Matt Minto has played his share of stressed men in suits. In 2019 he starred in TV thriller The Bad Seed, as a well-to-do obstetrician hiding secrets while under investigation for murder. Minto earlier won attention in 2010, when he literally crashed into an episode of Shortland Street as surgeon Isaac Worthington, the out of control cousin of Chris Warner (Michael Galvin). Minto began his career in Sydney after he finished high school in Wellington. He trained at Sydney drama school Actors Centre Australia, and did a year-long stint on Australian soap Home and Away, as a lawyer who kidnaps his own children.
[Simon Lampton]'s super successful on the outside but on the inside not so much. He's built all the trappings of success but underneath those is still this quite damaged kid. He is sort of desperately running from his childhood and doing all he can to keep those demons at bay. Matt Minto on his role in The Bad Seed, in a TV Guide interview, 4 April 2019
In this 13 episode series by veteran TV scriptwriters Rachel Lang and James Griffin (creators of Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) Outrageous stars Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall are cast east into Auckland's CBD, where they team up to solve a murder. Along the way the odd couple (office temp and victim's best friend) unite to unravel dubious goings-on in the post-crash Auckland financial world, and team up the people working behind the scenes against the corruption. The 2013 series was produced by Chris Bailey for South Pacific Pictures.
In this 2013 murder mystery from writers Rachel Lang and James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, Almighty Johnsons), Outrageous stars Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall are cast east to Auckland's CBD as a sleuthing odd couple. This opening 10 minutes of the TV3 series begins with a body floating in the Viaduct. Then temp Jane March (Prebble) finds more drama than stationary in her first day at a law firm: her predecessor — Rose — is dead rather than on holiday, and she meets Rose’s brassy best mate Linda (Marshall) when she barges in to collect Rose’s possessions.
Shortland Street is a fast-paced serial drama set in an inner city Auckland hospital. The long-running South Pacific Pictures production is based around the births, deaths and marriages of the hospital's staff and patients. It screens on TVNZ’s TV2 network five days a week. In 2017 the show was set to celebrate its 25th anniversary, making it New Zealand’s longest running drama by far. Characters and lines from the show have entered the culture — starting with “you’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata!” in the very first episode. Mihi Murray writes about Shortland Street here.