Bretty From Kath And Kim Becomes A Truck Driver After Coronavirus Cancelled All His Gigs
Peter Rowsthorn was the man who portrayed Brett Craig on the iconic Kath & Kim for more than 30 episodes.
After appearing on the show, he had made a name for himself as a stand-up comic.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has hit him hard, along with others in the creative arts and performance industry, and he's had to adapt.
Speaking to Channel 7 Perth programme Flashpoint, Rowsthorn said he's taken up truck driving to make ends meet.
"I was cruising along and all of a sudden, the coronavirus hits and my diary starts to empty," Rowsthorn told the show.
"I'm in no way different to anyone else, there's no way I can get those jobs back. I'm done, I've got no income for the rest of the year."
The actor and comedian recalled when he was on a plane as social distancing rules were announced, which effectively cancelled all his stand-up gigs.
When he turned his phone on after the flight, he saw all these messages about his upcoming shows.
The 57-year-old said he'd lost about $40,000 worth of gigs during that plane ride.
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Not knowing where to turn, help came after speaking to his brother, Mark, who offered him a job working for the family trucking business.
"My brother...rang me up knowing I was going through a fairly stressful time, knowing I'd lost a lot of work, knowing the family has been really under the pump," he said to Flashpoint.
"He said 'I can give you some money' and I said 'I don't want to be given money, I'd rather work'.
"He said 'Come and drive for me' so that's what I'm going to do."
Peter has a wife and four kids, so he knew he would have to get to work quickly in order to provide for his family.
While it's a kick in the teeth, he says he's happy to get stuck into trucking and make some money while the pandemic keeps everyone social distancing.
In an interview with Sunrise, Peter said: "It's something I can do, it's an industry that's still operating and I've got some connections in it.
"It'll keep the financial wheels turning for the family - so I'm just going to embrace it."
Featured Image Credit: Channel 7/Flashpoint