YOUNGER SIS­TER SHIN­ING AS A MUM

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News - By Amelia Saw

MANDY McEl­hin­ney has won ac­claim for roles in­clud­ing min­ing mag­nate Gina Rine­hart in The House of Han­cock as well as Ma­tron Frances Bolton in Love Child.

Mean­while, younger sis­ter Hay­ley has also qui­etly been rack­ing up the cred­its with Jenny Wal­lace in Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door and Claire in crit­i­cally ac­claimed movie chiller The Babadook. But it is Penny Cartwright in Doc­tor Doc­tor that has brought Hay­ley her big­gest shot at star­dom.

“I don’t know what was in the wa­ter at the McEl­hin­ney house­hold but Mandy and I never wanted to do any­thing else other than act,” says McEl­hin­ney, who en­joys play­ing the car­ing mum to Floyd (Winta McGrath).

“(Penny) is such a re­al­is­tic mother,” she says.

“I’m a mum – I have a seven-year-old daugh­ter, Betty – and so I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate how it (Penny’s char­ac­ter) is writ­ten.

“It is not easy be­ing a mum. Penny spends a lot of time try­ing to un­der­stand her child.”

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