Mcleod’s Daughters: cast profiles

Myles Pollard as Nick Ryan

Nick is Alex’s younger brother. He has inherited his father’s head for business, but an accident as a teenager, caused by a dare from Alex, put him in hospital for six months and left him with a limp.

Nick graduated from University with a double degree in Agronomy and Business and, despite his bad leg, still takes an active part in running the property. Nick is dedicated to making Killarney the best, adapting modern farming and breeding techniques.

Nick is well positioned in the farming community and holds seats on influential committees, which sometimes means he travels overseas. He enjoys helping his father run Killarney and they share a closeness he might never have expected.

Nick is a quiet, intelligent man with a steely will. He’s unaware that women see his limp as a warrior’s scar that they find very attractive. He secretly adores Claire and has no problem agreeing with his father’s wish that they should marry.

When Tess arrives and focuses her attention on him, Nick is dismissive until he realises Alex is interested in Claire’s long-lost sister… and the competition is on again. He’s shocked to find Tess becoming much more important to him than a winner’s trophy.

Myles Pollard grew up in remote communities in Western Australia where his father was a school principal and his mother taught music. Although they moved every two to five years, Myles spent the latter part of his high-school years in Perth.

After graduating from university with a communications degree, Myles moved to Sydney to get an acting agent. He performed King Lear at the New Theatre and realised he needed training. He went back to Perth, auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and was accepted into their three-year programme.

Wildside was his first job, and then he toured with Bell Shakespeare in a version of Romeo and Juliet that explored themes of racism in Australia.

He was packing veterinary products at a wholesale factory when he found out he had the role of Nick Ryan. Myles was "stoked to be given something very Australian with Australian themes," especially in a rural environment, as he loves the country. "I'm an action guy, and doing this series, I get paid to go and play on motor bikes and horses." Myles graduated from NIDA in 1998, and his television credits include Invincibles, Water Rats [series 4, episode 105], All Saints [series 2, episodes 56 and 57] and Wildside.