Aussie PRIDE

Pa­trick Bram­mall is tak­ing Bo­gans to Amer­ica

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THE world is Pa­trick Bram­mall’s oys­ter right now. Hav­ing ap­peared in some of 2016’s hottest shows, in­clud­ing No Ac­tiv­ity, Off­spring and now, Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan, he’s also gear­ing up to shoot more Glitch, which he head­lined to great re­views last year. And the 39-year-old Aussie ac­tor is also gain­ing trac­tion in the US. In ad­di­tion to roles in pop­u­lar come­dies New Girl and Life in Pieces, Bram­mall re­cently shot two TV pi­lots, in­clud­ing a US re­make of Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan, Furst Born.

It’s a won­der he still has time for the lo­cal ver­sion of Bo­gan, given his full dance card, but Bram­mall still has plenty of love for the ABC sit­com. “Wayne (Hope) and Robyn (But­ler, the cre­ators of the show) wrote the char­ac­ter of Danny for me, which is in­cred­i­bly flat­ter­ing,” Bram­mall says, adding “plus the comic rhythms are re­ally im­por­tant on Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan.

“That’s why it is so chal­leng­ing – you’ve got to be able to spin on a 10 cent piece.”

It’s these type of chal­lenges which Bram­mel most en­joys, es­pe­cially as he’s reap­ing the re­wards of the hard yards he put in to be­come Aus­tralia’s most wanted ac­tor. For years, Bram­mall’s ca­reer was a slow burn. He spent three years do­ing an arts-law de­gree in Can­berra be­fore turn­ing to act­ing. He was re­jected by the ma­jor drama in­sti­tu­tions be­fore snag­ging a place at the Vic­to­rian Col­lege of the Arts. Early cred­its in­clude The Alice (2004),

Canal Road (2008), Griff the In­vis­i­ble (2010) and The Strange Calls (2012). Then came ABC com­edy A Moody

Christ­mas, in which he played Sean Moody, and wrote an episode. He went on to co-star op­po­site Josh Law­son in movie

The Lit­tle Death and had the star­ring role in Bren­dan Cow­ell’s Ruben Guthrie. The lead role as Sgt James Hayes in ABC sci-fi drama Glitch sealed the deal.

“I was 21 when I left law and if I told the 21-year-old me where I am cur­rently, he’d be stag­gered,” Bram­mall says.

“Just to have made a liv­ing as an ac­tor is a dream ful­filled. I re­mem­ber the first time I had to travel in­ter­state to do an act­ing job and think­ing, ‘I can’t be­lieve this, I’ve made it, I’m a pro­fes­sional ac­tor’. “That was beyond my wildest dreams.” But it was un­doubtably the char­ac­ter he played on Off­spring, Leo Taylor, who was the big­gest game changer for Bram­mall. The char­ac­ter wooed Nina af­ter the death of Dr Pa­trick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez) and quickly won fans.

In the sea­son five fi­nale, Nina and Leo were a happy cou­ple. But 18 months later view­ers were shocked to find that the pair had split.

“I didn’t think play­ing Leo on Off­spring would be as big for me as it ended up be­ing,” Bram­mall says.

“It was a ro­man­tic lead role that changed peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of what I can do. I’d been mak­ing quite a niche in ABC com­edy. I’d done a bit of drama (Kim Bea­z­ley in

Hawke, Ru­pert Mur­doch in Power Games) but was not known for it.

“The Off­spring team re­ally know what they’re do­ing. It is a re­ally well-oiled ma­chine. They re­ally know their au­di­ence and how to write a good series.”

Now Bram­mall is tak­ing a chance on Hol­ly­wood. Last year he filmed the pi­lot for a US re­make of The Strange Calls. This year he filmed a pi­lot for an Up­per Mid­dle

Bo­gan re­make. “It was pretty weird (re­mak­ing Up­per

Mid­dle Bo­gan) to be hon­est,” Bram­mall says. “It was so strange to in­habit the same char­ac­ter (Danny) but with an Amer­i­can ac­cent and an en­tirely dif­fer­ent cast.

“CBS didn’t pick it up but they ex­tended the op­tion, so it still might hap­pen. It wasn’t like the Aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence. The Aus­tralian Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan is unique and I don’t think you can du­pli­cate that.”

UP­PER MID­DLE BO­GAN WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM, ABC

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