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Sweet new drama role

Madison Torres-Davy, left, Gary Sweet and Julia Morris in a scene from the TV series House Husbands.
Madison Torres-Davy, left, Gary Sweet and Julia Morris in a scene from the TV series House Husbands. Contributed - Channel 9

FIRST she conquered Celebrity Apprentice, and now Australia's beloved funny woman Julia Morris is taking on a TV drama.

The seasoned stand-up comic stars in Channel 9's new family drama House Husbands which centres on four families where dad stays home to look after the kids.

House Husbands - Nine/WIN - Sunday at 8.30pm

"I have been having a glorious time working on the show," Morris said.

"I didn't know how much fun we would have making a drama.

"I've been making so many comedies over the years, I didn't know if everyone would be much more sensible ...but it's been business as usual - nothing but fun and games."

Morris has spent the past two years attending dramatic acting classes in Los Angeles.

She said House Husbands came along at just the right time.

"The (Celebrity) Apprentice put me back in the spotlight enough to be lucky enough to audition for a role in an Aussie drama," she said.

"I'm in my 75th year in the business," she deadpans, "and there are very few things I haven't done. This (a drama) was one of the last things on the list."

But despite years of making audiences laugh, Morris admits to feeling apprehensive about her audition.

"I was incredibly nervous," she said.

"I had read the script and I really wanted it. You know something awesome when it comes along.

"It was clever and touching and sweet and true.

"The script has got a real truth to it which is what I really like. I hoped and prayed (I would get the role)."

Morris struck up an instant chemistry with on-screen husband Gary Sweet.

"There's a lot of head rubbing that goes on, when I can drag myself away from Gary's lips. He's a great kisser," she laughed.

"I'm in awe of him as a performer and an actor. He's just so effortless.

"I'm trying to absorb some of those skills, and trying to transpose some of them on myself. I'm learning every single day."

Also playing stay-at-home dads in the series are Firass Dirani, Gyton Grantley and Rhys Muldoon.

Former Neighbours and All Saints star Natalie Saleeba plays a working mum alongside Morris.

Sunday's debut episode featured a disastrous first day at school, during which the four dads came under fire after their children hijacked a school bus and nearly ran over their headmistress.

Morris remembers sending her children off to school for the first time, although her experience was far less dramatic.

"It really oscillates between sadness and extreme joy that you get more than an hour to yourself every day."

This week's second episode sees the house husbands tackle the upcoming "show and tell" day at school.

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