Stephen Curry has established himself as one of Australia’s most talented character actors.
In the ABC drama Hiding, he’s been breaking new ground by playing John Pinder, a detective who’s world-weary and dark.
It’s in stark contrast to many of the characters Stephen has played on stage and screen over the past 20 years, including comedy venue owner Herb in superbly crafted series Time of Our Lives, or prisoner of war Eddie in the acclaimed Changi.
Perhaps his most memorable role is also the one that presented the most daunting challenge – playing the title role in The King, the telemovie exploring the life of TV variety legend Graham Kennedy.
The result was Stephen receiving an AFI Award for Best Lead Actor in a television drama, a Logie for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama, and the ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor.
The range in Stephen’s work is also evident in his performances in The Castle (one of Australia’s most-loved movies), The Cup, Cloudstreet, Redfern Now and Rake.
On stage, he’s been a standout in Dinner and Fred, The Writers (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) and performed with Shaun Micallef in Good Evening: The Sketches of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore.
That’s evident when he describes the thrill of being asked to join Open Slather.“It’s just great to be working alongside such esteemed people,” Stephen says.“We are talking about my childhood comedy heroes (Fast Forward cast).”
This is not the first time, however, that Stephen has worked with members of the Fast Forward team.
“In 1990, I was a featured extra in Fast Forward, in a Whizbang Theatre Company sketch with Michael (Veitch) and Glenn (Robbins),” he explains.
“They were such lovely blokes. There was horrible over-acting from me, even though I said nothing.”