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