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Home and Away Cast guide and photos of characters: Real names and backgrounds of Characters!

Our album of big pictures will bring you up to date.

Summer Bay is full of comings and goings, so it’s a battle often to keep track of who plays who casts in the Home and Away and how everyone blends in. When it comes to the newer characters, are you an occasional viewer who wants a steer? Do you want to check for your favourite actor, or just refresh your mind of how everybody blends together? Here’s our full 2021 Home and Away cast guide.


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Alf Stewart Plays Ray Meagher

Since episode one of Home and Away in January 1988, soap legend Ray has played the part of Alf Stewart, and he is the only surviving original cast member since the show’s premiere.

Alf now lives with his daughter Roo, grandson Ryder and family member Marilyn Chambers at the Summer Bay home.

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Roo Stewart Plays Georgie Parker

In January 1988, Alf’s daughter Roo had her first appearance and was played by Justine Clarke, who bowed out of the soap the following year.

In 2010, show bosses agreed to recast Roo’s part and brought Georgie Parker to play the lead in the former A Country Practice and All Saints actress.

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Martha Stewart plays Belinda Giblin

In 1989, when Alison Mulvaney played her in flashback sequences, Martha was first seen on television. In 1985, Martha, Alf’s first partner, was presumed to have died in a boating crash.

The show announced in 2018 that Martha was still alive and that Alf had been aware of the facts for a while. Belinda Giblin took on the part, and since then, audiences have seen Martha tie the knot again with Alf.

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Marilyn Chambers is played by Emily Symons.

Over the years, fan favourite Marilyn has come and gone from Summer Bay. Around 1989 and 1992, she had her first stint, but returned in 1995 and stayed on until 1999. In 2001, a brief comeback followed.

In 2010, Emily Symons reprised Marilyn’s part on a permanent basis. After separating from her ex, John Palmer, Marilyn’s character is now searching for a new path in life.

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Irene Roberts plays Lynne McGranger.

In 1991, Irene joined Summer Bay and was originally played by Jacqy Phillips, who the following year quit the cast. Lynne McGranger took on the role of Irene in 1993 and has since remained with the show.

Irene actually works at the Diner and is famous in Summer Bay for being a friend to everyone.

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Leah Patterson-Baker plays Ada Nicodemou

Ada joined the cast of Home and Away in 2000 as another favourite of Summer Bay and her character was featured in some of the most memorable storylines of the season, particularly surrounding her doomed romances.

Leah’s primary connections in the Bay have been with the Morgan family since the departure of her son VJ in 2017, as she is currently in a relationship with Justin. She’s a close associate of Alf, Marilyn and Irene as well.

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Shane Withington’s John Palmer playing

John arrived as a guest character in Summer Bay in 2009, but was later upgraded to a show regular and has since stuck around in the show.

In 2014, John married Marilyn Chambers, but after a gap formed between them and proved irreparable, the pair broke up in 2020. By seeking a new friendship, he is now able to move forwards with his life.

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Tori Morgan plays Penny McNamee.

With her brothers Justin, Brody and Mason, Tori moved to the Bay in 2016. She serves at the Northern Districts Hospital as the Director of Emergencies.

Tori is the mum of Grace’s 1-year-old daughter, and is reportedly in a relationship with Christian Green, a surgeon.

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Justin Morgan plays James Stewart

Following their arrival in 2016, Justin is the second and final member of the Morgan family currently living in the Bay.

The mechanic runs the nearby garage and is reportedly in a Leah Patterson-Baker relationship. His daughter, Ava, lives with her aunt, Nina, away from the bay, but pays daily visits.

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Ziggy Astoni plays Sophie Dillman

In 2017, with her dad Ben, mum Maggie and younger sister Coco, Ziggy moved to the Bay. She’s the only surviving family member since the others have all left the bay.

At the nearest garage, Ziggy works with Justin. Recently, she split from Dean Thompson and is investigating Tane Parata’s latest romantic connection.

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Ryder Jackson plays Lukas Radovich

In 2017, Alf’s grandson, Ryder, moved to The Bay. Initially, he was a wayward boy, but now he is one of the Bay’s most grounded and trustworthy protagonists.

At Summer Bay House, Ryder lives with Alf, Roo and Marilyn and has close friendships with Bella Nixon and Nikau Parata.

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Willow Harris plays Sarah Roberts

In 2017, personal trainer Willow appeared in the Bay and her initial storylines centred on her friendship with Justin Morgan, but the two have separated since then.

Many of Willow’s plots have revolved around her devotion to Dean and Colby, her old mates from Mangrove River. No wonder viewers were so surprised to see her exposed as Witness X, the mystery individual who misled Colby over the secret of his murder.

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Jasmine Delaney plays Sam Frost

At the end of 2017, as part of Kat Chapman’s tragic departure plot, Jasmine was added. Later, through her relationships with the likes of Irene and Leah, she was accepted into the group.

Jasmine operates the nearby wellness centre and serves at the Northern Districts Hospital as a nurse. Her fiancé, Robbo, died in early 2020 and is now interested in raising Grace, his 1-year-old daughter.

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Dean Thompson is played by Patrick O’Connor.

In 2018, as part of a renaissance for the River Boys, the surfer gang who had recently shaken up life in the Bay, show bosses brought in Dean.

Dean has mellowed over the years, despite his early involvement in illegal activities, and has attempted to make an honest living as a surfing coach.

Dean separated from his partner, Ziggy Astoni, recently.

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Colby Thorne plays Tim Franklin.

In early 2018, Colby entered the Bay when he arrived as the new police officer for the area. Many of his plots centred around his ability to do the right thing in the military, which, as one of the River Boys, was also undermined by his dark background.

Recently, Colby was sentenced to 25 years in jail for the murder of Ross Nixon, his abusive stepfather.

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Courtney Miller plays Nixon Bella

In mid-2018, Colby’s life was turned upside-down when he managed to track down Bella, his younger sibling, who had been missing for years.

Bella was raised by abusive Ross and after moving to the Bay, she went through a difficult time as she sought to integrate into the community.

After Colby’s incarceration, Bella’s life now looks likely to change, but she still has the love of friends including Dean Thompson and her fiance, Nikau Parata.

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Mackenzie Booth plays Emily Weir

In 2019, Mackenzie was brought in as Dean Thompson’s long-lost half-sister. She took over the property of Salt, the local bar and restaurant in the Harbor.

Mackenzie is reportedly in an Ari Parata partnership and lives at the Astonis farmhouse with Ziggy.

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Ari Parata is played by Rob Kipa-Williams.

At the end of 2019, Ari was launched when he experienced the terrifying siege at the Hospital of the Northern Districts. In early 2020, he and his brother Tane, nephew Nikau, and sister-in-law Gemma formally moved to the Bay.

Ari is in a relationship with Mackenzie Booth at the moment.

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Kawakawa Fox-Reo is Nikau Parata playing

In 2020, Nikau moved with his family to the Bay and decided to stick around even after his mother Gemma moved permanently back to New Zealand. He lives with Ari and Tane, his uncles.

Nikau is also in Bella Nixon’s relationship and is best friends with Ryder Jackson.

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Tane Parata Plays Ethan Browne

In early 2020, with his loved ones, the bad boy of the Parata family entered the Bay. While Tane tried to keep on the straight and narrow, he was slipping up and returning to crime in many of his recent storylines.

In 2020, even though she was Ari’s girlfriend, Tane developed feelings for Mackenzie. Ever since, his focus has moved to Ziggy Astoni.

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Christian Green plays Ditch Davey

As a cocky young surgeon at the Northern Districts Hospital, Christian was welcomed to Home and Away in late 2020. Tori Morgan was rubbed the wrong way by his manner, but their bickering quickly turned to love.

Christian wants to settle down with Tori and her daughter Grace in the Bay now.

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Rick Donald as Baldivis Kieran

Kieran is Martha Stewart’s estranged son, who has recently made his first appearance in Aussie episodes and will soon be joining Summer Bay on UK screens.

When his intoxicated, angry actions became too much for her, Martha broke ties with Kieran years earlier. Now that Kieran is back in her life, will they restore their relationship?

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Luke Arnold as Hayes Lewis

Agency nurse Lewis is Jasmine Delaney’s old mate, who made his first appearance in Home and Away’s 2020 season finale episode. It airs on February 19 on Channel 5.

Lewis is going to reconnect with Jasmine, leading to the pair’s potential new relationship.

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Susie McAllister as Bridie Carter

As Susie McAllister, a real estate agent who visits the Bay on work, former McLeod’s Daughters star Bridie Carter has joined the cast.

For John Palmer, who is hunting for romance after his divorce from Marilyn Chambers, Susie is a new love interest.

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