Townsville Bulletin - - PLAY - COLIN VICK­ERY

Grant­ley has gone soft. The ac­tor famed for his chill­ing por­trayal of gang­land fig­ure Carl Wil­liams in Un­der­belly is busy be­ing a dot­ing dad and host­ing ... wait for it, a dog show.

The 36- year- old, who wel­comed son Rocco 11 months ago with wife Alex Or­tuso, fronts Pooches at Play.

The Chan­nel 10 se­ries ex­plores ev­ery­thing from ca­nine be­havioural is­sues to train­ing tips, health ad­vice and pet- friendly week­end es­capes., with ex­per­tise from an­i­mal wel­fare ad­vo­cate Lara Shan­non and vet Dr Melissa Mee­han.

“Bondi Vet’s Dr Chris Brown has noth­ing to be con­cerned about — he shouldn’t con­sider me a threat at all,” Grant­ley jokes.

“I don’t pro­fess to come into this with any knowl­edge or ex­per­tise about dogs.

“I’m merely a dog lover shar­ing my pas­sion.”

Grant­ley’s dog Ge­orge, a three- and- a- half- year- old labrador kelpie cross, is also part of the team.

Fans of the ac­tor last saw him in five sea­sons of Nine’s House Hus­bands as Kane Al­bert, a gay man help­ing to raise his niece Stella.

With Grant­ley now fac­ing the per­ils of real- life par­ent­ing, “it has been a whole new world — a new ex­pe­ri­ence that I am ab­so­lutely lov­ing”.

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