LOVELY IN­TER­EST

Asher Ked­die’s char­ac­ter Nina Proud­man finds a po­ten­tial suiter in Off­spring new­bie Alexan­der Eng­land, who joins the cast from next week

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY | TV - COLIN VICKERY

I t looks like Nina Proud­man could have yet an­other man in her life. Chan­nel 10 has an­nounced that Alexan­der Eng­land has joined the cast of Off­spring. The for­mer star of Wild Boys will play Harry Crewe, the new Cri­sis and Cul­ture Man­ager at St Fran­cis Hospi­tal. Off­spring has fea­tured a swath of new men this sea­son, many of whom go on to ro­mance Asher Ked­die’s Nina. TJ Power came on board to play Darcy’s (John Wa­ters) love child, and Nina’s brother, Will Bowen.

Dan Wyl­lie has joined as “pants­man” Dr Alex Ferguson who took Nina on a date. Most mem­o­rably, Ked­die’s real-life hus­band Vin­cent Fan­tauzzo played Franklin Swan, a friend of Will’s who ends up bed­ding Nina.

The mak­ers of Off­spring de­scribe Crewe as an ar­ro­gant “Mr Fixit” who ini­tially puts Nina off-side — but say first im­pres­sions are not what they seem. Eng­land will make his first ap­pear­ance on the show on Wed­nes­day.

“Off­spring is so well loved and has a fierce fan base so I am ex­cited to be part of that world,” Eng­land says.

“A lot of the cast are good friends of mine — Lachy Hulme, Richard Davies, Jane Har­ber, Kat Ste­wart — but I had never worked with Asher be­fore. Harry en­ters the world of St. Fran­cis as an out­sider — a gun for hire prob­lem solver. He is re­solv­ing an im­age is­sue at the hospi­tal ... that’s how he comes into con­tact with Nina.”

Eng­land sprang to fame along­side Daniel MacPher­son in Chan­nel 7’s Wild Boys in 2011.The fol­low­ing year he played James Packer in Pa­per Gi­ants: Mag­a­zine Wars and then brother Clyde Packer along­side Lachy Hulme in Power Games: The Packer-Mur­doch Story. Eng­land was also mem­o­rable as crick­eter Tony Greig in Nine minis­eries Howzat!.

Off­spring, Chan­nel 10, Wed­nes­day, 9pm

Alexan­der Eng­land is the lat­est star to join the Off­spring cast.

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