Emma Jackson (Home and Away)
|Home and Away character|
|Portrayed by||Dannii Minogue|
|First appearance||22 September 1989|
|Last appearance||22 August 1990|
|Introduced by||Des Monaghan|
Emma Jackson is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Home and Away, played by Dannii Minogue. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 22 September 1989. She departed on 22 August 1990. Emma was described as a teen punk and a tomboy.
Creation and casting
In 1989, Young Talent Time actress Dannii Minogue was offered an audition for Home and Away. Following her return from New York City, where she was recording her first album, Minogue read for the role of Marilyn Chambers. She believed she was not right for the character and she did not win the role. However, the producers asked Minogue's manager Terry Blamey if they could write a part especially for her and they came up with Emma Jackson. Minogue wanted to accept the role, as she loved the character's personality, but she was in the middle of recording her album and was nervous about relocating to Sydney for filming. Blamey decided that she should have a short run on the show and negotiated a thirteen week contract, with an option to extend once her album was finished.
Minogue stayed with the show for a year, before she quit to launch her music career in 1990. In October 2007, it was rumoured that Minogue was due to reprise her role as Emma for the show's 20th anniversary in 2008. However, she did not appear.
Emma was described as a punk, a "spunky tomboy" and a "teen rebel". Of her character, Minogue said "In the beginning, Emma was really arrogant and punk and in every scene she would slam the door when she walked in or out."
Emma comes to live with her aunt Ailsa Stewart (Judy Nunn) after attacking her stepfather, Barry. She immediately clashes with Ailsa's husband Alf (Ray Meagher). Emma attempts to buy alcohol from the local store but Alf's sister Celia (Fiona Spence) refuses her the sale as she is underage, which causes Emma to insult Celia. Emma tells Ailsa she thought would be more fun because she had been in jail and that was why she'd asked to stay with her. Ailsa refussd to admit what she had been jailed for but reminds Emma that the experience was unpleasant. They both agree to stay out of each other's way.
Ailsa gives Emma a job at the Bayside Diner but she constant winds up Ailsa's business partner Bobby Simpson (Nicolle Dickson) Emma proves to be a lazy employee and is threatened by Bobby with the sack. She continues her feud with Celia and does little to impress principal Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) with her attitude. Adam Cameron (Mat Stevenson) invites Emma out on a date but when he tries to get close to her, she feels uncomfortable. Adam tells Emma he only went out with her for a bet, anyway. Upset, Emma takes revenge and drills holes in his raft causing it to sink in a race the next day. Emma confides in Carly Morris (Sharyn Hodgson) that Barry abused her after her real father died when she was eight.
She takes Viv Newton (Mouche Phillips) under her wing, dragging her into trouble which does not sit well with Viv's guardian, Donald, who bans Emma from seeing Viv. Emma is fired from the diner and begins attending Summer Bay High, where she organises a student rebellion against the uniform. The plan fails when Donald turns up in punk clothing himself. Emma then encourages Viv to skip school and accept a ride from two guys who drive them out to a deserted forest. The guys soon turn on the girls and nearly rape them, luckily Steven Matheson (Adam Willits) and Alf rescue them. Emma is grateful to Steven and is attracted to him but he clearly prefers Viv. She then passes her driving test and lets Viv drive Alf's car but Viv crashes into a car belonging to Maurice "Revhead" Gibson (Gavin Harrison) and his friend "Skid" (Chris Harding). They demand payment otherwise they will tell Alf about the crash. Bobby helps the girls stall Revhead and Skid while Lance Smart (Peter Vroom) and Martin Dibble (Craig Thomson) fix the car and they avoid payment.
Emma begins a relationship with Adam but she has a momentary attraction to Grant Mitchell (Craig McLachlan) and asks him out. Grant rejects Emma as he will be starting as her new teacher. Vicki Baxter (Nana Coburn), Emma's nemesis, herself has a crush on Grant and when he rejects her, she invents a story in which Grant sexually assaulted her resulting in him being suspended. Emma applies pressure to get Vicki to change her story but every attempt backfires. Vicki does eventually confess and Grant is off the hook.
Bridget (Paula Duncan), Emma's mother arrives and she is not pleased to see her and tells her to stay her to stay away. However, Bridget manages to convince her she has kicked Barry out and they begin rebuilding their relationship. Ailsa and Bridget constantly fight over Emma's welfare. Emma agrees to go back to Riverstone with her mother and bids Ailsa an emotional farewell. Several weeks later, She returns in a bad mood and is constantly rude. Emma reveals Bridget has not changed. She breaks up with Adam and begins seeing Paul Jensen (Craig Black), who writes her a song. She encounters more problems with Vicki, who steals an exam paper and frames Emma for it, getting her expelled from school. Emma is forced to attend Yabbie Creek High. She is upset when Alf and Ailsa do not believe her and is even more distraught when Paul begins hanging out with Vicki. It emerges that Paul is only seeing Vicki as part of a plan to clear Emma's name. The truth is revealed after Vicki's cousin Anna (Rebecca George) arrives at the school and tells Donald all. Vicki is expelled and Emma is reinstated but she refuses to return to school. Donald, Alf and Ailsa apologise. Shortly after Emma ends things with Paul and takes a job on the Gold Coast and leaves to become an air hostess.
For her portrayal of Emma, Minogue was nominated for the Most Popular Actress on Australian Television Logie Award in 1989. Holy Soap named Minogue as one of Home and Away's "Sexiest girls ever".
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