Curry revels in meatier roles
Relationships under the spotlight in new TV series, writes
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