List of Home and Away characters (1994)

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Home and Away is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on the Seven Network on 17 January 1988. The following is a list of characters that first appeared during 1994, by order of first appearance. They were all introduced by the show's executive producer Andrew Howie. The 7th season of Home and Away began airing on 10 January 1994.[1] The first introduction of the year was Dylan Harris, the son of established character Angel Brooks. Daniel Amalm and Toni Pearen were introduced in April as Jack Wilson and Beth Armstrong, respectively. Tempany Deckert joined the cast as Selina Cook the following month. Matthew Lilley and Eva Matiuk began playing Rob Storey and Sonia Johnson in July, respectively. Isla Fisher and Shane Ammann arrived as Shannon and Curtis Reed in September. Nicola Quilter began appearing as Donna Bishop in November.

Dylan Parrish[edit]

Dylan Parrish
Home and Away character
Portrayed by Jimmy Lucini (1994)
Jay Patterson (1994)
Corey Glaister (1995–96)
Duration 1994, 1995–96
First appearance 1 February 1994
Last appearance 30 August 1996
Introduced by Andrew Howie
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
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Dylan Parrish (né Harris), made his first appearance on 1 February 1994. Jimmy Lucini originated the role and Jay Patterson later took over. Corey Glaister played Dylan from 1995 until his departure in 1996.

After Paul Harris (Ramsay Everingham), loses custody of Dylan to his mother, Angel Brooks (Melissa George), and Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer), he decides to hold his son hostage.[2] Dylan is found and taken to the doctor for a routine check-up, he is then diagnosed with leukaemia.[2] George stated "Angel is totally freaked out when she gets Dylan's test results back. Shane comforts her and tells her it's going to be fine."[2] The situation makes Shane realise that Dylan feels like a real son to him.[2] Brummer praised Dylan's portrayer Glaister and called him "good fun" to work with.[2]

Dylan is the son of Angel Brooks and Paul Harris. He was born when Angel was fourteen and raised by his grandmother Anne (Fay Kelton) when Angel gave up custody. Angel tracks Dylan down when he is three years old much to Anne's chagrin. She tells him she is his mother but he refuses to believe her, devastating Angel. Anne eventually relents and lets Angel have access and have Dylan for the odd weekend. Angel's boyfriend Shane Parrish struggles to connect with Dylan at first but soon grows to love him. During his visit, Dylan accidentally spills orange juice all over Donald Fisher's (Norman Coburn) last remaining photos of his late daughter, Bobby Marshall (Nicolle Dickson), leaving Donald upset. On Dylan's next visit to the bay, he locks himself in Donald's car while Shane and Damian Roberts (Matt Doran) babysit him. Several months later, Shane and Angel decide to battle Anne and Paul for custody of Dylan. During this time, he realises that Angel his mother and begins calling her "Mummy". Shane and Angel win custody of Dylan after Paul withdraws due to Anne's attitude towards Angel.

Paul resurfaces several months later and begins a hate campaign against Angel and attempts to kidnap Dylan, but is foiled by Shannon Reed (Isla Fisher). Dylan develops a temperature and begins feeling tired.[3] He is later diagnosed with leukemia and Angel is worried it may be terminal and begins shutting everybody out. Dylan is then christened with Damian and Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons) as his godparents. Angel contemplates having another child with Paul as a saviour sibling for Dylan. Dylan's leukaemia later goes into remission and Angel discovers she is pregnant with Shane's baby. Prior to a family holiday, Shane collapses and dies while on a day out at the headland leaving Angel and Dylan devastated. Angel later gives birth to a daughter, who she names after Shane. Following an Earthquake, the Parrishes are left homeless and are invited to live with Pippa Ross (Debra Lawrence). Simon Broadhurst (Julian Garner) takes an interest in Angel and asks her to marry him and she accepts. They all leave Summer Bay after a big farewell from all their friends. Dylan asks Angel if they have beaches in England and she tells him yes, but not like the one in Summer Bay.

Jack Wilson[edit]

Jack Wilson played by Daniel Amalm made his first appearance on 1 April 1994. Jack was introduced as a new foster child for the characters of Michael (Dennis Coard) and Pippa Ross (Debra Lawrence). Amalm was picked to play Jack from thousands of young actors, despite not being on the list to audition.[4] Amalm was a busker with no acting experience, but he impressed producers so much with his performance that he was given the role of Jack.[4] In 1996, Amalm left the serial to pursue other projects. Amalm told a reporter from Inside Soap that he was bored of doing monotonous work which was not "his thing". He added that it was too time consuming and wanted to concentrate more on his music.[5] In 2000, Amalm returned to Home and Away; Jack featured in episodes centred around Sally Fletcher's (Kate Ritchie) wedding to Kieran Fletcher (Spencer McLaren).[6] For his portrayal of Jack, Amalm received a nomination for "Most Popular New Talent" at the 1995 Logie Awards.[7] The episode featuring the Summer Bay bushfire caused by Jack was nominated for the Avid Technology Award for "Best Episode in a Television Drama Serial" at the 1996 Australian Film Institute Awards.[8]

Beth Armstrong[edit]

Beth Armstrong, played by Toni Pearen, made her first appearance on 25 April 1994 and departed on 10 June 1994. Pearen's casting was announced a month ahead of her on-screen debut.[9]

Beth arrives to privately tutor Tug O'Neale (Tristan Bancks) when he returns to school after a difficult time, in order to beat his dyslexia. Tug becomes immediately attracted to her. Beth's colleague Luke Cunningham (John Adam) introduces her to Nick Parrish (Bruce Roberts). Beth and Nick get along well but disaster strikes when Beth crashes her car into Nick's from behind, causing their fenders to lock. Nick is able to pry the cars apart at the expense of Alf Stewart's (Ray Meagher) putter. Beth and Nick's paths cross once again when Nick attends Yoga classes held at the school in order to help with his headaches.

Tug asks Beth for further tutorials but refuses to pay if charged and is too proud to accept if the lessons are free. Beth comes up with a solution; Tug teaching her to swim in exchange for the tutorials and he agrees. Beth is impressed when Tug dives into the sea to save some kittens from being drowned. Beth learns of Tug's feelings from Luke and tells Tug she is his teacher and nothing more. Beth confides in Roxy Miller (Lisa Lackey) about Tug's feelings and Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) advises Beth to cease teaching Tug. Beth, however decides to continue as the HSC trials are nearing. After Tug receives a six-month suspended sentence for stealing Roxy's car, he arrives at Beth's flat to tell her and in the excitement he kisses her and she reciprocates.

Beth regrets the kiss and tells Tug she will not jeopardize her career over an affair with a student leaving him devastated. When Tug sees Beth with Nick, he accuses him of dating her and reveals he is in love with Beth. This is too much for Beth who resigns from the school and bids Tug farewell, but does not tell him where she is going.

Selina Roberts[edit]

Main article: Selina Roberts

Selina Roberts, played by Tempany Deckert. She debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 5 May. Deckert was given the role of Selina after her third audition for the show.[10] In 1996, Deckert fell ill and Louise Crawford played Selina in her absence. .[11] In 1997, Deckert decided to leave the serial, however briefly returned in 1998 for an episode filmed in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as part of the serial's first ever overseas location filming.[12] Upon her arrival, Selina was described as being a tearaway with an attitude.[13] For her portrayal of Selina, Deckert was nominated for "Most Popular Actress" at the 1997 Logie Awards.[14] The Newcastle Herald included the 1998 episode of Home and Away, in which Selina and Steven returned in their "TV Highlights" feature.[15]

Rob Storey[edit]

Rob Storey played by Matthew Lilley first appeared on 13 July 1994 and departed on 12 May 1995. Lilley played the role for a year. Three years after he left the series; Lilley said he still received fan mail from European viewers.[16] A writer from All About Soap said that Rob and Roxy were "the perfect couple".[17][18]

Sonia Johnson[edit]

Sonia Johnson
Home and Away character
Portrayed by Eva Matiuk
First appearance 25 July 1994
Last appearance 21 September 1994
Introduced by Andrew Howie
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Student

Sonia Johnson, played by Eva Matiuk, made her first screen appearance on 25 July 1994. Matiuk was a model for several years before she joined the cast of Home and Away as Sonia.[19] Matiuk was three years older than her character.[19] She told Jason Herbison from Inside Soap that Sonia was "no shrinking violet" and called her "a sassy 16-year-old who's out to have a good time! She'll do anything to get what she wants."[19] While dealing with his heart break over a failed relationship, Tug O'Neale (Tristan Bancks) met Sonia. Herbison said that Tug's luck with women was set to change with the student, who put "a spring in his step".[19] Sonia asked Tug out and they had a fling, which put Jack Wilson's (Daniel Amalm) "nose out of joint" because he liked her too.[19] Sonia then became stuck in a love triangle.[19]

Sonia is a student who Tug O'Neale briefly dates. However, Sonia falls for Jack Wilson and breaks up with Tug for him. It soon emerges that Jack is also seeing Selina Cook (Tempany Deckert) and Frankie Brooks (Lenka Kripac). The girls take revenge on Jack for three-timing them by luring him to a caravan and stripping him to his boxers, humiliating him.

Herbison called Sonia a "blonde bombshell" and thought she had the men of Summer Bay "going gaga".[19]

Shannon Reed[edit]

Main article: Shannon Reed

Shannon Reed played by Isla Fisher. She made her first on screen appearance on 16 September 1994. She departed on 6 August 1997. Ashley Murray played a young Shannon in flashbacks. Fisher joined the cast of Home and Away in 1994, shortly after completing her role on Paradise Beach, along with co-star Shane Ammann to play the respective roles of Shannon and Curtis Reed.[20] In 1997, Fisher announced she had quit the serial.[21] For her portrayal of Shannon, Fisher received a nomination for "Most Popular New Talent" at the 1995 Logie Awards.[22] In 1997, she was earned a nomination for "Most Popular Actress".[14]

Curtis Reed[edit]

Curtis Reed played by Shane Ammann debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 16 September 1994 and departed on 15 April 1997.Ammann joined the cast of Home and Away in 1994, shortly after completing his role on Paradise Beach, along with co-star Isla Fisher to play the respective roles of Curtis and Shannon Reed.[20] Ammann left the serial in 1997 at a time many other cast members decided to quit their roles.[23] Rachel Browne of The Sun-Herald branded Curtis as "the new stud of Summer Bay High",after he romanced both Chloe and Casey.[24]

Donna Bishop[edit]

Main article: Donna Bishop

Donna Bishop played by Nicola Quilter debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 8 November 1994 and departed on 23 June 1995. Quilter joined the cast in 1994.[25] Actress Kimberley Joseph also auditioned for the part of Donna, but it was Quilter who secured the role.[26][27] In December 1994, Quilter fractured a bone in her foot when a wall-mounted bed fell onto it. She was given crutches to aid her mobility while it healed. Rachel Browne from The Sun-Herald reported that Quilter's accident had "thrown production schedules into disarray" because the scripts required Donna to be using her feet.[28] The episode featuring the climax of Donna's domestic abuse at the hands of Andrew was nominated for "Best Episode in a Television Drama Serial" at the Australian Film Institute Awards in 1995.[29]

Others[edit]

Date(s) Character Actor Circumstances
2 February-10 May 1995 Anne Harris Fay Kelton Anne is Dylan Harris' (Jimmy Lucini) grandmother. She refuses to let Dylan's mother, Angel Brooks (Melissa George) see Dylan when she visits him in the city. Anne later relents and agrees to let Angel see Dylan sporadically over the next few months. After Angel is left paralysed after being run over, Anne visits Angel tells her that she will never be able to a mother to Dylan. Angel defies her and fights in court for custody of Dylan. Anne's son, Paul Harris (Ramsay Everingham) tires of her interference in the case and mutually surrenders custody of Dylan to Angel and her new husband Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer), much to Anne's upset.
28 February Fireman Ross Sharp A Fire officer who attends the blaze at Adam Cameron's (Mat Stevenson) house.
9–16 March Cathy Joy Smithers[30] Cathy is a customer of the Bayside Diner who Damian Roberts (Matt Doran) has a crush on. Damian begins taking music lessons with Cathy and is about to tell her how he feels until her husband walks in. Angel Brooks (Melissa George) and Sarah Thompson (Laura Vasquez), who suspect Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer) is seeing Cathy burst into the house, inadvertently saving Damian embarrassment.
16 March Heavy Paul Reynolds A Heavy who threatens Haydn Ross (Andrew Hill) over gambling debts.
30 March-1 April Mrs Kelly Sally Hudson Mrs Kelly is an officer from the department of Childcare Services (DOCS). She asks Michael Ross and Pippa Ross (Debra Lawrence) if they will foster Jack Wilson (Daniel Amalm) and she brings Jack to them.
15 April Auctioneer Andrew James Mead The Auctioneer who handles the sale of the Beach House. He is hugged by Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) after she makes the winning bid.
22 April Defence Counsel Bevan Wilson Personnel involved in Tug O'Neale's (Tristan Bancks) trial for dangerous driving.
Magistrate Kate Shiel
Police Prosecutor Benjamin Franklin
Clerk of the Court John Carr
25 April Robbie Taylor Ryan Kwanten Robbie is a Year 10 student who Jack Wilson (Daniel Amalm) teases when his mother Mrs Taylor fusses over him. Robbie rises to hit Jack but Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) intervenes and gives both boys detention.
25 April Mrs Taylor Robyn Gurney Mrs Taylor is the cleaner of Summer Bay High, whose son Robbie (Ryan Kwanten) is a student in Year 10.
1 June-8 August 1996 Fred Archer Robert Baxter Fred is a retired policeman who hires Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer) after he drops out of school. When Fred's son tells Shane to take a break, Shane does so only for Fred to fire him. Fred later joins the Surf Club committee. Fred later goes into business with Frank Zennotti (Silvio Orfia) and begins illegal waste dumping. He threatens Shannon Reed (Isla Fisher) when she begins her own investigation. Fred then holds Shannon and Jesse McGregor (Ben Unwin) hostage but he and his associates are caught by the police.
3 June Fred Archer Jr. Andrew Gilbert Fred Jr. works for his father. He tells Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer) to take a break and Shane does, only to be fired by Fred Sr.
2–13 June Todd Hunter Albert Goh Todd is a classmate used by Angel Brooks (Melissa George) to make her boyfriend, Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer) jealous. Angel realises she still loves Shane and breaks up with Todd.
30 June Marty Jade Gatt[31] Marty buys Steven Matheson's (Adam Willits) old bicycle from Jack Wilson (Daniel Amalm).
7–12 July Zac Dene Kermond Zac is a graffiti artist who tags the wall outside of the surf club and frames Jack Wilson (Daniel Amalm) for it. Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) refuses to believe Jack when he protests his innocence. Jack manages to catch Zac in the act and exposes him to Alf.
18–6 July 1995 Mick O'Reilly Peter Whitford Mick is hired by Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) to decorate his house. He proves to be lazy and dishonest and begins fabricating jobs in order to con more money out of Donald. Donald realises this and fires him. Mick later reappears and tries to charm Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons), who rebuffs him. He then begins seeing Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) and proposes to her. Marilyn does some digging and discovers Mick is a bigamist who is still married to his first two wives Carol (Amanda Wenban) and Ingrid (Kathryn Dagher). After learning of Mick's whereabouts Carol and Ingrid arrive and confront him at the Diner. Irene then calls off the engagement.
12 September-21 November Helen James Roslyn Gentle Helen is an officer from the department of Childcare Services (DOCS). Helen appears when Curtis (Shane Ammann) and Shannon Reed's (Isla Fisher) adoptive mother dies and asks the Rosses if they can take them in, however, they only have room for one. The Rosses take Shannon in and Curtis moves in with Alf (Ray Meagher) and Ailsa Stewart (Judy Nunn). Helen returns before Christmas to check up on Shannon and Jack Wilson (Daniel Amalm).
15 September Berta Lucinda Armour Berta is the coach of the Summer Bay Tigers' rival netball team. When The Tigers beat her team, Berta and the Tigers coach Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) get into a food fight in the diner.
9–28 September Frankie Brooks Lenka Kripac[32] Frankie is Angel Brooks' (Melissa George) younger sister. She arrives in Summer Bay to stay with Angel after running away from their parents. Frankie is attracted to Jack Wilson (Daniel Amalm) and Angel warns her about him but she does not listen and dates Jack. Frankie and Angel have a falling out but later reconcile after learning Angel left home at fourteen after falling pregnant to her boyfriend Paul Harris (Ramsay Everingham). Frankie discovers Jack is cheating on her with Selina Cook (Tempany Deckert) and Sonia Johnson (Eva Matiuk) and the girls take revenge by stripping him. Frankie then leaves to return home to her parents.
21–17 September 1997 Dawn Cook Kim Deacon Dawn is Selina Cook's (Tempany Deckert) mother. When Selina returns to the Bay following their move away, Dawn tries to get her to return home but Selina refuses. Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) convinces Dawn to let her foster Selina and she agrees. Dawn returns three years later to help Selina prepare for her wedding to Steven Matheson (Adam Willits). Her presence serves to irritate Selina when she brings up her past relationships and quizzes Chloe Richards (Kristy Wright) about her failed relationship with her son Wayne (Josh Rosenthal). In the end, Selina tells Dawn to leave and she does.
30 September-3 October Mrs Middleton Clare Grant Middleton is the head of a deportment school where Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) sends Selina Cook (Tempany Deckert).
10 October-17 January 1995 Ros Parrish Angela Punch McGregor[33] Ros is the mother of Nick (Bruce Roberts) and Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer). She arrives in Summer Bay after the death of her husband, Philip but Shane refuses to talk to her and is resentful towards her for neglecting him during childhood to focus on her law career. Shane eventually forgives her and they reconnect. However, When Ros begins interfering in his relationship with Angel Brooks (Melissa George), Shane becomes annoyed and asks her to leave.
24 October Doctor Adams Carol Tobin Adams examines Roxy Miller (Lisa Lackey) after she discovers a lump in her breast.
2 November Eddy Conners Matthew Foster Eddy is a student in Year 12 who is witness to a muck-up day prank pulled by Shane Parrish (Dieter Brummer), Angel Brooks (Melissa George) and Damian Roberts (Matt Doran)
16 November Radiologist Nell Hourn A Radiologist who attends to Roxy Miller (Lisa Lackey) when she is treated for Breast cancer.
16 November Dr. Blackburn Christopher Burke A Doctor who attends to Jack Wilson (Daniel Amalm) following a fall from the roof of Summer Bay House.

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