Rachel Ward was the leggy British model-turned-actress who had starred in the movies "Sharky's Machine" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid." Australian Bryan Brown was making his mark in such international hits as "Breaker Morant" and was well on his way to heartthrob status.
The couple have worked in separate projects over the years, appearing together only twice since they married: in 1986's "The Good Wife" and now in Showtime's "On the Beach," the new three-hour adaptation of Nevil Shute's legendary apocalyptic novel. Directed by Russell Mulcahy and penned by David Williamson and Bill Kerby, the thriller, set in 2006, deals with a nuclear holocaust that threatens the lone civilization surviving in Australia.
Ward plays Moira Davidson, a beautiful, carefree Australian woman, and Brown plays her former boyfriend, cynical scientist Julian Osborne. Armand Assante also stars as American submarine commander Dwight Towers, who falls in love with Moira.