After all, McLeod's has attracted reasonably strong ratings and consistent Logie nominations — and wins — for eight years, all amid persistent rumours of its imminent demise. “I did self-sabotage the relationship and in a way friend-zoned Ivan just to get home,” she said. "Talk about method acting," said current star Luke Jacobz. She was on Drover's Run born and grew up there. I knew it was bad news.". I was still loving it. McLEODS Daughters is in its final days of production and is fittingly being seen off by the longest heatwave in South Australia's history. The former Police Rescue actor recently completed a guest stint in All Saints. "But ask me again in a month's time, if I'm still unemployed.". US election: Donald Trump celebrity supporters include Rosea... SAS Australia Ali Oetjen couldn’t shower after poo incident. Last scene: 2003, RACHAEL CARPANI Last scene: 2006, JESSICA NAPIER “I knew I was never going to leave Ivan, I knew I was always going to have him in my life. Originally published asGate closes on Drover's Run. After surviving major casting shake-ups, funding dramas and a drought, Mackinnon says the cast and crew were taken completely by surprise by the show's axing. "Five years on the one show was great. Last scene: 2007, JOHN JARRATT "The popular show's eighth and final season will air later in the year but filming will wrap on Thursday.The decision to end the show has traumatised the district and nearby town of Gawler which has benefited from the production for the past eight years.More than 4000 people turned up for a farewell last Friday at the Gawler Showground. The series, which is currently in its seventh series, is a co-production between Millennium Television and Nine Films and Television, produced with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation. All times AEDT (GMT +11). Character: Tess McLeod Todd held a recurring role in All Saints from late 2007 to early 2008; she portrayed psychiatrist Dr Elizabeth Foy. "Now that the move is over I'm feeling pretty good about the change. She also appeared in All Saints previously, playing the part of Kate Larson, In January 2009, Todd joined the cast of Seven Network drama series Home and Away in the regular role of Gina Austin. Cast and crew filmed in 43 degree heat at Drovers Run, a farm one hour north of Adelaide. Stevie steps up to a new role with more responsibility, Tess struggles in a custody battle for baby Charlotte, and relationships seem to be flourishing all around. "It was always going to be a gamble to buy a place there.". She was also nominated for an AFI Award for her role in the four-part mini-series The Potato Factory (2000). Mackinnon has moved back to her father's house in Coffs Harbour, with Sydney a short flight or "just six or seven hours' drive" away. "The final episode is called "The Long Paddock" and drought has ravaged the farm to the point it could go under and the girls are fighting to save it. "People lined up for autographs for four or five hours and there were fans from Germany, The Netherlands and Texas who came out especially for this after reading about it on the internet. She also played the waitress, Sylvia, in the film Shine directed by Scott Hicks, in the café scene where Geoffrey Rush plays Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to an understandably stunned audience. "I know how lucky I am. Though most cast members based themselves in Adelaide and commuted to work each day, Mackinnon settled close by the set — first in Gawler and then last year buying the farm in Lyndoch. I’ve been told Grey’s Anatomy is good again. Starred in the kids' TV series Double Trouble and has a small role in the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie, with Hugh Jackman. Last scene: 2006. ... Sonia Todd, Myles Pollard and Jeffrey. "This is unbelievable," said former star Aaron Jeffrey who visited the set to say goodbye yesterday. Jeffery has been on the Gold Coast shooting a lead role in Channel 9's new cop drama The Strip. She studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and starred in the play Strictly Ballroom, directed by Baz Luhrmann. ... Jodie Fountain-McLeod Last scene: 2007. "I don't want to sound like I'm whingeing about it," she says. Todd became known from the role of 'Georgia Rattray' in the television series Police Rescue, for which she won for an AFI Award in 1991. "I've been there, done that and it didn't happen for me," she says. She is best known for her television roles as Sgt. did return for a brief 4th season that was a whole lot better. [2] She appears in the legal drama Janet King. Don’t leave … "It's so sad," she says. Simmone Jade Mackinnon is picking herself up after the shock axing of McLeod's Daughters, even though the show's finale means she's out of work and home too. "I realised I couldn't do this week after week without going completely stir crazy.". In the aftermath of Claire's death, everyone's life at Drovers Run is different. "The sweat is very real. After four years on the show, Todd decided to leave Home and Away to pursue other acting challenges. The New Zealand-born actor is now focusing on her music career, having released her first album — inspired by her time on the McLeod's set — in 2006. Not all of them good. "But it was very isolated and I was just sitting there all alone twiddling my thumbs — you should have seen my phone bills. Memories. Why would I want to leave and risk unemployment when I already got to go to work every day and do something I loved?" But now that it's happened I'm embracing it.". Character: Becky Howard Mackinnon is hopeful she may be able to "do a Russell Crowe" and one day have the sort of career success that allows her to spend part of the year on the land. Character: Claire McLeod Character: Nick Ryan "She looked at me and said 'Go and do your scene, we'll talk afterwards'. But, The O.C. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. "They never just turned up unannounced. "I really hoped to stay in South Australia, I loved it there. I want to be home and working. He did, however, leave a party in 2011 carrying Lindsay Lohan. Mackinnon is finding it difficult to adjust to having so much free time. Last scene: 2003, AARON JEFFERY She had a small role in the miniseries Small Claims and starred in a stage production of Educating Rita. "I have never seen it so bone-dry before. Filmed Law Dogs, a pilot for US network CBS starring Janeane Garofalo that was not picked up. Character: Jodie Fountain-McLeod ", BRIDIE CARTER Last scene: 2008, MYLES POLLARD ... Why would I want to leave and risk unemployment when I already got to go to work every day and do something I loved?" she says. SONIA TODD The former Police Rescue actor recently completed a guest stint in All Saints. [2], Learn how and when to remove this template message, Sonia Todd at the Home and Away official website,, National Institute of Dramatic Art alumni, Use Australian English from February 2014, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, BLP articles lacking sources from June 2010, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Episodes: "Motherly Love: Part 1 and Part 2", Performed at NIDA in Sydney in 1984, and in, Performed at NIDA in Sydney and at St Martin's Youth Arts Centre in, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 21:20. "I know a lot of people say it took 10 years before it finally happened for them, but I'm too old to wait that long now. Last scene: 2006, LISA CHAPPELL "It was horrible — Posie and Andrew (Blaxland, Graeme-Evans' husband and a McLeod's producer) turned up and we knew that couldn't be good," she says. Jodi is Meg's 18-year-old daughter (the age refers to the beginning of the series, the end of season 5 she will be 22 - according to episode 1.04 she was born on February 7th, 1984, according to episode 5.21 she was born on April 11th, 1983). Also, who knows, maybe McLeod’s Daughters will make a comeback. Accustomed to juggling a busy filming schedule on McLeod's, Mackinnon soon found herself "climbing the walls" of her isolated four-bedroom farmhouse. Sonia Todd (born 1963; Adelaide) is an Australian actress.

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