Alex on date with des­tiny

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If Alex Papps gets his way, tonight’s small role in Off­spring will be an­other step to re­viv­ing his act­ing ca­reer.

Papps plays re­cently-di­vorced Si­mon who has a restau­rant date with Bil­lie Proud­man (Kat Ste­wart).

The Off­spring gig comes af­ter an­other small part in ABC drama Seven Types of Am­bi­gu­ity. The 48-year-old hopes to se­cure more act­ing jobs af­ter a dozen years as a pre­sen­ter on Play School.

“I was a bit ner­vous (about ap­pear­ing on Off­spring) be­cause I don’t act all the time,” Papps says. “When you come in as a guest ac­tor you have to make an im­pres­sion.

“I didn’t know Kat very well but act­ing op­po­site her was won­der­ful. She made ev­ery­thing very easy and re­laxed.”

Papps was still in his teens when he shot to promi­nence as Vin­nie Ceron­to­nio in The Hen­der­son Kids 2. Play­ing foster child Frank Mor­gan on Home and Away took that pop­u­lar­ity to a whole new level.

But Papps was never com­fort­able with the fame and left the se­ries in 1989 to join the cast of The Fly­ing Doc­tors. He re­turned for guest stints in 1991, 2000 and 2002.

“Next year is the 30th an­niver­sary which is won­der­ful and alarming at the same time,” Papps says. “It is nice to meet peo­ple who en­joyed me in Home and Away many years ago, and now their kids are com­ing along to see me in Play School.

“But I’m still on the au­di­tion trail and very com­mit­ted to act­ing more. I’d love to have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore a char­ac­ter (in a drama) be­yond a guest role.”

OFF­SPRING, TEN, WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM

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