Legendary actor Bryan Brown dishes on how gruelling mini-series shoot triggered his anxiety

Legendary actor Bryan Brown dishes on how gruelling mini-series production triggered his anxiety: ‘The pressure’s on and you can’t sleep’

He’s built a career playing tough as nails characters, but veteran Aussie actor Bryan Brown revealed on Saturday a recent mini-series production triggered his anxiety.

The Two Hands star opened up about how filming Acorn TV mini-series Darby and Joan in Queensland last year, with co-star Greta Scacchi, over 18-weeks took a toll on his mental wellbeing. 

He told The Daily Telegraph a combination of the extended shoot and being away from his family for so long saw him struggle with insomnia.

Veteran Aussie actor Bryan Brown (pictured) revealed on Saturday working on the Darby and Joan mini-series triggered his anxiety

Veteran Aussie actor Bryan Brown (pictured) revealed on Saturday working on the Darby and Joan mini-series triggered his anxiety

He said: ‘I think the days of playing a character are fine – it’s when you wake up in the middle of the night and the pressure’s on you and you can’t sleep.

‘And then you start thinking, ”Holy Christ. I’m being picked up at 5am. I’d better get back to sleep.”

The 75-year-old added the ongoing Covid pandemic affected the overall mood of the production.

The Two Hands star opened up about how filming Acorn TV mini-series Darby and Joan in Queensland last year, with co-star Greta Scacchi (pictured), over 18-weeks took a toll on him

The Two Hands star opened up about how filming Acorn TV mini-series Darby and Joan in Queensland last year, with co-star Greta Scacchi (pictured), over 18-weeks took a toll on him

‘It’s kind of hard to put your finger on why it does, it just does,’ he said.

Bryan married his wife Rachel Ward in 1983, meaning the pair will celebrate their 40-year wedding anniversary next year.

The pair met while on the set of the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds in 1982, where Bryan wooed his co-star with a palm reading.

He said a combination of the extended shoot and being away from his family for so long saw him struggle with insomnia

He said a combination of the extended shoot and being away from his family for so long saw him struggle with insomnia

‘So we were sitting around waiting for a take one day and I said, ”give us a look at your hand”… She gave me her hand and there were three lines and I said ”you’re gonna have three kids,” he told A Current Affair last year.

Bryan and Rachel went on to have three children together: Rosie, 38, Matilda and Joe, 30.

The star is still heavily involved in his acting career, and recently starred in the Australian sci-fi series Bloom. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling, contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue.

Bryan married Rachel Ward (right) in 1983 after meeting on set of The Thorn Birds in 1982

Bryan married Rachel Ward (right) in 1983 after meeting on set of The Thorn Birds in 1982

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