Natalie Nash

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Natalie Nash
Home and Away character
Portrayed by Angelica la Bozzetta (1998)
Antoinette Byron (1999–2000)
Duration 1998–2000
First appearance 18 February 1998
Last appearance 11 October 2000
Introduced by John Holmes
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Teacher
Home Queensland

Natalie "Nat" Nash (née Collins) is a fictional character from the Australian Seven Network soap opera Home and Away, played by Antoinette Byron. She made her first on-screen appearance on 18 February 1998. Natalie was originally played by Angelica la Bozzetta until she quit the serial the same year. Antoinette Byron was then cast in the role and she began appearing from the 1999 season premiere until her departure in 2000.

Character creation and casting[edit]

In 1997, following Debra Lawrance's decision to quit her role as Pippa Ross producers decided to introduce a new family to run the caravan park, because the household was seen as the "centrepieice of the show".[1] They created the Nash family consisting of parents Natalie and Joel Nash, played by la Bozzetta and David Woodley respectively and children Gypsy (Kimberley Cooper) and Tom (Graeme Squires). The family come to Summer Bay from Hong Kong to start a new life.[1]

Bozetta quit the role in late 1998 to spend more time with her daughter. Byron was cast in the role and made her debut in the 1999 season premiere.[2]

Storylines[edit]

Natalie returns to Summer Bay in early 1998 with her husband Joel and teenage children Tom (Graeme Squires) and Gypsy (Kimberley Cooper). It is revealed that Joel and Natalie's reason for leaving was seventeen years earlier; Joel's father Jack (John Grant) was Natalie's swimming coach who molested her. She soon builds up a friendship with her brother-in-law Travis (Nic Testoni) and his wife Rebecca (Belinda Emmett).

Natalie, a keen sportswoman and enters a local rowing club but an injury forces her to stop competing. She begins training Tom and disapproves of his rivalry with Vinnie Patterson (Ryan Kwanten), telling him the object of a competition is to do his best, not beat one person. She is more accepting of Gypsy's relationship with Will Smith (Zac Drayson) but takes an instant dislike to Tom's girlfriend Sugar O'Donnell (Brooke Gissing). Natalie then takes the job of P.E. teacher vacated by Joel when he rejoins the police force. During this time, She asks Joel to try for another baby but they discover he has a low sperm count and the idea is abandoned.

The family's life is at risk when David D'Angelo (Tony Poli), a criminal who Joel had jailed begins a revenge campaign and kidnaps Gypsy. Natalie is also kidnapped but rescued by Joel and Travis. Gypsy is later found by the police and the family are left homeless when David burns the house down. They move in with Travis and Rebecca at the Caravan Park. When Travis and Rebecca leave for Canada, They take over the house and assume responsibility for Justine Welles (Bree Desborough) and Peta Janossi.

When Gypsy begins seeing Jesse McGregor (Ben Unwin), a series of misunderstandings lead to many Bay residents, notably Alf and Marilyn Fisher, mistakenly believing that Natalie and Jesse are having an affair. When Natalie finally finds out about the rumours, she finds the idea hilarious. Natalie is then caught up in Jesse's stolen car drama and is asked to look after his daughter, Rachel (Sarah Mumcu) while he goes on the run. Joel is annoyed when he finds out Natalie has contacted Jesse and makes a report to his superiors.

Shortly after Natalie visits her mother in Queensland, she discovers she is pregnant. Colleen Smart (Lyn Collingwood) begins spreading rumours that Joel is not the father; which turn out to be true. While in Queensland, Natalie had an affair with an old friend, Glen Tanner (Craig Elliot), who then follows her to the Bay. Although Natalie is not interested in picking things up, Gypsy spots them holding hands in a cafe and jumps to conclusions. Gypsy is later in a car crash, in which her boyfriend Charlie Nicholas (Toby Schmitz) is killed. The Guilt of Natalie's affair gets to her and she confesses all to Joel. They try to salvage the marriage; but they cannot and Natalie leaves for Queensland, taking Rachel with her.

Natalie gives birth to a son, Connor Nash (Connor Smith; McKenzie Roberts) and Joel is angry when he discovers she has given him the surname Nash. Some months later, when Joel has his leg partially crushed during a mudslide, Natalie returns with Connor. Even though Joel is now involved with Judith Ackroyd (Anna Hruby), Natalie offers to care for him in Queensland during his recovery. Joel refuses and Natalie decides leaving town when Judith drives an unknowing Joel to the house, having realised where his heart really lies. Joel and Natalie reconciled but Natalie felt people in the Bay would have a hard time accepting her and Connor so persuades Joel to go back to Queensland with her. She invites Gypsy but she decides to stay in the Bay, being among the group waving her parents off. Gypsy follows a year later with Will in tow and they marry with the family present.

Reception[edit]

Channel 5 chose the episode where Natalie and Joel return to Summer Bay with their children, Tom and Gypsy, as one of their best episodes from the last 25 years of the serial.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oliver, Robin (16 February 1998). "Insert". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). p. 15. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Talkin' To - Channel 7 Home and Away Homepage". Archived from the original on 8 May 1999. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "The One With The Nashes". Channel 5. Northern & Shell. Retrieved 22 January 2013.