List of Home and Away characters (1998)
Home and Away is an Australian soap opera. The following is a list of characters that first appeared in 1998, by order of appearance. They were all introduced by the show's executive producer John Holmes. The 11th season of Home and Away began airing on the Seven Network on 12 January 1998. The first introduction of year was Will Smith, played by Zac Drayson. Several episodes later, the Nash family consisting of parents Joel and Natalie and their children Tom and Gypsy debuted. April saw the birth of Olivia Fraser-Richards. September saw the first appearance of Byron Fisher and in the same month Bec Cartwright took on the role of Will’s sister, Hayley. Scott Major guested as armed robber Murray in October. David D'Angelo arrived in November.
Will Smith, played by Zac Drayson, made his first on-screen appearance on 13 February 1998. Will was a regular on the show from 1998 to 2002 and continued to make frequent guest appearances until 2005. In 2010, it was announced that the character and Drayson would be returning to the show. Will returned to the Bay with his daughter on 14 October 2010. Drayson was originally cast in the role of Tom Nash, but at the last minute the show's producers thought he would be more suited to the "rougher" upcoming role of Will. The character left Summer Bay after marrying Gypsy Nash (Kimberley Cooper). Drayson made occasional guest appearances in the show from 2003 to 2005. In September 2010, it was announced that Drayson had reprised his role of Will and would be returning to Home and Away. Will was originally descried as a "hot-tempered trouble maker" who arrives in the Bay to reconnect with his siblings, Hayley (Rebecca Hewitt) and Nick (Chris Egan). Will learns to calm down and when he decides to leave the Bay he was, by then, considered a "good bloke".
Natalie Nash, played by Angelica la Bozzetta, made her first on-screen appearance on 18 February 1998. 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". 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). la Bozetta quit the role in late 1998 to spend more time with her daughter. Antoinette Byron was cast in the role and made her debut in the 1999 season premiere. 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.
Joel Nash, played by David Woodley made his first appearance on 18 February and departed on 11 October 2000. Prior to acting career, Woodley had worked as a federal police officer in Melbourne. Before taking on the role of Joel, Woodley previously guested on the serial as Finlay Roberts' (Tina Thomsen) partner Barry, in 1996.
Gypsy Nash, played by Kimberley Cooper, debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 18 February 1998. Gypsy and departed in 2002. She returned on 9 September 2011 and departed on 13 October 2011. In 1997, after Debra Lawrance 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 "centrepiece of the show". They created the Nash family consisting of Gypsy played by Cooper, sibling Tom (Graeme Squires) and their parents Natalie and Joel Nash played by Angelica la Bozzetta and David Woodley respectively. The family come to Summer Bay from Hong Kong to start a new life. In June 2011, it was announced that Cooper had reprised her role as Gypsy and had returned to filming in May. Cooper confirmed that Gypsy's return would be "dramatic, in true Gypsy style". Gypsy returned with her daughter Lily in September 2011. At the 41st Logie Awards Cooper won the "Most Popular New Female Talent" award for her portrayal of Gypsy, she was the first ever recipient of the award. Gypsy's kidnapping was nominated for "Most Dramatic Storyline" at the 1999 Inside Soap Awards. The following year, Cooper won an award in the "Best Aussie actress" category. Soap opera reporting website Holy Soap included Gypsy on their list of "Sexiest Home and Away girls ever" list. They also brand her most memorable moments as; "being kidnapped and having a baby with Will Smith".
Tom Nash, played by Graeme Squires, made his first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 18 February 1998. Zac Drayson was originally cast in the role, but when the producers thought he would be more suitable for Will Smith, Squires received the part. The actor decided to leave Home and Away in early 2000 after two years Tom departed on 16 May 2000. and he made his screen exit on 16 May 2000. Squires returned to film the show's 3,000th episode special in 2001. Zac Drayson was originally cast in the role of Tom, but the producers later thought he would be more suited to the "rougher" role of Will Smith. Squires was then cast as Tom and he revealed that he was honoured to be a part of the Home and Away crew. He told Jason Herbison of All About Soap that the best thing to happen to him was getting the part of Tom. He explained "I had done some modelling before, but Home and Away was definitely my first big acting break. It's what people know me for and I'm very grateful that I was given the role." A writer for official Home and Away website described Tom as "your typical cricket-in-summer, rugby-in-winter kind of guy; he's sporty, good-looking and a bit of a ladies' man!" When asked if he shared any similarities with his character, Squires stated that they were both creative and liked the outdoors. He added that Tom is more outgoing, while he is much more quieter. For his portrayal of Tom, Squires earned a nomination for Most Popular New Male Talent at the Logie Awards of 1999. Robin Oliver of The Sydney Morning Herald called Tom and Gypsy "good-looking children". Inside Soap's Steven Murphy said Tom and Terri's relationship was the hottest romance of the lot. Claire Brand and Annette Dasey of the same publication called Tom "the darling of Summer Bay", while Soaplife's Tina Baker branded the character "tasty Tom".
Olivia Fraser Richards
|Olivia Fraser Richards|
|Home and Away character|
|Portrayed by||Emily Taylor
Elise and Lauren Newman
Brianna and Tamara Wilkie
Bridget and Holly Durkin
Ivy Latimer (2005)
Raechelle Banno (2015–)
|Duration||1998–99, 2005, 2015–|
|First appearance||20 April 1998|
|Introduced by||John Holmes (1998)
Julie McGuaran (2005)
Lucy Addario (2015)
|Other names||Olivia Richards
Olivia Kate Fraser Richards made her first appearance on 20 April 1998 following her birth, played by Emma Taylor and Alexandra Kotz. When the character returned to the serial in 2005, she was played by Ivy Latimer.
In October 2015, the character returned to Home and Away with Raechelle Banno taking over the role. Olivia returned to Summer Bay in the hope that her mother's former foster carer Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) would look after her, following some trouble at her school in London. Olivia flirts with VJ Patterson (Matt Little) upon her arrival and Banno commented, "She's very forward. I think she wants his attention and she just puts herself out there."
Olivia is born to Lachlan Fraser (Richard Grieve) and Chloe Richards (Kristy Wright). Shortly after her birth, she is diagnosed with a heart murmur but she recovers after a successful operation and is returned to her parents. Lachie later suffers brain damage following an operation to remove a tumour and is sent to America for treatment, leaving Chloe to raise Olivia alone. Olivia's grandmother, Diana (Kerry McGuire) begins involving herself in Olivia's life and Lachie's brother James (Michael Piccirilli), arrives to keep an eye on his family. Chloe takes Olivia to visit Lachie in America, but his personality has drastically changed and no longer has feelings for either of them and is with a new partner Dana. After James takes Olivia to a specialist to correct her narrow aorta, he and Chloe begin a relationship and later marry. The marriage later breaks down after James and Chloe clash over having more children. Lachie later dies of a second haemmorhage and Diana becomes increasingly unstable to the extent she kidnaps Olivia. Olivia's grandfather, Peter (Helmut Bakaitis) rescues Olivia and checks Diana into a clinic. Soon after, Chloe and Olivia leave Summer Bay.
Olivia returns to Summer Bay with Chloe in 2005, now using her mother's maiden name. On the evening of Alf Stewart's (Ray Meagher) 60th Birthday, Chloe is killed in a car accident, leaving Olivia orphaned. Irene Roberts, Chloe's former foster mother, decides to apply for custody but is met with opposition by Diana who returns for Chloe's funeral. After a mediation meeting goes badly and Olivia begs Irene not to let Diana take her, Irene and Olivia flee the bay with no idea of where they are going. Barry Hyde (Ivar Kants) encourages Irene to return and she does. After Judith Lane (Jane Fullerton), the mediator talks to Olivia, she awards Diana custody and she takes Olivia home. Olivia phones Irene for help and tells her she does not want to live with Diana. Irene visits but is threatened with the police. However, James returns from the United Kingdom and Olivia is thrilled to see him. He tells Diana and Irene that Chloe named him the executor of her will and that everything was left to Olivia. James is also named as her legal guardian. Olivia tells Diana she does not want to live with her as she always causes trouble for everyone. James tells Olivia that they will be living in Chloe's old flat in order for her to attend the same school and they both bid Irene farewell before leaving. They subsequently return to the UK.
Ten years later, Olivia returns to the Bay. VJ Patterson finds her lying on his beach towel and she tells him she thought it would be fun if they spent time together. They steal a couple of bikes to explore the area. Later that evening, Olivia goes to the diner to see Irene and asks if she can live with her. Olivia tells Irene that she got suspended from school and James threatened to send her to a boarding school, but he then sent her to Summer Bay. Irene later learns Olivia is lying when James informs her that Olivia stole his credit card to buy herself a plane ticket. Irene lets Olivia stay with her for a few weeks. Olivia and VJ take his mother's car for a joy ride and it gets scratched, resulting in Olivia being sent to work in The Diner. Olivia befriends Hunter King (Scott Lee), which makes VJ jealous. When she witnesses Hunter's mother Charlotte (Erika Heynatz) being aggressive towards Irene, Olivia stands up to her. Charlotte later threatens Olivia, so she throws garbage around Charlotte's flat. Olivia is then questioned by the police about the vandalism. Hunter notices scars on Olivia's legs and tells VJ, who tries to talk to Olivia, but she shuts him down. When Irene finds out, Olivia opens up to her about her self-harming and that she was sexually abused by one of James's friends. Irene later admits that she was sexually abused by her uncle and agrees to get counselling with Olivia.
Olivia notices Irene is drinking and tells Leah Patterson-Baker (Ada Nicodemou), as Irene is an alcoholic. Irene lashes out at Olivia when she believes Irene is not coping. Olivia and Hunter develop feelings for one another. They almost kiss, but when Hunter accidentally touches her scars, he walks out. He later tells her that he does not want to make her feel uncomfortable and that her scars are not ugly. They kiss and later consummate their relationship. Olivia feels uncomfortable as it reminds her of the abuse she has suffered. After Charlotte is accused of murder, Hunter decides to leave the Bay. Olivia fails to change his mind. Olivia told Irene, Zac and Leah that Hunter left the Bay. Soon, Hunter returns and Olivia comforts him while he grieves for Charlotte's death. Olivia began to dislike Skye Peters (Marlo Kelly) after she moves in the Beach House after John Palmer (Shane Withington) left her with Irene's care so he could go to Italy to look after his injured wife, Marilyn Chambers (Emily Symons. Olivia began to bad mouthing Skye to Hunter, unaware that Skye heard her. Olivia apologizes to Skye and Skye forgives, and began a friendship. Olivia meets Lindsay Ford (Georgia Flood), the woman who drove Hunter from the Bay, who came to see Hunter. Olivia was shocked when Lindsay revealed that she and Hunter had an affair. Olivia breaks up with Hunter and became enemies with Lindsay. When Lindsay annoyed Olivia at the Diner, Olivia lost her temper and attempts to slap Lindsay, but VJ and Skye stopped her. When Lindsay stole Alf's ute for a joyride, with Hunter trying to stop her, Lindsay lost control of the ute, and left Hunter in a serious condition.
With Hunter stabled, Olivia threatens Lindsay to leave the Bay or she'll call the cops on her, and Lindsay left for good. Hunter apologized to Olivia and the two got back together. Olivia organised a romantic picnic with Hunter, but the date went into a disaster when Hunter had trouble of breathing and Olivia rushes find help and found Zac and Greg Snelgrove (Paul Gleeson) driving on the road. She led them to Hunter and Zac saves Hunter and was taken to hospital. Olivia found out she's pregnant with Hunter's child, but didn't tell Hunter. But Olivia told Skye and Irene, who convince her to tell Hunter. Olivia finally tells Hunter about her pregnancy and he walks out. But the two talked again and decided not to keep the baby. Olivia started to cut herself again and Chris Harrington (Johnny Ruffo) stays by her side. Olivia noticed that Irene has been gone a few days and tried to call or text her. Olivia attends to Hunter's cousin, Oscar MacGuire (Jake Speer) and Oscar's aunt, Hannah Wilson's (Cassie Howarth) funeral and at the wake, Skye told Olivia and Hunter that her boyfriend, Tank Snelgrove (Reece Milne) has caused the caravan explosion that killed Oscar and Hannah. Olivia found out from Leah that Irene has gone to find her long lost child. Olivia was upset when Skye left the Bay to be with Tank. After Skye left, Olivia began to dislike VJ's new, pregnant girlfriend, Billie Ashford (Tessa de Josselin), who is 6-years older than VJ. Olivia was rude to Billie and VJ and Hunter tells Olivia to say sorry. Olivia apologized to Billie and the two girls make peace and watched a movie together with VJ and Hunter.
Olivia gets a call from Irene, but call was hung up and Olivia receives a text from Irene, and was Olivia became suspicious when Irene's text called her Oli, which Irene never calls her that. A week later, Olivia receives another text from Irene and was shocked of the text, of a picture of Irene being held hostage, and shows it to Chris, and the two realised that Irene wasn't looking for her child, but was kidnapped. Immediately, Olivia and Chris showed the photo to Kat and the police began their search. On the same night, at the Diner, Olivia receives a video on text from Irene's kidnapper, which is a video of a scared Irene, held hostage and begging her kidnapper to let her go. Irene's kidnapper, Mick Jennings followed Olivia and tries to kidnap her,by telling her to get in his car, or she'll never see Irene again. Olivia gets in and quickly placed her phone in the back seat and escapes before Mick could take her. Olivia and Chris went to search the location where Irene held hostage with the police, but couldn't find her. But soon, Olivia and Chris found Irene running and took her home. Olivia sees Mick at the hospital and shouts at him. Olivia found out that Mick in in fact Irene's long lost son. Olivia tries to comfort and cheer Hunter up when he found out that Josh Barrett (Jackson Gallagher) is Charlotte's killer and Hunter pushes her away. Olivia befriended with Hunter's new friend from the community service, Jordan Walsh (Benny Turland) and at a party held by Hunter at the farmhouse, Hunter gets drunk and gets out of control, as Olivia tries to stop him. Hunter got jealous when he sees Jordan hitting on Olivia and attacks him.
Hayley Smith was portrayed from September 1998 to September 2005 by actress Rebecca Cartwright and from September to November 2005 by Ella Scott Lynch, after Cartwright left the show for personal reasons. Described by The Sun-Herald as one of the "best-loved characters in Australian drama", Cartwright won the 2005 Logie Award for Most Popular Actress for her portrayal of Smith and was nominated for a Gold Logie the same year. The Sun-Herald described the character of Smith as "trouble-prone" and "an artistic young widow who has overcome a graffiti problem".
|Home and Away character|
|Portrayed by||Max Spessot (vision)
Brittany Jones & Joel Sanders-Aguius
Edward & William Lowata
Nathaniel Davey (vision)
|Duration||1998, 1999, 2010|
|First appearance||16 September 1998|
|Last appearance||1 April 2010|
|Introduced by||John Holmes (1998)
Cameron Welsh (2010)
Byron Vincent Fisher, played by a number of child actors, made his first on-screen appearance on 16 September 1998 as a vision in his mother Marilyn's (Emily Symons) dream during her pregnancy. Byron was born on 16 February 1999 and was played by Brittany Jones and Joel Sanders-Aguius. Nathanial Davey portrayed an 11-year-old Byron in a vision.
Byron is born to Donald (Norman Coburn) and Marilyn. He is given the middle name Vincent after Vinnie Patterson (Ryan Kwanten) speeds through traffic to get Marilyn to hospital. Marilyn struggles to connect with Byron and suffers from post-natal depression and walks out on him and Donald. She returns several months later and finds herself feeling pushed out by Byron's nanny, Ellen Porter (Anne Grigg). However, Ellen leaves and Marilyn is able to bond with Byron and the Fishers settle into a relatively normal family life. However, this is cut short when Byron suffers from cancer and the best chance of saving him is to have him treated overseas. Marilyn and Byron then leave for America. Donald sells his Streeton painting in order to raise the money for Byron's treatment and Simon Broadhurst (Morgan O'Neill) buys it but returns it to Donald. Donald prepares to join Marilyn but receives a call with the news Byron has died. Donald flies to America for Byron's funeral service but returns alone after Marilyn runs off again. Letter to Byron, a book written by Donald and illustrated by Hayley Smith (Bec Cartwright) is published in 2000.
|Home and Away character|
|Portrayed by||Scott Major|
|First appearance||20 October 1998|
|Last appearance||30 October 1998|
|Introduced by||John Holmes|
Murray first appears on the beach where he loads his gun and heads towards the Bayside diner. He orders breakfast and when the time comes to pay, he tells Ailsa Stewart (Judy Nunn) he has no money and offers to help out but she refuses. When Ailsa goes to call the police, Murray locks the door and holds her hostage at gunpoint. Ailsa's husband Alf (Ray Meagher) returns and discovers her held hostage. To get rid of Murray, Ailsa gives him the float from the till and while he is distracted, Alf attempts to hit Murray to retrieve the money with a mallet but is stopped.
Murray prepares to flee but officers Joel Nash (David Woodley) and Terri Garner (Alyson Standen) come in for coffee. After the police leave, He goes to leave with the money but panics when Terri returns and fires a shot which hits Sally Fletcher (Kate Ritchie) in the leg. He then holds the customers at gunpoint and is reluctant to let them help Sally. He then flees and hides out in a cave for several days and is discovered by Sam Marshall (Ryan Clark) and Hayley Smith (Bec Cartwright) who he takes hostage. Hayley's brother Will (Zac Drayson) and his girlfriend Gypsy Nash (Kimberley Cooper) find them and are also taken hostage. The next morning the teens try to escape while Murray is asleep but they disturb him and he continues to hold him hostage. Will tries to sympathize by telling Murray about his own experiences of being on the streets. Sam and Hayley escape and Gypsy tries to but Murray catches her. Will bargains with Murray to release Gypsy and give himself up. Joel and Constable Barry Dennis (Mark Shaw) arrest him. Murray then appears as a vision in Ailsa's subconscious when she sees a lookalike customer who comes into the diner.
Channel 5 chose Murray's hold-up of the Diner of one of their best episodes ever.
|Home and Away character|
|Portrayed by||Valentino Arico
|First appearance||9 November 1998|
|Last appearance||13 October 1999|
|Other names||Robert Perez|
David D'Angelo (alias Robert Perez) made his first appearance on 9 November 1998, played by Valentino Arico and then by Ross Pennissi in shadow form, credited as Mr. X. Tony Poli began playing David until the character's departure on 13 October 1999.
David's storyline sees him play out his revenge against Joel Nash (David Woodley) who imprisoned him for 15 years in Hong Kong. He uses Joel's daughter Gypsy (Kimberley Cooper) as a pawn in his plan by posing as her tutor, before kidnapping her. Cooper told the official Home and Away website of her experiences filming with Poli in the storyline: "It was pretty scary. I can't really describe it. It was kind of fun but it was kind of hard." She then told how Poli was "so much fun" and helped her in a lot of situations. "He pointed out a few things and just talked me through it and he gave me a lot of feedback, too. He was really cool." When asked if Poli was anything like his character, Cooper added: "No, not at all. And to watch him do Robert and then see him talking to his son on the phone making baby noises was pretty strange."
David arrives in Summer Bay and secretly records a conversation between Gypsy and Justine Welles (Bree Desborough) and then records a conversation between Gypsy's father, Joel and uncle Travis (Nic Testoni). He assumes the name Robert Perez and begins dating Gypsy. He then moves into the Caravan Park and advertises his services as a Maths Tutor and is hired by Joel and his wife Natalie (Angelica la Bozetta) to help Gypsy improve her grades. David sends a tape of Joel and Travis' conversation where Joel admits he does not want any more kids to Natalie and she is upset. Travis and his wife Rebecca (Belinda Emmett) become suspicious of David when he mentions Joel and Natalie's problems and they alert them. David tells Gypsy about a book sale and takes off with her, in order to kidnap her. Gypsy's brother, Tom (Graeme Squires) and Will Smith (Zac Drayson) break into David's caravan and they discover newspaper cuttings featuring Joel and his return to Summer Bay. It emerges David is a criminal Joel apprehended in Hong Kong. He holds Gypsy hostage for three weeks and sends the Nashes some cryptic clues in the form of recorded poems by Gypsy and crossword puzzles. He later takes Joel hostage then dumps him in the woods and tells him he has two hours to save his family. David steals Joel's identity and cleans out his bank account and then sets fire to the Nashes house with Natalie (now played by Antoinette Byron), Tom and Gypsy inside. During the blaze, David takes Natalie hostage and Joel apprehends David after Natalie gives clues to her whereabouts via telephone. David is then jailed and Joel visits him to demand his money back but David has the last laugh when he riles him about Gypsy, angering him.
David escapes from prison several months later to retrieve the money he stole, which is buried in the bush but is enraged to discover that Duncan Stewart (Brendan McKensy) and Gazza Boyd (Sebastian Huber) have already found the money. He then threatens to harm Duncan and his mother, Ailsa (Judy Nunn). He orders Duncan to retrieve the money from Gazza and warns him Ailsa will be hurt if he calls the police. David then gags Ailsa and takes Duncan hostage and tries to flee the country but his accomplice Lauren Healy (Merridy Eastman). Joel tracks David down with several officers and the chase culminates in David losing his footing and Joel saves him from a cliff fall. He files a complaint against Joel, alleging that he hit him but Joel proves his innocence and David is jailed once more.
Rachel Browne of The Sun-Herald listed David's vendetta among the best television cliffhangers at the close of the 1998 Australian television season. Ahead of the 1999 Season premiere, she described David as a "Hooded Psycho bent on revenge". David's kidnapping of Gypsy and stalking of the Nash family was nominated for "Most Dramatic Storyline" at the 1999 Inside Soap Awards.
|19–20 January||Gordon Macleay||Danny Adcock||Gordon is an illegal arms dealer who Travis Nash (Nic Testoni) finds adrift on a Yacht. Gordon is sick and Travis takes him to hospital.|
|22 January||George Baker||James Hagan||George is Alf Stewart’s (Ray Meagher) lawyer. He advises Alf to settle with Jesse McGregor (Ben Unwin) out of court for $10,000.|
|23 January–2 February||Sludge||Steven Pate||Sludge is a member of Rod Sutton’s (Nick Atkinson) ram-raiding gang .|
|22 January||Warren Hickson||Andrew Marshall||Andrew is a member of the Department of Childcare Services. He informs Pippa Ross (Debra Lawrence) of her options regarding her impending departure from Summer Bay and its effect on her foster children.|
|30 January||Christine McKenzie||Linda Newton||Christine is a right-wring politician whose beliefs about deporting immigrants do not sit well with the Bay and a demonstration occurs at her rally in the Surf Club.|
|2 February–30 October 2000||Barry Dennis||Mark Shaw||Barry is a local constable. He is frequently seen in police matters with colleague Joel Nash (David Woodley).|
|3 February||Darren||Jordon Askill||Darren auditions as a drummer for Joey Rainbow (Alex O'Han) and Aaron Welles' (Ritchie Gudgeon) band.|
|25–27 February||Carol Williams||Diana Davidson||Carol is a neighbour of Lachlan Fraser (Richard Grieve) and Chloe Richards (Kristy Wright), her visits are a source of irritation for the couple.|
|10–11 March||Ralph Marchant||Nicholas Garsden||Ralph is a tour guide who brings a group of tourists to Summer Bay. Vinnie Patterson (Ryan Kwanten) takes the group out but crashes Travis Nash's (Nic Testoni) boat.|
|18 March–24 April||Jason Duncan||Paul Kelman||Jason is the manager of fast food chain Bonza Burger. His wife Tamara (Sarah Aubrey) is pregnant but he begins an affair with Terri Garner (Alyson Standen). The affair is discovered and Tamara leaves Jason. He then hires Vinnie Patterson (Ryan Kwanten) to work for him but Vinnie tries everything to get fired. Jason later leaves the Bay.|
|18–25 March||Tamara Duncan||Sarah Aubrey||Tamara is the wife of Jason (Paul Kelman). The couple meet Lachlan Fraser (Richard Grieve) and Chloe Richards (Kristy Wright) at an antenatal class. When Tamra discovers Jason is seeing Terri Garner (Alyson Standen), she leaves him and denies him access to their unborn child.|
|26 March||Chris Brown||Luke Jacobz||Chris is a soccer player at Summer Bay High. During a soccer game in a PE lesson, Will Smith (Zac Drayson) deliberately injures Chris out of jealousy of his attraction to Gypsy Nash (Kimberley Cooper).|
|30 March||Geoffrey Burns||Ben Price||Geoffrey meets Selina Roberts (Tempany Deckert) in Africa when she suffers from malaria and brings her to Ironbridge to recover.|
|30 March||Bill Burns||Michael Carter||Bill is the father of Geoffrey Burns (Ben Price). He shows a brief interest in Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) who arrives to visit an unwell Selina Roberts (Tempany Deckert). The following year Bill invites Irene to visit him for several weeks and she accepts.|
|31 March–2 April||Pam Edmonson||Rebecca O’Dare||Pam meets Sam Marshall (Ryan Clark) at a surf carnival. She wins the girls' under-18 race.|
|3–6 April||George Berry||Rhiannon Mason||George is a crisis care foster child who stays temporarily with Travis (Nic Testoni) and Rebecca Nash (Belinda Emmett). She behaves badly including licking the ice cream during in the freezer and disturbing Sally Fletcher (Kate Ritchie) when she tries to study by blasting loud music. She tries to hit Travis but he overpowers her. George is later moved to another home.|
|8 April–28 May||Bruce "Chook" Fowler||Shannon Cooper||Chook is a friend of Sam Marshall (Ryan Clark). He helps Sam play a practical joke on Tiegan Brook (Sally Marrett) and later buys drugs from Lillian Reynolds (Nitya Gehl) and has a bad reaction. Chook and Lillian are nearly expelled as a result but Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) retracts his decision.|
|9–21 April||Sugar O'Donnell||Brooke Gissing||Sugar and her twin sister Candy (Bianca Gissing) take a liking to Tom Nash (Graeme Squires) and Aaron Welles (Ritchie Gudgeon) respectively. Tom's mother, Natalie (Angelica la Bozzetta) takes a dislike to Sugar but Tom keeps on seeing her. The relationship breaks down when Sugar leaves Tom for Ben (Toby Gibson).|
|9–17 April||Candy O'Donnell||Bianca Gissing||Candy and her twin sister Sugar (Brooke Gissing) take a liking to Aaron Welles (Ritchie Gudgeon and Tom Nash (Graeme Squires) respectively.|
|15–24 April||Nigel Whittaker||Stephen Holford||Nigel is an interior decorator hired by Ailsa Stewart (Judy Nunn) to redecorate the Bayside Diner.|
|17 April||Ben||Tony Gibson||Ben is the lead singer of a band, who Sugar O'Donnell (Brooke Gissing) leaves Tom Nash (Graeme Squires) for.|
|20–21 April||Dr Matthew||Alan Lock||Mathew delivers Lachlan Fraser (Richard Grieve) and Chloe Richards' (Kristy Wright) newborn daughter, Olivia.|
|22 April||Christina||Marina Finlay||Christina is the editor of 'Cheeky Magazine'. She presents Joey Rainbow (Alex O'Han), who is in the guise of "Josey Rainbow" with a cash prize of $1000 for his essay on "The Girl of the 90s". She and her assistant Isabella oversee the event.|
|22 April||Isabella||Kylie Watson|
|22–23 April||Policeman||Reg Cribb||A Policeman who pulls Kylie Burton (Roslyn Oades) over for speeding while she is on the run from the law. Kylie lies about her identity and uses that of Rebecca Nash (Belinda Emmett).|
|1–20 May||Harry MacKintosh||Sam O’Dell||Harry is a Year 12 student at Summer Bay High who supplies Lillian Reynolds (Nitya Gehl) with dope to sell to Gypsy Nash (Kimberley Cooper). When Lillian is expelled he begins making life difficult for Gypsy and her boyfriend Will Smith (Zac Drayson) and begins intimidating Will. Will agrees to fight Harry but it is quickly broken up by Natalie Nash (Angelica la Bozetta).|
|12 May–5 June||Leila||Michelle Fondacaro||Leila is a Year 11 student from Iran. Aaron Welles (Ritchie Gudgeon) and Tom Nash (Graeme Squires) both take an interest with her and date her alternately and compete her affections in various contests including poetry recitals and assault courses but in the end she chooses neither boy.|
|20–25 May||Professor Dunstan||David Nettheim||Dunstan is a neurosurgeon who attends to Lachlan Fraser (Richard Grieve) during his brain surgery to remove a tumour. He assures Lachie's partner Chloe Richards (Kristy Wright) and Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) that Lachie has survived the worst and will be fine. However, Lachie falls into a coma several days later and Dunstan rushes back to assist with the operation.|
|22 May–18 February 2000||Emily O’Kane||Rochelle Eardley||Emily is a friend of Rachel McGregor (Sarah Mumcu).|
|22 May–12 June||Mardi O’Kane||Kelly Cawley||Mardi is the mother of Emily O'Kane (Rochelle Eardley). She begins a relationship with her daughter's friend Rachel McGregor's (Sara Mumcu) father Jesse (Ben Unwin) but they break up after Jesse admits he still loves Rachel's mother, Kylie Burton (Roslyn Oades).|
|19 June–22 October||Daria Ellis||Tamra Williams||Daria appears when Sam Marshall (Ryan Clark) begins delivering newspapers in her Neighbourhood. They share a common interest - surfing and begin dating. Daria's hippy lifestyle is often mocked by her classmates but Sam supports her. She struggles to tell Sam she suffers from epilepsy and suffers from a fit one day. She recovers but Sam is cautious around her, prompting fears he does not want to go out with her. Sam assures he does and they reconcile. Daria is unimpressed when her father Sean (Mark Gerber) begins dating the much younger Sally Fletcher (Kate Ritchie) and voices her disapproval. Tanya (Antonia Murphy), Daria's estranged mother arrives and she sets about trying to get her parents back together but Sean and Tanya's bickering grinds things to a halt and Tanya leaves. Daria's relationship with Sam ends when he dumps her for Hayley Smith (Bec Cartwright).|
|19 June–4 September||Sean Ellis||Mark Gerber||Sean is the father of Daria Ellis (Tamra Williams). He sets up a surf shop in the area and begins dating Sally Fletcher (Kate Ritchie) who is a great deal younger than him. In spite of the opinions of many locals, Sean and Sally become a couple. The relationship breaks down when Sean's estranged wife Tanya (Antonia Murphy) returns and they share a kiss. It looks like they will reconcile but the arguments remind Sean why their marriage broke down in the first place and Tanya leaves again. Soon after, Sean leaves the Bay to set up shop elsewhere.|
|24 June–17 March 2003||John Wilson||Bryan Wiseman||Wilson is a doctor at Northern Districts Hospital.|
|1 July||Mark Hollis||Matt Juarez||Mark and his friend abduct Rachel McGregor (Sara Mumcu) from a shopping mall in Yabbie Creek|
|1 July||Jason||Shaun Losesby||Mark's friend.|
|1 July||Mrs Hollis||Felicity Soper||Mark's mother|
|9 July–14 August||Colt||Brendan Cowell||Colt is the leader singer of Rock band Monkey Jam. He recruits Aaron Welles (Ritchie Gudgeon) to join his band, much to the opposition of Aaron's sister, Justine (Bree Desborough) and foster parents Alf (Ray Meagher) and Ailsa Stewart (Ray Meagher). Tiegan Brook (Sally Marrett) develops an attraction to Colt and they have sex in his car. Colt also convinces Tiegan to come on tour with him and they all leave, however Tiegan returns several weeks later.|
|13–29 July||Phil Flatley||Benjamin Hawker||Phil is the drummer of Monkey Jam. He is critical of Aaron Welles' (Ritchie Gudgeon) playing style.|
|15–30 July||Judith Wade||Lyn Lovett||Judith is the owner of a store in the mall in Yabbie Creek. She is irritated by the presence of Will Smith (Zac Drayson), Gypsy Nash (Kimberley Cooper), Tiegan Brook (Sally Marrett) and Sam Marshall (Ryan Clark) outside her shop. She accuses Will of assaulting her and he is charged but after a realizing she has made a mistake, Judith drops the charges.|
|16–27 July||Mr. Wade||David Whitford||Mr Wade is the husband of Judith Wade (Lyn Lovett). He explains his wife's paranoia of teens hanging around outside the store as she was previously mugged.|
|20 July–6 August||Douglas Dawson||Ivar Kants||Douglas runs a computer class which Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) attends. Irene becomes interested in Douglas but is shocked to learn he is gay.|
|23 July–26 October 2003||Mike Carter||Stephen Leeder||Carter is a Detective Inspector at Yabbie Creek police station and Joel Nash's (David Woodley) superior. He oversees various investigations over a five year period before being replaced by Peter Baker (Nicholas Bishop).|
|13 August||Max||Steve McCarthy||Max is Douglas Dawson (Ivar Kants) boyfriend. Douglas introduces him to Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) at the diner.|
|13 August||Margaret Burton||Lynne Turner||Margaret is the mother of Kylie Burton (Roslyn Oades) who attends her funeral.|
|20 August–3 September||Eddie||Tim McCunn||Eddie is the boyfriend of Chantal (Toni Moran), who blackmails Marilyn Fisher (Emily Symons) for large sums of money. When their scheme backfires, both are arrested and jailed.|
|24 August–3 September||Tanya Ellis||Antonia Murphy||Tanya is the ex-wife of Sean Ellis (Mark Gerber) and the mother of their daughter, Daria (Tamra Williams). She and Sean briefly reunite but they begin arguing again and Tanya leaves after a tearful goodbye with Daria at the bus stop.|
|21–30 September||Catherine Clements||Belinda Giblin||Catherine is a blind woman who is a customer of the caravan park. She strikes up a brief friendship with Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) who stays at the park temporarily. She saves Alf's life when a fire breaks out at the park and then leaves after he reconciles with his wife Ailsa (Judy Nunn).|
|22 September–29 October||Suzie Morris||Lauren Dubois||Suzie is a student in Year 11 who takes a liking to Tom Nash (Graeme Squires) which his girlfriend Justine Welles (Bree Desborough) is unhappy about. Things worsen between the girls when Suzie lands the role of Juliet in the school production of Romeo & Juliet.|
|24 September–13 October||John Simpson||Bryan Marshall||John is a school inspector who visits Summer Bay High. He begins a relationship with Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger) but his controlling nature puts her off and she ends things with him. Enraged, John frames her for theft of some school files. Irene faces prosecution until a woman John sexually harassed comes forward about his true nature and he is later exposed and arrested.|
|25 November||Dana||Uncredited||Dana is Lachlan Fraser's (Richard Grieve) new partner. She is seen at a Thanksgiving meal held at her father's house in California. Lachie's former partner Chloe Richards (Kristy Wright) is devastated when she sees them together. Dana and Lachie marry in 1999 but the marriage is cut short when Lachie dies of a brain haemorhage.|
|25 November||Charlie||Ben Read||Charlie is Dana's brother.|
|25 November||Father||Jim Converse||Charlie and Dana's father.|
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