Annie talks this Bogan life
A series about a crashing culture clash gives Annie Maynard a break-out role, writes Darren Cartwright
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.