A member of the psychiatry elite in Melbourne, Stephen had the seemingly perfect life – intelligent, charming and insightful, with a beautiful home in the suburbs, a dedicated wife, two bright healthy children and a thriving career.
Then Bec Quilter entered the picture and his mid-life crisis began in earnest. Falling in love with a gorgeous young doctor was never his plan, but he'd been feeling bored and restless for some time and she brought out the enthusiasm and vigour he'd lost.
Before he can move forward, however, Stephen needs to make some decisions and be clear with his intentions towards both the women and the children in his life. Stephen lied to Bec about being separated from his wife, but has now followed her to Sydney, to where she fled.
He also has to cope with becoming a full-time single father to his teenage twins, as his wife decides she needs some time on her own.
John Atkinson plays Stephen Mulroney
John graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1990. Before entering the Academy, John was a founding member of the WA Youth Theatre Company and also performed and studied at Murdoch University.
John has appeared in a number of high-profile Australian television programmes including Chances, Blue Heelers, Halifax, Janus, Corelli, State Coroner, Breakers, TwentyFourSeven, McLeod's Daughters, the US Movies Of The Week Chameleon III and Hearts Of Men (alongside James Caan) and had a role in Dynasty – Behind The Scenes.
Most recently, John appeared in the US series Starter Wife alongside Debra Messing.
John has also performed in the following theatrical productions: Night Story (Manifest Productions), An Indian Summer (Melbourne Collective Players), Desire (The Athenaeum Theatre), Romeo And Juliet and The Wind In The Willows (Elston and Hocking).