Curry rev­els in meatier roles

Re­la­tion­ships un­der the spot­light in new TV se­ries, writes

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SOME­WHERE be­tween play­ing a pris­oner of war and the king of tele­vi­sion, peo­ple started tak­ing co­me­dian Stephen Curry’s act­ing abil­ity se­ri­ously. Curry can’t pin­point the pre­cise mo­ment it hap­pened, but it did.

He played young Ed­die in the prison drama se­ries Changi in 2001 and TV le­gend Gra­ham Kennedy in tele­movie The King: The Story of Gra­ham Kennedy, win­ning an AFI Award and a Lo­gie.

Curry says peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of his act­ing abil­ity was a grad­ual process but his ca­reer has def­i­nitely taken off over the past few years.

In 2011, he played the role of Melbourne Cup win­ning jockey Damien Oliver in The Cup.

His lat­est out­ing is in the new ABC drama The Time of Our Lives.

‘‘It was some­where be­tween Changi and The King when I started be­ing con­sid­ered for more dra­matic roles and not hav­ing to hold-up the com­edy side of things,’’ says Curry.

The change in di­rec­tion for Curry has meant ap­pear­ing in more se­ri­ous dra­mas and se­ries such as Rake, Red­fern Now and Cloud­street.

His lat­est role in the 13-part se­ries The Time of Our Lives is am­bi­tious com­edy club owner Herb Ire­land, who is funny and car­ing but whose ro­man­tic li­aisons are short-lived.

The se­ries is set in in­ner Melbourne and fol­lows the lives of a typ­i­cally ex­tended Aus­tralian fam­ily in all its con­tem­po­rary vari­a­tions.

Curry loves the char­ac­ter but also the con­cept of again work­ing with Amanda Higgs, who cre­ated The Time of Our Lives, and writer Judi McCrossin.

Higgs co-cre­ated The Se­cret Life of Us and McCrossin wrote for the se­ries in which Curry ap­peared in for one sea­son.

‘‘He’s a re­ally good char­ac­ter to play, a lot of fun and he has a good heart,’’ Curry says.

‘‘It was also a great chance to work with Amanda and Judi who were re­spon­si­ble for The Se­cret Life of Us.

‘‘I ap­peared in the ill-fated se­ries four and was cred­ited by my friends for be­ing the sin­gle rea­son it died in the arse.

‘‘Those two are bril­liant as a writer/ pro­ducer combo and when you look at the cast you start lick­ing your lips.’’

star Stephen Curry

He’s right, the cast in­cludes Jus­tine Clarke, Shane Ja­cob­son, Wil­liam McInnes and Clau­dia Kar­van.

Curry says The Time of Our Lives, about peo­ple in their 30s and 40s, would strike a chord with view­ers.

‘‘It deals with very real re­la­tion­ships and all the shades and colours you see within a re­la­tion­ship,’’ he says.

The Time of Our Lives: Sun­days, 8.30pm, ABC1.

Time of Our Lives

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