List of Neighbours characters (2014)
Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on 18 March 1985 and currently airs on digital channel Eleven. The following is a list of characters that appeared or will appear in the soap in 2014, by order of first appearance. All characters are introduced by the shows executive producer Richard Jasek, or by his successor Jason Herbison. The 30th season of Neighbours began airing from 6 January 2014. Kathy Carpenter, Sienna Matthews and Naomi Canning made their debut appearances in March. Will Dempier and Daniel Robinson arrived in April, while Ethan Smith began appearing in May. Paige Novak made her debut in June, while Nate Kinski arrived in August. Dakota Davies will be introduced in October.
|Portrayed by||Tina Bursill|
|First appearance||10 March 2014|
|Last appearance||20 August 2014|
|Introduced by||Richard Jasek|
Kathy Carpenter, played by Tina Bursill, made her first screen appearance on 10 March 2014. Bursill's casting was announced on 22 November 2013, while Kathy has previously been mentioned in the series. A Neighbours spokesperson confirmed that Bursill began filming her scenes in early 2014. Kathy is the ex-wife of established character Lou Carpenter (Tom Oliver). Bursill and Oliver previously worked with each other in the 1970s and Bursill commented "While it has been a long time between takes, it was lovely to work with Tom again and also a lot of new faces." In May 2014, Calen MacKenzie, who plays Kathy's on-screen grandson Bailey, confirmed Bursill had reprised her role as Kathy for a second guest stint. Kathy returned on 18 July 2014.
Kathy comes to Ramsay Street to visit her daughter Lauren (Kate Kendall). Kathy is the only other person who knew Lauren had been pregnant with Brad Willis's (Kip Gamblin) child and she helped her daughter to hide the pregnancy. Executive producer Jason Herbison commented that during her visit, Kathy would deliver news that will rock the Turner and Willis households, setting the stage for "some major fireworks throughout the year." Bursill later said that Kathy would shock Lauren when she reveals her child is alive and added "Kathy had been trying to protect her daughter by concealing the truth." Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy also reported that Kathy would clash with Lou.
Lauren calls Kathy to say that she is going to tell her husband, Matt (Josef Brown), and Brad Willis about the baby she gave birth to twenty years ago. Kathy arrives in Erinsborough to see Lauren and instantly clashes with her ex-husband Lou. Lauren intervenes to say Kathy is staying with them. She then takes her mother to see her coffee shop and they discuss the phone call. Kathy tells Lauren that she should keep quiet about the baby. Kathy's youngest grandson, Bailey (Calen Mackenzie), tries to get to the bottom of his grandparents' issues and sits them both down to talk. With Lauren determined to tell Matt about the baby, Kathy admits that the baby was not stillborn and is still alive. Lauren is devastated by Kathy's revelation. Kathy goes on to explain that the baby was adopted out. Lauren is unable to forgive Kathy and asks her to leave. Kathy stays at Lassiter's Hotel, where she meets Brad's wife, Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou). Kathy tells Terese that she is stopping Lauren from trying to find her daughter. Kathy then informs Bailey and Amber (Jenna Rosenow) about their half-sister, leading to a confrontation with Lou. He asks Kathy to leave, as she is making things worse. However, Kathy stays and buys Number 32 for Lauren. Lauren accepts Kathy's offer on behalf of the children. She then asks her mother to stay away from her family and Kathy leaves town.
Several months later, Lauren invites Kathy back to Erinsborough for Amber and Bailey. She is surprised when, after reconciling over the phone, Kathy makes a sudden arrival, and tells her to book at a room at Lassiter's. Kathy clashes with Terese and Lauren's employee, Paige Novak (Olympia Valance). When Paige shows an interest in Kathy's homeware business, she apologises for her earlier behaviour and Kathy agrees to mentor her. Paige learns that Kathy has hired a private investigator to search for her granddaughter. Paige asks Kathy to abandon the search for Lauren's sake, but Kathy goes ahead with it. Paige later sees Kathy taking some medication and Kathy tells her she has a heart condition. Kathy's private investigator informs her that her granddaughter has been found in Canberra. Kathy meets with Megan Dennison (Stefanie Jones), but she is not happy when Paige interrupts them. Megan later leaves and sends Kathy a text saying the meeting was a mistake. Kathy becomes suspicious of Paige and starts asking around about her. While they are out driving, Kathy goes through Paige's bag and finds a sketch pad with drawings of the Turners and Willises. Kathy realises Paige is the granddaughter she has been searching for, and she has a heart attack causing her to lose control of the car, which then hits Toadfish Rebecchi (Ryan Moloney). Kathy's scarf becomes caught in the door, strangling her. Paige frees her and Kathy and Toadie are taken to the hospital, where Kathy undergoes surgery. When she wakes up, Kathy tells Matt that Paige is Lauren's daughter. Kathy abandons her plans to open a store in Erinsborough and she decides to return to Queensland.
|Portrayed by||Sarah Roberts|
|First appearance||21 March 2014|
|Last appearance||22 May 2014|
|Introduced by||Richard Jasek|
|Brennan on the Run|
Sienna Matthews, played by Sarah Roberts, made her first screen appearance on 21 March 2014. Roberts previously appeared in Neighbours as Clare Henderson (2010) and Jess Walker (2011), while Sienna first appeared in Brennan on the Run, a series of webisodes that focused on Mark Brennan's (Scott McGregor) time in witness protection. Sienna arrived in town to win Mark back and she immediately confronted his former girlfriend Kate Ramsay (Ashleigh Brewer). Kate assumed Marl has invited Sienna to Ramsay Street because he wanted to get back together with her. However, Brennan told Sienna that he was still in love with Kate and a "furious" Sienna demands that Kate stay away from Mark. When Sienna moved in with Mark, TV Week's Rebecca Lake commented, "After an unwelcome kiss from Sienna, Brennan now realises what we've known since last week. Yep, it's time to kick his crazy ex out!" Another TV Week contributor branded Sienna "loopy", "unstable" and a "psycho".
After arriving in Erinsborough, Sienna breaks into Mark's house, surprising both him and Kate Ramsay. Sienna wants to get back together with Mark, but he rejects her as he is in love with Kate. Sienna confronts Kate and asks her to tell Mark that she does not love him. Sienna then speaks with Mark and tells him about the conversation with Kate. She declares her love for Mark, but he rejects her advances again. Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) encourages Sienna to stay and fight for Mark. A couple of weeks later, Sienna breaks into Mark's house again and sees that he has bought an engagement ring for Kate. Sienna tries to tell Mark that Kate does not love him, but Mark reveals that he and Kate are back together. Sienna becomes a suspect in Kate's murder after she is found to have given a false alibi. When Sienna claims she has been fired and kicked out of her house, Mark allows her to stay with him. Sienna helps Mark to go through Kate's things and she kisses him. Mark asks her to leave, but changes his mind when Sienna tells him she has no where else to go. Sienna then goes away for a few days to give him space. On her return, Mark confronts Sienna with a threatening note she wrote to Kate before her death. Sienna is questioned by the police, but she maintains that she did not shoot Kate. A taxi driver then comes forward to back up Sienna's alibi. Mark tells Sienna to go back home and she wishes him luck in finding Kate's killer.
|Portrayed by||Morgana O'Reilly|
|First appearance||25 March 2014|
|Introduced by||Richard Jasek|
|Home||26 Ramsay Street|
Naomi Canning, played by Morgana O'Reilly, made her first screen appearance on 25 March 2014. O'Reilly's casting was announced on 30 December 2013. The character had previously been teased in an October 2013 interview by cast member Colette Mann, who plays Naomi's estranged mother Sheila. Mann commented that the actress was in the process of being cast. On-screen, Sheila had hinted that she had a bad relationship with her youngest daughter. O'Reilly began filming her first scenes November 2013. Of her casting, she stated "When I was offered the role, I reverted back to my teenage self and was jumping and squealing. I was so excited."
Naomi turns up unannounced and has a family reunion with her mother and nephew. Rebecca Lake from TV Week wrote that Naomi would become "a key player" later in the year when she moves into Toadfish Rebecchi's (Ryan Moloney) orbit. O'Reilly said Naomi was a lot of fun, but would be hiding some secrets from her mother. Lake called Naomi "a new vixen" and a "sexy character". Further details about the character were released in March 2014, when it was revealed that Naomi would test a relationship by setting her sights on a married man. Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy commented that Naomi has "a history of relationships with unavailable men." A show insider told Kilkelly that the producers were keen to introduce a character similar to Izzy Hoyland (Natalie Bassingthwaighte), who would stir things up and "really get people talking."
After arriving in Erinsborough, Naomi goes to Charlie's and meets Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis). They flirt and share a drink together. When Sheila Canning arrives at the bar, Naomi tells Paul that Sheila is her mother. Sheila invites Naomi to her home and asks her why she has turned up after five years without any contact. Naomi explains that she wanted to see Sheila, but she has also lost her wallet, her job and her apartment. Sheila allows her to stay with her for a few days, which also gives Naomi a chance to catch up with her nephew, Kyle (Chris Milligan). Sheila suspects Naomi is keeping secrets from her and accuses her of repeating past mistakes, which include an affair with a married man. Naomi interviews for the job of Toadfish Rebecchi's assistant, but initially turns the job down when she learns how low the salary is. She later returns and negotiates a better deal, telling Toadie she will bring in more clients for a 15% cut. Naomi works with Toadie to close a deal and deliberately switches a meeting time, leaving Sonya unable to attend. Sheila becomes suspicions about Naomi's intentions towards Toadie. Naomi has dinner with Paul and she arranges to sell him a painting that she was given by her ex-lover, Charles (David Whiteley). Shortly after Naomi sells the painting, Charles's wife, Polly (Michelle O'Grady), sends Norm Symonds (Adam McConvell) to get it back. Sheila sends Norm away and Naomi seeks Toadie's help in proving the painting was hers to sell. Polly comes to Erinsborough to retrieve the painting, leading the police to seize it from Paul. Polly berates Naomi over her affair with Charles and they end up in a scrag fight, after Polly slaps Naomi. Charles arrives in town and Naomi tries to get him to sign a document saying he gave her the painting. Naomi learns Charles flirted with Georgia Brooks (Saskia Hampele) and realises that he has no intention of signing the document. Naomi gets Toadie involved and he gets the charges against her dropped, but Charles and Polly keep the painting.
Naomi signs up to an internet dating site to stop her mother from becoming suspicious about her feelings for Toadie. Naomi invites Sonya and Toadie on a double date with her and James Bunkum (Johnny McNamara). The date does not go well and James insults Naomi, her friends and her mother. Toadie comforts Naomi afterwards. After Naomi attends a singles event, she lies to Toadie and Sonya that she was followed home by one of the guys there. Naomi enjoys Toadie's concern for her safety. Naomi fakes a letter from her stalker and Toadie encourages her to go to the police. She tries to put it off, but Toadie asks Sheila to make sure she goes. Naomi later asks Lee Barnes (James O'Connell) to pretend to be her stalker and enter her home. When Lee is seen by Toadie and the police become involved, Lee demands Naomi pays him $5000 or he will tell everyone the truth. Naomi struggles to get the money and steals Georgia's engagement ring, with the intention of pawning it. However, she changes her mind and gives it back to Georgia. She then takes Paul's car keys and gives them to Lee. She takes photos of him stealing Paul's car, and blackmails him into forgetting the debt. While Sonya is away, Naomi spends time with Toadie and kisses him. Toadie tells Naomi that he does not have feelings for her and that he loves Sonya. He also fires her. Naomi blames Sheila and wishes her father was alive. Sheila then tells Naomi that it is her fault her father is dead, as he had a heart attack on the night he learned about Naomi's affair with Charles. Naomi decides to move out of her mother's house and move in with Mark and Paige. Sheila gives Naomi a cheque to get out of Erinsborough but she tears it up. When Sonya returns, she slaps Naomi during a confrontation. She later apologises to Naomi, but tells her to stay away from her family. Sheila remains angry with Naomi, causing Kyle to ban her from his upcoming wedding to Georgia (Saskia Hampele). Sonya tells Naomi to sort it out and Naomi tells Georgia, Kyle and Chris Pappas (James Mason) the truth about what happened with Toadie. Naomi and Sheila also make amends.
Naomi gets a job with Kathy Carpenter (Tina Bursill) helping to set up her new homeware store. Sheila talks Naomi up to Kathy, resulting in Kathy thinking Naomi is overqualified for the job. Sheila later persuades Kathy to keep Naomi on. After bonding with Josh Willis (Harley Bonner), Naomi has sex with him in the Lassiter's Hotel lift. She feels guilty when his mother Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou) tells her that Josh is very fragile following his break-up with Amber Turner (Jenna Rosenow), and as a result Naomi goes out of her way to ignore Josh despite him vying for her attention. Naomi finds herself unemployed again when Kathy decides not to open the homeware store, but Sonya asks her if she will consider returning to work for Toadie, and she agrees.
|Portrayed by||Christian Heath|
|First appearance||8 April 2014|
|Last appearance||3 June 2014|
|Introduced by||Richard Jasek|
Will Dempier, played by Christian Heath, made his first screen appearance on 8 April 2014. The character and Heath's casting was announced on 7 April 2014. Heath began filming three months prior to his casting announcement. He told the Buckinghamshire Advertiser's Camilla Goodman that he was "ecstatic" when he learned that he had won the part of Will. He landed the role after seeing the casting director at Neighbours just once. Heath did not need to perfect an Australian accent for the part and he explained, "When I initially read the sides, I could see this character as English and created a whole backstory that he was from England. I auditioned in my natural accent and luckily got it, they never asked me to change."
Will was introduced as a love interest for established character Chris Pappas (James Mason). Will is a nurse who works at the local hospital. Chris notices Will during his stay in the hospital, after he is attacked. Digital Spy's Daniel Kilkelly said there would be "an instant spark between Chris and Will when they first meet", which leaves Chris with a tough decision whether to break up with his boyfriend Hudson Walsh (Remy Hii) or not.
Will fetches a pair of crutches for Chris Pappas when he comes into the hospital with a knee injury. Will is later assigned to care for Chris following surgery. Chris has a reaction to the analgesic and flirts outrageously with Will. The following day, Chris apologises to Will, who laughs it off and then gives Chris his number. Will discovers Chris has a boyfriend and tells him that his boyfriend should be by his side, but Chris tells him it is complicated. Will and Chris arrange to meet up for a drink, but Chris cancels at the last minute. He is later admitted to hospital with a blood clot in his leg and Will helps to prep him for a procedure. Chris apologises for leading Will on and tells him about his boyfriend, Hudson, who is in jail. When Will learns from Georgia Brooks (Saskia Hampele) that Chris and Hudson have broken up, he calls on Chris to see if he wants to talk. However, Chris tells Will that he cannot deal with him right now and shuts the door in his face. Will helps Georgia and Chris plant some trees at the local high school. Chris flirts with Will and later asks him on a date. After some initial cold feet from Chris, he and Will being dating. Will and Chris bring their dogs, Napoleon and Bossy, to meet, but Napoleon bites Bossy's leg, which needs treating by a vet. When Will and Chris later meet up, Will refuses to accept responsibility and apologise, so Chris breaks up with him.
|Portrayed by||Tim Phillipps|
|First appearance||29 April 2014|
|Introduced by||Jason Herbison|
|Occupation||Lassiter's Hotel staff (2014–)|
Daniel Robinson, played by Tim Phillipps, made his first screen appearance on 29 April 2014. The character's introduction was teased by producer Jason Herbison in November 2013, but not confirmed until 2 December 2013. Daniel has been referred to in the series over the years, but has not been seen on-screen before. The casting department began auditions for the role and producers stated that Daniel would need to resemble his on-screen parents. It was later announced that the actor playing Daniel would be revealed on-air when his first episode is broadcast in Australia. However, on 20 April 2014, a reporter for The Australian confirmed Phillipps had been cast in the role.
Daniel is the son of iconic Neighbours couple Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue). He comes to Erinsborough to see where his parents met and fell in love. Daniel, who is in his early twenties, was also introduced to his uncle Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis). Dennis commented "It really is a significant piece of Neighbours' colourful past and let's face it, the kid could not have come from a better gene pool." Herbison later said that Daniel was "not a bad boy" and had grown up among beach culture. His unexpected trip to Erinsborough would see him "begin the next chapter of his life." Phillipps described his character as "your happy-go-lucky, hippie-at-heart nature boy" and stated that Daniel would not arrive with any secrets or baggage. The actor also liked Daniel's positive attitude towards life. The Australian reporter added that Daniel would clash with Paul and that the writers have guaranteed he will find romance on Ramsay Street.
Daniel arrives in Erinsborough and begins camping at Lassiter's Lake. When Imogen Willis (Ariel Kaplan) comes across Daniel, she asks him to move on several times and later explains that he is camping in the same place where Kate Ramsay (Ashleigh Brewer) died weeks earlier. Imogen asks Paul Robinson to speak to Daniel and move him on, but Paul is delighted to see Daniel and reveals that he is his nephew. Paul is initially disappointed when Daniel says he is not planning to stay long, but when Daniel notices that Paul is lonely, he reconsiders. Daniel gets on Imogen's bad side again when he accidentally knocks a dress out of her arms, while skateboarding. He later learns that it is her birthday and buys her a new dress to make it up to her. Imogen rejects the dress and he gives it to Amber Turner (Jenna Rosenow). Imogen later knocks Daniel off his skateboard during a driving lesson and the board is broken. She buys him a new board, but Daniel says that he would rather try to fix his one, as it belonged to his uncle. Daniel accepts Paul's offer of a job at Lassiter's. Daniel teaches Josh Willis (Harley Bonner) how to use a skateboard and bonds with Amber over their love of photography. He later tells Amber that they share a vibe. Daniel and Amber decide not hang out together as this may compromise Amber's relationship with Josh. When Josh befriends newcomer Paige Novak (Olympia Valance), Amber renews her friendship with Daniel. After spending time together, they confess their feelings for each other. Amber decides to break up with Josh, but cannot go through with it. Seeing the growing closeness between Amber and Daniel, Paige kisses Daniel. Daniel rejects Paige and he and Amber later share a kiss. This develops into an affair. He helps Josh escape being sued by an enemy of his parents, Sue Parker (Kate Gorman), by using dirt from the past to make her back down. Amber assures him that she will end things with Josh to be with him, but she cannot find the right moment and Josh walks in on Amber and Daniel kissing in the dark room. Josh confronts Daniel and they almost get into a physical fight. Josh trashes Daniel's darkroom and Terese later turns it back into a store room.
Despite initial difficulties over the guilt they feel, Amber and Daniel's relationship grows stronger, and he supports her when Paige is revealed to be her long-lost half-sister. When Amber tells Daniel she feels like the only way she can escape is to be in the penthouse with him, he invites her to move in with him.
|Portrayed by||Matthew Little|
|First appearance||27 May 2014|
|Introduced by||Jason Herbison|
Ethan Smith, played by Matthew Little, made his first screen appearance on 27 May 2014. The character and Little's casting was announced on 6 May 2014. Before Little filmed his guest stint with the show, he asked his brother-in-law, actor Dan Ewing, for advice. Little commented "Dan was great and obviously knows the pace you work at on a weekly drama. I had so much fun filming, and everyone was awesome to me and really made me feel welcome." Ethan was billed as being "mysterious" and having a connection to one of the show's regular characters. Ethan will try to keep the connection a secret, but he also finds time for romance.
Ethan meets Brad Willis (Kip Gamblin) when he comes looking for his daughter, who was adopted. Ethan listens to Brad's story and then tells him that he must have got the wrong Smiths, as he was an only child. Brad leaves his business card with Ethan and when he has gone, Ethan makes a phone call to his sister Paige (Olympia Valance), telling her that her biological parents have tracked her down. After Paige goes to Erinsborough to see her parents, she calls Ethan to inform him of her progress. Ethan comes to Erinsborough as he is worried about Paige. Paige tells her brother about her family and Ethan encourages her to come clean.
Ethan meets Imogen Willis (Ariel Kaplan) and is attracted to her, but Paige warns him off. Ethan flirts with Imogen at a party and she kisses him. They exchange numbers and Imogen later skips school to meet up with Ethan, causing her to lose her school captaincy. Brad comes looking for Ethan and he hides from him. Ethan tries again to get Paige to tell her family the truth about her identity. However, Paige urges him to go home as his presence is risking her secret. Ethan says goodbye to Imogen, before he leaves. A few weeks later, Ethan returns to Erinsborough when Paige begins investigating Kathy Carpenter (Tina Bursill), Lauren's mother. Seeing that she is becoming obsessive, Ethan encourages her to come and live with him in Ibiza for a year to consider her options. She declines, and he leaves for Ibiza.
|Portrayed by||Olympia Valance|
|First appearance||2 June 2014|
|Introduced by||Jason Herbison|
|Home||24 Ramsay Street|
Paige Novak (previously Smith), played by Olympia Valance, made her first screen appearance on 2 June 2014. The character and casting was announced on 9 March 2014. Valance is the half-sister of Holly Valance who previously appeared in Neighbours as Felicity Scully. Paige marks Valance's first acting role and she won the part after a lengthy audition process, which included three call-backs. The actress commented "It has been really nice going to Neighbours and having people knowing and loving Holly which has made me feel very comfortable about being there." Valance described her character as being "cool and sexy and a bit edgy". She thought viewers would love Paige, especially as she is not mean. Series producer Jason Herbison thought Valance was "the perfect fit for Paige" and called the character "fiery". He added that she would arrive with a secret.
Paige was later revealed to be the daughter of Lauren Carpenter (Kate Kendall) and Brad Willis (Kip Gamblin). When Paige learned that her biological parents were looking for her from her brother, her curiosity was piqued and she decided to go to Erinsborough to learn more about them. Paige initially decided to keep her identity a secret and managed to get a job at Lauren's coffee shop. Valance explained that Paige and Lauren developed a connection straight away and make a good impression on each other. She added, "There's a lot of bravado with Paige, but underneath it all she is frightened about what she may learn. She's scared Lauren and Brad won't accept her as their daughter."
After learning that her biological parents have come looking for her, Paige follows them back to Erinsborough. She checks in at Lassiter's Hotel under the surname Novak. She then meets her mother, Lauren, at her coffee shop and impresses her by helping out with a customer, but puts her half-sister, Amber (Jenna Rosenow), offside when she flirts with her boyfriend Josh (Harley Bonner). Lauren offers Paige a job at the coffee shop. Paige meets her father Brad Willis at the local gym. Paige is disappointed to learn that Brad and Lauren are no longer together. She also learns Josh is her half-brother and stops flirting with him. Paige is saddened when Lauren tells her she has given up searching for her daughter. She later tells her brother, Ethan (Matthew Little), that she intends to stay on longer to get to know her parents. When Brad and Lauren's respective spouses, Terese (Rebekah Elmaloglou) and Matt (Josef Brown), become suspicious of her, Paige tells them to mind their own business. Paige moves in with Mark Brennan (Scott McGregor) on Ramsay Street. Paige sees her half-brother, Bailey (Calen Mackenzie), taking money from the till at Harold's, but does not say anything. When Lauren asks Paige about the missing money, Paige does not give her an explanation and Lauren fires her. She later offers Paige her job back. When Paige feels Lauren has rejected her again, she trashes Harold's Store in anger. Ethan arrives in Erinsborough and encourages Paige to tell her family who she is. When Paige notices Ethan is attracted to her half-sister Imogen (Ariel Kaplan), she warns him off.
Paige notices Amber and Daniel's connection, and kisses Daniel to prove it. He rejects her and she vows to tell Josh about Amber and Daniel. She changes her mind and tells Amber and Josh to make more of an effort with each other. Paige asks Ethan to leave when his presence risks her secret. Paige decides to confess all to Lauren, but changes her mind when she hears Lauren saying that she wants to forget about her missing daughter. Paige learns from Bailey that his grandmother, Kathy (Tina Bursill), had Lauren's daughter adopted, after telling Lauren that her daughter was dead. Paige decides to get revenge on Kathy, and when she comes to town, Paige gets on Kathy's good side by showing an interest in her homeware business. Paige learns Kathy is trying to find her granddaughter and tries to talk her out it. She also learns that Kathy has a heart condition. Kathy believes she has found her granddaughter and meets with a girl from Canberra, who Paige manages to scare off. When Kathy warns Paige that she is getting too close to Lauren, Paige takes Kathy's medication. Kathy later invites Paige to visit a supplier with her, and while Paige is getting them coffee, Kathy goes through her bag and finds Paige's sketchpad which contains drawings of the Turners and Willises. Kathy realises Paige is her granddaughter and during the confrontation, Kathy has a heart attack and hits Toadfish Rebecchi (Ryan Moloney) with her car. Paige loosens Kathy's scarf when it gets caught in the door and they are taken to the hospital. Paige has minor injuries and is questioned by Matt as to why Kathy's medication was in her bag. Paige decides to return to Adelaide and leaves her childhood bear at Number 32. Lauren manages to catch up with Paige, finally knowing the truth, and Paige admits that she was scared to tell Lauren the truth, in case Lauren hated her. Lauren and Paige then go to see Brad. They are interrupted by Matt and Terese, who has a go at Paige, causing her to return to Number 24. Amber discovers Paige's sketch book, which is full unflattering description about her family, and shows it to Imogen and Josh; although Imogen reacts with anger, Josh is willing to forgive Paige until he discovers she was aware of Amber and Daniel's feelings for each other before he discovered their affair. Brad asks Paige to take a DNA test, and she strikes up a bond with Lauren over their art. Matt questions Paige about the night Harold's Store was trashed and she admits that she did it. When Terese learns about Paige's criminal record, she refuses to drop the charges against her.
|Portrayed by||Meyne Wyatt|
|First appearance||18 August 2014|
|Introduced by||Jason Herbison|
|Home||28 Ramsay Street|
Nate Kinski, played by Meyne Wyatt, made his first screen appearance on 18 August 2014. The character and Wyatt's casting was announced on 20 July 2014. The actor relocated to Melbourne where Neighbours is filmed and he shot his first scenes two and a half months prior to his casting announcement. Wyatt is the first indigenous actor to join the regular cast of the show since it began in 1985. Executive producer Jason Herbison told Elissa Blake from The Sydney Morning Herald that the decision to cast an indigenous actor was "unintentional" and that Wyatt was the best actor for the role. His casting came shortly after a Fairfax Media report where indigenous actors called the Australian television industry "whitebread" and asked for casting calls to be "colour-blind". Herbison said "[The role] was not written as an Aboriginal character, however as the character is not a blood relative of existing characters, there were no ethnicity limitations. We could craft the character's background story if necessary to suit the actor cast in the role."
Nate is the nephew of Alex Kinski (Andrew Clarke) and cousins with Zeke (Matthew Werkmeister), Rachel (Caitlin Stasey) and Katya Kinski (Dichen Lachman). He is "loosely linked" to Susan (Jackie Woodburne) and Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher), as Susan was once married to Alex. Nate moved in with Karl and Susan after his arrival. A writer for TV Week commented that Nate "sounds just as complicated and confusing as that family history!" Meyne said his character would be "misunderstood at times, but his heart is in the right place." The actor also said that Nate's behaviour would be weird, but the audience would find out why as part of a challenging storyline. A Channel 5 reporter added that Nate would develop a romance with one of Ramsay Street's established residents. It was later confirmed that Nate's love interest would be Chris Pappas (James Mason).
Nate arrives in Erinsborough to stay with his uncle's ex-wife Susan Kennedy. While passing through the Lassiter's complex, Nate stops Bossy from running off. Naomi Canning (Morgana O'Reilly) notices that Nate is interested in Chris Pappas and gets them to talk. Nate turns down Chris's offer of a drink, but later changes his mind. Nate meets Susan and her husband Karl, and they take him out to lunch, where Nate appears to be on edge. Chris invites Nate on a picnic with some friends. When a drunk guy tries to take Paige Novak's (Olympia Valance) racket, Nate forcibly tackles him to the ground.
Dakota Davies, played by Sheree Murphy, will make her first screen appearance in October 2014. The character and Murphy's casting was announced on 16 June 2014. The actress has previously appeared on two British soap operas and commented that she was "excited" to be returning to work. Murphy said, "It's just kicked in that it's actually happening. I'm going back to work. The kids don't remember me on Emmerdale, so they're excited about seeing mummy on TV. The last thing I did was Hollyoaks and I was really nervous. I feel a bit like that on Neighbours, not necessarily because they watch English soaps but more because it's, 'Oh, that's Harry Kewell's wife - what's she doing?'" Murphy also said that she had watched Neighbours since the beginning and was very happy to be part of the cast, calling it "unbelievable." Murphy will appear for six weeks in a recurring role. Murphy later said she would be open to a longer stint with Neighbours, as she and her husband were thinking of moving to Australia permanently. Dakota is a British businesswoman and a former partner of one of the show's regular male characters. Sophie Dainty from Digital Spy added that Dakota has not fully recovered from their break-up.
|6 January||Juston Cicero||Nic Romney||Justin is a paramedic who attends to Georgia Brooks, after she suffers a head injury and gas inhalation.|
|9 January||Nigel Sheppard||Sean Ladhams||Nigel is the head of acquisitions for the Quill Hotel Group. He and Paul Robinson negotiate a deal for Lassiter's Hotel to join the group.|
|14 January||Louise Flannagan||Samantha Lavale||Louise spots up-and-coming swimmer Joshua Willis in the park and asks for a picture. She also gives Josh her phone number and tells him to call her.|
|15 January||Sylvie Johns||Camille Edwards||Sylvie tells Karl Kennedy that she is not going to vote for him in the mayoral election out of concern for his wife, who has multiple sclerosis.|
|Nora Evans||Ali Ryrie-Golding||Nora photographs Joshua Willis for a jewellery line that he is endorsing.|
|21 January||Dale Lancer||Nick Backstrom||Dale is a representative from a business looking to host a conference at Lassiter's Hotel. He decides to award the account to a rival hotel group.|
|22 January–3 February||Isaac Woods||Josh Burton||Isaac asks to borrow a law book from Imogen Willis, who later finds that he is squatting at Number 24. Imogen befriends Isaac and brings him food. Imogen invites Isaac on a camping trip, but makes it clear nothing will happen between them. Isaac is later arrested for selling off the furniture in Number 24. He does not think it is a big deal and insults Imogen, saying he should not have gotten involved with a school girl.|
|23 January||Nicole Livingstone||Herself||Nicole interviews Joshua Willis after he competes for a spot in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.|
|28 January||Love Your Sister||Samuel Johnson||The Love Your Sister campaign visits the Lassiter's Complex to raise awareness of breast cancer.|
|28 January||Bevan Lockwood||Michael Davoren||Bevan is a letting agent, who shows a couple around Number 24.|
|6 February||Dr Anthony Croker||Philip Hayden||Brad Willis contacts Dr Anthony, a specialist sports surgeon, to operate on his son Josh's injured shoulder. Following the surgery, Dr Anthony breaks the news that tears to Josh's rotator cuff were deeper than he first thought and Josh will not be able to compete at the top level of swimming.|
|7 February||James Spector||Robin Darch||While he is in Charlie's, James tries flirting with Kate Ramsay and offers to buy her a drink. She tells him she is not interested and Mark Brennan chases James off.|
|Wendy Barkley||Danielle Butlin||Wendy is a receptionist at Lassiter's Hotel, who tells hotel manager, Terese Willis, that Mason Turner has not shown up for work.|
|26 February–6 March||Kirk Porter||Michael Kirwan||While he is at the gym, Kirk notices Joshua Willis having problems with his injured shoulder. He tells Josh that he needs something stronger than the painkillers he is on and offers to get him something stronger. Kirk later offers Josh some more pills, telling him the come down will be bad. After initially declining, Josh accepts when the pain in his shoulder gets worse.|
|26 February||Jed Burger||Luke D'Emanuele||Jed enquires after buying half a car from Mason Turner. When he learns that he would be sharing it with a girl, Jed seems keen. But Mason then tells him the car is no longer for sale.|
|3 March–25 April||Stephen Montague||Damian Hill||Montague is Danni Ferguson's abusive ex-boyfriend, who tries to kidnap her. Mark Brennan tackles Montague, while Kyle Canning saves Danni. Montague is then arrested by the police. Montague returns and breaks into Number 24 to find Danni. He tries to attack Chris Pappas, before escaping. Montague sends Mark a threatening text and drives by Kyle's yard. He later appears in the Lassiter's Complex and Chris gives chase, before he is knocked out. When Mark's fiancée, Kate, dies after being shot, the police and Mark suspect Montague killed her. Montague breaks into Number 24 again and holds Mark and Imogen Willis hostage. After Mark tackles him, Montague escapes and goes into Number 32's backyard, where he holds Callum Jones hostage in the shed. Callum convinces Montague to go to Number 30, where he hits him over the head and escapes. Montague is then arrested, but he denies shooting Kate and the police confirm he has an alibi.|
|4 March||Susanna Toms||Emily Buxton-D'Arcy||Susanna teaches a yoga class at Dingoes Gym, which is attended by Georgia Brooks and Kate Ramsay.|
|5 March||Reno Cardillo||Robert Rokosi||Reno teaches a salsa class at the Community Centre and dances with Terese Willis.|
|11 March||Billie Tyler||Tamzen Hayes||Billie brings her son Alex to the hospital when he develops a rash. Nurse Georgia Brooks takes care of them.|
|Baby Alex Tyler||Otis Roberts|
|13 March||Sam Maxwell||Peter Verheyen||Nurse Georgia Brooks tells the Maxwells to go home and get some rest, after their daughter is admitted. They thank Georgia for her help.|
|Felicity Maxwell||Alexandra McTavish|
|26 March||Aaron Fleming||Marc Mulcahey||Aaron meets with Kyle Canning at his yard to discuss building materials for a project. Aaron likes Kyle and Georgia Brooks catches him checking Kyle out. She later poses as Kyle's girlfriend to put Aaron off.|
|31 March–1 April||Talia Maslin||Ella Cannon||Talia is Toadfish Rebecchi's assistant. Talia visits Toadie's wife, Sonya, to drop off some files and she lets slip that Toadie has been talking to her about his martial problems. Sonya confronts Talia when she finds a sexy picture of her in Toadie's files. Talia calls Sonya paranoid and Sonya fires her. Talia tells Callum Jones that the picture was meant for her boyfriend. Sonya apologises, but Talia explains that she has found another job.|
|3 April||Lisa Tucker||Millie Samuels||Lauren Carpenter and Brad Willis fly Lisa to Erinsborough, as they believe she is their adopted daughter. Lisa gets on well with Brad and Lauren's families, but Brad's wife, Terese, suspects Lisa is lying when she forgets how long her adoptive parents have been dead for. Lisa later admits that she lied, because her father is in prison and her mother wants nothing to do with her. After a blood typing test, Lisa learns that Brad and Lauren are not her biological parents.|
|7 April–17 June||Victor Cleary||Richard Sutherland||On the day Kate Ramsay is shot, Victor watches Chris Pappas chase after Stephen Montague, before getting up from his table at Harold's Store. Months later, while reviewing CCTV footage from his builders yard, Kyle Canning sees Victor hiding something in his mulch. Holly Hoyland identifies Victor as a friend of her mother and it emerges he is Gus Cleary's brother. Paul meets with Victor, who explains that he was waiting for Gus to testify in court for him, but Gus never showed up thanks to Paul and Victor was sent to jail. Paul tries to give Victor money, but he refuses to take it and then taunts him about Kate. Paul pulls out a gun, but the police arrive and arrest Victor. He confesses to killing Kate and apologises to Mark Brennan, Kate's fiancée. He also tells him to make sure Paul suffers for what he did to his brother.|
|10 April||Dave Reilly||Lucas Linehan||Dave is a builder working on the refurbishment on Charlie's. When Paul Robinson asks who authorised the work, Dave inadvertently insults him.|
|14 April||Guillermo Ibáñez||John Burgos||Guillermo and Mirelle meet with lawyer Toadfish Rebecchi and Naomi Canning to discuss and finalise a deal. Guillermo and Mirelle argue, but Guillermo later explains that Mirelle was nagging him about his diet.|
|Mariana Ibáñez||Mirelle Vidal|
|15 April||Tim Miller||Jack Osbourne||Tim meets with Zeke Kinski at the Lassiter's Complex, but when they are spotted by Karl and Susan Kennedy, Tim leaves.|
|16 April||Victoria Elmahdi||Sophia Emberson-Bain||Victoria is Zeke Kinski's fiancée. She arrives in Erinsborough to meet with Zeke's step-parents Karl and Susan Kennedy. Victoria and Zeke then get married that same day.|
|Wayne Foster||Daniel Humphris||Wayne is a marriage celebrant, who marries Zeke Kinski and Victoria Elmahdi. He mispronounces Zeke's name several times during the ceremony.|
|21 April–5 May||Rick Blaine||James Harvy||Rick is a photographer, who employs Amber Turner as an intern. He reprimands her for not charging the batteries in a camera, but is impressed with her alternative suggestion for the shoot. He later offers her a job, saying she has potential. Rick is the official photographer for the reopening of The Waterhole and he shouts at a confused Doug Willis, when he gets in the way. Amber quits her job when Rick is rude to Nell Rebecchi and her family.|
|29 April||Norm Symonds||Adam McConvell||Norm comes to Ramsay Street to find Naomi Canning, on behalf of the wife of Naomi's lover, who wants a painting she has returned. After Norm forces his way into Naomi's home, Sheila Canning kicks him and sends him away.|
|29 April–6 May||Tracey Wong||Aileen Huynh||Tracy is a private investigator hired by Paul Robinson to look into Kate Ramsay's death. Tracey later finds that Sienna Matthews was in the hotel minutes before Kate was shot. Brad Willis hires Tracey to find his daughter.|
|12 May||Polly Tranner||Michelle O'Grady||Polly comes to Erinsborough to retrieve a painting that her husband Charles gave to his lover Naomi Canning. Polly berates Naomi over her affair and they end up in a scrag fight. Naomi's mother, Sheila, breaks them up, but when Polly insults Naomi, she pushed Polly to the ground and encourages her daughter to fight her. The police then break up the fight.|
|14–15 May||Charles Tranner||David Whiteley||Charles comes to Erinsborough to see his lover Naomi Canning. When Charles insults Naomi's mother Sheila, she throws a drink at him. Naomi asks Charles to sign a document saying he gave her an expensive painting, which his wife, Polly wants back. Charles later flirts with Georgia Brooks, leading Naomi to realise that he will not sign her document. She gets her lawyer, Toadfish Rebecchi, involved and he threatens to take the matter to court. Charles gets Polly to drop the charges against Naomi, in return for the painting.|
|28 May||James Bunkum||Johnny McNamara||James goes on a date with Naomi Canning, which turns into a double date with Sonya and Toadfish Rebecchi. Sonya argues with James about his environmental issues and he insults her, Naomi and Sheila.|
|4 June||Karina Purcell||Tessa Donnithorne||Karina tells Bailey Turner that Jayden Warley is being unfair on him and gives him her number, so they can talk. When they later meet up, Karina praises Bailey and then asks him to bring some alcohol to a gathering, making him realise she is using him.|
|5–6 June||Honor Taylor||Ann Truong||Mark Brennan notices Honor struggling to fix her shoe in Harold's Store, and offers to fix it for her. They flirt and talk about Doctor Who, before Mark suddenly leaves the store.|
|16 June||Kev McNally||Troy Davis||Kev sells Paul Robinson a gun.|
|19–30 June||Lee Barnes||James O'Connell||Lee accepts $500 from Naomi Canning to break into her house and act as her stalker. Lee loses his hat during his escape and is chased by Toadfish Rebecchi. Lee later returns for his money and increases his price to $5000 when he learns the police are involved. Naomi struggles to get the money and gives Lee the keys to a car, so he can steal it. Naomi later meets with Lee and blackmails him into forgetting her debt with photos of him taking the car.|
|20 June||Mike Enekwe||Idelson Mabjaia||Mike notices Imogen Willis in The Waterhole and asks her to play pool with him. They are later told off by bar manager Sheila Canning for kissing.|
|3 July||Ricky Masters||Patrick Williams||While inspecting his gym, Ricky tells his manager, Brad Willis, that the books are not up to date. He then notices Brad's son Josh and Paige Novak mucking around and is not pleased. After learning that Brad has been running yoga classes on the side, Ricky fires Brad for breaching his contract.|
|3 July–||Belinda Long||Katrina Gow||Belinda is a councillor, who meets with Terese Willis to discuss an application to extend Lassiter's trading hours. Belinda later informs Paul Robinson that a complaint has been made against him.|
|17 July–||Hayley Hahn||Lucy Barrett||Hayley is an Erinsborough High student. She develops a crush on new teacher Brad Willis. She later mocks Principal Susan Kennedy about her husband's erotic novel.|
|17 July–||Alice Azikiwe||Vivienne Awosoga||Alice is a student at Erinsborough High and Bailey Turner's rival for space camp.|
|29 July||Megan Dennison||Stefanie Jones||Megan arrives from Canberra to meet with Kathy Carpenter, who believes she is the granddaughter she put up for adoption. Paige Novak introduces herself to Megan and takes her outside to talk. Megan then leaves and sends Kathy a text to say it was all a mistake.|
|30 July||Kalika De Silva||Tarah Carey||Kalika is a vet who treats Bossy after she is bitten by a tiger snake.|
|19 August||Stu Brown||Matt Burn||Stu asks to join in a game of totem tennis and then tries to take Paige Novak's racket, leading Nate Kinski to tackle him to the ground.|
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