Penny McNamee gained fame as the adored Dr. Tori Morgan on Home and Away, but she is now broadening her interests.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that the 39-year-old actress has entered the burgeoning field of podcasting for the first time.
Penny has agreed to star in LiSTNR’s debut radio drama, The Younger Man, which is based on everyone’s favourite business tycoon, Zo Foster Blake, and his best-selling book of the same name.
According to a press release from LiSTNR, the audio rom-com podcast series “The Younger Man” “used LiSTNR’s unique audio-first production talents, and a cast of Australian actors, to produce a new sort of audio entertainment for the Australian market.”
For those who are unfamiliar with the plot of the best-selling book, it centres on a burnt-out businesswoman named Abby (voiced by Amazing Grace actor Ella Scott Lynch), who falls in love with a younger man named Marcus (Nicholas Burton, Pieces of Her).
The plot focuses on their unique relationship’s highs and lows as they wryly deal with their age difference in the face of social pressure.
Chelsea, one of Abby’s closest friends and confidantes, will be portrayed by Penny, and Mads, Abby’s other best friend, will be portrayed by Clickbait star Andrea Dimitriades.
Even book enthusiasts have no reason not to listen because LiSTNR claims that the audio version will add some twists and turns to Zo’s story.
According to Jen Goggin, head of content for LiSTNR’s original podcasts, “the process of using our production team’s skills to adapt and create a unique audio-first approach to The Younger Man story has been a dynamic, creative, and exciting experience. The result is a fun, compelling, and immersive piece of audio-entertainment.”
After more than five years, Penny chose to quit Home and Away, telling Who at the time that she had no regrets about doing so:
I don’t like to glance behind me. I firmly think that everything has its own season, so for me, quitting the show felt like the conclusion of that season. She remarked, “I feel incredibly appreciative for the incredible experience I’ve had on the programme.
Penny and her husband Matt Tooker, whom she wed in 2009, have two children together: Jack, age five, and Neve, age three.