TELE­VI­SION PLAY FROM THRONES TO SAV­ING LIVES

Townsville Bulletin - - PLAY - SEANNA CRONIN

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’.”

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