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Gold Logie nominee Rodger Corser reveals the secret to his success

'I couldn’t do this without her.'

Despite being a two-time Gold Logie nominee and one of the most popular stars on Aussie TV, Rodger Corser isn't buying into the hype.

In fact, the actor, who plays Dr Hugh Knight in Nine Network comedy-drama Doctor Doctor, modestly admits he could never have predicted his career would lead to this moment.

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"I never thought I'd be nominated for a TV WEEK Logie Award, let alone two years in a row," the 45-year-old grins. "I'm incredibly surprised and honoured."

Roder is thrilled to be nominated for the Gold Logie.
Roder is thrilled to be nominated for the Gold Logie.

Rodger is up for three awards – the Gold Logie, Most Popular Actor and Most Outstanding Actor – but humbly credits his family for his success, especially his wife, Renae Berry.

The couple, who married in 2007, have three children: Budd, seven, Cilla, six, and two-year-old Dustin. Rodger also has a 15-year-old daughter, Zipporah, with former partner Christine Anu.

"It's a celebration for the whole family," the usually private actor says of his Gold Logie nod. "I feel fortunate I've been able to provide for them and do what I love."

Renae says the entire family is hoping he'll bring home the "shiny gold trophy".

"That's what the kids call it [the Logie]," she laughs. "They don't quite know what the Logies are, but we're all so proud of him."

Meanwhile, Zipporah is ready to follow in her actor father's footsteps. The thought fills Rodger with pride – and some concern.

"Zipporah goes to a performing arts school and sings like her mum [Christine], so she'll probably go into the business," he says.

"But I was hoping if she was exposed to it enough, she'd pick something a bit more reliable – like economics [Laughs]. Then she wouldn't have the inevitable fear of 'What's next?' at the end of every job. But I want her to do what makes her happy."

Rodger and Renae attend the 2017 TV WEEK Logie Awards.
Rodger and Renae attend the 2017 TV WEEK Logie Awards.

Although the spotlight is firmly on Rodger right now, the star is quick to credit his wife for his achievements. Renae, a former theatre actress, is now a full-time mum to the kids.

"I couldn't do this without her support," he enthuses. "When we film Doctor Doctor in Mudgee [in country NSW], I'm often not around to help with the kids at home.

"But Renae has everything down to a finely drilled art and makes it possible for me to do what I'm passionate about."

For more from Rodger's exclusive interview, pick up a copy of this week's issue of TV WEEK.

Our Gold Nominees Special features six different covers, one with each of our Gold Logie Award nominees: Rodger, Grant Denyer, Amanda Keller, Jessica Marais, Andrew Winter, and Tracy Grimshaw.

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