Celeb People: `Why Stripping's Put Me in the Nick' Hunky Aussie TV Star Daniel McPherson Had Stopped Giving a XXXX about Exercise - until He Had to Bare All on the Bill, That Is. IAN WOODWARD Reports
Byline: IAN WOODWARD
When soap heart-throb Daniel McPherson found he'd have to be in the buff for his debut performance in The Bill, he frantically started working out.
Years of partying and living on fast food left 22-year-old Daniel, who played Joel in Neighbours, out of shape. But when viewers see him on the hit ITV1 show as new Aussie cop Cameron Tait on Wednesday he'll make for an arresting sight - as a flasher.
"Cameron has moved into his flat in London and is getting ready to start at Sun Hill the next day," explains Daniel. "He's walking around naked as he's unpacking boxes, and PC Kerry Young turns up and says, `Excuse me, we've had these complaints about a flasher.'
"It was an interesting first day on set, but I managed to tone up those flabby muscles before the big scene. There's no way I'd take my clothes off looking unfit."
As a former triathlete - a sport that involves swimming, cycling and running - Daniel was used to being super-fit. But the years on Neighbours left him out of shape. "All my training stopped when I joined," he confesses. "It was a student lifestyle of vodka, takeaways and beanbags. I got really unhealthy.
"But when I got the part in The Bill, I decided I wasn't going to fall into the same trap again. I've set myself a goal to run the London Marathon and when I'm not filming The Bill, I'm always out running. My body's in pretty good nick again."
Daniel has also ditched his surfer look and his golden locks. …