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Home and Away Dean star’s life – from co-star romance to ’embarrassing’ moments at work

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This week on Home and Away, Dean Thompson continues his hunt for his mother Karen.

He feels bad about not contacting her after the tragic event, but his girlfriend Ziggy Astoni tells him that his mother is alright.

Karen Thompson’s phone, on the other hand, has been unplugged, and things have taken a turn for the worst.

What exactly does this imply for Karen? What will Dean’s reaction be? The audience will have to wait and see what happens.

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While Dean Thompson’s on-screen life has been somewhat dramatic since his arrival in Home And Away in 2018, actor Patrick O’ Connor’s off-screen life has been significantly less dramatic – but no less fascinating.

Life before Dean Thompson

Patrick O’ Connor’s most well-known role is Dean Thompson, although the actor made his breakthrough in the 2017 coming-of-age picture Girl Falling.

After his character was presented as Willow Harris’ ex-boyfriend, he became known to Home And Away audiences as bad boy Dean Thompson.

Since the beginning of 2018, the character has been involved in major plotlines, including his connection with Ziggy Astoni and his criminal background with Colby Thorne.

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In 2021, Dean was also involved in a major vehicle accident, with Patrick discussing his character’s growth and challenges in an interview with TV Week, saying: “Last time [he was injured], it was Willow caring after him as a friend, so he was happy with showing her how weak he was.”

“However, Ziggy is a unique case. He wants to be the man she requires, but he isn’t in the right place right now.”

Patrick has now been a fan favourite on the show and was nominated for the Digital Spy Reader’s Award for Best Soap Newcomer, but was narrowly defeated by Hollyoaks’ Owen Warner.

Co-star romance

Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni are one of the current on-screen relationships on Home and Away, but many viewers are unaware that the actors who play them are really a couple in real life.

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Patrick O’Connor, who plays Dean on TV, has been dating Ziggy actor Sophie Dillman for several years, after their affair began on the set of the popular Australian serial.

However, the couple had already become friends after meeting eight years ago at a Queensland acting school.

Sophie Dillman told TV Week about their connection, “We were work mates first, and it’s helped us work well together now, so we’re blessed in that aspect.”

“We’re best friends and treat each other that way, but it’s also strengthened our connection from the start.”

Patrick noted that the couple’s celebrity doesn’t damage their relationship, saying, “We get seen by fans if we go out as a couple, but it [famous as a couple] hasn’t altered too much.”

Patrick and Sophie have been dating for an unknown amount of time, but things have already taken a serious turn between them, with the two moving into a new home together in Sydney.

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Patrick even paid tribute to girlfriend Sophie on social media during Sydney’s 14-day lockdown in 2021, posting photographs of a nice birthday lunch he planned for her.

Patrick wore a candy stripe jacket and a straw hat while pouring glasses of wine and offering a lavish food buffet in photos posted to his Instagram storey.

He also posted lovely photos of the couple riding horses together with the caption: “‘Wishing my number one a happy birthday. Thank you for everything; I’m so proud of you and couldn’t imagine doing this crazy life without you.”

‘Embarrasing’ on set moments

On-screen, things have been heating up between Dean and Ziggy, but Patrick O’Connor has admitted that their steamy scenes have resulted in ’embarrassing’ on-set encounters.

Patrick told the Daily Telegraph that the scenes are shot in extremely hot weather, which means the actors are frequently left ‘disgustingly sweaty.’ “It’s a tense scenario. When we were shooting, it was quite hot.

“I’m a male, and some things make me sweat.”

Sophie Dillman also told WHO magazine that she calls out any of her co-stars with foul breath during scenes, saying: “If they have horrible breath, you must call them out!’

“I mean, kissing someone with 60 people gazing at you is always going to be strange.”

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