YOUNGER SISTER SHINING AS A MUM
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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