ACLEAN PAIR OF SLEUTHS
JUGGLING a baby around two major prime time shows is tough work, but actor Kat Stewart is not complaining.
Just before Christmas, the mum to one-year-old son Archie Nicholas wrapped filming on new Channel 10 whodunit series Mr & Mrs Murder, about a husband and wife team of forensic cleaners who double as sleuths solving crimes.
Now she’s already back in front of the cameras filming season four of hit Ten drama Offspring.
While it seems like a hectic work schedule, Stewart considers herself lucky.
‘‘It is a juggle but I’m really lucky. Dave (Whiteley), my husband, is an actor so we’re able to be flexible with each other, which is great,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s tiring, but it’s always tiring if you’re doing long hours. It’s funny because most people have kids and until you actually have one you don’t realise what people are talking about and then you just make it work.’’
And for Stewart, there was no greater reason to ‘‘make it work’’ than the opportunity to act alongside funnyman Shaun Micallef in the series he co-created, Mr & Mrs Murder.
The Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation host helped develop the show, in which he plays Charlie Buchanan, the husband to Stewart’s Nicola.
‘‘I’d worked with Shaun on Newstopia in 2007/2008 on SBS and I just think he’s brilliant and I really loved that experience, so when this came up I couldn’t consider saying no,’’ she says.
And in the first episode you can see why.
The two (pictured) have a fantastic chemistry together on screen. Just like their characters, they seem to bounce off each other with ease and a genuine rapport.
‘‘I really like working with him,’’ Stewart says. ‘‘I don’t know what makes it work and I’m scared that if I understood it, it might stop working. All I know is he’s really fun to work with and I enjoyed working with him every day so that’s all you can hope for.’’
But it wasn’t just her co-star that made the role a joy, it was also her character.
‘‘Nicola and Charlie are a really unusual couple, I think,’’ Stewart says.
‘‘They’re very co-dependent, they’re very different and yet it’s almost like they’re two halves of the one person and they’re most alive and most into each other when they’re solving a crime.
‘‘They’re forensic cleaners by day but it’s this gateway into this whole other world of sleuthing and adventure and each episode is set in a different world so it’s really a gateway to a whole other life for them.’’
The couple don’t work for the police, they instead offer their services to Nicola’s long-time friend, homicide squad detective Peter Vinetti, who is happy to look the other way while they investigate as long as he gets to take the credit for the murder being solved. Stewart describes the couple as ‘‘good, decent people’’ who just want to see justice done.