Sally Wells

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Sally Wells
Sally Wells.jpg
Neighbours character
Portrayed by Rowena Mohr
Duration 1987–88
First appearance 15 October 1987
Last appearance 13 May 1988
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Waitress

Sally Wells is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Rowena Mohr. She debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 15 October 1987. During her time in the serial her storylines were centered on her on-screen brother Des and trying to find her biological father. Mohr left the cast after Sally was axed because she did not fit in with the direction of storytelling producers were aiming for.

Creation and casting[edit]

The character was created as the sister of Des Clarke (Paul Keane) and a new love interest for Henry Ramsay (Craig McLachlan).[1] In September 1987 it was announced that actress Rowena Mohr had been cast as Sally.[2] Of her casting Mohr said she was nervous because the serial was in its peak popularity at the time, but the cast helped her to settle in. The serial's producer axed the character, with Mohr citing that she felt they didn't think Sally fitted in with new storylines they were planning.[3] She then left to pursue projects in the UK, she later revealed that she would never reprise the role.[3]

Characterisation[edit]

Sally is characterised by her constant need to have things her own way. She has been described as a strikingly pretty woman, catching the attention of all the other male characters, especially Henry.[4] Mohr commented during an interview that Sally was controlling, going on to state: "Sally was a bit of a control freak really. I think she liked to think she was easy going but she wasn't at all and she didn't cope very well when things didn't go the way she planned. She was good fun to play actually because she did get a bit cranky at times and said what she thought. I think she was probably just trying to compensate for not really having any parents and having to make her own way in the world."[3]

Storylines[edit]

Sally had been brought up in Perth by her mother Kate. She came to Ramsay Street in search of her father. She finds out Des is her half-brother. Sally becomes close to Eileen Clarke (Myra De Groot). Together Des and Sally decide to track their father down. They later track him down and are surprised to find him living locally. Malcom is happy to get to know his newfound children, they all become close.

Sally then decides to move into a flat locally and stays around. She lets Tony Romeo (Nick Carrafa) move in with her. Tony begins to pretend he is getting married to Jane Harris (Annie Jones) when he learns his mother his coming to town. Jane initially plays along with it, but is annoyed to learn Tony has been trying to romance Sally all along. Sally then starts dating Henry Ramsay, they get along well at first spending lots of time together. Henry starts to adore her and they are smitten.

Des' wife Daphne Clarke (Elaine Smith) is killed in a car accident, Eileen has a nervous breakdown. These events begin to take their toll on Sally worrying about her new found family. Malcom wins tickets to travel to Europe, he asks Eileen and Sally to join him on his trip. Sally initially isn't certain of what to do, but later decides it is the right thing to do. Henry is left devastated and pleads with her to stay with him. Sally leaves for her new life without Henry.

Reception[edit]

The BBC said Sally's most notable moment was "Finding out she had a brother she didn't know about – Des."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mercado, Andrew (2004). Super Aussie soaps: behind the scenes of Australia's best loved TV shows. Pluto Press Australia. p. 211. ISBN 1-86403-191-3. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Gowdie, Cathy (4 September 1987). "Opera on a great big scale". The Age. (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Steve (30 August 2008). "Interviews > Rowena Mohr". Perfectblend. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Wallis, Neil and Hogan, Dave (1989). The Neighbours factfile. Angus & Robertson. p. 70. ISBN 0-207-16382-0. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Character: Sally Wells". BBC. Archived from the original on 10 April 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2011.