TELEVISION PLAY FROM THRONES TO SAVING LIVES
took lives on Game of Thrones, but now Owen Teale’s saving them on Pulse. The Welsh actor stars opposite Claire van der Boom in the ABC’s new medical drama.
Inspired by the true story of a transplant patient who became a doctor, the drama follows high- flyer Frankie Bell ( van der Boom) as she embarks on a new career thanks to a successful kidney transplant.
When viewers first meet Frankie she is in her second year as a practising doctor, starting her first day in a renal rotation under the supervision of the man who saved her life, Professor Chad Burger ( Teale). She’s driven to use her second chance to save others, but she’s vulnerable to infection. “To be somebody as vulnerable as that – immune suppressed – working in hospitals, where people are walking through the door every five minutes not knowing what diseases they’re carrying, is brave to the point of incredulity,” Teale says.
Teale says he struck up an instant chemistry with van der Boom, best known for Rush and Love My Way. “What a remarkable actor,” he says. “You can be a very good actor but it doesn’t mean you’ll be watchable for a whole series. The audience has to stay with you and not get tired of you and care about you.”
So does Teale cop much flak from the public for playing the man who killed Game of Thrones’ beloved hero Jon Snow?
“I think people must be afraid of me; they don’t come up to me and say things about that,” he laughs. “No matter where I am what they do say, which is very interesting, is they say ‘ I found him ( Jon Snow) a bit too wet but when he had to fight against ( your character) Thorne I liked him more’.”