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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.

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