Love Child: Play­ing ju­nior doc is just the tonic for Andy Ryan

Play­ing ju­nior doc­tor War­ren in Chan­nel Nine drama Love Child is just the tonic for Andy Ryan, writes HOLLY BYRNES

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASSIE LIVING -

ANDY Ryan knows his place when it comes to his TV mar­riage to Mi­randa Tapsell.

As the Love Child favourite who plays ju­nior doc­tor War­ren ex­plains: “I play Mr Martha Bowditch, that’s what I call him” – a nod to his em­pow­ered on-screen wife, played by Tapsell.

The ac­tors’ re­la­tion­ship off-air is as re­spect­ful, al­beit more spar­ring sib­lings than lovers, he says.

“We’re the best of friends,” he says. “We stitch each other up all the time. We’re al­ways mak­ing fun of each other and mak­ing jokes.

“Last year we had a re­ally cool bet, where the loser of the State of Ori­gin had to wear the win­ner’s jersey. I’m a diehard Queens­land fan, so she posed up in my jersey… it was ab­so­lutely swim­ming on her.”

The strength of their chem­istry has paid off in work terms for Ryan, who be­gan on the Chan­nel Nine drama in its sec­ond sea­son with a small role that has only built as fans follow their love story.

“I ac­tu­ally got this role just af­ter [the INXS tele­movie]

Never Tear Us Apart had aired so I was grate­ful just to get some work,” he says.

“I started off in the sec­ond sea­son, I think I had some­thing like 20 days’ work and I was over the moon with that. Then the sea­son af­ter, they dou­bled the quan­tity of my role. This year I’ve come back with a full sea­son, so I’ve had a lot to sink my teeth into which is re­ally good, I’m re­ally happy.” LOVE CHILD TUES­DAY, 9PM, NINE

Andy Ryan plays ju­nior doc­tor War­ren in the pop­u­lar Chan­nel Nine drama Love Child.

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