Narelle Smart

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Narelle Smart
Narelle Smart.jpg
Home and Away character
Portrayed by Amanda Newman-Phillips
First appearance 25 March 1988
Last appearance 5 October 1988
Introduced by Alan Bateman
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Shop assistant
Home Queensland

Narelle Smart is a fictional character from the Australian Channel Seven soap opera Home and Away, played by Amanda Newman-Phillips. Narelle debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 25 March 1988.

Character development[edit]

Narelle is described as the "Home and Away dreamer, a dizzy blonde who plotted on leaving her home town of Yabbie Creek, to become a rich and famous popstar".[1]

Narelle's first in-screen kiss is with fellow character Steven Matheson (Adam Willits), at the age of seventeen, Steven is three years younger than Narelle. As the age difference was reflected off-screen too, it made everyone involved in the scenes nervous. Willits said "I'd go for an older woman, if Steven can, I certainly can."[2] While discussing the scenes he added "In the script he had this plan to get Narelle to kiss me, because he has done a survey and he's a pretty hot kisser. It wasn't as though they were in love though."[3] Newman-Phillips describes the filming of the storyline stating: "Narelle seduces Steven and when it came to the kissing scene we were both very nervous. It was the first for both of us and we just couldn't get the scene right, so we did some extra rehearsing. The kiss only lasted a minute, but in the end it took us a couple of hours to get it perfect for the cameras."[4] Whilst interviewed by TV Week, Willits stated: "When you consider rehearsals and retakes, we kissed a hell of a lot. It was great. She gave me all the pointers".[5] While Newman-Phillips said "Adam's a sweetie, after all the fuss had died down it was great fun."[6]

Newman-Phillips was contracted as a guest cast member. Of her Narelle's exit from the series, the actress told a reporter from TV Life that "Narelle left in search of a guy. It was left open ended. Now I think they want me back so I could be returning to the show around March." She added that it would have been great to reprise her role.[7]

Storylines[edit]

Narelle arrives at the Summer Bay House asking to audition for Frank Morgan's (Alex Papps) band. Narelle is the cousin of Lance Smart (Peter Vroom) and Bobby Simpson (Nicolle Dickson) helps her to get ready and she start her audition by dancing around Frank's living room and singing for him. Bobby thinks Narelle is better suited to stripping so Frank told her that she could not join the band, but should pursue a career in dancing. Narelle tells Bobby that she should dress more feminine in order to impress Frank, who Narelle thinks is attractive.

Narelle attends the school dance and asks Bobby if she has made her move on Frank. Martin Dibble (Craig Thomson) and Lance convince Narelle to sneak into the local hospital to find out what had happened to Frank and Roo Stewart (Justine Clark), after they break up. She later visits Frank with the proposal that he moves in with her. Frank is tired of life at the caravan park and takes her up on the offer, moving into the flat above the general store. This annoys Celia Stewart (Fiona Spence) who does not approve of Narelle's short skirts. Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) employs Narelle at the general store which annoys Celia even more. Celia begins to order Narelle around at work and treats her badly. After helping Steven out with his science project on kissing, she falls for him and they begin dating, much to the town's shock as there is a four-year age gap. However, this is cut short when Narelle falls for his uncle, Philip (John Morris) and kisses him. In order to save Steven's reputation out of fear he may be bullied for being dumped, Philip and Narelle concoct a story in which Steven dumps Narelle. Celia threatens to evict Narelle from the flat but after she supports her in time of family drama, she relents. The next target of Narelle's affections is Gary Samuels (Darius Perkins) but she changes her mind when Carly Morris (Sharyn Hodgson) accuses Gary of raping her. Narelle then decides to leave Summer Bay in order to find herself a man. She later settles in Queensland and Bobby visits her for several weeks.

Reception[edit]

The role of Narelle made Newman-Phillips one of the most famous soap stars in the United Kingdom and was tipped to replace Kylie Minogue (Neighbours) as the "number one".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moir, Jan (13 December 1989). "Next door Neighbours". Evening Times. (Newsquest). Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ J Clayden 1989, p.21.
  3. ^ Kesta 1990, p.12.
  4. ^ Clifford, Murray (11 June 1990). "Soap stars describe the terror of stardom - The price of fame". Evening Times. (Newsquest). Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Oram 1990, p.98.
  6. ^ Oram 1990, p.99.
  7. ^ "Amanda Newman Phillips - Narelle". TV Life (Star Magazine Group) (1): 20. 1990. 
  8. ^ Harvey, Robyn (2 August 1989). "Today's people". The Sydney Morning Herald. (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  • Desmond, Kesta (1990). Home and Away Annual. Grandreams Ltd. ISBN 0-86227-787-6. 
  • Oram, James (1989). Home and away: behind the scenes. Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-16315-4. 
  • J Clayden, Melanie (1989). Home and Away Annual. Grandreams Ltd. ISBN 0-86227-687-X.