Water Rats: profiles

Jeremy Callaghan as Kevin Holloway

Jeremy Callaghan

Kevin Holloway is the youngest of the three brothers and he’s all the things both Frank and Jimmy could have been. Good-looking, clean-cut, fit, intelligent, charming and as straight-as-a-die, he has a good police background in Gaming and Major Crime, and is now working closely with Knocker Harris. He’s always looked up to Frank, even when Frank was sliding down the ranks, and it was his big brother who inspired him to join the force.

He now lives with Frank in the old family terrace house in the Rocks, with Jimmy living just around the corner. That doesn’t mean too much, however, as Jimmy, with a deep resentment against the police, refuses to talk to either of them. It’s Kevin’s secret dream to see the three reunited.

A POLICE RESCUE regular, Jeremy Callaghan was eager to be part of the WATER RATS’ brothers’ story. He took great pains to create Kevin Holloway. "At first I found the responsibility of coming up with a character just as strong and as challenging as the one I played on POLICE RESCUE a bit daunting," says Jeremy. "By the time you understand where the camera is going to go and work out your marks, you just hope your character is already there. Television is so fast—it’s a very exciting medium to work in.

"We’re not much alike, Kevin and I. I’m pretty laconic and laidback. He’s far more ’up’ than me. He’s also quick, sharp and always listening. Kevin’s interested in old-fashioned policing, but that doesn’t mean the old attitudes entrenched in people like his boss, Knocker. He goes by the book, and doesn’t do deals. In his personal life, he’s loose and disorganised, but he knows that if he turns up to work with his notebook, his computer, a pen, his gun and a wallet, everything will go perfectly. I’ve had more run-ins with the police than I care to remember, but I think they do an incredibly hard job. I’m glad I’m acting it—not doing it."

Jeremy started acting at high school in Perth and at university decided to follow his heart and study humanities rather than commerce and economics. "I wasn’t thinking of acting," he says. "it didn’t seem to be a possibility. But you know that old saying: you don’t choose acting, it chooses you." He relocated to Sydney in 1992 and in the following year was nominated for an AFI Award for Police Rescue.

In the future he’d like to live in New York for six months to study acting and direction. He has been offered a place in the MA course at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has ambitions to produce.