“Why do I have to be an actor for the rest of my life?”

As Offspring fades further from view, Asher Keddie is turning her hand to producing, developing projects with Matchbox Pictures and filming a role in the BBC production The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman.

TEN is yet to officially shut the door on Offspring after its 2016 and 2017 revival, but Keddie says she is moving forward.

“My response to any question about Offspring at the moment is that I haven’t had a conversation with anybody since we finished shooting last year,” she tells TV Tonight.

“I’ve just moved forward, actually for the first time in my working life, making plans.

“And I’ve never really done that. I’ve been remarkably lucky that opportunites have butt up against each other and I’ve been able to move through different dramas. Offspring was a really long run but there were other dramas in the middle of that.

“But for the first time in my working life I’m starting to plan. I don’t know if that might be an age thing too. Also I’m responsible for 2 children so things have changed enormously for me in the last few years. But that’s what’s happening. I’m starting to make plans and it feels good! I didn’t used to want to. I would just go with the flow and see where everything takes me.”

The Cry has wrapped in Australia and Keddie travels to Scotland to continue filming with Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie. ABC will screen the 4 part psychological thriller in Australia at a date to be announced.

“I want to be part of telling stories in a different way.”

Meanwhile Keddie has been developing her own projects with Matchbox Pictures.

“I’m learning new ropes. However long I’ve been involved in this industry and however much I know how a set runs, for example, I have a lot to learn about the business side of producing. But I feel very buoyed and supported by Matchbox. They’re nurturing really well,” she continues.

“I want to be part of telling stories in a different way. Why do I have to be an actor for the rest of my life? Why not challenge myself to do that?

“The creative relationships that I have formed over the past decade are really strong and firm now. So I feel like I’m able to say ‘Would you like to come and do this with me?’

“Luckily I am getting the answer ‘Yes.’

“I think that would probably be part of the deal.”

But while she is staying tight-lipped about which projects she tips will be realised there is a clear favurite.

“One in particular I feel really involved with and that my mind keeps going to all day, no matter that I’m doing,” she says. “So that’s a good sign: if I’m that engaged with what the writers are coming up with then surely that’s enough to push forward. We’ll see.”

If she has her way she will also have the best of both worlds, producing and taking a lead role.

“I think that would probably be part of the deal. I’m open to both.”


  1. SBS did a ‘Who do you think you are’ on her a couple of years ago. One of the more interesting of the locally made version I would say.

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