REAL LIFE PAIN FOR TV DOCTOR
Liam McIntyre’s return to Australia for Pulse has been bittersweet. During filming of the ABC drama, the actor’s mother, Barbara, was diagnosed with cancer.
McIntyre, 35, who is based in Los Angeles, has been carving out a successful international career with the lead role in Spartacus: Vengeance and Spartacus: War of the Damned.
McIntyre, who is married to singer-actor Erin Hasan, was drawn back home by the chance to play the troubled Dr Eli Nader in Pulse.
Nader has returned from a stint in war-torn Afghanistan and is now the cardio registrar at City West alongside Claire van der Boom’s Dr Frankie Bell.
“When I read the first script I thought Eli sounded really interesting,” McIntyre says. “I chatted to (producer, co-creator and writer) Kris Wyld about it and said ‘can we lean into this — can he be this guy who lost his wife over there and so his world comes crashing down?’
“Around the time I got back (to film Pulse) my poor mum got diagnosed with cancer which was really rough. The possibility of losing someone — she is with us and it is good — but the idea of it added a certain weight to the character. She is still fighting the good fight. She is hanging in there.”
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