Lyn Collingwood’s Bio

Lyn Collingwood (born 6 September 1936; Sydney) is an Australian actress. Collingwood was cast as Colleen Smart on Home and Away and was recurring character in 1988–1989, and returned in 1997 for one episode and then returned in 1999 as regular character.

Collingwood has worked as a social worker and an English, drama and history teacher. She has also worked in research and as an editor of The Australian Encyclopaedia, The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Australia and The New Age Encyclopaedia. [1]

Born on the 6th September in Sydney, Lyn plays one of Summer Bay’s favourite characters.

Die-hard fans of the series will remember Lyn in the early days of Home and Away. Fourteen years down the track Lyn returned once again to Summer Bay to take up the role of Colleen.

Lyn is a familiar face of theatre, television and film and has been involved in films including Round Up, Children Of The Revolution, Spontaneous Combustion, The City’s Edge and Annie’s Coming Out, just to name a few.

Lyn’s television work includes Number 96, Young Doctors, Restless Years, BMX Bandits, E-Street, Rafferty’s Rules, A Country Practice and All Saints.

Lyn has also done her fair share of commercials, usually playing the role of the mother serving food to her family, as she recalls.

Lyn has been involved in editorial and research work for The Australian Encyclopaedia, The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Australia and The New Age Encyclopaedia.

In a former career, Lyn was once a Drama, English and History teacher and has also worked as a social worker.

Lyn Collingwood has many hobbies and when time permits, she enjoys theatre, cryptic crosswords, oki yoga, bush walking and current affairs. Lyn has lots of projects on the go, including encouraging young film-makers in the Newtown Film Festival.

Lyn was born under the Zodiac sign of Virgo.

Luke Mitchell’s Bio

Date of Birth

17 April 1985, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Birth Name

Luke David Mitchell

Height

6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

Mini Biography

Trained at the Film & Television Studio International, working with top industry professionals including Joss McWilliam, Iain Gardner, Kim Krejus, Craig McMahon and Dean Carey. He traveled around Australia with international entertainment company, Sudden Impact Entertainment, working in their live interactive theatre shows. Whilst working in a show in Melbourne, he auditioned for the role of Chris Knight on Neighbours.

Originally from the Gold Coast, Luke Mitchell is still finding his way around Sydney, after moving here in June 09, but his character Romeo has no trouble making himself right at home in Summer Bay. Luke says, “Romeo is such a unique character, he’s kind of a love him or hate him type of personality. He’s so self confident and can get away with being cheeky, he has so much fun and loves life, but there is also depth to him and he has an interesting past to say the least.”

Acting was never in the game plan for Luke, who played tennis from age five – 19 with the aim of going professional. It was at 19, when Luke was training seven days a week when he realised tennis was the only thing in his life and he decided to give it up. Although the decision was hard and shocked those around him, there was a sense of freedom, “Once tennis was gone, I was able to spend more time figuring out what it was I really wanted to do” he states.

Luke’s decision to give up tennis definitely came as a surprise to his family – he has an older brother (who coaches tennis on the Gold Coast), two younger brothers (one used to play tennis and the youngest plays at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra) and a younger sister.

Although Luke did not do any drama at school and hated the compulsory classes, once he started acting lessons, he found himself in a scary but new world. Although his parents were very supportive, when Luke told his mother he was moving to Melbourne to be an actor, she told him he was either going to end up on the streets, or rich and famous.

Luke continued classes in Melbourne and had a 3 month guest role in Neighbours in 07/08. Last year Luke moved back to the Gold Coast for a lead role in H20 and the day after he wrapped, he moved to Sydney. A week after landing in Sydney, he got the role of Romeo.

On feeling at home on set, Luke singles out Ray (Alf) as “such a gentleman, he has, as well as everyone else, gone out of his way to make me feel welcome – and he’s a television icon.”

Luke was born on the 17th April 1985 under the Zodiac sign of Aries.

Lisa Gormley’s Bio

Lisa Gormley (born 29 September 1984) is an Australian actress and best known for playing Bianca Scott on the Channel 7 serial drama Home and Away.

Lisa was born in Bradford, in the north of England moving to Barossa Valley, Australia at age 3 and a farm in Tasmania, Australia at the age of 12. She is a country girl at heart, Lisa immediately made herself at home spending her formative years on the 50-acre (200,000 m2) property.

At a young age Lisa appeared in youth community theatre with a vivid memory of her first play, which was Oliver. Lisa’s attraction to theatre is that she is an only child and was really excited to have people around her. Community theatre was how she fell in love with acting.

Lisa attended Woodbridge District High School from 1997-2000. She then attended Rosny College in Hobart from 2001-2002. She performed as a courtesan in the school’s annual stage production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” c.2001.

After finishing college, Lisa travelled to the UK where she became a flight attendant for Qantas and she realised in many ways that it was the same as performing. Lisa learned a lot about people as a flight attendant.

When Lisa returned to Australia she was accepted into NIDA, in which she was involved in technical production, teaching, directing and acting. She graduated at the end of 2009. Lisa received the role of Bianca Scott, the sister of April Scott (Rhiannon Fish), in Home and Away in 2010. Lisa secured the role in March 2010.

Lisa has also appeared in the 2010 film Before the Rain

NIDA graduate Lisa Gormely joins Home and Away as language teacher Bianca Scott. Bianca moves to Summer Bay nursing a broken heart but through her wit and tough exterior she keeps a firm emotional guard up.

Lisa was born in North England on September 24 1984 and moved to Barossa Valley age three, then relocated to a farm in Tasmania at 12. A country girl at heart, Lisa was immediately at home spending her formative years on the 50- acre property.

Lisa started appearing in youth community theatre, with a vivid memory of her first play Oliver. Lisa explains the attraction:

“I am an only child, and was really excited to have people around me. Community theatre was how I fell in love with acting.”

After completing high school Lisa travelled and worked in the UK as a flight attendant for Qantas and realised in many ways it was the same as performing:

“I love people watching and psychology. I learnt a lot about people and their behavior as a flight attendant.”

On her return to Australia Lisa was accepted into NIDA, graduating at the end of 2009. She secured the role as Bianca in March:

“When I first read the character, I immediately felt connected to her. Bianca has the confidence every woman wants but at the same time she is very broken, her strength is her front. She is a little bit out of place in the Bay and she fights every man she meets. Her sister April is the only one she can trust to tell her how it is in life.”

Outside of work Lisa loves going to the theatre, movies and socializing.

Lincoln Younes Bio

Lincoln Younes joins Home and Away as Casey Braxton, the youngest member of the troublesome Braxton brothers. Overshadowed by his older brothers Heath and Darryl, Casey has always struggled to fit in. He starts at Summer Bay High after being expelled from his last school.

Having played soccer for 14 years, Lincoln originally had his sights on a sporting career. But after being part of the Global Rock Eisteddfod Challenge in Japan in 2006, where he performed in Peter Pan, he realised acting was the passion he wanted to pursue.

Having grown up in Gosford, Canberra and Bendigo, he moved to Melbourne for his VCE and was accepted into NIDA’s one-year weekend course, “A Young Actor’s Studio”.

In 2008 while completing high school and NIDA, Lincoln successfully auditioned for the acclaimed Australian television series Tangle. He played the role of Romeo for two series and guest starred in City Homicide before starring in the Australian feature The Wedding Party (headlined at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2010) with Isabel Lucas and Josh Lawson.

During his final year of high school, Lincoln focused on studying and went on to start an Arts/Law degree at Melbourne University. After six months he decided to defer university to travel to London. But before he could leave, he auditioned and was offered the role of Casey and relocated to Sydney instead.

f his character Casey, Lincoln says: “I’m still figuring out Casey, he’s a mixed bag. His family has a bad reputation and he definitely has anger issues, but he is trying to break out of the mould set by his older brothers.”

Jay Laga’aia’s Bio

Date of Birth

10 September 1963, Auckland, New Zealand

Height

6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

Spouse

Sandra Jane Laga aia’ (16 August 1990 – present) 6 children

Multi-talented Jay Laga’aia plays Reverend Elijah Johnson who comes to the Summer Bay for the church, only to find love on the way. Jay was born in Auckland and with seven siblings was raised on a musical diet of The Osmond’s, The Jackson five, The Carpenters, The Partridge Family and The Space Family Robinson. Singing was not only a way of life, it was also a great way to pass the time as you were washing and drying dishes and doing your other chores around the house. It was only later that Jay realised he could make a living out of entertaining people.

Jay has built a successful career with extensive credits including television shows such as Bed of Roses, (ABC), Legend of the Seeker, (Fox), Xena the Warrior Princess and Water Rats (Nine.) Jay also narrates and provides all the voices for Channel Seven’s children’s show, Larry the Lawnmower and has been a regular presenter on the much loved children’s show, Playschool for the last 10 years.

Making the leap to the big screen, Jay worked on the Hollywood feature film Star Wars Episode II and III, Lord of the Rings, Vincent Wards, The Navigator, Nims Island and Daybreakers. On Stage, Jay played Mufasa in Disney’s blockbuster musical, The Lion King and Starred in Harry M Millers stage version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Jay also is a children’s recording artist with ABC music and is about to release his second children’s album. In 2007 Jay wrote, directed, created and performed his children’s show Jay’s Place at the Sydney Theatre and was awarded the Sydney Critics Award for best production for children.

Jay, who has eight children (four boys, four girls) loves his role as Elijah.

“He is not your typical Reverend. If you saw him in normal clothes, you would think he played for the Warriors or the Rabbitoes. I love watching people trying to take my character in. He is a 6’2” Polynesian man with a white collar. It is a bit of a mind spin. I try to channel Richard Chamberlain as much as I can. I feel that it is my job to allow people to talk out their solutions. When we are troubled, we normally know the answers and how to go about making things right, but we tend to have to talk them out first and then we give credit to the person listening, when in reality, the answers that were given came from yourself. That’s why I love the character; he just has to be in the scene.”

Jay struck up an instant chemistry with co-star and love interest Ada Nicodemou (who plays Leah), “When I first arrived on set, it was like the first day of school; you puffed out your chest and marched into a sea of strange faces. I was a little unsettled by the shooting style and format and it took me a couple of weeks to learn some of the ropes but it was not until I was introduced to the beautiful Greek Goddess Ada Nicodemou that I was able to settle into a rhythm. She took the time to show me the ropes.”

Jay is an Ambassador for The Touched By Olivia Foundation and The Australian Still Birth Foundation.

Georgie Parkers Bio

Georgina “Georgie” Parker (born 16 December 1964 in Sydney) is an Australian television actress. She grew up in the suburb of St. Ives

Parker attended St Ives North Public School[2] in primary and attended the all-girls’ Abbotsleigh School for Girls, in Sydney. She has been married since December 1999 to Steve Worland, the screenwriter of the Fox Searchlight feature film Bootmen (2000). They have a daughter, Holly, born in September 2000.

Parker was first seen on Yahoo Serious’ Young Einstein, before becoming known on Australian TV through her role as nurse Lucy Gardiner in A Country Practice[1] from 1989 to 1992. She also appeared as Despina, Memo’s love interest, in the 90’s sitcom, Acropolis Now and young firefighter “Mad Dog” Cartwright in the first season of Fire (TV series). From 1998 until 2005, Parker played Sister Teresa (Terri) Sullivan, a nurse and former nun, on the Australian medical drama series All Saints, for which she was awarded a number of Logies, including ‘Most Popular Actress’ in 2001. This saw her pick up the award for the fourth time, having won 3 times from 1991–1993 for her role on A Country Practice. In the 2001 & 2002 Parker won the Gold Logie or ‘Most Popular TV Personality’ firmly cementing her place as an Australian television favourite.

In 2002, Parker took part in the Australian musical theatre production The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular, where she appeared as “Kate Conroy“, the daughter of the Station owner, “John Conroy” – and the romantic interest of “Jim Ryan” (The Man).

In 2004 Parker starred in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Scenes From A Separation, as journalist Nina Molyneux. After concluding her work on All Saints in 2005, Parker starred in the Ensemble Theatre’s production of ‘Chapter Two’ as actress Jennie MacLaine.

In 2006, she joined the Nine Network to host the new TV show, Clever. She also appears on the ABC children’s show Play School and starred in the telemovie ‘Stepfather Of The Bride’ for the same network. In 2006 she also headlined the Network Ten tele-movie The Society Murders. She was a semi-regular guest on the show The Glass House.

She was in The Wiggles DVD “Racing to the Rainbow”.

Georgie Parker starred in the drama Emerald Falls, which aired on the Network Ten. She also briefly hosted Animal Emergency for Channel Nine in 2008. She also acted as the New South Wales Premier in the telemovie Scorched for Channel Nine in 2008. Vince Colosimo was also in this telemovie, which was supported by the Australian Film Finance Corporation.

Parker also released a children’s album in 2008.

In 2010, she appeared as Det. Senior Sergeant Susan Blake on the Australian drama City Homicide. She plays Miss Monica in David Williamson’s Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica.

The Seven Network announced in August 2010 that Parker would play the returning character Ruth “Roo” Stewart in Home and Away. The character was previously portrayed by Justine Clarke.

Parker has been nominated for Logie Awards several times, and has won many Logies, including two Gold Logies.

Awards for Georgie Parker include:

Won

  • 1990: Logie Award for the Most Popular New Talent (for A Country Practice)
  • 1991: Logie Award for the Most Popular Actress (for A Country Practice)
  • 1992: Logie Award for the Most Popular Actress (for A Country Practice)
  • 1993: Logie Award for the Most Popular Actress (for A Country Practice)
  • 2001: Logie Award for the Most Popular Actress (for All Saints)
  • 2001: Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
  • 2002: Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television

 

  • Georgie Parker is an Australian television and film actress. She grew up in the suburb of St. Ives and attended St Ives North Public School in primary and then the all-girls’ Abbotsleigh School for Girls, in Sydney. She has been married since December 1999 to Steve Worland, the screenwriter of the Fox Searchlight feature film Bootmen (2000). They have a daughter, Holly, born in September 2000.
  • Parker first became famous through her role as nurse Lucy Gardiner in A Country Practice from 1989 to 1992. She also appeared as Despina, Memo’s love interest, in the 90’s sitcom, Acropolis Now. More recently, from 1998 until 2005, Parker played Sister Teresa (Terri) Sullivan, a nurse and former nun, on the Australian medical drama series All Saints, for which she was awarded a number of Logies.
  • She played young firefighter “Mad Dog” Cartwright in the first season of Fire (TV series).
  • In 2002, Parker took part in the Australian musical theatre production The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular, where she appeared as “Kate Conroy”, the daughter of the Station owner, “John Conroy” – and the romantic interest of “Jim Ryan” (The Man).
  • In 2004 Parker starred in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of ‘Scenes From A Separation’, as journalist Nina Molyneux. After concluding her work on All Saints in 2005, Parker starred in the Ensemble Theatre’s production of ‘Chapter Two’, starring as actress Jennie MacLaine.
  • In 2006, she joined the Nine Network to host the new TV show, Clever. She also appears on the Abcchildren’s show Play School and starred in the tele-movie ‘Stepfather Of The Bride’ for the same network. In 2006 she also headlined the Network Ten tele-movie The Society Murders. She was a semi-regular guest on the show The Glass House.
  • Currently Georgie Parker is working on the drama Emerald Falls, which airs on the TEN network.
  • Parker has been nominated for Logie Awards several times, and has won many Logies, including two Gold Logies. Georgie Parker has also signed on to host Animal Emergency for Channel Nine. It will be on air in 2008. As well as this, she is in the process of filming the tele-movie ‘Scorched’ for Channel Nine. VInce Colosimo is also in this tele-movie, which has been supported by the Australian Film Finance Corporation.
  • Much loved, award-winning actress Georgie Parker joins the cast of Home and Away in 2010 as ‘Roo’ (Ruth) Stewart.
  • Georgie wanted to be a ballet dancer but she suffered from scoliosis and her back could not handle the strains of dancing professionally. She became a household name through her 1989 role as nurse Lucy Gardiner in A Country Practice and went on to star in Acropolis Now and Fire. In 1998 Georgie starred as Terri Sullivan in medical drama All Saints, cementing her status as an Australian television favorite. Georgie is a presenter on Play School with Jay Laga’aia who plays Elijah.
  • Georgie’s theatre credits include the musical theatre production The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular, Scenes from a Separation, Chapter Two and David Williamson’s Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica.
  • For her television roles, Georgie has won seven Logie awards, including two Gold Logies. Georgie’s debut on Home and Away marks her return to series television.
  • Roo, the daughter of iconic Summer Bay resident Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) returns to town after years of living abroad. The role was originally portrayed by Justine Clarke and marks Georgie’s permanent return to series television.
  • “I’m thrilled to be back at Channel Seven and to be part of Home and Away,” Georgie said.
  • “Working with Ray is a joy. We are having a fantastic time together. The whole cast and crew has been wonderful.”
  • Away from the screen, Georgie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter Holly. It’s her now 10-year-old’s interest in Home and Away that has helped bring Georgie back.
  • “My daughter had switched on to a couple of episodes and had developed a crush on Hugo, played by the lovely Bernard Curry,” Georgie says.

Esther Anderson’s Bio

Birth Name

Esther Jackie Anderson

Height

5′ 7″ (1.70 m)

Esther grew up in Geelong, Victoria and always knew she wanted to be a performer. Esther has seen much of the world through working as a model. She was based in Japan for six years, during that time travelling between Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Korea and Europe for work.

She started on screen in Japan and whilst doing commercials decided she would set her sights on acting and presenting and moved back to Melbourne to take acting courses. At the start of 2007, Esther landed a gig with the local Victorian travel show Postcards. After a year in that role, she had the chance to audition for Home and Away.

From the first audition to moving into Summer Bay was a whirlwind, finding out she had the role of Charlie on a Monday, and four days later starting in Sydney. Esther says, “I have always wanted to be part of the show and when I found out I had the role I was in complete shock, I’m still pinching myself now, but it feels right.”

On her character, Esther says, “Charlie is strong-willed with lots of guts and she is never afraid to show who she is, which makes her genuine and like able”.

Settling into Sydney and her role has been an adventure for Esther who thinks “being in Sydney is like being on holidays all the time.” During her spare time, Esther loves being outdoors, the beach and horse riding. Her ideal evening is a night out with great food, wine and great company. She loves going to the movies and lists Natalie Portman and Toni Collette as 2 of her favourite actors.

Emily Symons Bio

Mostly Credited As: Emily Symons
Birth Name: Emily Symons
Date Of Birth: August 10, 1969 (Age 42)
Country Of Birth: Australia
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales

Her first high-profile role was in Australian soap opera Richmond Hill. After Richmond Hill, Symons auditioned for another Australian drama, Home and Away, where she won the role of Marilyn Chambers whom she played from 1989 until 1992.

After starring in a string of pantomimes in England (often opposite fellow Australians, including Guy Pearce), Symons decided to move there. She played the role of barmaid Louise Appleton in the ITV1 soap opera Emmerdale from 2001-2008. She was also a contestant in the 2007 series of Dancing on Ice, but was voted out in the semi-final against Duncan James.

Symons has now returned to Australia permanently, and again resumed playing Home and Aways Marilyn Chambers from episode 5035 which aired 19 March 2010 in Australia.

Emily Symons returns to Summer Bay as the iconic ‘ditzy blonde’ beautician Marilyn. Emily starred on Home and Away for 10 years (1989-1999), best remembered as the wife of Summer Bay High headmaster Donald (Flathead) Fisher, and has remained a fan favourite since.

When Marilyn left the bay, she was bound for the UK consumed with grief after the death of her and Donald’s son Byron. Marilyn reappeared briefly when Donald travelled to the UK looking for answers, but she was not ready to return. Now, for reasons soon to be revealed, Marilyn has decided that she wants to live her life to the fullest in the place she feels most happy, and that’s Summer Bay.

During her time on Home and Away, Emily also appeared in eight Pantomimes in the UK, playing characters such as Snow White, Cinderella and Goldilocks. In 2000, Emily permanently relocated to England where she worked on a diverse range of shows.

Her work as Louise Appleton on the highly successful British soap Emmerdale (2001-2009) earned Emily a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress. She was also nominated a number of times in the Best Actress and Sexiest Female categories at the British Soap Awards and the Irish Soap Awards. Emmerdale is watched in 27 countries around the world with 10 million viewers each night in the UK alone.

Also in the UK Emily was a regular panelist on the daily chat show Loose Women (itv), and appeared as a regular guest on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Emily also appeared as a special guest on hit shows The X Factor, The Sharon Osborne Show (itv), Alan Titchmarsh Show (itv), Today with Des and Mel (itv), The John Daly Show (BBC) and more.

In January 2007 Emily joined the line up for Torvil and Dean’s Celebrity Dancing on Ice. Emily’s bubbly personality and sense of humor were a hit with the show’s 12 million viewers and led her to the semi finals.

Emily moved back to Australia in October 2008 and started filming in late 2009.

On arrival she was met by some old friends and familiar faces in Summer Bay

“It’s great to work with Ray Meagher, Lynne McGranger, and Lyn Collingwood again,” she said. “And I look forward to getting to know the rest of the cast; it is great fun to be playing Marilyn again.”

Demi Harman Bio

Born in Brisbane on March 11 1993, to an American father and Australian mother, Demi moved back and forth from the US a lot during her formative years. Demi has an older brother and younger sister, but age 9 Demi moved to Melbourne whilst her sister Brooke was working on Pirate Island.

Relocating to Sydney for this role, Demi has felt welcomed on set by cast and crew but admitted to nerves on the first day and the first meeting of iconic actor Ray Meagher.

After completing year 12 last year, Demi was accepted into the University of Queensland for an arts/Japanese course. Japanese culture is a big influence on Demi after spending the best 10 days of her life on holiday in Japan.

In her spare time Demi loves art and craft and makes her own handbags. Demi keeps fit with tennis and running.

Brisbane native Demi Harman loved drama from an early age and seeing her sister Brooke working in the industry only cemented the realisation that acting was the career path she wanted to pursue.

“Brooke got to kiss Orlando Bloom in Ned Kelly, which was pretty exciting, and my mum was a Channel 7 weather girl when she was my age (18).”

Demi, who studied drama at school and took Tom McSweeney acting classes, describes securing a role on Home and Away as a dream come true. On her character Sasha Demi says, “I just fell in love with her. Sasha is sassy, angry, stubborn and has a rebellious streak. I feel very honoured to have this opportunity.”

Demi plays fifteen year old Sasha, illegitimate daughter of Sid Walker. Sasha has come to the bay after her mother was killed in a car crash leaving her and her half-brother Felix orphans. With an arrangement made for Felix to live with his biological father, a devastated Sasha has no choice and is forced to relocate to the bay with her father and her half-sister Indi and half-brother Dex.

As a result Sasha is a rebellious and a furious teenager, with one thing on her mind – to raise enough money to be able to support herself and leave the bay quick smart.

 

David Jones-Roberts Bio

David Jones-Roberts (born 9 April 1990) is an Australian actor, best known for portraying Xavier Austin in the long running TV series Home and Away. David’s father, Danny Roberts, is an actor who played Andy Green on Sons and Daughters and Jim Eagan on Underbelly 3, and his mother, actress Lindsay Neil worked with Benny Hill, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. David graduated from the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. In his spare time, David does gymnastics as a hobby which he has enjoyed from a young age.

The young actor has always been surrounded by acting due to his father being in the business. His dad, Danny Roberts, who played Andy Green on Sons and Daughters, and mum started up the Byron Bay Theatre Company. He admits that he’s always wanted to head in the performing arts direction. It’s no surprise then that Drama was a part of his HSC’s at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts where he just finished up school.

David takes part in acting lessons every Saturday at 9 o’clock. “It’s actually with my dad”, he tells us. “We have a little acting ensemble and we do improvisations, learn technique, philosophy, stuff like that.” Home and Away is his first TV job. He did a TV pilot last year called Here’s Trouble, but it didn’t end up getting taken up. He lets us know how different TV has been to his past theatre experiences. “It’s so much faster and you just have to be aware of your lighting, marking people, and all of that. I’m just learning at the moment, but it’s great. I’m having a ball.”

Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio are David’s favourite actors. “I really love how Sean commits to his roles and just how focused he is on his performances. It’s this real intense sort of performance when he comes on screen. And with Leo I just really like how he can transform into different characters. He was amazing in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”

David was actually out surfing when his agent called about getting a role on Home and Away. His dad went down to the beach to tell him he better call his agent. When he got home though, his agent was in a meeting at the time. “Then I didn’t have any credit on my phone!” he laughs. So David called his agent from a pay phone and that’s where he got the good news. “I got all excited and started jumping around. I ran up to a couple of people I saw that I knew and just started screaming,” he smiles. He admits to us that although learning scripts was difficult at first, he’s getting into a good routine. David reads his scripts on the weekend, then freshens his mind throughout the week before he goes on to the studio. And what about the Home and Away crew? “Oh everyone’s so welcoming,” he says. “They’re really nice, cool people.”

Acting isn’t the only thing David enjoys doing in the arts. He also loves playing guitar. Jack Johnson and Bob Marley are two of his favourite musicians. He told us, “It’s a hobby, just for fun. I’m not any fantastic guitarist, but I enjoy it.”

We asked David where he wanted to head in the future with performing. His response? “I want to head into film hopefully. That’d be cool. Maybe go over to the States or when I finish go over to England and further my studies, something like that.” When we asked him what role he’d love to play, David just grinned and said, “Peter Pan. I think that would be fun!”

David was born on the 9th April under the Zodiac sign of Aries.