PLAY TELEVISION PAPPS POPS UP ON OFFSPRING
Alex Papps gets his way, last night’s small role in Offspring will be another step to reviving his acting career.
Papps plays recently divorced Simon who has a one- night stand with Billie Proudman ( Kat Stewart). The Offspring gig comes after another small part in ABC drama Seven Types of Ambiguity. The 48- year- old hopes to secure more acting jobs after a dozen years as a presenter on Play School.
Simon is the ex- husband of one of Kerry Green’s ( Ash Ricardo) clients. Green thinks he is the perfect person to help Billie get over the end of her marriage to Mick Holland ( Eddie Perfect).
“I was a bit nervous ( about appearing on Offspring) because I don’t act all the time,” Papps says. “When you come in as a guest actor you have to make an impression.
“I didn’t know Kat very well but acting opposite her was wonderful. She made everything very easy and relaxed.”
Papps was still in his teens when he shot to prominence as Vinnie Cerontonio in The Henderson Kids 2. Playing foster child Frank Morgan on Home and Away took that popularity to a whole new level.
Papps quickly became one of Aussie television’s leading heart- throbs as Morgan romanced Roo Stewart ( Justine Clarke) and Bobby Simpson ( Nicolle Dickson).
But Papps was never comfortable with the fame and left the series in 1989 to join the cast of The Flying Doctors.
“Next year is the 30th anniversary, which is wonderful and alarming at the same time,” Papps says.