List of Shortland Street characters (2007)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street in 2007, by order of first appearance.

Meg Harris[edit]

Meg Harris
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Emily Mowbray
Duration 2007
First appearance 31 January 2007
Last appearance 31 August 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Nurse

Meg Harris was an old nursing school friend of Alice Piper (Toni Potter). Alice tried to set Meg up with Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) but ended up falling for him herself. Meg gained a job at the hospital and following the arrest of Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) for the suspicion of being The Ferndale Strangler, Meg agreed to be a police informant. Kieran discovered the ploy and just days later Meg's naked body was found, making her the third victim of the serial killer.

Beth Wilson[edit]

Beth Wilson
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Hannah Marshall
Duration 2007
First appearance 5 February 2007
Last appearance 28 September 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Nurse

Beth Wilson was a nurse from the bureau. She arrived in February and returned in September when she attacked Joey Henderson (Johnny Barker), believing he was the Ferndale Strangler. Beth later went missing and her body was found in a park, making her the serial killers fourth victim.

Gavin Capper[edit]

Gavin Capper
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Tim Schijf
Duration 2007
First appearance 14 February 2007
Last appearance 12 December 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring

Dr. Gavin Capper was a doctor at the hospital. Gavin's strange behaviour and sadistic sexuality led many to believe he was the Ferndale Strangler. In December, Gavin was arrested for the murders but the charges were dropped only for Gavin to be charged with rape, an act he and Justin Salt (Heath Jones) had participated in at medical school.

Kieran Mitchell[edit]

Main article: Kieran Mitchell

Kieran Mitchell was the mysterious badboy who arrived in town with little memory. He was portrayed by Adam Rickitt and despite initially being a short term character, went on to become iconic after starring in several high profile storylines that culminated in the characters death in the first ever 90 minute episode in 2010.

James Scott[edit]

James "Scotty" Scott
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Kiel McNaughton
Duration 2007–11
First appearance 19 March 2007
Last appearance 11 August 2011
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Nursing Manager at Shortland Street Hospital (2007–11)

James Owen "Scotty" Scott first appeared in a guest stint in March 2007. He was hired as the temporary replacement for Toni Warner's (Laura Hill) nursing manager duties and instantly clashed with Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne) due to his apparent homophobia. He returned permantely several months later and instantly connected with Shanti Kumari (Nisha Madhan) and the two started to date. Scotty came under suspicion for being the Ferndale Strangler and he and Shanti broke up when he discovered she was engaged. Nonetheless the two reconciled and married in a 4-day Hindu ceremony. The couple purchased a house but the marriage was on the rocks when Scotty's criminal brother, Tai (Xavier Horan) was sent back to prison. Shanti fell pregnant but tragically died and Scotty struggled with everyday routines but overcame his grief with the help of Tracey Morrison (Sarah Thomson). Scotty and Tracey eventually fell in love but he developed a brain tumour after being poisioned by Penny Rourke (Carolyn Dando) and struggled to accept his drug addict mother, Hine Ryan (Rena Owen), leading to the relationship to end. The two reconciled and married on Valentine's Day 2011. Scotty and Tracey adopted a young boy named Kitu (Christian Edmonds) and travelled to East Timor to help children in need, shortly after Tracey announced she was pregnant.

In 2012 Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) announced that the two had given birth to a baby daughter and the couple soon sold their house to Luke Durville (Gerald Urquhart).

Angus Phelps[edit]

Angus Phelps
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Elliot Christensen-Yule
Duration 2007–08
First appearance 22 March 2007
Last appearance 1 May 2008
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring

Angus Phelps was the teenage sufferer of Tourettes Syndrome. Angus was first seen as a friend of Scarlett Valentine (Nicole Thomson), but later grew a crush on Sophie McKay (Kimberley Crossman). After Sophie broke up with Nate Adamson (Damien Harrison), she and Angus finally got together however Angus' high level of intelligence contrasted with Sophie's social life and they broke up. Angus returned the following year and was disgusted when he attended the boy racing event where Tane (Dominic Ona-Ariki) got paralysed.

Suchin Srisai[edit]

Suchin Srisai
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Kristine Caluya
Duration 2007
First appearance 12 April 2007
Last appearance 19 June 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Prostitute

Suchin Srisai was the ex lover of Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt). When Kieran started to have memory problems, he briefly mistook Claire (Emily Robins) for Suchin. Suchin later showed up in June and revealed she used to work for Kieran as a prostitute before they dated. The two had scammed White Dragon (Matt Sunderland) out of thousands of dollars and Suchin had arrived to claim it. After finally accessing the account, Kieran paid Suchin out and she left. In 2010 it was revealed Suchin had told White Dragon of Kieran's location after he potentially raped her.

Liz Arthur[edit]

Liz Arthur
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Rima Te Wiata
Duration 2007
First appearance 26 April 2007
Last appearance 15 May 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Other names Irihapiti Samuels (maiden name)
Occupation Travel agent

Irihapiti "Liz" Arthur (née Samuels) was the estranged mother of TK Samuels (Benjamin Mitchell). She returned to TK's life for his marriage to Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) but ended up taking over the wedding preparations. She later backed down and confessed she was so drunk at TK's conception she had no idea who his father was. Liz departed after the wedding.

Jacqui[edit]

Jacqui
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Tabitha Avery
Duration 2007—
First appearance May 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Present; recurring
Profile
Occupation Waitress at The IV (2007—)

Jacqui first appeared in May 2007, as an extra in 'The IV' bar.[1] Jacqui mourned the murder of her boss Jay Copeland (Jaime Passier-Armstrong) and continued to work as a waitress under several different owners. In 2010 Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) suspected Jacqui of blackmailing him but uncovered the culprit as Jacqui's co worker – Jane (Sia Trokenheim).

Jacqui proved to be a fan favourite, with her winning 4th place for "Favourite Character" in the fan voted Ferndale Talk Best of 2013 Awards and being mentioned numerous times for an expanded role in the future.[2]

Shanti Kumari[edit]

Shanti Kumari
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Nisha Madhan
Duration 2007–09
First appearance 16 May 2007
Last appearance 23 October 2009
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Nurse

Shanti Kumari was the naive Indian nurse who arrived in mid-2007. She developed a romance with Scotty (Kiel McNaughton) and ended up marrying him, defying her arranged marriage to Dinesh Jivani (Amin Sheikh). The couple bought a house that was a scene of a murder suicide and Shanti had the house blessed. They ran into financial trouble and Scotty became moody and began to drink when his brother Tai (Xavier Horan) got arrested. Shanti suggested they separate but the two reconciled and Shanti fell pregnant. However she suffered an Ectopic Pregnancy but it was masked by a fever she developed. The misdiagnosis saw Shanti suddenly die, leaving Scotty without a wife nor child.

Joey Henderson[edit]

Main article: Joey Henderson

Joseph James "Joey" Henderson was the shy and eager nurse who was eventually revealed as the Ferndale Strangler, a serial killer who killed five of the hospital's nurses. The character was portrayed by Johnny Barker and now remains known as one of the show's most iconic storylines of all time.

Steve Roberts[edit]

Steve Roberts
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Jason Fitch
Duration 2007
First appearance 21 June 2007
Last appearance 8 October 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Orderly (2007)

Steve Roberts was the creepy orderly who arrived to the hospital shortly before Claire Solomon (Emily Robins) was murdered. As the murders continued many began to suspect the obsessive Steve and his sexual fantasies came into question. He began to date Beth Wilson (Hannah Marshall) but she realised he was stealing from the hospital and he was arrested for the murders after similar tubing to the murder weapons were found at his house. He was cleared but fired, with Beth getting murdered shortly after.

Gary Davis[edit]

Gary Davis
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Tim Bray
Duration 2007
Appears on 25 June 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; guest

Gary Davis was the gay ex-husband of Brenda Holloway (Katherine McRae). Gary arrived to hospital in June and required surgery for his terminal cancer. He ended up dying and left his son Lachlan Davis (Jonathan Mahon-Heap) to his boyfriend, upsetting Brenda greatly.

Lachlan Davis[edit]

Lachlan Davis
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Jonathan Mahon-Heap
Duration 2007, 2008
First appearance 25 June 2007
Last appearance 20 February 2008
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007, 2008)
Classification Former; guest

Lachlan "Locky" Davis was the estranged son of Brenda Holloway (Katherine McRae). When his father died, Lachlan was reluctant to get to know his mother and ended up leaving with his father's boyfriend. He returned in 2008 when he dropped some of Brenda's belongings to Yvonne (Alison Quigan) which contained papers unveiling her killer.

Ryan Smith-Reynolds[edit]

Ryan Smith-Reynolds
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Reece Rodewyk
Duration 2007, 2009
First appearance 5 July 2007
Last appearance 15 April 2009
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007)
Steven Zanoski (2009)
Classification Former; recurring

Ryan Smith-Reynolds was a school bully who picked on Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue). He was friends with Nate Adamson (Damien Harrison) but they fellout when he discovered Nate was gay. In 2009 Ryan returned as the best friend of Orlando Gunn (Chris McLennan-Jones) and bullied Daniel Potts (Ido Drent). However Ryan and Daniel bonded and the two started to sell stolen goods. Whilst driving the goods to a buyer, Ryan got in a serious car crash and fell into a coma. In July Daniel learned that Ryan had died.

Nate Adamson[edit]

Nate Adamson
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Damien Harrison
Duration 2007
First appearance 5 July 2007
Last appearance 30 November 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring

Damien Harrison was the gay schoolboy who had a crush on Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue). To hide his sexuality and get closer to Hunter, he began to bully him and started to date his sister Sophie (Kimberley Crossman). However Nate was disgusted to learn Hunter was dating his mother Tess (Anita Torrance) and ran away. When he returned, he and his mother fled town.

Tess Adamson[edit]

Tess Adamson
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Anita Torrance
Duration 2007
First appearance 11 July 2007
Last appearance 30 November 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Nurse

Tess Adamson was the single mother of Nate (Damien Harrison) and nurse at the hospital. Tess had romantic chemistry with both Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) and Kip Denton (Will Hall) but ended up with teenager – Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue). Tess fled town when Hunter proposed.

Rua Potae[edit]

Rua Potae
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Christoper Molloy
Duration 2007, 2008, 2010
First appearance 17 July 2007
Last appearance 5 February 2010
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007, 2008)
Steven Zanoski (2010)
Classification Former; guest

Rua Potae was the disproving father of Wiremu (Scott Cotter). Rua dropped Wiremu and Tane (Dominic Ona-Ariki) to his brother in law – TK's (Benjamin Mitchell) and several weeks later showed disappointment in his son for trying to climb the water tank. In 2008 Rua was quick to judge his son for running over Tane and in 2010 supported TK's mission for a health care clinic at the family marae.

Tane Samuels[edit]

Tane Samuels
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Dominic Ona-Ariki
Duration 2007, 2008, 2009
First appearance 17 July 2007
Last appearance 25 February 2009
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007, 2008)
Steven Zanoski (2009)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Nurse (2008—)

Tane Samuels was the teenage nephew of TK (Benjamin Mitchell). He arrived alongside his cousin Wiremu Potae (Scott Cotter) to attend music school in Auckland but quickly got into trouble when a hooker stole TK's wedding ring. Tane also took drugs before his performance and ended up becoming an orderly at the hospital before getting fired for stealing a wheelchair. He returned in 2008 and quit music school due to his belief he had little talent. He decided to become a nurse but his dreams were cut short when he attended drifts and was hit by a car travelling at high speeds driven by Wiremu. His spine was badly damaged and he was restricted to a wheel chair for the rest of his life. After attempting suicide, Tane slept with Sophie McKay (Kimberley Crossman) and travelled to a spinal unit in Christchurch. He returned in 2009 as a nurse at the hospital, using a specially designed wheelchair. Ingrid Campbell (Madeleine Lynch) was disgusted by Tane but grew to appreciate his work ethic. He stayed for several weeks before moving to another hospital.

Wiremu Potae[edit]

Wiremu Potae
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Scott Cotter
Duration 2007, 2008
First appearance 11 July 2007
Last appearance 14 August 2008
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007, 2008)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Music DJ

Wiremu Potae was the teenage nephew of TK Samuels (Benjamin Mitchell). Wiremu arrived alongside his cousin Tane Samuels (Dominic Ona-Ariki) and it was soon clear Wiremu was living in Tane's shadow. However this was cleared up when he climbed the water tank and later dated Harmony (Hetty Gaskell-Hahn) over Tane. In 2008 Wiremu returned with a worn down car and started participating in boy racing to impress Tuesday Warner (Olivia Tennet). However he lost control of the car at high speeds and hit Tane, permanently paralysing him. A devastated Wiremu attempted suicide by alcohol intoxication and later made up with Tane and his family. He departed later in the year to further his music career. In 2009, TK spoke of Wiremu DJing in Australian clubs after having made it big overseas. In 2014 TK suggested Wiremu as a pall-bearer at Sarah Potts' (Amanda Billing) funeral.

Warren Briggs[edit]

Warren Briggs
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Karl Straker
Duration 2007, 2010
First appearance 13 July 2007
Last appearance 2 July 2010
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007)
Steven Zanoski (2010)
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Ex soldier

Warren Briggs was the drug addicted ex army friend of Scotty (Kiel McNaughton). Warren arrived in 2007 and tried to blackmail Scotty with the death of their friend Greg in exchange for drugs. After being turned down, Warren got himself purposefully mowed down by an ambulance to obtain the drugs. His allegations proved fruitless and he was sent packing. He returned looking for drugs in 2010 but Scotty was shocked to discover Warren's dead body days later in his living room. Weeks later it was revealed Warren was murdered by Penny Rourke (Carolyn Dando) over Greg, her father's, death.

Lara Wade[edit]

Lara Wade
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Anna Henare
Duration 2007–08
First appearance 15 August 2007
Last appearance 12 March 2008
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Profile
Occupation Police officer (until 2008)

Lara Wade was the police office investigating the Ferndale Stranglings. Lara helped Chris (Michael Galvin) through his problems and the two started an affair. When Joey Henderson (Johnny Barker) was revealed as the killer and killed himself, Lara quit her job to pursue a career in psychology.

Kip Denton[edit]

Kip Denton
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Will Hall
Duration 2007–09
First appearance 22 August 2007
Last appearance 16 June 2009
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Doctor

Dr. Kip Denton was the pot smoking doctor who was a past lover of Alice Piper (Toni Potter). Kip's slacker attitude caused tension with Sarah (Amanda Billing) and Craig (Renato Bartolomei) but he was soon warmed to by the staff. Kip fell madly in love with Tania Jeffries (Faye Smythe) but she had an affair with Hone Ropata (Temuera Morrison) and he moved on to Tracey Morrison (Sarah Thomson). Tracey dumped Kip and his feelings for Alice reignited. After struggling with new found responsibilities at work in 2009, he and Alice went to Rarotonga and finally reconciled before quitting their jobs and staying in the country. Later in the year Kip rang TK Samuels (Benjamin Mitchell) to tell him Alice was pregnant.

Sidney Mitchell[edit]

Sidney Mitchell
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Andrew Grainger
Duration 2007
First appearance 30 August 2007
Last appearance 31 August 2007
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Teacher

Sidney Mitchell was the estranged father of Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt). He arrived to convince Kieran to return for his wedding. However it was revealed the bride was Joanne, Kieran's ex lover, the reason for the two's estrangement. Kieran forcibly declined and Sidney paid him out before disowning him. In 2010 Kieran claimed Sidney had a heart attack was the reason for his emotional state when it was really the death of Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper).

Sunil Kumari[edit]

Sunil Kumari
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Monish Anand
Duration 2007, 2008, 2009
First appearance 4 September 2007
Last appearance 23 October 2009
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007, 2008)
Steven Zanoski (2009)
Classification Former; recurring

Sunil Kumari was the overly protective brother of Shanti Kumari (Nisha Madhan). He was disgusted to learn Shanti was dating Scotty (Kiel McNaughton) and later shared a brief romance with Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville). Sunil eventually accepted Shanti's romance and even dated Scotty's sister Rebecca (Marise Wipani). However in 2009 the two had broken up and though it looked like they would reconcile, Sunil was disgusted to learn she was a prostitute. Sunil attended Shanti's funeral and off screen in 2010, blessed Scotty's engagement to Tracey Morrison (Sarah Thomson).

Gerald Tippett[edit]

Gerald Tippett
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Harry McNaughton
Duration 2007–10, 2012
First appearance 7 September 2007
Last appearance 28 May 2012
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007)
Steven Zanoski (2012)
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Receptionist at Shortland Street Hospital (2007–10)

Gerald Tippett was the flamboyant receptionist at the hospital. He replaced the murdered Claire Solomon (Emily Robins) and quickly got on the bad side of fellow receptionist Yvonne (Alison Quigan). The two soon became good friends and Gerald's flat mate Kieran (Adam Rickitt) encouraged Gerald to explore his sexuality. Despite experimenting with other men, Gerald became convinced he was straight but also asexual, meaning he had no sexual feeling but has romantic attraction towards women. He began to date Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) and the two married so that Morgan's children would have stable parents. Morgan gave the children away however and the two separated. Morgan died and Gerald ended up marrying best friend Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville) so that she could have a green card into the United States and the two departed there to live. The two returned for Yvonne's (Alison Quigan) birthday in 2012 but a minor cold soon escalated and Gerald's heart ended up failing. He was forced to undergo heart surgery and whilst healing decided his and Libby's marriage was over. However the two reconciled and departed happily together with his wife accepting his asexuality.

Luke Durville[edit]

Main article: Luke Durville

Dr. Luke Durville was the eccentric anaethesist who was a suspect in the Ferndale Stranglings. Following his first appearance in September 2007, Gerald Urquhart portrayed the character for multiple sporadical stints before becoming a regular character in 2012.

Jay Jeffries[edit]

Jay Jeffries
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Jack Boyle (2007)
Tom Boyle (2007)
Marlan Nesbitt (2008)
Liam Farmer (2008–12)
Duration 2007–11, 2012
First appearance 8 October 2007
Last appearance 28 May 2012
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007)
Steven Zanoski (2012)
Classification Former; recurring

Jay "Jay-Jay" Jeffries was the son of Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne).[3] Jay was conceived from Maia's sister Tania's (Faye Smythe) husband – Mark's (Tim Foley) sperm, a move that destroyed the Jeffries family when it was uncovered. Jay was born in a traffic jam in central Auckland in October 2007 and was named after his mothers ex-wife Jessica "Jay" Copeland (Jaime Passier-Armstrong). In 2008 the Jeffries realised Maia's lack of love towards Jay and she revealed he had been diagnosed with Kennedy's disease as she had feared. Jay went missing under Tania's care in 2009 and it was revealed Maia had taken him after suffering a mental breakdown. Jay left alongside Maia and his grandmother, Yvonne (Alison Quigan) in early 2011 to live in Australia. Jay returned in 2012 alongside Maia and Yvonne en route to Yvonne's birthday celebration.

Tracey Morrison[edit]

Tracey Morrison
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Sarah Thomson
Duration 2007, 2008–11
First appearance 24 October 2007
Last appearance 11 August 2011
Introduced by Jason Daniel (2007, 2008)
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Nurse at Shortland Street (2008–11)
Police officer (until 2007)
Residence Matekino

Tracey Morrison was the undercover cop who ended up as a nurse at the hospital. She arrived to the hospital in October and Scotty (Kiel McNaughton) was skeptical at her ability. She dated Joey Henderson (Johnny Barker) and Gavin Capper (Tim Schijf) but when it was revealed she was a cop, her unconscious body was found in the garbarge dump. She returned the following year deeply traumatized by her kidnapping and started to date Kip Denton (Will Hall). Her paranoia resulted in her stabbing a man who was stalking her and her relationship with Kip broke down. She rebounded with both Tai Scott (Xavier Horan) and Maxwell Avia (Robbie Magasiva), but his gambling problems got in the way and she briefly dated Hunter McKay (lee Donoghue) before falling in love with Scotty. After he recovered from a brain tumour, the two married and tried for kids through IVF treatment. They adopted a boy named Kitu (Christian Edmonds) and Tracey fell pregnant shortly before they moved to East Timor in August 2011.

In 2012 Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) announced that the two had given birth to a baby daughter and the couple soon sold their house to Luke Durville (Gerald Urquhart).

Harmony O'Neill[edit]

Harmony O'Neill
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Hetty Gaskell-Hahn
Duration 2007
First appearance 20 November 2007
Last appearance 12 December 2011
Introduced by Jason Daniel
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Barmaid at 'The IV'

Harmony O'Neill was the emotionally disturbed girl who worked at 'The IV'. She used her emotional state to play around both Tane (Dominic Ona-Ariki) and Wiremu (Scott Cotter), before attempting to have sex with their uncle TK (Benjamin Mitchell). Harmony ended up robbing 'The IV' vault before fleeing Ferndale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shields, Rosa (September 2011). "In the scene but not heard". The Dominion Post. Fairfax Media. Retrieved November 2011. 
  2. ^ shortlandstreet (17 December 2013). "Results of Ferndale Talk's Best of 2013 Awards!". Ferndale Talk. 
  3. ^ "Shortland Street's little stars". Shortland Street. Television New Zealand. September 2009. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012.