BACK IN AC­TION

Sev­eral years af­ter he left tele­vi­sion to pur­sue a ca­reer in film, Aussie ac­tor Myles Pol­lard has re­turned to the small screen, older and wiser

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV PLAY - COLIN VICK­ERY Home and Away, Chan­nel 7, week­nights, 7pm

What­ever hap­pened to Myles Pol­lard? That is the ques­tion TV view­ers have been ask­ing in re­cent years.

The 42-year-old was a ma­jor star back in the early 2000s when he played Nick Ryan in McLeod’s Daugh­ters.

Pol­lard quit Chan­nel 9’s out­back drama in 2006, af­ter five sea­sons, say­ing he wanted to pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties in the USA. That same year Pol­lard mar­ried for­mer Fox­tel weather pre­sen­ter Brigitta Wuthe.

The Hol­ly­wood ca­reer never even­tu­ated. In­stead, Pol­lard re­turned to tele­vi­sion with a small role in Home and Away, an episode of Packed to the Rafters, kids’ se­ries Dou­ble Trou­ble, and four episodes of Un­der­belly.

Pol­lard didn’t ex­actly fall off the grid, but fair to say he has been miss­ing in ac­tion for long stretches of time. His last ma­jor credit was pro­ducer and co-star of 2012 Aussie surf film Drift, along­side Sam Wor­thing­ton.

“Five years on one tele­vi­sion show is a long time,” Pol­lard says, ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion to leave McLeod’s Daugh­ters.

“I wanted to work at a slower pace in film. Some­times, though, you don’t re­alise how good a job is un­til you leave it. The older you get, the wiser you get. You think ‘that was ac­tu­ally a re­ally good gig and they don’t come along that of­ten’.”

Now Pol­lard is back in the spotlight, play­ing doc­tor James Ed­munds on Home and Away. Ed­munds grew up in Sum­mer Bay but moved away. He re­turns af­ter a long ab­sence, hop­ing for a qui­eter life and to pos­si­bly re­con­nect with Roo (Ge­orgie Parker).

“I’ve been out of the TV game for quite a few years so I went in there a lit­tle ner­vous at the start,” Pol­lard ad­mits.

“James is honourable and ded­i­cated to his pro­fes­sion but he has flaws. He does have a se­cret. It is pretty ob­vi­ous he is there to serve Ge­orgie’s char­ac­ter – to pro­vide her with a love in­ter­est and some chal­lenges along the way.”

Pic­ture: CHAN­NEL SEVEN

Myles Pol­lard is play­ing Dr James Ed­munds on Home and Away.

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