Marcus Turner (Matthew Passmore)
Mid-twenties, good looking and equal to Alex in every way – physically matched for size and as expert at any physical activity, from riding to fighting and wrestling. That’s Marcus. He and Alex also have a similar sense of humour and get on well in a casual, matey way.
Marcus is the product of a boarding school in the country where he went with his mother. That makes him yet another son Bryce had with a woman who was not his wife.
Marcus grew up as a skilled footy player. So talented that he was on the verge of a professional career, but fame and fortune went to his head and he sabotaged his own dreams by ending up out of control – drinking, fighting and womanising.
Marcus then went jackarooing to get his life in shape. Desperate to redeem himself in his father’s eyes, he offered his services and was taken on by Bryce in a vague financial management capacity, despite having no formal qualifications. This is not to say that Marcus isn’t his own man, who frequently rails against his situation, challenging Bryce’s authority and asserting himself.
Marcus arrives at Killarney with a secret he has only just learned – that Alex is his half-brother. Marcus is torn between doing his job, feeling manipulated by Bryce, and genuinely liking this bloke – Alex – while not letting his feelings get in the way of the hard decisions he has to make.
Matthew Passmore graduated from NIDA in 2001. His extensive television credits include The Alice, Last Man Standing, The Cooks, Blue Heelers, Always Greener, Backburner and as a regular presenter on Play School.
Matthew has also performed in several theatre productions as part of the Bell Shakespeare Theatre’s national tour The Taming of the Shrew, The Credeaux Canvas, Blackrock, Replays, The Idiot and X-Stacy.
His feature film work includes the role of Network Executive in the Son of the Mask and multiple short film roles.
Matthew commenced filming McLeod’s Daughters in August 2006.