REAL LIFE PAIN FOR TV DOC­TOR

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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.”

WATCH PULSE, ABC, THURS­DAY, 8.30PM

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