The real doc­tor who’s very close to Dr Fos­ter

The Mail on Sunday - - Femail - By Ben Gart­side

HE STARS as the hunky teacher who is a hand­some dis­trac­tion for the BBC’s Doc­tor Fos­ter in her quest for re­venge on her ex-hus­band.

But Prasanna Puwa­nara­jah, who plays James, the love in­ter­est for Su­ranne Jones’s GP Gemma Fos­ter, har­bours a sur­pris­ing past of his own, hav­ing qual­i­fied as a doc­tor and worked in the NHS for sev­eral years be­fore switch­ing to act­ing.

Af­ter study­ing medicine at Ox­ford Univer­sity, he worked as an ear, nose and throat spe­cial­ist at John Rad­cliffe Hos­pi­tal in Ox­ford, and also used his skills abroad for the char­ity Medecins du Monde.

But hav­ing kept up his love of drama while at col­lege, he has put medicine be­hind him. Rapidly find­ing suc­cess, his roles have in­cluded play­ing a medic in Crit­i­cal, the drama writ­ten and di­rected by Line Of Duty cre­ator Jed Mer­cu­rio, who is also a doc­tor. Puwa­nara­jah said: ‘I stepped away from be­ing a doc­tor to clear my head, re­ally. It’s an in­tense work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and I needed to re­con­nect with a dif­fer­ent side of my­self.’

His tal­ents also ex­tend to writ­ing, and he is craft­ing his first screen­play for a film to be pro­duced by Gandhi star Sir Ben Kings­ley.

LOVE IN­TER­EST: Su­ranne Jones and Prasanna Puwa­nara­jah in the BBC show

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