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Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd
DSS Mike Shepherd was the new guy in town but is now firmly ensconced in his new home town of Brokenwood. Good natured, if slightly rumpled, Mike has the innate ability to feel like everyone’s mate.
On the personal side his private life is definitely something of a mystery. There’s at least a couple of ex-wives but no one seems to know exactly how many. For although Mike gets the truth from his suspects, he’s never one to admit his own details readily. He’ll never lie about it, but he’ll keep it mercurial. One thing is certain, somewhere along the way Mike Shepherd realised he was much better at solving murders than personal relationships. If he’d ever developed his own adage it would probably be: ‘marriage is the one truly unsolvable mystery.’
His sense of humour is black, wry and deadpan. He likes a drink: a beer, a red wine (pinot noir if it’s decent), or a whisky (Irish) but rarely more than two or three. He’s seen too many of his own kind turn to booze for respite from the stresses of the job. Mike has so far avoided that pitfall.
But if Mike does have one vice it’s country music. He will happily enthuse to anyone who’ll listen that country, in its various forms, has the ‘best three minute crime stories ever sung!’. Nothing makes him happier than throwing a cassette (yes, cassette – analogue just sounds better, he reckons) into the archaic player of his 1971 Holden Kingswood and turning it up loud. It helps him think, relax and often gives him inspiration. For as he will point out, country is about passions; heartbreak, adultery, divorce and jealousy - themes that are never far from any murder he's ever investigated.
Mike turned up in Brokenwood to solve a crime and decided to stay. It suits him. Whatever is down the line is best left behind. If he’s on the run from anything it’s his own personal life – nothing sinister, just untidy. What he enjoys about Brokenwood is its tranquility, scenic pleasures and the (false) hope of a quiet professional life. For now that suits Mike down to the ground – four hectares of it. And one day he’ll crack that perfect pinot – but like solving a clever crime – he knows it might take time.

Neill Rea Biography
Neill Rea has been working in New Zealand as both a professional actor in film, television, and theatre, and as a casting director for nearly two decades. THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES marks his first leading role in a television series.
Neill is a graduate of both Victoria University and Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School.
His extensive acting CV includes films such as ‘Scarfies’, ‘The Irrefutable Truth About Demons’, ‘Spooked’ and ‘The Warrior’s Way’, and television programmes such as ‘The Kick’, ‘Go Girls’, ‘Shortland Street’, ‘Rude Awakenings’, ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Mercy Peak’.