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Aussie actor say he's no longer nameless

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016 Darren Cartwright

Aussie actor Damon Herriman hopes he'll finally stop being the face that people can't put a name to when HBO drama series Quarry airs next month.

Herriman has been a regular on Aussie TV screens since the seventies when he was cast on The Sullivans and his list of credits since, includes some of the nation's biggest drama series.

He's appeared in The Flying Doctors, Brides Of Christ, Water Rats, All Saints, Love My Way, Offspring and mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart in which he played band manager Chris Murphy.

The 46-year-old said playing Murphy marked a turning point in his career, at least locally when he was cast in the hit political thriller series Secret City alongside Jacki Weaver .

On the international front, he had been appearing in the critically acclaimed US series Justified and that led to him being cast on Quarry.

"Nobody really knows my name and I often don't look like the characters I play in real life," Herriman told AAP.

"The INXS series, having worked in Australia since I was a kid, usually playing smaller roles and lower status characters, is the first time I have played a role of that size.

"At the same time there were some American things coming out and definitely, since that period, there has been some other great opportunities."

In Secret City, Herriman played the pivotal character of transgender Australian Signals Directorate senior analyst Kim Gordon.

As for Quarry, about a marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonised by the public, Herriman has a lead role.

The part of Buddy is significant enough but for Herriman, just to be involved with a HBO production, was an accomplishment in itself.

"There were definitely times when I asked `how do you get an audition for a HBO show' and it just so happened that the two writers on the show were fans of Justified and drew my character from that," he said.

Quarry is scheduled to start September and Herriman is contracted to the HBO series for three years.

"I've already been in a situation where I couldn't take a job because I had to make sure I was available for Quarry if it came up."

In the meantime he'll appear in a Sydney Theatre Company stage production, Speed-The-Plow, alongside Rose Byrne and Lachy Hulme, from November 8.

* Quarry premieres Monday October 3 at 9.30pm on Showcase

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