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City Homicide


Daniel MacPherson as Simon Joyner

Detective Senior Constable Simon Joyner

Far from being your traditional police recruit, Simon has been a cop since his early-twenties and in Homicide for ten months.

He and Matt have been working together from the outset and in that time, have formed a strong friendship. Simon is the product of an expensive private school education. In fact, several private schools.

'Expulsion' was an oft-used word in the Joyner household during Simon's teenage years. His parents were amazed when he got into University and then even more amazed, and disappointed, when he dropped out to join the police service.

They were probably right to believe their son capable of much greater things, but they've long since grown used to the idea.

For Simon, deciding to become a cop was simply a matter of his own survival instincts kicking in. He was smart enough to realise that unless he curbed his kamikaze lifestyle, he'd be lucky to see 30. Either that or he'd end up in prison.

So he became a cop instead. And it worked. Doesn't mean he has to take life too seriously though. Simon's quick with the one-liners but he has trouble detecting if a gag's going to lighten the mood or get him a verbal slap. Mostly from Jennifer.

But if the jokes ever run dry, you'll know Simon's right on the edge. Simon's rumpled and reckless, carnal to the point of self destruction, and happily focused on chasing every skirt in town. He can't get enough of them, nor they him.

The fact that he was raised in a female-dominated household (mother, one older sister, one younger) no doubt gives him an inside running in this area, but it may also prove to be his undoing, as we discover when we first meet him.

Daniel MacPherson

He may have played a policeman for two years on the long-running British TV series The Bill, but Daniel MacPherson isn't drawing on that experience for his new role on City Homicide.

"The two roles are like chalk and cheese really," he explains. "The Bill is a 20-year-old, twice-a-week British institution where I was playing a uniformed cop - it was pretty mundane, stock standard stuff.

"City Homicide is dynamic, fresh and exciting and its characters are much more layered. They have more faults, which makes them more real, and more exciting to play."

As Detective Simon Joyner, Daniel loves the plain clothes look and certainly doesn't miss his days in uniform. "Being a detective you are the master of your domain because it's one of the most sought-after positions in the police force.

"Simon is the youngest of the homicide cops. He's passionate about his job and doing it well,
but he doesn't need to prove himself because he's pretty good at it naturally. He's very intuitive - he reads people and situations very well."

Since making his mark on Neighbours - for which he received a Logie award for Most Popular New Male Talent in 1999 - Daniel's career has criss-crossed the globe and several genres with leading roles on last year's Tripping Over, Blackjack (with City Homicide co-star Aaron Pedersen), as well as hosting The X Factor and presenting on National Geographic Presents.

After being nominated for the British National Television Award for Best Newcomer in 2003, Daniel starred opposite legendary actor Edward Woodward on the stage in "The Mysteries" in London's Canterbury Cathedral to rave reviews.

Relishing his new role, Daniel admits he's loving being back in Melbourne after relocating from Sydney to take up his place on City Homicide.

"Drama remains and always has been my number one focus and passion. It's great that I can do drama projects back-to-back," he says.