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Ben Barrington: On playing doctors and gods on TV...

Interview – 2015

Ben Barrington began his screen career on Wellington-based TV show The Strip. He won the role of a doctor on the acclaimed The Insiders Guide to Happiness before appearing as a gang leader in Outrageous Fortune. Since then, Barrington has co-starred as a Norse god in The Almighty Johnsons, shown some fancy footwork on Dancing with the Stars, and  in 2015 began playing a doctor again on Shortland Street.  

In this ScreenTalk, Barrington talks about:

  • Getting his start on TV show The Strip
  • How offbeat TV series The Insider’s Guide to Happiness still holds up today
  • Playing a gang leader on the drama Outrageous Fortune
  • Having "non-stop fun" on the set of The Almighty Johnsons
  • Commuting across the Tasman to play the romantic interest in Aussie hit Offspring
  • The 24/7 challenge of participating in Dancing with the Stars
  • His role on Shortland Street as "playful, provocative, annoying" Doctor Drew McCaskill  

This video was first uploaded on 12 October 2015, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

It was just great to do, and I felt at the time — and still do — very lucky to have been a part of it because I think it's a very strong example of New Zealand screen production.
– Ben Barrington on working on The Insiders Guide to Happiness (2:43)