awe­some job and one of the best writ­ten char­ac­ters on the show ever, I reckon.

What has it been like work­ing in Hol­ly­wood? Whiskey Tango Fox­trot (with Tina Fey) had Glenn Fi­carra and John Re­qua di­rect­ing, who were su­per laid back. It was like a gi­ant stu­dent film. Me Be­fore You (with Emilia Clarke) had this fan­tas­tic di­rec­tor (Thea Shar­rock) who had only done the­atre be­fore. She mi­cro-man­aged every line. I’d never worked like that be­fore. It felt quite awk­ward but it was the per­for­mance I liked the most per­son­ally.

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“You can never take any­thing for granted be­ing an ac­tor”

STEPHEN PEA­COCKE ON THE RISKS

Stephen Pea­cocke rel­ished the chance to work on Wanted.

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