MR AND MRS MURDER INVESTIGATE
ACTRESS Kat Stewart describes her role in the new whodunnit series Mr & Mrs Murder as the ‘‘nicest’’ character she has ever played.
In previous roles she’s had to channel the darker side so she says it was a pleasant change to accept the role of Nicola Buchanan in the Channel 10 drama in which she and her hubby Charlie (Shaun Micallef) are crimescene cleaners as well as amateur sleuths.
Stewart’s character is far removed from some of the tough people she has played in recent times – think
Underbelly’s Roberta Williams or bold, brassy Billie Proudman in Offspring.
‘‘It’s such a refreshing change to play someone who is in a really happy relationship and genuinely kind and considerate of others – and polite. They’re qualities missing from the last three or four people I have played on TV,’’ she says.
Stewart says Mr & Mrs Murder is hard to define by genre. It blends serious crime solving and adds some lighthearted moments, yet neither dominate.
‘‘Drama isn’t the right term and comedy isn’t the right term. It’s a whodunnit but there are elements of fun,’’ she says.
‘‘We are dealing with characters in quite an unusual relationship.
‘‘These are nice people you would probably live next door to. They’re nosey, though, so they’d annoy you.’’
Mr & Mrs Murder was written with the idea of Micallef and Stewart playing opposite each other as the leads.
Micallef last worked with Stewart in the SBS comedy show Newstopia which ended in 2008.
Mr & Mrs Murder was filmed during the latter half of 2012 and was one of the more intense filming schedules Stewart has worked under.
‘‘It was a pretty full on schedule because I am pretty much in every scene,’’ she says.
‘‘I am doing Offspring at the moment and I have a couple of days off so it’s a completely different workload.’’
Despite the heavy workload, Stewart says she would love to don the blue cleaning jumpsuit again just to continue playing a nice character.
Mr & Mrs Murder: Wednesdays, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.
Comedian, TV host and actor Shaun Micallef and actress Kat Stewart star in Mr and Mrs Murder.