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Michael Galvin: Shortland Street’s Dr Love...

Interview – 2012

Actor Michael Galvin is Shortland Street’s longest-serving actor, having played Dr Chris Warner on the soap for most of its 20-something years. During that time on the show, his character has survived four marriages, drug-dealing, an emergency tracheotomy, and earned the title ‘Dr Love’. Outside of Shortland Street, Galvin has written stage plays and appeared in TV series Cover Story and feature film The Climb.

In this ScreenTalk, Galvin talks about:

  • How a hangover may have helped get him the part on Shortland Street
  • His character Chris Warner being snobbish and a benevolent dictator
  • Keeping the show fresh by using a mix of storylines
  • Dismissing the idea of being a sex symbol
  • Being haunted by having to sing a rap song on the show
  • How Shortland Street has become an important part of our culture
  • Being freaked out on the set of TV drama Cover Story
  • Meeting his acting hero John Hurt on the set of movie The Climb
  • Being happy to remain on Shortland Street for as long as he can

This video was first uploaded on 22 May 2012, 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