Ward waves me through the living-room, crammed with patterned sofas, piles of books and original paintings from Australian artists such as Charles Blackman, to the veranda, furnished with a mix of daybeds and deckchairs.It has a glorious view across the garden to the sparkling Sydney Harbour."Great to Face Time with these beautiful people in Sydney last night.They are all saints," Paul, who played Nelson, said on Instagram. May actually try it on some time to see if it still fits!Tensions inevitably run high, culminating in Ned confronting his cantankerous father, and in a series of flashbacks the traumatic events of one fateful teenage summer are revealed. I like the ambiguous morality of society, the grey areas. ' Initially she was attracted to the character of Kate. Beneath is a seething pot of resentments, guilt, failure, sibling rivalry, all sorts of things,' she says. Nobody cared if the school reports for Rachel, or her younger sister, Tracy, were poor. My dad wasn't a bad dad, but he wasn't really involved in family life anyway, so after the divorce he was just a bit more absent than he usually was.' She describes one occasion when he came to watch her playing the lead role in The Mikado at Hatherop Castle school in Gloucestershire.The eerie silence of the outback seeps into the characters, fuelling the sense of isolation. I had more arguments with him than with anybody else.' She credits Brown, however, as a 'very good script editor'. Yet if her younger brother, Alexander, was below par, 'he would get the strap.' Even so, Ward describes her childhood as 'very happy' with a 'fantastic' mother, Claire Ward, with whom she is still very close. Her mother would go on to become the long-term partner of Lord Lambton, whose career as a Tory minister ended in 1973 after he was caught in bed with two prostitutes, smoking marijuana; her father remarried and had two more sons. 'He sat in the front row and fell asleep and snored all the way through.' She chortles. I found it amusing.' She adds, 'There was no question of getting a big head.' When Peter Ward died last year, neither she nor Tracy, married to the Duke of Beaufort's son and heir, Henry Somerset, the Marquess of Worcester, was mentioned in the will.
It tells the story of Ned Kendall (Ben Mendelsohn), the twin brother of 'Beautiful Kate' (mesmerisingly played by the newcomer Sophie Lowe) who at the request of his long-suffering sister (Rachel Griffiths) returns to the family home on a remote sheep station in South Australia after a 20-year absence, to see his dying father, Bruce Kendall (played by Bryan Brown). You admire the courage and the chutzpah, although you recognise that she probably needs a good smack.' Ward considers Beautiful Kate a stark portrayal of what happens when you strip back 'the polite veneer in families. She describes her father, Peter Alistair Ward, the son of the 3rd Earl of Dudley, as a 'terrible snob', who found his elder daughter 'perplexing'.'It was really how much cleavage you could get in each shot.It's all about whether you will wear the diamond earrings or the red bathing suit.This week, some of the cast reunited and fans were quick to question if it could be a sign of things to come.We must admit, the smiles on Georgie Parker, Tammy Macintosh, Josh Quong Tart and Erik Thomson's face says it all - they look Still got it!