GYTON Grantley is getting clucky.
Grantley, who wowed Australia with his chilling portrait of underworld figure Carl Williams in Underbelly, is a softie in real life.
The 32- year- old would love nothing better than to get married and have children.
‘‘ I’m at a stage of my life where I’m keen to settle down and start a family, just take on a few more responsibilities that aren’t so personal, aren’t so selfish,’’ Grantley says.
Grantley, who is single, has had to turn to fiction to get his wish.
He plays a father in House Husbands, which centres on four young families where the men are in charge of raising the kids.
Gary Sweet plays Lewis, who is a stay- athome dad after selling his building business.
Firass Dirani ( Underbelly: The Golden Mile ) is Justin, a former footballer in the middle of a custody battle for his three kids.
Rhys Muldoon’s Mark is trying to juggle part- time work with looking after five- year- old Poppy. And Grantley plays gay dad Kane Albert.
Kane and partner Tom ( Tim Campbell) have been raising Stella ( Edwina Royce) since the death of Tom’s sister ( Stella’s mum) in a car accident.
Comedian Julia Morris, Natalie Saleeba and Leah de Niese play the mums and Underbelly Razor’s Anna McGahan plays Lewis’s daughter.
Kane is a world away from Carl Williams and that is the way Grantley likes it.
‘‘ I initially auditioned for another part [ in House Husbands] and they called me back in for Kane,’’ Grantley says.
‘‘ The moment the audition started, it just felt right. I relate to Kane in quite a lot of ways.
‘‘ Kane is quite neurotic and paranoid. I can get like that.
‘‘ Like Kane, I’m a very sensitive human being. I feel very comfortable in his skin.’’
House Husbands breaks new ground for an Aussie drama by featuring gay parents.
The nearest equivalent is US sitcom Modern Family, which features Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Cameron and Mitchell, a gay couple who adopt a baby, Lily.
The beauty of House Husbands is that it
CLUCKY: Gyton Grantley ( left) would love to have kids one day; the dads and their children; his on- screen daughter Stella ( Edwina Royce) ( opposite page); and Gary Sweet ( inset).