For much of his life, Tony Braxton-Smith has had a dream - one that came true in his role as the first boss to go incognito in the new season of reality hit Undercover Boss Australia.
Braxton-Smith, who was raised in Perth, is the son of actress Joan Sydney, best known for her roles as Matron Sloan on A Country Practice and Valda Sheergold on Neighbours.
He has become accustomed to being introduced as Joan Sydney's son.
"I have said to her for a number of years, 'mum my greatest dream is one day to be somewhere where I'll be the one in the spotlight and they say this is Tony Braxton-Smith who everyone knows and this is his mum Joan'," he said.
"So my dream actually came true."
Braxton-Smith is the Adelaide-based chief executive of Great Southern Rail, which operates long-distance train services including The Indian Pacific and The Ghan.
During his stint undercover, Braxton-Smith spent time on his trains doing everything from cleaning toilets and making beds to unloading cars and luggage. He used the alias Sydney King, a combination of his mother's stage surname and maiden name.
He came close to being sprung by chef Hung Van Houng (pictured with a bearded Braxton-Smith) who commented that, if "King" was taller, he'd look like the CEO.
"I froze like a rabbit caught in the headlights when that happened - that was my biggest scary moment," Braxton-Smith revealed.Braxton-Smith was previously chief executive of Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld, former home to Big Brother, so wasn't entirely a stranger to reality TV.
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