For Kat Stewart, life doesn’t get much better.
But she’s worked hard for her success with roles in Underbelly, Newstopia, Tangle, :30 Seconds, Kick, Last Man Standing and in theatre.
Now as Nicola Charles in TEN’s new drama Mr & Mrs Murder she gets to add Associate Producer to her list of credits.
“It is a first. I’ve really enjoyed being involved from an early stage. With the hours I’m doing it’s really the acting part, but it’s nice to have a little bit more freedom and to be more involved,” she says.
“I haven’t really worked this kind of schedule before. Because it’s such a small core cast the hours are really long, but I’m not complaining.
“I’ve had so many laughs, but the hours have been quite gruelling at times.”
She and co-star Shaun Micallef were keen to work together after their work on SBS news parody Newstopia. It was produced by Jason Stephens, who joined them again for Mr & Mrs Murder.
“I haven’t really worked together on a show where the characters are so pleased to be together and harmonious,” she says.
“The conflict and jeopardy comes from the outside circumstances, and the plot.”
The role of Nicola Charles is in stark contrast to Billie Proudman on Offspring and Nat Manning on Tangle.
“Both characters have a lot of heart, but they antagonise those they love and stir things up. But Nicola is a much gentler character. She’s very kind and thoughtful but also very driven and interested in solving crimes.
“I’m probably channeling my mother!” she laughs.
Having completed work on Mr & Mrs Murder she is now busy with Season Four of Offspring, coming to TEN after Easter.
“I’m in every episode and the scripts are by the same writers. They’re not letting anything get stale.
“I’m so lucky,” she admits.
“Lots of people work hard and don’t get to be as lucky as this, I’m working with terrific producers and casts in jobs I’ve really enjoyed doing.”
Mr & Mrs Murder airs 8:30pm Wednesdays on TEN.