JUST WHAT THE DOC­TOR OR­DERED

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

FOR years, Hay­ley McEl­hin­ney has been watch­ing her older sis­ter Mandy in awe – and not just for the plau­dits she’s re­ceived for her roles such as Pa­per Gi­ants and Love Child. “Mandy and I were both into per­for­mance but she was do­ing it at univer­sity,” the younger McEl­hin­ney, who makes her ma­jor TV de­but this week in new Aussie drama Doc­tor Doc­tor, says of how her pas­sion for act­ing was born.

“I learnt by go­ing and see­ing [Mandy] at Curtin Univer­sity, where she was do­ing plays as part of her the­atre course.

“I sat and watched and some of those pro­duc­tions and per­for­mances still live with me. And it’s been like that ever since, me watch­ing and go­ing, ‘Oh my gosh, look at what my sis­ter is do­ing now’.”

Hav­ing spent most of her ca­reer in the­atre, McEl­hin­ney had been au­di­tion­ing for roles on tele­vi­sion. And she couldn’t be more thrilled with the first reg­u­lar role she has landed, that of small-town hos­pi­tal head doc­tor Penny Cartwright.

An am­bi­tious sin­gle mother, Penny runs the hos­pi­tal with an iron fist, putting her at odds with the newly ar­rived, dis­graced doc­tor Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser). “It’s a great role and the writ­ing is funny and tragic – of­ten at the same time,” she says.

DOC­TOR DOC­TOR

WED­NES­DAY, 8.40PM, TDT By Tiffany Dunk

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