In case you think Sons and Daughters' new hunk, former
top model Mark Conroy, is simply just another pretty face, please
heed the following...
"I'm sure people think: 'Oh, here's another model trying
to get into acting' and I think that's unfair. I don't want
people to see me as a dummy-model," Mark said.
Behind the good looks of the 27-year-old acting newcomer, who
plays Glen Young in the Seven Network series, there's an academic,
sporting and much-travelled guy.
Mark has a Bachelor of Social Science degree and began his
working life as a social worker. He has also studied art at
university, worked as a designer and graphic artist in an advertising
agency, once sang in a band, and is also a competent triathlete!
It was his work at the advertising agency which accidentally
led him into modelling: "I was offered a job in an orange
juice commercial. I turned it down at first - until they told
me how much money I was going to get!" he said with a laugh.
Over the past six years Mark has been modelling constantly,
not only in Australia, but throughout Europe, London and even
"Modelling is a great way to see the world, still be able
to live and not spend your own money," he said. "But
I can't say I really enjoyed it. There's a lot of glitz and
glamor, but after a while it just becomes another job.
"I'd always had a fascination for acting and it eventually
became a bug that gnawed at me."
So, in London last year, Mark enrolled in an intensive acting
course. Returning to Australia, he continued his studies with
method acting, voice production and TV and video workshops.
It all paid off when he was asked to audition for the role
of Glen Young in Sons and Daughters.
"It's fab, because I'm learning so much more on Sons
and Daughters than I'd ever learn in a class situation.
The only trouble is, while I'm learning, they're filming and
putting it on TV!" he said.
"It's a real buzz to be doing something positive and using
On the surface, Glen is a lot like Mark. "Glen's generally
a do-gooder and, at the moment, a bit of a super-hero. And for
the first few weeks I always seem to be bare-chested and kissing
In current episodes, Glen and Alison Carr (Belinda), alias
Pat the Rat, are having a sizzling romance.
"He's very naive in his dealings with people and he doesn't
realise that Pat the Rat is an evil, conniving woman whereas
I'm a bit more aware of people's personalities," Mark said.
"But I love working with Belinda. I think she's fabulous,
and there's so much to learn from her. She makes me very relaxed."
By: Stephen Cook
Source: TV Week
Date: 12 April 1986