Craig McLachlan may have finally broken free from the "bloke next door" image after The Doctor Blake Mysteries was commissioned for a second season.
McLachlan plays the main character Dr Lucien Blake in the ABC series, which has attracted a strong Friday night following.
Produced by December Media for ABC TV, The Doctor Blake Mysteries premiered on February 1 and has been achieving a five-city series average of 1.2 million per episode, says the ABC.
It has now been recommissioned for a second series, which is in development.
For McLachlan, Dr Blake has been his meatiest role since he was cast as Michael Chamberlain in the 2004 telemovie Through My Eyes about the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain.
He recently told AAP that Dr Blake would be his "breakout" role and hoped casting agents, directors and producers would take him more seriously and see his versatility as an actor.
"...this is definitely the one role I have been waiting for," McLachlan said.
"Certainly my relationship with the Australian public has always been terrific and it's probably because I started out in everyone's lounge room as Henry (on Neighbours).
"The industry however has seen me as the kind of likeable curly-headed boy-next-door and in fact, often, up until recently, I would still get asked to take meetings about playing fellas much younger than my 47 years."
Besides solid television ratings, Dr Blake has also attracted a total of 160,000 plays on ABC iview across four episodes.
McLachlan said in a statement: "I can't even begin to express how thrilled I am to be travelling back to late '50s Ballarat for another round of The Doctor Blake Mysteries."