Craig Parker Switches Roles

Craig Parker Switches Roles
February 24, 2008
HANDSOME actor Craig Parker is versatile when it comes to acting.

The Shortland Street star is in the grips of drug addiction as Guy Warner on the soap but when time is called on that gig, he’s working on the American fantasy film Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

Insiders tell me he’s also landed a leading role in TV2’s new series Diplomatic Immunity and shooting will begin next month.

It’s a comedy about a fallen diplomatic Foreign Affairs high-flier who ends up babysitting the morally bankrupt (but for a good cause) staff of the embassy of The Most Royal Kingdom of Feausi.

His attempts to teach them right from wrong are more than countered by their attempts to get him to remove the stick from his butt and see the world in a more relaxed fashion.

It’s a big, bold, brassy, sexy, politically incorrect comedy series about love and manipulation.

It’s also about the the battle of two men, the father and the suitor, for the heart of one smart young woman.

Meanwhile, in Underworld Craig works with screen veterans Bill Nighy (aka Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean) and Rhona Mitra, who is a regular on shows including Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal and The Practice.

The prequel story, being shot here, traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.