List of Shortland Street characters (2005)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street in 2005, by order of first appearance.

Hugo Carmont[edit]

Hugo Carmont
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Fraser Brown
Duration 2005
First appearance 15 February 2005
Last appearance 21 October 2005
Introduced by Harriet Crampton
Classification Former; recurring
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Occupation Lawyer

Hugo Carmont made his first appearance in February 2005 as the old friend of Mark Weston (Tim Foley). Hugo was a lawyer and represented Eti Kawaka (Isaac Bell) when he was arrested for breaking into several houses and recording the sleeping residents. He paid Li Mei Chen (Li Ming Hu) for sex and it was not long before it was revealed he was the home invader who was desperately after Mark's affection. He decided to murder Mark's crush, Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne) in an isolated forest but his efforts resulted in him falling to his presumed death from a cliff. However several weeks later Hugo returned and pled to Mark to let him free. Mark turned him into the police and Hugo was later sentenced to jail time.

Tania Jeffries[edit]

Tania Jeffries
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Faye Smythe
Duration 2005–10, 2012
First appearance 29 March 2005
Last appearance 28 May 2012
Introduced by Harriet Crampton (2005)
Steven Zanoski (2012)
Classification Former; regular
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Occupation Nurse

Tania Jeffries (previously Weston)[1] was portrayed by Faye Smythe until 2010 and again in 2012 for the show's 20th anniversary. She was the youngest daughter of Yvonne (Alison Quigan) and Ian (Jeffrey Thomas) and after getting a job at the hospital, instantly had a spark with Vinnie Kruse (Pua Magasiva). However Tania began to date Mark Weston (Tim Foley) but discovered he had cheated on her and moved on to Anthony Richards (Michael Morris). Ant supplied her with prescription drugs and she briefly became addicted before he fled Ferndale. Tania reconciled with Mark and they married, only for Mark to impregnate Tania's lesbian sister Maia (Anna Jullienne) behind her back. They divorced and Tania dated both Kip Denton (Will Hall) and Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison) before she began an abusive relationship with gang member Kingi Te Wake (Te Kohe Tuhaka). Kingi left her and Tania dated Ben Goodall (Shaun Edwards-Brown), only to lose him to her mother. She rebounded with Isaac Worthington (Matt Minto) but left him when he cheated on her. In late 2010 she fell in love with Rafe Durville (Simon London) and left the country with him to start a clinic. She returned briefly in 2012 for Yvonne's birthday. In 2013 Bella Durville (Amelia Reid-Meredith) visited Tania and Rafe.

Eileen Horrocks[edit]

Eileen Horrocks
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Cathy Downes
Duration 2005
First appearance 24 May 2005
Last appearance 26 May 2005
Introduced by Harriet Crampton
Classification Former; guest

Eileen Horrocks (née Gregory) was first mentioned in dialogue in 2004, before she arrived for three episodes in March 2005. Eileen visited her sister, Yvonne (Alison Quigan) whilst on the way of an overseas trip. She was very fond of her niece Maia (Anna Jullienne) but was disgusted to learn she was a lesbian. Eileen voiced disapproval to Yvonne who informed her how proud she was of her daughter before sending her on her way.

Richard Minogue[edit]

Richard Minogue
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Phil Brown
Duration 2005–06
First appearance 22 July 2005
Last appearance 6 April 2006
Introduced by Harriet Crampton
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Personal assistant
Conman

Richard Minogue made his first appearance in mid-2005 under the name: Hamish Flynn. In 2006 the character was axed as part of a soap revamp.[2] Tania Jeffries (Faye Smythe) was interested romantically in Hamish but when he got a job at the hospital, he clashed with her mother, Yvonne (Alison Quigan). Hamish soon revealed he was the son Yvonne and Ian (Jeffrey Thomas) had adopted out when they were teenagers and he was welcomed into the family. Hamish began to date Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) but his boss Huia Samuels (Nicola Kawana) began to suspect Hamish of fraud. In 2006 things came to a head when Hamish admitted to Yvonne his real name was Richard and he was a conman who was frauding the hospital and was after the Jeffries' money. He had been working in family care when he came across Hamish's case and had stolen his identity. Yvonne promised to keep his secret but snapped and Richard was arrested.

Tim Coombes[edit]

Tim Coombes
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Millen Baird
Duration 2005
First appearance 1 August 2005
Last appearance 18 August 2005
Introduced by Harriet Crampton
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Owner of diving business

Timothy "Tim" Coombes appeared in a guest role in August and was portrayed by Millen Baird. He was the ex-boyfriend of Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) and father of her illegitimate son Daniel (Jarred Blakiston). Tim had no knowledge of Daniel's existence and reentered Sarah's life when he landed in hospital after a school reunion. Initially Tim was angry and wanted nothing to do with his child, but upon meeting him, he embraced his son and Daniel eventually departed to live with Tim, his wife Theresa (Fiona Collins) and daughter Grace in Samoa. Tim sent Daniel (Ido Drent) back to New Zealand in 2009 after he fell into a bad crowd and his business managed to survive the 2009 Samoa earthquake. Daniel visited Tim in 2012 to help with his business.

Theresa Coombes[edit]

Theresa Coombes
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Fiona Hall
Duration 2005
Appears on 18 August 2005
Introduced by Harriet Crampton
Classification Former; guest

Theresa Coombes was portrayed by Fiona Hall and was the Samoan wife of Daniel's (Jarred Blakiston) father Tim (Millen Baird). Theresa had been with Tim for 10 years and proved to Sarah that Tim was willing to spend time with his only son.

Grant Faalago[edit]

Grant "Grunter" Faalago
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Semu Filipo
Duration 2005–06, 2007, 2008–09
First appearance 13 July 2005
Last appearance October 2009
Introduced by Harriet Crampton (2005)
Jason Daniel (2007, 2008)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Paramedic (until 2009)

Grant "Grunter" Faalago appeared sporadically until 2009 and was known as the comedic paramedic who worked at the hospital. Grunter got on well with Yvonne Jeffries (Alison Quigan) and the pair caused controversy when they were caught playing cards in the hospital grounds. Grunter later returned as the paramedic supervisor of Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) and Hunter was impressed as Grunter worked two jobs a day. However Grunter's tiredness caught up to him and he took a nap whilst letting Hunter take the ambulance wheel, only for the pair to crash and Grunter to lose his job for the mistake. He returned several weeks later and tried to con Maxwell Avia (Robbie Magasiva) into not reporting his friend for not having a visa.

Jemima Hampton[edit]

Jemima Hampton-Rees
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Liesha Ward-Knox
Duration 2005–06, 2014
First appearance 22 August 2005
Last appearance 1 August 2014
Introduced by Harriet Crampton (2005)
Simon Bennett (2014)
Classification former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Cafe worker (until 2005)

Jemima Hampton-Rees (née Hampton) was portrayed by Liesha Ward-Knox and appeared from 2005 to 2006.[3] Jemima was a tourist from the United Kingdom who worked in the hospital cafeteria. She connected with Vinnie Kruse (Pua Magasiva) and after all her money and traveling gear was stolen, she and Vinnie began a relationship. However the revelation that she was married put an end to the relationship and she departed. Jemima returned however and revealed she was pregnant. Vinnie wanted nothing to do with the child and Jemima returned to Britain. However several days later Vinnie decided he was prepared to be a dad and departed Ferndale to live with Jemima. The two married shortly after. In 2011 Vinnie returned and announced Jemima had left him. Having remarried and moved to South America, Jemima returned to Ferndale in May 2014 to let Vinnie see his son, Michael (Duane Evans Jr.). she leaves 1st august 2014.

Jemima was an unpopular character and was regarded as a "cow".[4]

Baxter Cormack[edit]

Baxter Cormack
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Tom Hern
Duration 2005–07
First appearance 8 November 2005
Last appearance 15 March 2007
Introduced by Harriet Crampton
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Nurse at Shortland Street hospital (2005–07)

Baxter Cormack first appeared in November 2005. A religious fanatic, Baxter gained employment at the hospital and made friends with Claire Solomon (Emily Robins). The two began to date and Baxter nearly drowned when he accidentally took LSD. The couple got engaged but when Baxter's Serenity church went too far at Maia (Anna Jullienne) and Jay's (Jaime Passier-Armstrong) civil union, Clare forced Baxter to give up on religion or her. He chose religion and departed Ferndale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shortland Street Trivia Quiz Book. 2007. ISBN 978-0-14-300717-3. 
  2. ^ Cook, Stephen (August 2006). "Dumped actress throws hissy fit and goes Awol from set in protest". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. Retrieved October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sweet child of mine". Sunday Star Times. Fairfax Media. 11 February 2008. 
  4. ^ Neville, Alice (16 November 2008). "Paranoia piece". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media.