Sweet As

This time round Gary Sweet is mak­ing the most of new father­hood

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GARY Sweet wants the world to know he is a 10- out- of- 10 fa­ther the fi fth time around. It is three months since the ar­rival of Sweet and part­ner Na­dia Dyall’s new son, Fred­eric Ge­orge, and the famed Aussie ac­tor is beam­ing with pride.

Sweet, 57, copped a hid­ing from the women’s mags two years ago when he ad­mit­ted to me that he rated him­self a 5 or 6 out of 10 dad to his fi rst four chil­dren. Sweet has been mar­ried three times. In 1981, he wed ac­tor Lenore Smith ( The Rest­less

Years) and the cou­ple had two chil­dren – Frank and So­phie. In 1987, Sweet mar­ried lawyer Jill Miller but that too ended in di­vorce. Sweet had an­other two chil­dren, Jess and Joe, with third wife, Bet­ter Homes and

Gar­dens host Jo­hanna Griggs. “I wish I was bet­ter,” Sweet told me in 2012.

“I try to be as good a fa­ther as I can be when I see them, but I of­ten don’t see my younger ones as much as I’d like to.”

Sweet has learnt from those mis­takes. When I met him on the set of The Doc­tor Blake Mys­ter­ies last De­cem­ber, he was fi ght­ing sleep de­pri­va­tion af­ter the ar­rival of Fred­eric ear­lier that morn­ing.

Three months later and Sweet is re­freshed. He has taken a break from act­ing to spend qual­ity time with Dyall, 32, and the new baby.

“It is amaz­ing ( be­ing a fa­ther again),” Sweet says. “One of the things that is diff er­ent this time around is that I haven’t been work­ing. I’ve had quite a deal of time to be home with the baby.

“Pre­vi­ously [ with the other four chil­dren] I’d been fl at out do­ing Po­lice Res­cue or other shows. I’d leave very early in the morn­ing and get home late at night. The only time I would see the kids is on week­ends.

“I’m more hands- on this time. I wish I was the pre­vi­ous times. All the kids have met each other and it is good.”

In one week Sweet will begin fi lm­ing the fourth se­ries of hit WIN drama House Hus­bands as dad Lewis Crabb op­po­site Firass Di­rani, Gy­ton Grant­ley and Rhys Mul­doon.

But his role in this week’s

The Doc­tor Blake Mys­ter­ies,

set in the late 1950s with Craig McLachlan as Bal­larat medico Dr Lu­cien Blake, is a change of pace.

Sweet plays Nor­man Baker, a sus­pect in a lo­cal mur­der.

“This episode is quite in­tri­cate,” Sweet says. “It is like Agatha Christie. The thing about Nor­man is that he is hid­ing a lot of pain. His wife left him and his youngest daugh­ter died in a freak ac­ci­dent. He’s not a bloke who lets much bub­ble to the sur­face.”

McLachlan has made sev­eral ap­pear­ances on House

Hus­bands as Damo, a for­mer fl ame of Lewis’s wife, and it was time for Sweet to re­turn the favour.

“I have a re­ally deep aff ec­tion for Craig,” Sweet says.

“I’d never re­ally spent time with him un­til we started do­ing

House Hus­bands. When he said would I be in­ter­ested in do­ing a lit­tle part for him [ on Doc­tor

Blake] I said yes. “It is a very tight- knit show. Craig is a bit like the pied piper. Ev­ery­one trusts him and they go with him. It is great to be a guest on the show and stand back and watch the eff ect that he has on the rest of the cast and crew.

“Doc­tor Blake shows peo­ple that he has more grav­i­tas than maybe they’d given him credit for in the past. He is a very strong lead­ing man.”

Great mates: Craig

on McLachlan and Sweet

Doc­tor Blake. the set of

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