PLAY TELE­VI­SION PAPPS POPS UP ON OFF­SPRING

Townsville Bulletin - - PLAY - COLIN VICKERY

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.

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