Jackson Heywood

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Jackson Heywood
Born1988/1989 (age 29–30)[1]
OccupationActor
Years active2008–present
Notable work
Home and Away (2016–2019)

Jackson Heywood is an Australian actor. He played Brody Morgan on the Seven Network soap opera Home and Away from 2016-2019.

On 3 June 2019 it was confirmed Heywood had chosen to leave Home and Away after 3 years and would make his last appearance on 10 June 2019.

Early life[edit]

Heywood was born in Canberra, Australia. As the third of six children, he was raised in a coastal areas Newport and later Narrabeen in Sydney, where he relocated at an early age with his family as his mother, Christine, worked for ProKayaks, a canoe and kayak store in Narrabeen[1] His older sister is actor, director and producer Millie Rose Heywood. He attended St Ives High School and following graduation in 2006, Heywood worked as a waiter and later a manager at cafe H2O in Dee Why,[1] before he pursued as career in acting and enrolled at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).[2]

Career[edit]

Heywood graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art and went on to audition for roles in Australian television. In his debut, he was offered the four-month recurring role of Lachie Cladwell in the Seven Network soap opera Home and Away in 2008. His first appearance on the show was in May 2009, during the 22nd season,[3] as the violent ex-boyfriend of character Claudia Hammond (Alexandra Park). In 2010, he appeared in the Australian feature film Vulnerable and two guest spots in the teen-oriented drama series Dance Academy, and the crime drama series East West 101, before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in the United States. Following several auditions, Heywood landed a guest role in the MTV series Teen Wolf in 2014. His final work in the U.S. to date were the two short film projects The Answers and The Weight of Blood and Bones in 2015. After which, his Visa expired and he opted not to renew it, as his career in the U.S. had not been a success.[1]

Upon his return to Australia, Heywood earned the role of Brody Morgan during the 29th season of Home and Away. He commenced filming in February 2016.[3] Brody's family arrived in Summer Bay in mid-2016. He is the third of four children having an older brother, Justin (James Stewart), an older sister, Tori (Penny McNamee) and a younger brother, Mason (Orpheus Pledger).[3] For the first few months after arriving in Summer Bay, Brody and his family concealed the fact that they had been living in witness protection for the past seven years and that his true name is Bartholomew Lee, following the shooting deaths of his parents who were part of a drugs syndicate. The family's secret was exposed in the lead-up to the 2016 season finale. Heywood said he expected the Morgans to be seen as the new Braxtons of the Bay, stating in an interview with TV Week, "I can definitely see that, but I think we have a very different dynamic. In May 2019, Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy reported that Heywood had not been seen filming on set. It was later confirmed that Brody would depart on 10th June 2019 as Heywood had chosen to leave the role after 3 years. [4] [check quotation syntax]

Personal life[edit]

Heywood was in a long-term relationship with American actress, Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams. The pair began dating in November 2013 and they kept a low profile, eventually making their relationship public in May 2014 while they attended a Tiffany & Co. event at Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. It is believed that they initially met on the set of Teen Wolf, while Heywood was residing in Los Angeles, in which they appeared in guest roles in a Season 3 episode of the series.[5] In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in 2016, Heywood announced that the couple had split following their three-year relationship.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Home and Away Lachie Cladwell Recurring role; Season 22
2010 Vulnerable Ben Feature film
2010 Dance Academy Revhead #1 Season 1, episode 4: "Minefield"
2011 East West 101 Abe Wiley Season 3, episode 2: "Heart of Darkness"
2014 Teen Wolf Merrick Season 3, episode 21: "The Fox and the Wolf"
2015 The Answers Doppleganger Short film
2015 The Weight of Blood and Bones Buck Duane Short film
2016–2019 Home and Away Brody Morgan Main role; Season 29–32

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Home and Away hunk Jackson Heywood confirms split with Robin Williams' daughter Zelda". The Daily Telegraph. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Jackson Heywood". Yahoo 7. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "SPOILER ALERT: Back to the Bay: Jackson Heywood showcases bloodied face after being shot in tense Home And Away scene... as he returns as soap bad boy". Daily Mail. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  4. ^ "James Stewart joins Home And Away!". TV Week. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  5. ^ "'I'm very single at the moment': Home And Away actor Jackson Heywood confirms split with Robin Williams' daughter Zelda after three years together". Daily Mail. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2017.

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