Simone Buchanan

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Simone Buchanan
Born Simone Louise Buchanan
(1968-03-11) 11 March 1968 (age 50)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Brett Smith (2008–present)
Children 2

Simone Louise Buchanan (born 11 March 1968), is an Australian actress of film and television, she is best known for her television roles as Debbie Kelly in the situation comedy Hey Dad..! and Samantha Fitzgerald in the soap opera Neighbours.

Early life[edit]

Buchanan is the daughter of musician Tony Buchanan and teacher Jo Buchanan. The second of three children, she attended Avalon Primary School. Her older brother Miles and younger sister Beth are also actors – Beth is well known for her roles in Neighbours and Blue Heelers, and Miles was in A Country Practice, Sons and Daughters, The Sullivans and The Secret Valley (all of which were either notable Australian ensemble or children's TV series of the era).


Buchanan was born in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville in 1968. She has appeared in several films, including playing a rape victim in Shame, and as Laura Harris – and eventually Anna Dodwell – in the Australian drama series Pacific Drive.

In 2008, Buchanan played Samantha Fitzgerald, the bipolar-suffering estranged wife of Dan Fitzgerald (Brett Tucker), in the long-running soap opera Neighbours. Originally appearing for three months, from March to June, the character's introduction was considered a success, leading to her return for a second three-month stint from November to February 2009. The character appeared for a four-week guest role in late 2010, to coincide with the 6,000th episode celebrations.[1]

Buchanan returned to the Neighbours set in 2018 as a director, after the series producer Jason Herbison asked her to do her director's attachment with the show.[2] Buchanan also appears in the 2018 horror film Boar, alongside John Jarratt, Ernie Dingo, Steve Bisley and Roger Ward.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Buchanan has been married to Brett Smith since 2008.[3] She has a son, Tane (born 1998), from a previous relationship.[4] In August 2009, it was announced that Buchanan was expecting her second child, due in early 2010. The pregnancy was achieved with IVF treatment.[5] Buchanan gave birth to a son, Rémy, via caesarean section.[4]

In March 2010, Buchanan supported Sarah Monahan, a co-star on the Hey Dad..! television show, over allegations that fellow star Robert Hughes had engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviour on the set of the show.[6] Buchanan claimed she had approached the show's producer about the alleged assaults but that he instructed her to keep quiet.[7] She testified at Hughes' 2014 trial that she only heard allegations about his inappropriate behaviour and never saw it for herself.[8]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1978 A Good Thing Going Cathy Harris
1979 My Brilliant Career Mary Anne
1980 Secret Valley Simone
1981 Run Rebecca, Run Rebecca
Doctors & Nurses Jane Gilmour
1982 Runaway Island Jemma McLeod
The Mystery at Castle House Sharon Barnes
1984 A Country Practice Sharon Barnes (#4.69), (#4.70)
The Man from the High Country Debbie Lomax
Run Chrissie Run! Cathy
1985 Sons and Daughters Donna Jackson Unknown Episodes
The Flying Doctors Lucy Daniels Original mini-series pilot
1986 Platypus Cove Jenny Nelson
1987 Hey Dad! Debbie Kelly All Episodes (1987–1990)
Shame Lizzie Curtis
1991 A Country Practice Sara Kennedy
1991 Push Sara Kennedy (#11.61), (#11.62)
1993 G.P. Mickey Davis (#5.28)
1995 Pacific Drive Laura Harris
1998 All Saints Mitchie Bell (#1.22)
1999 Water Rats Jenny Spiro (#4.6)
2000, 2003 Blue Heelers Nurse Angie Cohen (#7.35), (#10.8)
2005 Forced Entry Julie
2006 McLeod's Daughters Amy Tanaka (#6.13)
2008–2010 Neighbours Samantha Fitzgerald Recurring guest


  1. ^ "Simone Buchanan sticking to her guns in sex row". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Eeles, Matthew (24 May 2018). "Interview: Simone Buchanan". Cinema Australia. Retrieved 26 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "My adoption Dream" Archived 12 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved: 31 August 2009)
  4. ^ a b "Meet Simone Buchanan's Little Miracle". New Idea. 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Simone Buchanan's IVF battle: Pregnant at 41!", 24 August 2009 (Retrieved: 31 August 2009)
  6. ^ Hornery, Andrew; Geesche Jacobson (27 March 2010). "Hey Dad star to see police over sex claims". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hey Dad! co-star 'threatened' over sex abuse claims". The Age. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Dale, Amy (13 March 2014). "Hey Dad! star Simone Buchanan heard allegations about Robert Hughes but never saw anything". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 

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