An­nie talks this Bo­gan life

A se­ries about a crash­ing cul­ture clash gives An­nie Maynard a break-out role, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

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SOME ac­tors walk out of the National In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art and on to the set of a TV show while oth­ers, like An­nie Maynard, have to work their way through the sys­tem for a break-out role.

Maynard grad­u­ated from NIDA in 2004 and spent the best part of seven years on stage be­fore she landed her big break play­ing fea­ture writer An­nie Wood­ham in Pa­per Gi­ants: The Birth of Cleo. She has left theatre be­hind as her stocks rise on the small and big screens.

Af­ter Pa­per Gi­ants, Maynard was cast in four straight TV se­ries: Spir­ited, Tricky Busi­ness, A Moody Christ­mas and Pu­berty Blues – the last re­turn­ing for its up­com­ing sec­ond sea­son.

But first, au­di­ences will next see Maynard as Bess Den­yar, the piv­otal char­ac­ter in the ABC com­edy Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan, which starts tonight.

‘‘I would say that role was my break­out role,’’ Maynard says.

‘‘Since then I’ve had a few roles come my way.’’

In Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan, Maynard’s char­ac­ter, Bess, is a doc­tor with an ar­chi­tect hus­band (Pa­trick Brammall), an over­bear­ing mother and twin 13-year-olds at pri­vate school.

Bess is stunned to learn she is adopted and sets out to find her birth par­ents, who she dis­cov­ers are drag rac­ing nuts Wayne (Glenn Rob­bins) and Julie Wheeler (Robyn Mal­colm).

The cast also in­cludes vet­eran Aus­tralian ac­tress Robyn Nevin and Michala Banas ( McLeod’s Daugh­ters, Win­ners & Losers).

It’s the third time Maynard has been along­side Brammall, hav­ing worked with him on the ABC com­edy se­ries A Moody Christ­mas and the soon-to-re­leased Aus­tralian film Su­per Awe­some.

‘‘He cracks me up . . . and he is so much fun to work with,’’ she says.

Maynard says al­though the show is a com­edy, she be­lieves it cap­tures the emo­tional essence of adopted chil­dren be­ing re­united with their birth fam­ily.

‘‘It’s hi­lar­i­ously funny but it has a real heart and the key for all the ac­tors was the drama within the scenes,’’ she says.

‘‘There are very emo­tional re­union scenes, dif­fi­cult fam­ily de­ba­cles which are funny but are grounded in truth.’’

Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan: Thurs­days, 8.30pm, ABC1.

An­nie Maynard

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