ADRIAN, a camp friend of Edie MacDonald, whom she met at meetings of the Gay Liberation Movement. A partner of the older Rodney. Portrayed by Sean Myers.
ALAN, the obsessed brother of Bernadette. He wants to return to the incestuous relationship of their teenage years, but she rebuffs him. Alan makes several attempts to scare Bernadette into coming back to him. Portrayed by Paul Westcott.
ANGELO, the chef at The Cosmopolitan restaurant and a colleague of Helen Sheridan. Portrayed by Paul Faranda.
ANNABELLE, Gary Whittaker's attractive nurse during his hospitalisation. She ignores his amorous attentions but, to Gary's annoyance, Annabelle agrees to accompany Dudley Butterfield on a date. It becomes a fiery one-night stand once they get back to Flat 6, thanks to Kerry Braddon. Portrayed by Nostalgia Mason.
Miss ARMSTRONG. Portrayed by Vickie Battese.
Sir Arnold ASHTON, a respected judge of the High Court and the uncle of Ralph, Don and Carol Finlayson. Sir Arnold convinces Don to marry Sally Fielding for their mutual benefit. Sir Arnold is revealed to be the father of Sally's unborn child. Portrayed by James Condon.
Lady Frances ASHTON, Sir Arnold's wife, who remains loyal to her wayward husband. She pleads with her nephew not to take revenge on Sir Arnold after Sally's death by suicide. Portrayed by Faye Donaldson.
ATTORNEY, who takes Anne Spencer's confession. Portrayed by John Rayner.
BABS, a tarty friend of George Baker and Herb Evans, suspected of being a prostitute by Jessie Blanchard. Portrayed by Penny Ramsay.
George BAKER, a used car salesman, and former business colleague of Harry Collins. Portrayed by Barry Donnelly.
Barbara BALLANTINE, supposedly an old school friend of Rose Godolfus, who lives at Hunters Hill, but Vera Collins discovers that she is part of a cover story when Rose is seeking an illegal abortion.
Brian BANERJEE, the Indian chemist who is briefly employed in Sonia Vansard's pharmacy. Portrayed by Beverley Roberts.
Trevor BANKS, the alcoholic father of Grace Primrose. A famous, but faded actor, he wed Prim's mother and took her to Hollywood, but his womanising destroyed the marriage. He has returned to Australia to make a movie, but his talent agent, Scott Taylor, is the only one with faith in Trevor's cinematic future. Portrayed by Kev Golsby.
Alex BARDWELL, a smooth-talking art gallery owner who tries to convince Roma Godolfus that her (terrible) paintings are worth exhibiting, but he is really seeking Roma’s affection. Portrayed by Colin Drake.
Billy BARNES, the original trainer of Vera Collins' horse, I Kid You Not. Portrayed by Reg Gillam(?).
Mr BARNES, a board member of a family wine business, Harvey & Sons. Portrayed by John Bull.
Matthew BARRINGTON, the surf-loving, temporary chef from Norma's Bar who has a fascination for Lorelei Wilkinson. Matt is caught peeping at her in the shower, and disappears soon after Lorelei’s murder, which makes him a prime suspect. Portrayed by John Paramor.
Michael BARTLETT, the handsome, but sometimes untruthful, fiancé of Marilyn MacDonald. When he first arrives at Number 96, Michael perpetrates a lie that his father had died of unrequited love for Lucy Sutcliffe. He becomes a boarder in Flat 8 and attempts to wreck the Sutcliffes' marriage. He tearfully confesses all when Lucy discovers that Tom Bartlett is alive. Michael and Marilyn are in love and decide to elope so that Michael can share Marilyn’s bed in Flat 5 without compromising her parents' standards of decency. For a time, Michael is a suspect in the Pantyhose Murders. His marriage to Marilyn is revealed as a sham; she eventually discovers that Michael has a wife and newborn child in New Zealand. Portrayed by Peter Flett.
Tom BARTLETT, the father of Michael and Martin, and a sympathetic friend to Lucy Sutcliffe. His kindness almost tempts Lucy away from her moody husband. Tom moves his family to New Zealand after the death of his invalid wife. He tries to contact Michael at Number 96, but all his letters are returned "Address Unknown". Portrayed by Ron Roberts.
Bill BARTON, a reporter from a national crime magazine who warns Maggie Cameron that Cliff Stevens has given her name as a character referee after his arrest on drug charges. Portrayed by Tony Allen.
Gilbert BARTON, a travelling representative for a Hunter Valley winery, he attempts to romance Norma Whittaker, both before and after the death of her husband, Les. Portrayed by Don Philps.
Mr BAYSWATER, the real estate agent who represents the original owners of Number 96 before the building is purchased by the investment company run by Jack Sellars, Maggie Cameron and Don Finlayson. Portrayed by Reg Gillam.
Clem BENSON, a local councillor defeated in an election by Edie MacDonald.
BERT, the perpetually job-seeking, long-time boyfriend of Meg Robinson. Portrayed by Al Thomas.
BERNADETTE, a beautiful model from a Pol magazine shoot, who moves into Flat 7 with Vera Collins. Although she is lusted after by numerous residents of Number 96, including Miles Cooper, Bernadette is also being pursued by her brother Alan, with whom she has had an incestuous affair. Unable to cope with her situation, she dies by suicide, having thrown herself in front of a speeding truck. Portrayed by Charne Marshall.
BIKIE, friends of Tony Brent, who watch the rape of a stranded Vera Collins on a lonely road, and presumably join in. Portrayed by Phil Avalon and Tony Fields.
BIKIE's MOLL, the girlfriend of one of Tony Brent's bikie mates. She laughs as she watches the rape of a stranded Vera Collins on a lonely road. Portrayed by Caz Lederman.
Mr BINGHAM, the overly-loyal principal of a prestigious, private boarding school, Kennard House. He threatens the lives of Debbie Chester, Laura Trent and Vera Sutton, setting fire to a farmhouse where they are sheltering. He reveals himself as the murderer of teacher Phillip Chambers, whom he killed to cover up Phillip's attacks on Robin Dunmore and other students. He also killed Robin to keep him quiet. Portrayed by Redmond Phillips.
Matt BLACK, a reporter investigating the disappearance of Helen Eastwood.
BLACKIE, one of Edie MacDonald's witless kidnappers. Portrayed by Barney Combes.
Jessie BLANCHARD, a gossipy friend of Dorrie Evans who sees Herb Evans out with two prostitutes. His companions turn out to be Lucy Sutcliffe and her daughter. Portrayed by Margo Lloyd.
John BRADDON, the father of Kerry, whose violent mood swings seem to be triggered by his feelings of inadequacy around his son. He and Kerry are eventually happily reunited. Portrayed by Revelly Jones.
Kerry BRADDON, a 16-year old homeless, but very intelligent, shoplifter with a violent past. Kerry was apprehended in the deli and was due to be adopted by Aldo and Roma Godolfus before the bomb explosion which claimed their lives. He becomes the ward of Arnold Feather, moves into Flat 6 and, following a severe bashing, suffers a temporary bout of blindness. Portrayed by Ashley Grenville.
Frank BRAIDWOOD, the assistant manager of The Cosmopolitan restaurant and a colleague of Helen Sheridan. Portrayed by Tony Ingersent.
Nicholas BRENT, the debonair politician, also a widower, and a society friend of Claire Houghton's. Nick becomes a suitor of Vera Collins, whom he meets while Vera is recuperating from a pack rape. He is unconcerned that her seedy past may harm his chances at the next Federal election. He becomes Australia's next Prime Minister. Portrayed by James Condon.
Tony BRENT, the cruel, but ruggedly handsome leader of a group of bikies who rapes a stranded Vera Collins on a lonely road. He is later revealed to be Nick Brent's son and he dies in a fiery car crash while attempting to silence Vera permanently. Portrayed by Patrick Ward.
Mrs BREWSTER, a patient at the hospital at which Les Whittaker is an orderly. She showers Les with gifts, making Norma jealous. When a detective shows Norma Whittaker some mugshots, she recognises Mrs Brewster as part of a criminal gang.
Johnny BRIGGS, a ruthless business partner of Jack Sellars, whose grandiose idea for extending the wine bar at Number 96 threatens to put Aldo Godolfus out of business. Portrayed by Deryck Barnes.
Monsieur Vernon BRIGGS, Court Photographer, was to be appointed by Roma Lubinski to take photos at Rose & Julian Myers' wedding. Maggie Cameron is not impressed with his work.
Alfred BRINKMAN, the youngest son of Ethel and Kevin, and grandson of Alf and Lucy Sutcliffe. He lives with his parents in Darwin.
Debbie BRINKMAN, the daughter of Ethel and Kevin, and granddaughter of Alf and Lucy Sutcliffe. She moved with her parents to Darwin.
Ethel BRINKMAN, Lucy and Alf Sutcliffe's daughter, and mother to Debbie, Garth and, later, little Alfred Jr. Ethel and her family move from Newcastle to Darwin, instead of Sydney as they originally planned, which upsets Lucy terribly. Portrayed by Jenny Lee.
Garth BRINKMAN, the eldest son of Ethel and Kevin, and grandson of Alf and Lucy Sutcliffe. He moved with his parents to Darwin.
Kevin BRINKMAN, Ethel's husband. He moves the family from Newcastle to Darwin when he becomes Area Manager of the Northern Territory of a soft drink company. Portrayed by Peter Corbett.
Daphne BRYANT, the late Sylvia Vansard's vengeful, identical twin sister from England. Portrayed by Shirley Cameron.
Edward "Eddie" BUCHANAN, Reg MacDonald's new boss at the Paddington Town Hall (ie. the TC of the TH), who becomes enamoured with Trixie O'Toole. Portrayed by Brian Moll.
Ian BUCHANAN, Reg MacDonald's first boss at the Paddington Town Hall (ie. the TC of the TH). Brother of Eddie Buchanan. Portrayed by John Rayner.
Mrs BUCHANAN, the TC's mother, who owns a Mona Vale beach house which Edie MacDonald manages to burn down.
Alderman Mrs April BULLOCK, Reg MacDonald's stern-faced colleague in LG who becomes hopelessly enamoured of him. Portrayed by Judi Farr.
Bobby BULLOCK, April's inept nephew, who rises to the position of DTC of the TH and conspires with Edie to have Reg given a knighthood.
Mr BURROUGHS, a prosecutor. Portrayed by Henry Heydeman.
Brian BURY, a television compere who interviews Dorrie and Herb Evans about the plight of Australian pensioners. Portrayed by Himself.
Ben BUTTERFIELD, a young boy suspected to belong to Dudley from his marriage to Jan. Later, a secret visit with Ben leaves Dudley without an alibi during the Pantyhose Strangler’s reign of terror. Portrayed by Ben Huber.
Dudley BUTTERFIELD, Arnold Feather's movie buff friend from catering school who comes to Number 96 to work in the deli. He swaps jobs with Arnold to become the chef at Norma's Bar. Later, he tries his hand as the proprietor of the nearby Bun 'n Oven restaurant (in partnership with Arnold), which they rename The Continental. After a disastrous brawl breaks out on opening night, they keep the name but convert the business into a hairdressing salon, employing Dudley's cousin, Jaja Gibson, as their trained stylist. Later, Dudley transforms Norma's Bar into Duddles' disco. Dudley is Don Finlayson's live-in lover for a long time, but considers himself bisexual. He has a troubled, secret relationship with Carol Finlayson and, upon moving into Flat 6, with hairdresser Rhonda Jackson. After winning TV's King of Trivia crown, Dudley is given a job as an on-air personality, introducing classic movies. He falls in love with Shani Carroll, which leads to his violent death in a siege at the wine bar. Portrayed by Chard Hayward.
Jan BUTTERFIELD, Dudley's wife from his hidden past and the mother of a young boy, Ben. Jan lived with a man called John Traynor after she left Dudley. She is terrified of her brother, Tony Everett - but is it he or Dudley who is Ben's real father? Portrayed by Denise Otto.
Mabel BUTTERFIELD, Dudley's mother, an avid gambling enthusiast, who lives with her sister, Brenda, at Beecroft. Portrayed by Sheila Helpmann.
Mrs BUXTON, the mother of Toby; her deathbed confession holds Debbie Chester to a tragic secret about Toby's health. Portrayed by Joan Lord.
Toby BUXTON, the arrogant and anti-social young artist who is taken in as a boarder in Flat 4 by Debbie Chester. He has a powerful hold over her, nicknaming her "Mouse". Jane Chester finds herself both repulsed and attracted to Toby. He uncovers an old masterpiece beneath Maria Panucci's painting of the Madonna and when Dorrie Evans asks him to design a "murial" for the Sunshine Patio, Toby completes it in typically controversial style. He also smuggles his pet, Dog, into the flat. Toby is unaware that he is dying of leukemia. Portrayed by Malcolm Thompson.
Mr CALTHROP, Dorrie and Herb Evans' solicitor. Portrayed by Ken Fraser.
Maggie CAMERON, the bitchy, red-haired fashion editor who has an adulterous affair with the bisexual Bruce Taylor. Estranged from her husband, Victor Cameron, she has numerous dangerous liaisons, including with a bikie, Cliff Stevens. Later, she opens a Double Bay salon, The Tapemeasure, with her friend (and often rival), Vera Collins. Maggie contributes to the shooting death of Bev Houghton and often makes life unpleasant for many of Number 96's residents. When she becomes part-owner of Number 96, Maggie tries to usurp Norma Whittaker from the wine bar, without success. While attempting to force a "vacant possession" sale of the building, she plants a time bomb to scare out the tenants. The first one is phony, the second deadly. Although she gives ample warning, the bomb goes off in the deli, killing four long-time residents. At her trial, the judge certifies Maggie as temporarily insane and she spends several years behind bars. After release from "the Governor's pleasure", she plays a cruel trick on the residents of Number 96 on the eve of Arnold Feather's third marriage. Portrayed by Bettina Welch.
Victor CAMERON, the estranged husband of Maggie. He supervises large engineering projects. Portrayed by Owen Weingott.
Colin CAMPBELL, the teenaged son of Margo, Colin comes to board in Flat 7 while his parents are overseas. He eventually joins Penny Snow, a squatter who has taken over the vacant Flat 6. When Penny leaves, Colin develops a crush on Don Finlayson, much to the concern of Vera Collins. Portrayed by Steve Bannister.
Margo CAMPBELL, a South African friend of Vera Collins and the mother of Colin. Portrayed by Doris Goddard.
Marion CARLTON, Arnold Feather's teacher at catering school. Although Marion is a married woman, she teaches Arnold more about life and love than cookery. Portrayed by Lorrae Desmond.
Cain CARMICHAEL, a former prison associate of Cliff Stevens and Dick Riggs. The attractive Cain kidnaps Maggie Cameron; she stabs him in the stomach with a pair of scissors to escape. Portrayed by Tristan Rogers.
Simon CARR, a handsome, but shy, public relations businessman working for The Tapemeasure salon. Simon is reluctant to choose between the affections of Maggie Cameron and Vera Collins; years later, he returns to them, but settles for Don Finlayson instead. Portrayed by John Orcsik.
Max CARROLL, an escaped prisoner and the brother of Shani. Max kills Dudley Butterfield and two wine bar customers with a machine gun, then holds several of the Number 96 residents as hostages in a bloody siege. He is shot dead by Derek Costa.
Shani CARROLL, a shady character who cons her way into Dudley Butterfield's life so she can run a call-girl racket out of Duddles'. She is found out by Lee Chandler and Opal Wilkinson and retaliates by attempting to have Opal killed. After Dudley's death, an attempt is made on Shani's life when her boss gives her an overdose of drugs. She is revived in hospital, but disappears from Number 96 without saying goodbye. Portrayed by Margie Brown (now Margi Brown Ash).
Superintendent CARROLL, the chief investigator into the death of Gordon Vansard's wife, Sylvia. Portrayed by Mike Dorsey.
Mrs CARSON, a frequent customer of Number 96's deli and The Continental hairdressing salon. Portrayed by Joyce Jacobs.
Georgina CARTER, Dorrie Evans' teenaged niece from Coffs Harbour, who moves into Flat 3 when her parents, Jeff and Lois, are injured in a car accident. A hippy, she has an avid interest in meditation, marijuana and Krishna. At Dorrie's instigation, Georgina takes a job as an assistant at the Vansards’ pharmacy. Arnold Feather and Georgina find each other sexually attractive, but they never consummate their relationship, which only adds to their frustration. Long after returning north, an unexpected phone call Georgina makes to Arnold almost ends his engagement to Patti Olsen. Portrayed by Susannah Piggott.
Mr CARTWRIGHT-SMITH, a tenant who briefly leases Flat 6 from Dorrie Evans. He treats it like a guest house, with Herb, Dorrie and Flo attempting to cater to his every whim.
Doctor Mike CAVANAGH, a client of Megaphone who takes a shine to both Hope Jackson and Emma Robinson. Portrayed by John Hamblin.
Elizabeth "Liz" CHALMERS FEATHER, Dean MacDonald's former fiancée from Adelaide, who moves into Flat 5 with his parents just before Marilyn MacDonald goes abroad. Liz hides her devious persona by feigning a saccharine innocence. She marries Arnold Feather and works with him in the deli. Simultaneously, Liz conducts a torrid affair with Gary Whittaker. She commences poisoning Arnold with strychnine and is eventually revealed to be a bigamist. Her real name is revealed to be Beckie Wilson. Portrayed by Margaret Laurence.
Phillip CHAMBERS, a school teacher at Kennard House, and the former lover of Laura Trent. Phillip returns from England after a three-year absence and, at first, believes Laura to be having an affair with her flatmate, Don Finlayson. A scandal ensues when school student Robin Dunmore claims to have been bashed by Phillip. Warwick Thompson tricks Phillip into revealing his guilt and his bisexuality to Laura. Phillip is brutally murdered by his own principal, Mr Bingham, during an attempt to protect the school's good name. A series of diary entries reveal the existence of a sexual relationship between Phillip and Robin. Portrayed by Henri Szeps.
Bernard CHANDLER, the husband of Fay and father of Lee and Grant; he leaves his family to take up an interstate mining job and is thought to have suicided when he learns of Fay's infidelity. However, his death is proven to be an accident. Portrayed by James Moss.
Fay CHANDLER, Reg MacDonald's pushy sister, who upsets his rigid routines when her family moves into Flat 7 above him; she has an affair with her employer, Dr Mike Purcell, and suffers a mental breakdown after her husband's death. Portrayed by Lynne Murphy.
Grant CHANDLER, Bernard and Fay's youngest, carefree and laziest son, whose bisexual liaisons, underworld connections, and love of surfing, often create havoc for his family. Grant commences work as a gigolo, conducting an affair with Claire Houghton while working as her chauffeur. He later launches a successful singing career in Duddles', but is frequently mobbed by fans. Opal Wilkinson helps Grant to fake his own death, temporarily. Portrayed by Michael Howard.
Lee CHANDLER, Grant's older brother. Lee has a brief fling with Laura Trent, but she dumps him for the older Gary Whittaker. He becomes very concerned by his mother's affair with Dr Purcell and blames Fay for Bernard Chandler's death. Lee is promoted to manager of Duddles' after its owner, Dudley Butterfield, becomes a television star. Portrayed by Stephen McDonald.
CHARLES, a mature-aged suitor of Bev Houghton when they double date with Janie Somers and Alex Lederer. Charles reminds Janie of Bev's late father, Alec. Portrayed by Max Osbiston.
Sid CHATTERTON, a homeless tramp befriended by Herb Evans and installed into Flat 6, which had remained vacant since the death of Bev Goodman. Portrayed by Harry Lawrence.
Debbie CHESTER, a 16-year old, rebellious schoolgirl with low self-esteem, she is easily influenced by others. Her friend from high school, Theresa, coerces her to experiment with uppers, downers and heroin under her naive mother's nose and Debbie is soon placed on probation by the court. Later, Debbie becomes temporarily mute through the shock of witnessing her mother's horrific death at sea. Becoming the legal ward of Don Finlayson until her 18th birthday, Debbie continues to share Flat 4 with her older sister, Jane. Debbie is a key witness in the mystery surrounding the murder of Phillip Chambers. Phillp's killer targets her as his next victim. Her excellent marks in the Higher School Certificate examinations gain her entrance into university to study veterinary science. Still easily-led, Debbie is often manipulated by both Toby Buxton and a religious cult leader named Joshua. Portrayed by Dina Mann.
Eileen CHESTER, Vera Collins' seamstress at the House of Danielle salon who moves in with her employer as a boarder. Accompanying her is her sulky daughter, Debbie, who causes Eileen much heartache. When Flat 4 becomes vacant, they move downstairs and are joined by Debbie's elder sister, Jane. An unexpected reconciliation with husband, Ian, brings out the truth that Eileen has kept hidden for years: that illegitimate Debbie was the product of Eileen's extramarital affair with a man named Grant, not a rape. Eileen's reunion vacation with Ian is cut short by a marauding shark. Portrayed by Patti Crocker.
Ian CHESTER, the father of Jane Chester, who goes missing and is presumed killed, when he attempts to rescue his estranged wife, Eileen, from the jaws of a shark. Portrayed by Stuart Finch.
Jane CHESTER FORSYTH, Debbie's older sister, a theatre usherette and, later, a waitress at Norma's Bar. Jane becomes a victim of the Hooded Rapist and discovers, to her own horror, that she enjoyed the experience. Her love for a married man, Frank Hobson, results in a murder charge. Cleared through the efforts of Don Finlayson, Jane marries homosexual Rob Forsyth so that he can stay in Australia beyond the date of his visa expiry. She aborts a baby belonging to Frank when she realises that Rob will not stay with her. Shani Carroll gets Jane work as an escort, but she has several scary experiences and wants out. Jane is used as a human shield in Max Carroll's siege at Duddles'. For a time, Jane feels a sexual attraction to Ros Halliday. When Jane falls pregnant again, she realises that her heart, and unborn child, belong to Lee Chandler, who had recently left Sydney, so Jane goes off in pursuit of him. Portrayed by Suzanne Church.
Mr CHESTER, the father of Noeline Sutcliffe.
CLAUDINE, an out-of-work actress with a broad Australian accent, who happens to be a look-alike of Amanda Von Pappenburg. Amanda's former husband, Rudi, convinces Claudine to impersonate the Baroness while the real Amanda is on an ocean cruise. They plan to cheat Amanda out of the late Max Von Pappenburg's estate. Portrayed by Carol Raye.
Mrs CLEGG. Portrayed by Eve Wynne.
CLIENT, Terry Sanford's first client as a call girl. Portrayed by Peter Colville.
Mrs COLE, the owner of a holiday cottage in Kurrajong. Michael Bartlett uses her to spread misinformation about Lucy Sutcliffe. Portrayed by Judith Champ.
Denise COLEMAN, the first victim of the Pantyhose Strangler. Blonde Denise, a young, local hairdresser, due to be married in a few weeks, is found dead in Chestnut Lane. For a while, the body is unidentified and the residents of Number 96 worry that it is Marilyn MacDonald who has been killed.
COLIN, the brother of John. They are supporters of the depressed Helen Eastwood, from her days in Perth.
Harry COLLINS, the estranged car salesman husband of Vera Collins, he makes several return visits to Number 96, but always reverts to suspicion, jealousy and violence. Harry is a bigot and expresses a strong dislike for Chad Farrell. A womaniser and an alcoholic who, for a short time, finds solace through Alcoholics Anonymous and religion. Vera identifies his burned body after a car crash and she believes him dead for a long time. However, Harry turns up again, involved in an art theft. He is captured, goes on trial and is gaoled after the scam is revealed to Vera in a series of dreams. Portrayed by Norman Yemm.
Vera Danielle COLLINS SUTTON, a former high class call-girl from South Africa who tells fortunes with playing cards. Vera is a longtime resident of Flat 7. A talented fashion designer, Vera opens The Tapemeasure salon with Maggie Cameron and, later, runs The House of Danielle for her lover, Warwick Thompson. She is a trusted friend of Lucy Sutcliffe, Helen Sheridan and Don Finlayson. She takes the opportunity to accompany young Adam Shaw to study music in Stuttgart, Germany, but their relationship doesn't work and a sad Vera returns alone. Her numerous love affairs always seem to be with the wrong men... until she marries racing car driver, Guy Sutton, and departs for a new life in Europe. Vera returns to Sydney for Maggie's murder trial and finally settles in Kirribilli. Portrayed by Elaine Lee.
Miles COOPER, a womanising medical student and the son of Sir Paul Cooper. Miles is determined to succeed in life without help from his father. However, he has developed the habit of constantly borrowing money from his friends and neighbours. Miles has brief encounters with Tanya Schnolskevitska, Susan Temple, Marilyn MacDonald and Bernadette. He is sharing Flat 6 with David Palmer and Prim when he is fatally wounded in a bomb blast in the delicatessen. Portrayed by Scott Lambert.
Sir Bernard CORINTH, a medical doctor and throat specialist, brought in to treat Janie Somers when she gets laryngitis before opening night of a play.
Joe CORLESS, a gang boss who threatens Alf Sutcliffe. Portrayed by Tony Allyn.
Julia CORNICH, a reporter who moves in with Dorrie and Herb Evans to research and write an article on the plight of penniless pensioners. Portrayed by Jenee Welsh.
COOKIE, Arthur Partridge's pet sulphur-crested cockatoo. Portrayed by Himself.
Sergeant COOMBS. The police investigator looking into the deaths of Phillip Chambers and Robin Dunmore.
Count COPERNICUS, a skinny male stripper inadvertently employed by Dorrie Evans for a Senior Citizens' function. During an audition, she refers to him as "Count Copper Knickers". Portrayed by Himself (aka David Albert Clark).
Derek COSTA, a police sergeant who investigates a break-in and assault at the home of Claire Houghton. Later, he becomes Don Finlayson's flatmate in Flat 8. His sometime lover is Ros Halliday. Derek becomes the hero during a siege at the wine bar, but is suspended from the force for failing to follow proper procedure. As Don's new employee as a private investigator, he becomes involved in the mystery kidnapping of their next door neighbour, Dr Harold Wilkinson. Portrayed by Stephen O'Rourke.
Alan COTTERELL, the stage manager boyfriend of Janie Somers, Alan moves into Flat 6 when he loses his job. He organises a vigilante group among the residents of Number 96 to catch the knicker-snipping Prowler, but is eventually revealed to be the mysterious perpetrator. Portrayed by Mark Hashfield.
Mr CRAIG, Lucy Sutcliffe's medical specialist. Portrayed by Ronald Morse.
Marie CROWTHER, a friend of Harry Collins from Alcoholics Anonymous, who moves into Flat 7 briefly on the pretext of giving Harry moral support. She is eventually revealed to have lesbian tendencies and she peeps on Vera while she showers. Portrayed by Hazel Phillips.
Doctor DALTON, who must amputate Arnold Feather's leg after Pereski's parcel bomb maims Arnold.
Ben DANIELS, the father of Ian. When he returns to Sydney, Ben falls in love with Amanda Von Pappenburg and proposes marriage to her, but she turns him down. Portrayed by John Trenaman.
Ian DANIELS, a young boarder staying with Les and Norma Whittaker while his father is in Germany. Ian begins working in the wine bar, but his employers are shocked to learn that he is only sixteen. Rather than return to school, Ian has grand plans to leave his family and join a commune. Portrayed by Alan Wilson.
Warren DAVIES, a colleague of Gil Dawson, who comes to visit Flat 7. He has a very wrong impression of Vera Collins. Portrayed by John Faassen.
Gilbert DAWSON, a particularly nasty live-in boyfriend of Vera Collins, Gil is eventually revealed by Terry Sanford to be a pimp and a member of the Mafia. Portrayed by Terence Cooper.
Jill DAWSON, a friend of Simon Carr. Portrayed by Helen Martines.
Vicki DAWSON FEATHER, Don Finlayson's secretary from Tamworth, who once had a relationship with Charles "Chook" Feather. She arrives in Sydney looking for Chook, but falls in love with his identical twin, Arnold. Her mother briefly absconds with her baby son, Simon, when Vicki announces her intention to marry. Portrayed by Kay Powell.
DeCOMO, the evil high priest at a satanic Black Mass, which involved Vera Collins, Bev Houghton and Karen Winters. Portrayed by Peter Reynold.
Horace DEERMAN, who was Herb Evans' best man at his and Dorrie's wedding forty years earlier. It is discovered that Horace and Herb signed the marriage certificate in the wrong places, so when Horace returns for the Evans' Ruby Anniversary celebrations and discovers the mistake, he demands his conjugal rights. Much to Dorrie's horror, Horace also enjoys the odd swig of methylated spirits. He is temporarily employed by Aldo Godolfus as a Connaught Rooms waiter, with disastrous results. Portrayed by Harry Lawrence.
Neville DeGROOT, Vera Collins' stepfather from Johannesburg, South Africa, who had raped her as a young girl and, years later, arrives in Sydney to repeat the act. For a brief time, Vera was pregnant with his baby and Harry Collins was unable to accept that the child might be born black. Portrayed by Ronald Morse.
Mr DELGARDIE, a food and wine writer. Norma Whittaker invites him to a disastrous wine-tasting at Norma's Bar.
DELIVERYMAN. He drops off an unassembled sauna to Flat 1. Portrayed by Paul Chubb.
Mr DENFORD, a client of Bev Houghton's. Portrayed by Colin Hughes.
Barry DEPROSE. Portrayed by John Armstrong.
DETECTIVE. Portrayed by Ian Dyson.
Vince DEXTER, a card sharp in a poker game. Portrayed by Phil Avalon.
Henri(etta) P. DOBB --> See Hope JACKSON.
DOCTOR. Portrayed by Alton Harvey.
DOCTOR. Rose's doctor who pronounces her pregnancy. Portrayed by Lex Mitchell.
DOG, Toby Buxton's dog, which was smuggled passed Dorrie Evans and into Flat 4; after Toby's death, Edie MacDonald succeeds in finding Dog a new home. Portrayed by Himself.
"THE DOG FROM THE HARDWARE STORE", a friendly labrador that frequents The Continental hair salon, much to the salon owners’ annoyance. Portrayed by Gough.
DRUNK, a nuisance regular at the local Paddington pub. Portrayed by Al Kenny.
Mr DUNCAN, Reg MacDonald's last boss at the Paddington Town Hall (ie. the TC of the TH). At Reg's birthday party in 1976, Mr Duncan announces his retirement and Reg finally assumes the mantle of TC in his place.
Dorothy DUNLOP, Arnold Feather's replacement as chef at Norma's Bar, who claims to have had numerous previous lives as well as psychic "vibes". Dorothy is revealed to be schizophrenic. Her evil alter-ego, Madelaine, is discovered to be the writer of a series of poison pen letters received by the residents of Number 96. Portrayed by Diana McLean.
Henry DUNMORE, the wealthy father of Kennard House student, Robin. He posesses a diary, written by his son, that will resolve the murder of Phillip Chambers.
Robin DUNMORE, a teenaged suspect in the killing of teacher Phillip Chambers. He claims to have been bashed by Phillip at Kennard House, an exclusive boys' boarding school. Robin plans to blackmail Don Finlayson for interfering in a crime scene, but comes to a sticky end himself at the bottom of a cliff. Portrayed by Mark Lee.
Major DUNSTON, Gary Whittaker's Army Welfare officer, informs his parents that their daughter-in-law, Anna Maria Whittaker, will soon be arriving to stay with them, prior to Gary being demobbed from Singapore. Portrayed by Frank Ward.
Stephan DUVAL, an army major who attempts to sweep Roma Lubinski off her feet, which makes Aldo Godolfus jealous. Stephan is revealed to be a phony. Portrayed by Kenneth Laird.
Helen EASTWOOD, the eight-month pregnant wife of Mark. Helen is rushed to hospital after a fall down the stairs at Number 96 a few days after they move in. Their baby girl is born prematurely. It fails to thrive and the traumatised Helen disappears for several weeks. Mark eventually locates her and they start a new life away from Number 96. Portrayed by Briony Behets.
Mark EASTWOOD, a young high school teacher living in Flat 4, who begins an adulterous liaison with Rose Godolfus when his pregnant wife refuses his sexual overtures. Later, he takes in teaching colleague Chad Farrell as a boarder. Mark and Chad discover the body of Sylvia Vansard on the floor of Flat 1. When Mark moves out, Don Finlayson takes over the lease of the flat. Portrayed by Martin Harris.
Edgar EGGERTON, a prissy landlord who quibbles about renting his Kirribilli apartment to Vera Collins and two other divorced women, Samantha Minerver and Eve. Portrayed by Terry O'Neill.
ELIZABETH, a friend of Sonia Vansard. Portrayed by Yvonne Adams.
Dorothy "Dorrie" EVANS, the interfering, malapropping "conserge" of Number 96, where she lives in Flat 3, rent-free with her husband, Herb. Their marital home was on the site where Number 96 was built. A pensioner, Dorrie is the life-long friend of Flo Patterson. Dorrie has a brother, Jeff Carter, who lives in Coffs Harbour with his wife and daughter, Lois and Georgina. Dorrie's sister, Connie, was married to the late Frank Meadows. Dorrie is a past vice-president of the Senior Citizens' Bowling Club and dreams of one day climbing the "socialist" ladder to Point Piper. She loves to gossip and is always seems to be trying to organise protests and petitions about local issues. She has an ongoing feud of sorts with Norma Whittaker, dating back to a mix-up over the lease of Flat 5. Dorrie lapses into a coma after a fall down the stairs caused by Bernadette's brother, Alan, but she makes a full recovery. She commences divorce proceedings against Herb several times, but always takes him back. After Flo's marriage, she takes in Lord Andrew Whittaker as a boarder for a time, followed by the secretive Hope Jackson. Portrayed by Pat McDonald.
Ellie EVANS, Herb Evans' cousin, who was said to be mentally ill. Herb recalls how she used to stick knitting needles through keyholes to protect herself from eavesdroppers, a practice which horrifies Dorrie.
Herbert "Herb" EVANS, a hen-pecked husband, more or less. The Evans' house once occupied the site of Number 96. Herb is a close friend of Alf Sutcliffe and Les Whittaker and is often unwittingly involved in their dubious money-making schemes. Herb suffers a mild stroke but makes a full recovery. Herb inherits an adult son, "Junior" Winthrop, in the will of a former girlfriend. For a time, it is suspected that Herb has absconded with a large sum of money from the Senior Citizens' Club bank account. During an American cultural exchange with Hope Jackson, Herb is suspected of having an affair. He enjoys gambling and he and Opal Wilkinson eventually share a large lottery win. Portrayed by Ron Shand.
Mr EVANS-JONES, a prospective tenant of Flat 5 who impresses Dorrie Evans as to his suitability. A charming stocks and bonds broker, he doesn't smoke or drink, is unmarried, and his only vice is reading late. To Dorrie's displeasure, Les and Norma Whittaker move in instead. Portrayed by Colin Croft.
EVE, a vivacious, four times-divorced flatmate and friend of Vera Collins, whom she met in Europe. Portrayed by Abigail.
Tony EVERETT, brother of Jan Butterfield, Dudley's wife from his hidden past. Is Tony or Dudley the real father of little Ben Butterfield?
Alderman St John FARMER, a councillor in LG at the Paddington TH. He gets along well with Edie MacDonald.
Chad FARRELL, an African-American school teacher who flats with Mark Eastwood. For a time, Chad courts the pharmacy’s Sonia Freeman. Chad is a victim of racism, both at Number 96 and in his workplace. Unable to find a permanent job in Sydney, he relocates to Canberra to lecture at the university. Portrayed by Ronne Arnold.
Arnold FEATHER, an orphan, comes to Number 96 as the original chef at Norma's Bar, but is wooed to work as manager of Aldo's deli by Roma Lubinski. Arnold courts a series of romantic liaisons, with degrees of success, including Georgina Carter, Robyn Ross, Marion Carlton and Dorothy Dunlop. Arnold was often pursued by Marilyn MacDonald. A long-time boarder with the Sutcliffes in Flat 8, one of his legs is amputated after a terrorist's parcel bomb explodes. Arnold takes over the lease of Flat 6 and suffers through a rocky marriage to his former nurse, Patti Olsen, which ends tragically. Arnold inherits the deli after the death of Aldo Godolfus. Falling in love with Liz Chalmers, they marry, but she is plotting to kill him. He survives her scheming, goes into business severa times with Dudley Butterfield, and eventually marries Vicki Dawson. Portrayed by Jeff Kevin.
Charles "Chook" FEATHER, the long-lost, identical twin brother of Arnold, who has a quite opposite, ocker personality; he moves into Flat 6 while Arnold is competing in a sauce-making competition in Paris. Chook and Giovanni Lenzi are almost killed by a vengeful bikie gang. It is revealed that Chook was once engaged to Vicki Dawson, the mother of his child. Portrayed by Jeff Kevin.
Miss FEATHERSTONE, Edie MacDonald's tango teacher, who is, initially, assumed to be a new lesbian friend of Marilyn MacDonald. Portrayed by Diana Davidson.
Sally FIELDING FINLAYSON, the pregnant, "marriage of convenience" bride of Don Finlayson, who was to bring him respectability and vice versa. She was expecting Sir Arnold Ashton's baby and is unable to cope with the secrecy Sir Arnold demanded. Don's homosexuality and the unexpected return of Don's former partner, Paul Mathews, propels Sally deeper into depression. She takes an overdose of sleeping pills, expecting Don to rescue her in time, but he is waylaid. Sally dies before she can receive medical attention. Portrayed by Christina Danielle.
Carol FINLAYSON, an air hostess and Don's younger sister, who comes to stay with him during a difficult period she's having with her fiancé, Brad Hilton. After commencing work as a waitress in Norma's Bar, Carol has an affair with Dudley Butterfield, Don’s longtime lover. Portrayed by Paula Duncan.
Donald FINLAYSON, Bruce Taylor's law student flatmate and lover. Don moves down into Flat 4 when Mark Eastwood leaves Number 96. Don has an older brother, Ralph and a younger sister, Carol. After graduating from university, Don has a series of homosexual encounters and relationships, several of which jeopardise his job and family. He is the nephew of both Sir Arnold Ashton and Baroness Amanda Von Pappenburg. He has a brief sham marriage to Sally Fielding, which ends in disaster following the unexpected return of Don's former partner, Paul Mathews. After working as a law clerk and solicitor for Mr Willoughby, Don enters several business partnerships, first with Maggie Cameron and Jack Sellars and later with Laura Trent. Dudley Butterfield was his live-in lover for several years, but Don became frustrated by his partner's bisexual urges. Don agrees to swap flats with Alf and Lucy Sutcliffe when their child is due. Later flatmates in Flat 8 include Rob Forsyth, with whom he has a brief relationship, Laura Trent and Derek Costa. Don becomes the legal guardian of Debbie Chester after her parents' deaths. Portrayed by Joe Hasham.
Ralph FINLAYSON, the elder, homophobic brother of Don and Carol. After the Finlaysons' parents are killed in a plane crash, Ralph comes to visit Don from the country. He attempts to find work in Sydney to evade his troubled marriage to Ruth, but refuses to join a trade union. A romance with Vera Collins fizzles when his child becomes ill and Ralph has to return home. Portrayed by Max Cullen.
Ruth FINLAYSON, Ralph's estranged wife and the mother of his children. He has no intention of divorcing her.
Lenny FISHER, a weedy and nervous employee of Norma's Bar. Shy around women, he befriends Debbie Chester. Lenny is ultimately unmasked as the dreaded Hooded Rapist who has been claiming victims for weeks. Portrayed by Terry Peck.
Mr FISK, boss of the heavies. Portrayed by Kevin Leslie.
Doctor Julian FLAXMAN, a friend of Miles Cooper, who informs him that Susan Temple is carrying Miles' child. Portrayed by Rob Dallas.
Graham FLETCHER, a homosexual friend of Bruce Taylor, who turns to Don Finlayson for legal advice. Portrayed by Gavin Hamilton.
FORBES, a butler employed by Claire Houghton. Portrayed by Kenneth Burnett.
Anne FLORENTINE, the stubborn mother of Patrick Florentine and Norma Whittaker. Her ruse for faking illness and frailty is discovered by Norma during a visit to Flat 1, where Mrs Florentine suffers numerous indignities courtesy of Les, his sausage machine and a newly-installed Murphy bed. Portrayed by Aileen Britton.
Diana FORD, a drunken woman who comes to Flat 7 looking for Harry Collins, and refuses to leave. She struggles with his wife, Vera, and then manages to fall over the bannister. She dies on the bottom of the staircase, which implicates Vera in her demise.
Mr FOREST, who is a contact of Maggie Cameron, blackmailer, Pelham. Portrayed by Bill Hunter.
Rob FORSYTH, an American tourist who meets Jane and Debbie Chester on holiday in Queensland. Rob returns with them as a boarder in Flat 4. An architect, he is full of mystery regarding his visitor's visa status, even marrying Jane Chester to extend his stay in Australia. Rob is openly homosexual and finally agrees to a relationship with Don Finlayson. However, Rob's own schizophrenic behaviour results in his tragic death. Portrayed by John McTernan.
Mrs FRASER. Portrayed by Judith Fisher.
Ron FRASER, an Australian actor associated with Maggie Cameron's fashion business. Portrayed by Himself.
Eric FREEMAN, the father of Sonia and husband of Vi.
Vi FREEMAN, the mother of Sonia and wife of Eric. Portrayed by Marion Jones.
Sonia FREEMAN VANSARD HUNTER, comes to Number 96 to open a pharmacy with her lover, Gordon Vansard, whom the residents assume is her brother. They live in Flat 1, behind the shop. Sometimes emotionally estranged from Gordon, Sonia becomes romatically involved with Chad Farrell. Sonia and Gordon eventually marry after the death of his staunch Catholic wife, Sylvia Vansard. When Gordon is killed in a car accident, Sonia loses her grip on reality and is committed to a mental hospital. Cured, she briefly returns with a new husband, Duncan Hunter, and moves into Flat 5. Sonia soon discovers that Diana Moore and Duncan are trying to send her mad again; they are after the Vansard fortune. Portrayed by Lynn Rainbow.
Miss FROBISHER, a prospective tenant of a vacant Flat 5. The fact that she has nine cats eliminates her from the running. Portrayed by Kay Eklung.
Coral FULLER, a former psychiatric patient of Harold Wilkinson, on whose evidence she was committed to a mental facility. Despite her supposed suicide six months before, Coral tracks Harold down at Number 96, lures him into a trap and tries to send him insane. She kills herself before Don Finlayson and Derek Costa can ask her about Harold's whereabouts.
Freda FULLER, an unpopular proprietor of the deli, who buys the shop when Arnold Feather gives up his share of the business so that Aldo and Roma Godolfus can go overseas. The humourless Freda has difficulty keeping staff and, when the residents put a boycott on shopping there, she instructs her accountant, Mr Mayhew, to sell the deli back to Aldo promptly. Portrayed by Sheila Bradley.
Mr FULTON, Helen Eastwood's concerned father, who arrives from Perth to search for his missing daughter. Portrayed by Kevin Manser.
Mrs GALANI --> See Giovanni LENZI
GEORGE, a young, accident-prone movie stunt man who creates havoc regularly for Meg Robinson and Bert. Hope Jackson reluctantly agrees to spend an evening with him at Duddles' in return for him accompanying frumpy Emma Robinson on a date the following night, but disaster dogs him both times. Portrayed by Graeme Bassett.
GEORGES, a chef who enjoys his bottle of cooking sherry too much. Portrayed by Philip Jay.
GERALDINE, a relief barmaid at the pub near Number 96. Portrayed by Beryl Marshall.
Bob GERROLD, Alf Sutcliffe's boss at the trucking company, who fires him for organising a strike without union support. Portrayed by Bob Lee.
Jacqueline “Jaja” GIBSON, Dudley Butterfield's precocious country cousin, a sulky, bigoted, but beautiful, blonde woman who attracts the attentions of Nigel Morgan and other lechers. Her relationship with David Palmer exposes her to great danger. They are kidnapped by mobsters and, when a woman's dead body is found on a beach, it is identified by Dudley as Jaja. However, Jaja had escaped her captors and she returns to Number 96 with temporary amnesia. Jaja has a brief affair with Dudley and becomes extremely jealous when he begins courting Rhonda Jackson. Jaja is a talented hairdresser in Dudley's Continental Salon, and has also had jobs in Norma's Bar, the deli and the laundrette. Portrayed by Anya Saleky (now Selecki).
Aldo GODOLFUS, the Jewish deli owner, originally from Hungary, is full of concern over his wayward daughter, Rose, but also has dreams of owning a restaurant. His goal introduces him to widow, Roma Lubinski, whom he marries after a lengthy courtship. Aldo angers bikie Cliff Stevens, who maintains a vendetta over the years. Aldo's sister, Selma Horowitz, discovers that Aldo has committed bigamy when his first wife, Ida, returns from the dead. Arnold Feather is like a son to Aldo and he is made a part owner of the deli. Aldo opens The Connaught Rooms, a reception hall which hosts Dorrie and Herb Evans' Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Aldo is a tragic victim of the bomb blast that destroys his shop. Portrayed by Johnny Lockwood.
Ida GODOLFUS, the mysterious first wife of Aldo, and mother of Rose. She was thought to be dead for many years. Portrayed by Brenda Senders.
Rose GODOLFUS MYERS, a raven-haired, rebellious Jewish girl, Rose is quick to fall into the arms of married Mark Eastwood after he prevents Cliff Stevens from attacking her. Cliff sets Rose up to be gang raped and she becomes pregnant. Realising her love for Dr Julian Myers, for whom Aunt Selma Horowitz had played matchmaker, Rose marries him. After miscarrying, Rose departs for a new life in Port Moresby, New Guinea. She and Julian eventually have a son, Damien. Rose returns to Paddington briefly following the death of her father, but is distraught that she could't attend the orthodox Jewish funeral arranged by Arnold Feather. Portrayed by Vivienne Garrett.
Manny GOLDMAN, owner of The Majestic Rooms function centre. Aldo Godolfus is keen to purchase the business.
Earl GOODMAN, the American businessman who marries Bev Houghton while she is overseas. Not long after they move back into Bev's flat at Number 96, Earl is embroiled in numerous shady business deals and starts a steamy relationship with Claire, his wife's mother. Bev's brother, Rod, discovers the affair and expresses his concerns. Earl's despicable behaviour sends Bev into a tragic downward spiral, involving Bruce Taylor, Maggie Cameron and a gun. Portrayed by Richard Lupino.
Doctor GOTT, the prestigious Macquarie Street surgeon who attends to the many ills of Claire Houghton. Portrayed by George Carden.
Mayor GOUGH, who tricks Reg MacDonald into lending him the key to Flat 5 for his secret lunchtime rendezvous with his "daughter", Sandra, who is actually the mayor's lover. Portrayed by David Whitford.
Gloria GOULD, the American female lead actor in a controversial play, The Rainbow Trap, being produced by Harry Lederer. The Rainbow Trap is known as "the nude play" as it features some confronting scenes for the audience. Flat 6's Janie Somers wins the role of understudy to Gloria. Janie is torn when Gloria abruptly leaves the production, and now it is Janie who must perform nude on stage.
GREEK DANCER, a young man Edie MacDonald befriends during an outrageous Zorba dance in the wine bar. Portrayed by Harry Michaels.
Alexander GREY, a famous author who befriends Edie MacDonald when she is typing his latest manuscript. His publishers are impressed by Edie's writing talents, which she is able to display after losing the original final chapter of Alexander's novel. Portrayed by Alexander Archdale.
Tim GROSE, the sleazy boyfriend of Jill Sheridan, who uses a series of scams to trick her and Arnold Feather into performing for a pornographic movie. Tim is turned on by sexual flagellation, among other sadomasochistic activities. Portrayed by Stewart Finch.
GUISEPPE, an Italian boyfriend of Gary Whittaker's estranged wife, Anna Maria. Portrayed by Franco Valentino.
Dolores HACKENBACK, an American Oomph! cosmetics consultant, whom Roma Godolfus met in the USA. She helps Roma set up a cosmetics section in the deli. Portrayed by Del Harmon.
Dudley HAMMOND-JONES, a photographer friend of Bev Houghton. He tempts her into travelling with him to the USA, causing the breakup of her relationship with Jack Sellars. Portrayed by Mark Albiston.
HANK, the cameraman of Tim Grose's pornographic movie. Portrayed by Frank Gallagher.
Vince HANSON, an executive for a big clothing manufacturer. Maggie Cameron organises him to look at Vera Collins' designs.
Maurice HARDY, the boyfriend of Ida Godolfus. Portrayed by John Faassen.
Vanessa HARRISON, the beautiful hippy niece of Lucy Sutcliffe, who arrives at Number 96 just in time for her prediction about the end of the world. Portrayed by Wendy Hughes.
Clarke HARVEY, a boyfriend of schizophrenic Tanya Schnolskevitska. Clarke eventually tracks her down to Number 96. Portrayed by Brandon Smith.
John HARVEY Jr, the suspicious elder brother of Vera Collins' boyfriend, Peter. John investigates her seedy past and tries to warn her off. Portrayed by Ken Goodlet.
Mrs John Churchill HARVEY, the wife of the late John Sr, and mother of John Jr, Peter and Michael. A major shareholder in the family wine business, Harvey & Sons. Suspicious of Peter's developing relationship with Vera Collins, she passes herself off as a "Mrs Llewellyn" to learn more about her. Portrayed by Enid Lorimer.
Peter HARVEY, one of Vera's early fortunetelling clients who begins to see her socially and then offers assistance with various problems associated with The Tapemeasure salon. Peter is the brother and business partner of John and Michael. Portrayed by Peter Guest.
Ros HALLIDAY, the travel agent girlfriend of Derek Costa. They have a stormy relationship and, during one of their separations, Ros finds herself an admirer in the sexually-confused Jane Chester. Portrayed by Joanna Lockwood.
Miss HEMINGWAY, a beautiful, blonde patient in psychiatric therapy with Dr Harold Wilkinson. A compulsive nudist who is unable to feel comfortable wearing clothes, she frequently creates interest for the startled visitors to Harold's office in Flat 7. Portrayed by Deborah (Tutty-) Gray.
Sean HILLIARD, a music producer who is interesting in presenting Adam Shaw's concerto at the Sydney Opera House.
Brad HILTON, the fiancé of Carol Finlayson, who shows his true colours by propositioning her brother, Don, for sex. When confronted, Brad lies that Don had made the first approach. Portrayed by Terry Bader.
HIPPY. A guitar-playing partygoer, brought home by Kit Vansard. Portrayed by Rory O'Donoghue.
Frank HOBSON, a unhappily married, former employer of Jane Chester. Frank begins an intense affair with her during a time when money is tight for the Chester sisters. Frank seems to be buying Jane's affections by paying her bills. Portrayed by Alister Smart.
Melissa HOBSON, the vitriolic wife of Frank, who is found stabbed to death with a pair of scissors in the doorway of Flat 4; Jane Chester is charged with her murder. Portrayed by Pat Bishop.
Mr HOLLOWAY, who convinces Aldo Godolfus to sign, in haste, an agreement to buy a restaurant. Portrayed by Ken Goodlet.
HOLLOWAY'S OFFICE CARETAKER. Portrayed by Les Foxcroft.
Selma HOROWITZ, the elder sister of Aldo Godolfus, lives in Balmoral. She interferes in Aldo's life and insists on him keeping to orthodox Jewish values always. Selma successfully helps to matchmate her niece, Rose, with Dr Julian Myers, but disapproves of Roma Lubinski organising the wedding. Selma discovers that Aldo's first wife, Ida, is still alive. Years later, after Aldo's death, Selma insists on following the strict rules of Jewish funerals, causing friction between Arnold Feather and Rose. Portrayed by Marion Johns; Hilda Scurr.
HOTEL MANAGERESS, who works in the restaurant frequented by Major Stephan Duvall. Portrayed by Brenda Gayle.
Beverly HOUGHTON GOODMAN, the ebullient, spoiled daughter of Claire and the late Eric Houghton, Bev shares Flat 6 with her friend, Janie Somers. Bev has no qualms about posing nude for photographer Bruce Taylor and flirts with numerous passengers on the harbour cruise vessel on which she is a hostess. When she falls for homosexual neighbour Don Finlayson, she is shattered that he can't return her affections. For a time, Janie and Bev both date Jack Sellars, and Bev finally loses her virginity to him after he rescues her from being sacrificed in a Black Mass. Bev shares a special, almost incestuous, relationship with her brother, Rod. She marries Earl Goodman while on a trip to the USA, but his infidelity, her deep depressions and the return of Bruce converge to destroy her. Bev dies of a bullet wound to the stomach. Portrayed by Abigail; Victoria Raymond (Resch).
Claire HOUGHTON, of Point Piper's social set, is the interfering mother of Rodney and Beverly. Claire owns a pet poodle named Serena and is good friends with Maggie Cameron, Jack Sellars, Ozzie and Rita Rheingold and Nick Brent, but rarely has a kind word for the Paddington area in which Bev resides. Claire has a intense affair with her daughter's new husband Earl Goodman. Bev's untimely death is traumatic for her, but she maintains connections with Bev's friends and neighbours at Number 96. She looks after Vera Collins when Vera is recuperating from a pack rape. Carlo Lenzi has designs on her substantial fortune. Several years later, Claire takes on young Grant Chandler as a chauffeur and gigolo, later sponsoring his musical aspirations. Portrayed by Thelma Scott.
Rodney HOUGHTON, a handsome young man who takes up a job as a cattle rancher in Texas, USA, but is confined to a wheelchair after an accident. Son of Claire Houghton, Rod opts to move in with Bev to convalesce, but their unique closeness threatens to destroy his sister's relationship with Jack Sellars, who suspects incest. Portrayed by John Benton.
Reverend HUMPHRIES, a retired Borneo-based minister who plans to move into the Sutcliffes' flat with his wife. Portrayed by Robert Eagan.
Duncan HUNTER, a journalist and the second husband of Sonia Vansard (nee Freeman). Duncan is revealed to be in partnership with next-door neighbour Diana Moore; their evil ambition is to drive Sonia insane again. After drugging her, Duncan almost causes his new wife to leap to her death off the balcony of Flat 5, hoping to inherit the sizeable Vansard fortune. Portrayed by Alister Smart.
I KID YOU NOT, a three-year old chestnut race horse given to Vera Collins as a farewell gift from Jack Sellars. The filly has some success, but when the horse is doped, suspicion falls upon the trainer, Bert Kelly, Andy Marshall and Vera. Portrayed by Scarlett O'Hara.
INTERIOR DECORATOR, who has a row with Maggie Cameron. Portrayed by Daniel Forrester.
IRATE FATHER. Confronts Don Finlayson when he tried to pick up the man's son in a park. Portrayed by Reg Gorman.
"Curly Meat" JACKSON, a deadbeat, heroin-addicted, acquaintance of Adam Shaw. He manages to steal $640 from the rent box in Flat 3 when Flo Patterson and Trixie O'Toole bring them home from a club, leaving Adam to take the blame.
Hope JACKSON, a former New York go-go dancer, who arrives at Number 96 under the assumed name of Henri P. Dobb, Herb Evan's intended cultural exchangee from Paddington, Michigan. The real Henrietta and Hope had swapped identities in Hawaii, but complicating matters even further was the fact that Dorrie Evans was expecting to play hostess to an elderly white American male. The real Henri passes away in Tahiti but Hope stays on in Flat 3 nevertheless. Later, when her identity is revealed and Herb is expected home, she becomes a singer at Duddles'. Hope leaves Number 96 for Petersham to commence work on an old-fashion switchboard at Megaphone, an answering service run by Meg Robinson. Portrayed by Chelsea Brown.
Malcolm "Mal" JACKSON, a guitarist from Norma's Bar, and one of Vera Collins' former boyfriends, but not related to Rhonda or Hope. He steals Vera's sketchpad to scare her from poaching designs. Jack Sellars thinks that Mal is actually Jim Wilson, a heroic Vietnam veteran. Mal is taken away by army officials for being AWOL. Portrayed by George Assang.
Rhonda JACKSON, the beautiful Aboriginal hairdresser who falls for Dudley Butterfield and agrees to join him in a dangerous publicity stunt to promote his new salon. The plan backfires when the Hooded Rapist attacks her for real, just days after the feigned "assault" by Dudley. Portrayed by Justine Saunders.
Doctor JANSEN, Helen Eastwood's psychiatrist. Mark invites him to dinner so he can access Helen's mental state after losing her baby. Portrayed by Max Meldrum.
Wally JARVIS, an old war-time buddy of Sir William Mainwaring who comes to stay after Bill's marriage to Flo Patterson. However, he holds a grudge because of Sir William's success and is discovered to be the source of the mysterious ghostly return of Kate, the first Lady Mainwaring. Portrayed by Colin Croft.
Mr JEFFRIES. Portrayed by Ray Bennett.
JENNY, a friend of Rose Godolfus.
Sven JENSON --> See Hans SCHMIDT
Jimmy JOCK, a TV quiz master, upon whose show Dorrie and Herb Evans win an ocean cruise. Portrayed by Johnny Ladd.
JODI, a cheeky, potential conquest of Gary Whittaker, who takes great delight in teasing him when he is unable to perform sexually. Portrayed by Judy McBurney.
JOHN, a supporter of Helen Eastwood, from her days in Perth, and the brother of Colin. Portrayed by Bob Lee.
JOSHUA, a charismatic leader of a religious cult, The Children of Jesus. Joshua who recruits Debbie Chester. However, he is a con man and he cheats her out of a large sum of money. At the same time, Joshua confesses his homosexuality to Don Finlayson and the two have a brief, yet doomed, relationship. Portrayed by Shane Porteous.
JUDGE, of the High Court. Portrayed by Ron Roberts.
Ron KIRK, a television producer whose show interviews Dorrie and Herb Evans about the plight of being Australian pensioners. Portrayed by Danny Adcock.
KYLEY, aka "Dr Denning", who is Peter Raikes' criminal friend. They hold Dorrie Evans and Debbie Chester hostage for several days in Flat 3. Posing as Dorrie's cousin, he claims she is suffering influenza and cannot have visitors. Portrayed by Robert Quilter.
Leroy LaRUE. Portrayed by Paul Faranda.
Doctor LeCROSS. Portrayed by Ann Brisk.
Alex LEDERER, a sleazy American producer who promises Janie Somers stardom as a stage actress, but instead seduces her. Later, he attempts to rape Bev Houghton. Portrayed by Harry Harris.
Carlo LENZI, the sophisticated Italian father of Giovanni and Sergio Lenzi. He brings an air of intrigue and sophistication to the deli, and he and Norma Whittaker discover a mutual attraction. When money is of concern, Carlo tries to romance the wealthy Claire Houghton. Only Christina Vettare knows the truth about Carlo's secrets and his shady past. Is he the famous European jewel thief known as "The Raven"? Portrayed by Joseph Furst.
Giovanni LENZI, Arnold Feather's eager-to-please assistant in the delicatessen. Giovanni is desperate to have a successful love affair but most attempts are thwarted by his aunt, Maria Panucci. He and Chook Feather are almost killed by a gang of bikies they have angered. Disguised as Mrs Galani, Giovanni attempts to prove he is a master of disguise, applying for a job as Don's new private investigator, replacing Derek Costa. Don is unconvinced. For a time, Giovanni is attracted to Marilyn MacDonald but, before anything sizzles, she is swept off her feet by his newly-arrived brother, Sergio. Portrayed by Harry Michaels.
Sergio LENZI, Giovanni's brother, fresh off the plane from Italy, who romances Marilyn MacDonald.
Mrs LEVIN. Portrayed by Hazel Hollander.
Irving LEWIS --> See Irving LUBINSKI
LILY, the sister of Alf Sutcliffe. She lives in England.
Mrs LLEWELLYN --> See Mrs John Churchill HARVEY
Tom LLOYD, the handsome fiancé of the underage Pandora Scott. Portrayed by Bruce Barry.
Mr LOCKSLEY. Portrayed by John Rayner.
LOUT, who beats up Lucy Sutcliffe in the laundrette. Portrayed by John Fitzgerald.
Irving LUBINSKI, the untrustworthy son of Roma, he changes his surname to Lewis in an attempt to conceal his Jewish heritage. Irving's fiancee is Samantha Vanderhum. Roma rescues him from several financial disasters, but he is eventually gaoled for embezzlement in the USA. Portrayed by Bill Riley.
Roma LUBINSKI GODOLFUS, a restaurateur and widow of Yuri, Roma escaped death at the hands of the Nazis in Europe as a young woman. In Australia, Roma meets and falls for Aldo Godolfus, taking over his daughter's duties in the deli and eventually asking Aldo to marry her. She and Aldo have an eventful married life and take up numerous separate hobbies. She convinces Aldo to sell the deli to Freda Fuller to help Irving in the USA for a time. Not long after their return to Number 96, they are tragically killed by the bomb planted by Maggie Cameron. Portrayed by Philippa Baker.
LULU, a prostitute who briefly leases Flat 6 from Dorrie Evans, and entertains a succession of men, all seemingly answering to "Mr Lulu". Her rate is $30 for 15 minutes.
Lady Lorna LUMBERDALE, a socialite friend of Claire Houghton and Jack Sellars.
Lord LUMBERDALE, the husband of Lady Lorna Lumberdale.
Dean MACDONALD, the restless and well-travelled eldest child of Reg and Edie MacDonald. Not long after his family move to Number 96, Dean arrives to continue a clandestine affair with his sister, Marilyn. Relocating to Adelaide, he is briefly engaged to Liz Chalmers, but he sees through her schemes and sends her packing. Marilyn joins Dean on an extended sojourn to Spain. Portrayed by Marty Rhone.
Edith "Edie" MACDONALD, the scatterbrained, easily-confused wife of Reg, she often feels inadequate to the task of being involved in her husband's civic duties. Edie, or "Mother" as she is called by her husband, has been known to rely on daytime TV (soap operas such as Natalie Faces Life, and foreign language programs), headache powders and even gin to get her through the day. She has a collection of seven garden gnomes (her "little men") on the front balcony of Flat 5. Following her daughter Marilyn's departure to Spain, Edie takes in a string of boarders including Trixie O'Toole, Nigel Morgan, Liz Chalmers, Christina Vettare and Weppo Smith. Maggie Cameron gets her a job as campaign manager for a Gay Liberation organisation. Alderman Mrs April Bullock helps her to defeat Clem Benson to a position on the local council and, later, Edie achieves unlikely success as a novelist. Portrayed by Wendy Blacklock.
Marilyn MACDONALD BORDELLO, the adopted daughter of "Mummy and Daddy" MacDonald - and younger sister of Dean - Marilyn is a hopelessly naive romantic. Marilyn suffers through a procession of infatuations and failed love affairs, including liaisons with Dean, Garry Whittaker, Arnold Feather, Andy Marshall, Dudley Butterfield, Miles Cooper and even a lesbian bikie named Heather Potts. Her real father is Bill Sumner, who left her with the MacDonalds when she was just a baby. She and Michael Bartlett pretend to elope, a scam they carry off for several weeks. She has an extended holiday in Spain and marries an ill-fated bullfighter, Pepe Bordello (pronounced "BOR de low", but often mispronounced). Marilyn has the number of a Swiss bank account tattooed on her bottom. A seedy character named Manuel follows her back to Sydney, where she is romanced by both Chook Feather and Giovanni Lenzi. Several failed attempts are made to matchmate Marilyn with Harold Wilkinson. Broken-hearted, Marilyn turns briefly to a life of chastity as a postulant nun before meeting Sergio Lenzi. Portrayed by Frances Hargreaves.
Reginald P. MACDONALD, the officious head of the MacDonald household and brother of Fay Chandler. He moves his family from Blacktown into Flat 5 at Number 96. Over the years, Reg (aka "Daddy") holds a number of positions in LG (Local Government) during his years of service at the Paddington TH (Town Hall), including terms as DTC (Deputy Town Clerk) and ATC (Acting Town Clerk). He unwittingly attracts the attentions of both Maggie Cameron and Alderman Mrs April Bulloch, who plot to distance him from Edie by keeping her busy with various social engagements and civic duties. Reg becomes the TC on his birthday in 1976, after the retirement of his predecessor, Mr Duncan. For a time, Reg believes he has been nominated for a knighthood. Portrayed by Mike Dorsey.
MADELAINE --> See Dorothy DUNLOP.
MAFIA MEMBER, who is involved with a situation surrounding Anna Maria Whittaker. Portrayed by Kevin Leslie.
MAGISTRATE, who is involved in the illegal wine case involving Roma Lubinski. Portrayed by John Rayner.
MAGISTRATE, who is frustrated by Baronness Amanda Von Pappenburg when she is representing Herb Evans in court. Portrayed by Desmond Rolfe.
Larry MAGUIRE, the racing car mechanic and longtime colleague of Guy Sutton. Portrayed by Tim Eliott.
Isobel MAINWARING, the eccentric daughter of Sir William Mainwaring, who becomes romantically involved with "Junior" Winthrop. Portrayed by Jill McKay.
Lady Kate MAINWARING, the deceased wife of Sir William.
Sir William MAINWARING, a man with several tragic secrets, he is briefly married to Flo Patterson, whom he takes to live in his luxury Point Piper residence. After bailing out Herb Evans from a poker machine scandal at the Senior Citizens', there are doubts about Bill's finances. He stages his own death to escape his enemies, pretending to drown in the sea, but is eventually killed in a plane crash while travelling on a false passport. Portrayed by Les Foxcroft.
Miss MANSON, an assistant to Vera Collins at The Tapemeasure fashion salon. Portrayed by Shendelle Franklin.
MANUEL, a secret liaison of Marilyn MacDonald's from her lengthy visit to Spain. He follows her to Sydney, ties her to the bed and assaults her, but what he really wants is to read the Swiss bank account number which is said to be tattooed on her bottom. After challenging his rival, Chook Feather, to a duel, he admits that he is already married. Portrayed by Garth Meade.
Yvonne MARETTE, a beautiful French counter assistant in Gordon and Sonia Vansard's pharmacy, who takes over after Georgina Carter returns home. She is also Gordon's lover, tragically killed instantly in the car accident which also eventually claims Gordon's life. Portrayed by Sophie Vaillant.
MARRIAGE REGISTRAR, who marries Gordon and Sonia Vansard. Portrayed by Gordon Lishman.
Andy MARSHALL, a journalist friend of Jack Sellars who quickly attracts the amorous attentions of both Marilyn MacDonald and Lorelei Wilkinson, despite his recent separation from his wife, Pam. Andy assists Vera Collins by organising the training of her race horse, I Kid You Not, and later becomes involved with Tracey Wilson and then Tanya Schnolskevitska before returning to his wife and young child. Portrayed by Peter Adams.
Pamela MARSHALL, the estranged wife of Andy, who has kept the birth of his child a secret until Tanya Schnolskevitska interferes. Pam overdoses with pills in a desperate attempt to take Andy away from Tanya, but her life is saved. Portrayed by Louise Howitt.
Sue MARSHALL, a flatmate of Helen and Jill Sheridan, who commences work for Alf Sutcliffe as his accounts clerk. She is secretly in collusion with Mick Milligan and is revealed to be an escapee from a detention centre. Portrayed by Anne (Louise) Lambert.
Joe MASON. Portrayed by Peter Colville.
Mr MASTERS, an evil and vindictive North Coast drug lord known to his minions as The Master. He pursues Lee and Grant Chandler and Mandy Ward to Sydney. Portrayed by Jon English.
Doctor Nick MASTERS, a colleague of Julian Meyers.
Clinton MATHER, Adam Shaw's agent who is trying to sell Adam's concerto.
Paul MATHEWS, a journalist, who is a former lover of Don Finlayson. He moves in with him again soon after Don's sham marriage to Sally Fielding. Sally reacts badly when he and Don resume their relationship. Portrayed by David Whitford.
MATRON. Les Whittaker's supervisor at the hospital where he works as a ward orderly. Portrayed by Patti Crocker.
Mr MAYHEW, the accountant of Freda Fuller who handles the resale of the delicatessen back to the Goldolfuses. Portrayed by Henri Szeps.
Myrtle MCINTYRE, a bowling colleague of Dorrie Evans.
Connie MEADOWS, the sister of Dorrie Evans. Connie lives in Epping.
Frank MEADOWS, the deceased husband of Connie.
Lady MENDEL, a Point Piper society friend of Claire Houghton.
Detective Sergeant MILLER. He investigates an incident in Flat 1 and the stolen money in Flat 8. Portrayed by Mark Kelley.
Mick MILLIGAN, a junior driving partner in a trucking business with Alf Sutcliffe. Mick enjoys the recreational use of marijuana and offers it around to his dates. In collusion with Sue Marshall, Mick begins to use the business to cover up numerous illegal activities, which eventually leads to his demise. Portrayed by Peter Berg.
Joe MINERVER, the adulterous and highly-sexed former husband of Samantha, who is finally set up and shown up for the lecher he is by Vera Collins and Eve. Portrayed by Peter Flett.
Samantha MINERVER, recently divorced, but still enamoured of her ex-husband and quite naive, Sam starts a new life as a gay divorcee with her friends, the more experienced Vera Collins and Eve. Portrayed by Lynette Curran.
MODELS, from The Tapemeasure's gala opening. Portrayed by Leonora Vawn; Robyn Mose; Anne Brogan.
MONICA, Maggie Cameron's secretary. Portrayed by Maureen Elkner.
Richard MONKHOUSE, Earl Goodman's business associate. Portrayed by Roger Cox.
Diana MOORE, the air hostess who moves into Flat 6, next door to the former Sonia Vansard and her new husband, Duncan Hunter. Diana pretends to be in love with Jack Sellars when, in reality, she is having an affair with Duncan and is plotting with him to send Sonia insane. Portrayed by Rebecca Gilling.
Nigel MORGAN --> See Nigel MURSTON-MORGAN
Grant MORRIS, the director of two of Janie Somers' stage plays, The Rainbow Trap and Find Me a Lover. Portrayed by John Bonney.
Danny MORRISON, the young draft resister found hiding in the cellar of Number 96 by Georgina Carter. Portrayed by Gregory Ross.
Dorothy MURSTON-MORGAN, a society matron and a board member of O.P. Piper Promotions, the advertising company for which her son, Nigel, works. Portrayed by Jacqueline Kott.
Nigel MURSTON-MORGAN, as Nigel Morgan, he was the DTC of the TH, and Reg MacDonald's immediate superior. He is extremely flirtatious with women and has a brief romance with Jaja Gibson. After boarding with the MacDonalds, he leaves LG for a more lucrative job as an advertising executive. There, Nigel adopts his mother's more prestigious, hyphenated surname. Later, a fall down the main stairwell at Number 96, with Trixie O'Toole, makes him an unwanted house guest in Flat 5. Portrayed by John Allen.
MUTASHI, a butler employed by Claire Houghton. He bruises the gin.
Aldo Bronislav Damien MYERS, the full name of Damien, the grandson of Aldo Godolfus. Damien lives in New Guinea.
Doctor Julian MYERS, the handsome Jewish doctor husband of Rose Godolfus who was introduced to her through the matchmaking talents of Selma Horowitz. Portrayed by Lew Luton.
Joseph MYERS, the brother of Julian. Portrayed by Ira Herson.
Bronislav MYERS, the father of Julian and Joseph and another namesake of little Damien. Portrayed by Frank Hauser.
Mrs MYERS, the wife of Bronislav. Portrayed by Lila Warner.
Sally NASH, an actress in Janie Somers' play.
NURSING SISTER. Portrayed by Barbara Frawley.
Father David O'BRIEN, the handsome, young Roman Catholic priest who falls in love with Jill Sheridan, a complication which threatens to ruin both of their lives. Portrayed by Hilton Bonner.
OLD MAN, a prospective client of Herb Evans and his blow-up sex dolls. Portrayed by Archie Hull.
OLGA --> See Coral FULLER
Mrs OLSEN, the mother of Patti Olsen. Some months after Patti's death, she suffers a mental breakdown and impersonates Patti in a series of mysterious letters and phone calls to Arnold Feather and other residents of Number 96. Portrayed by Susan Swinford.
Patti OLSEN FEATHER, Arnold Feather's young nurse during his hospitalisation after the parcel bomb incident which resulted in the amputation of a leg. Patti became Arnold's wife after a stormy engagement. She disapproves of Freda Fuller's treatment of Arnold and encourages him to seek new employment. After taking in her traumatised work colleague, Tracey Wilson, as a boarder, Patti becomes a victim of the Pantyhose Strangler. Portrayed by Pamela Garrick.
Trixie O'TOOLE, the former showgirl who tries to offer comfort to Alf Sutcliffe when his wife briefly leaves him. Her wayward daughter is squatter Penny Snow. Trixie makes several visits to Number 96 and befriends Edie MacDonald, twice becoming her long-term boarder and confidante. When Trixie impersonates Edie to dupe Mrs Buchanan, it sets a precedent for future meetings. Trixie also becomes known as "the Goldibix Girl" after making an embarrassing TV commercial. Portrayed by Jan Adele.
PABLO, an artist who delivers some way-out art to the laundrette at Marilyn MacDonald's suggestion. When Reg hears that the young man wants to paint Marilyn, he encourages her to bring the young man home. Portrayed by Gerard Maguire.
Celia PALMER, the estranged wife of David, who is "old enough to be his mother" - and seems to enjoy allowing people to assume she is his mother! Celia tracks down David to Number 96 and when her affections are rebuffed, she attempts suicide by slashing her wrists in his bathroom. Portrayed by Margaret Christensen.
Cheryl PALMER, the fantasy "wife" of David, a character invented to deflect attention from Celia, his true wife of six years.
David PALMER, a handsome film director/writer who shares Flat 6 with his assistant, Grace Primrose. David becomes embroiled in a drug-running scam run by Louis Spiro, but is pronounced a hero following Spiro's arrest. His wife, Celia, turns up from his past but, as she is many years his senior, he passes her off as his "mother". To escape an ironclad contract, David produces an amateurish TV commercial for Ninotchka Vodka using the Number 96 residents. David and his girlfriend, Jaja Gibson, are kidnapped by the Mafia. Jaja escapes but David is killed when the car in which he is trapped is driven over a cliff. Portrayed by Vince Martin.
Maria PANUCCI, wife of the late Leichhardt fruiterer, Umberto. Maria is the interfering aunt of Giovanni Lenzi, who comes to live with him behind the deli at Number 96. When the wine bar is converted into a disco, she organises to serve bistro meals from the deli. She is a very religious woman and worries about Giovanni's sexual exploits. Attracted, for a time, to both Arnold and Chook Feather, Maria eventually finds happiness with Luigi Vezzula, the patriarch of a rival family. Portrayed by Arianthe Galani.
Mrs PARALLEL, owner of a boarding house located near Number 96. One of her tenants is Lorelei Wilkinson.
Dennis PARKER, Dorrie and Herb Evans' "clean freak" son-in-law, who makes their lives a fumigation nightmare when he visits from Melbourne. Portrayed by Ron Blanchard.
Joan PARKER, the mentally unstable daughter of Dorrie and Herb Evans, and the wife of Dennis. Portrayed by Judith Fisher.
Jim PARNELL, who is in cahoots with Mrs Brewster and holds up Les with a gun.
Mrs PARROT, who makes accusations against Lucy Sutcliffe, suggesting that she stole money that was left in clothing in the laundrette. Portrayed by Shirley Sunners.
Mike PARSONS, a ruggedly handsome lawyer colleague (and rival) of Don Finlayson, who was set to move into Flat 4 as a boarder. However, when he learns of Don's homosexuality, he attempts to blackmail him for a better position at work. Portrayed by Patrick Ward.
Arthur PARTRIDGE, a loquacious friend of Flo Patterson, he has a pet cockatoo, Cooky, and a fascination for model train sets and long-winded anecdotes. A widower, Arthur is desperately seeking a new wife. Dorrie puts Arthur to work creating the Sunshine Patio in the backyard of Number 96. Portrayed by Gordon Glenwright.
Doctor Alistair PASCAL, a bisexual psychiatrist who treats Don Finlayson and (supposedly) believes that he can cure Don of his homosexuality. Portrayed by Raymond Duparc.
Mrs PASCAL, the long-suffering wife of Alistair. Portrayed by Judy Ferris.
Florence PATTERSON MAINWARING, a close friend, confidante, lawn bowling colleague, and often rival of Dorrie Evans. She moves into the spare room of Flat 3, bringing Mr Perky (her pet budgie), with her, after Flo's residence in Paradise Street gets burnt out. Flo is the widow of the late Eric, and has a selfish, lazy daughter, Raylene Shackleton, who lives in Mittagong. Flo gets involved in a variety of crazy schemes, often involving Herb Evans, which they keep secret from Dorrie. She takes a part-time job as a cleaner at Norma's Bar and is befriended by the Baroness Amanda Von Pappenburg, who takes Flo overseas for a holiday, and loses her. Flo feuds with Dorrie over a former mutual heartthrob, Claude Tuffnell and is left at the altar by the conniving ex-criminal, Dick Riggs. Flo and Dorrie compete in a bowling tournament to determine who will be acting President in Mrs Terry's absence. For a time, Lady Flo is married to Sir William Mainwaring, but she finds it difficult playing the role of a Point Piper society matron, and returns to Flat 3 when Bill fakes his own death. Portrayed by Bunney Brooke.
Mr PELHAM, who attempts to blackmail Maggie Cameron. Portrayed by John Larking.
Mr PERKY, the pet budgerigar of Flo Patterson. Mr Perky is quite talkative, his most common phrase after moving into Flat 3 being "Why wasn't I told?" His death, during Flo and Sir William Mainwaring's honeymoon, involves several residents in an attempted cover-up of the truth. Portrayed by Himself.
Mr PERKY II, the replacement budgie bought by Dorrie and Herb Evans. They finally decide to tell Lady Flo Mainwaring the truth about the original's death when the only phrase the new bird can utter is "Hello Sexy, drop your knickers". Portrayed by Himself.
PETER, the ex-husband of Helen Sheridan, who wants her to remarry him.
Mrs PETERS, an elderly woman believed to be harbouring the missing Helen Eastwood. She denies knowing her. Portrayed by Molly Raynor.
Oswald P. PIPER, the loud, ocker head of an advertising agency, O.P. Piper Promotions, who offers Reg MacDonald a lucrative offer to join his company after Reg accidentally clinches a large account with Tyman Tyres. Ozzie is a former entertainer and an old friend of Trixie O'Toole. Portrayed by John Ewart.
POLICE CONSTABLE, who visits the Vansards in Flat 1. Portrayed by Stan Rogers.
POLICE CONSTABLE, who does a nightly beat in Paddington and is curious about lights left on overnight in the chemist shop and Gordon Vansards's car. Portrayed by David Williams.
POLICE SERGEANT. Portrayed by David Williams.
Bert POLLOCK, a local leader of the Communist Party, who signs up an unwary Edie MacDonald and then refuses to remove her name from the roll of members when her husband's upcoming knighthood is put in doubt.
PONSONBY, the deceased pet cat of Flo Patterson, which was killed during a fire in her Paradise Street residence. Dorrie accidentally disposes of the cat's ashes. R.I.P.
Mr PORESKI, an underworld figure who believes the Sutcliffes know too much about him after his wallet is left in Alf's taxi. A parcel bomb sent to Flat 8 explodes, causing the amputation of Arnold Feather's leg. Portrayed by Tim Eliott.
Sir Montague PORTER, Rod Houghton's doctor. Portrayed by John Faassen.
Phyllis PRATT, an accident prone shop assistant who terrorises Aldo Godolfus when she comes to work in his deli. Phyllis calls everybody "Chook". She attempts to prevent her daughter, Pandora Scott, from marrying Tom Lloyd, but soon takes a new husband of her own: "Spider". Portrayed by Moya O'Sullivan.
Grace "Prim" PRIMROSE, a tall, attractive production assistant and colleague of David Palmer who captures the attention of Miles Cooper. When work is scarce, Prim takes a job as a waitress at Norma's Bar. After David's mysterious disappearance, she moves into Flat 7 with Vera Collins. It is revealed that Prim's estranged father is faded Hollywood actor, Trevor Banks. Portrayed by Pamela Gibbons.
Mr PRIOR, the American father of Rosemary. Portrayed by Brian Adams.
Rosemary PRIOR --> See Tanya SCHNOLSKEVITSKA
Doctor Mike PURCELL, Fay Chandler's employer, with whom she has an extramarital affair. Portrayed by Graham Corry.
Father QUINN, Maria Pannucci's parish priest.
RABBI, who marries Rose and Julian Myers in the Jewish Synagogue. Portrayed by Norman Goodman.
RADIO ANNOUNCER. Portrayed by Ian Dalgleish "Dal" Myles.
Peter RAIKES, a desperate criminal who hides out in Flat 3 with Kyley, holding Dorrie Evans and Debbie Chester hostage. Portrayed by John Paramor.
Kevin RAMSEY, a young and good-looking homosexual friend of Don Finlayson. Portrayed by Robert Brockman.
Mr RAINTREE, One of Flo's colleagues in the Pensioners' Liberal Movement.
Mr RANDOLPH, company secretary of a family wine business, Harvey & Sons. Portrayed by Frank Spear.
Ozzie RHEINGOLD, the husband of Rita Rheingold and father of Prue. Oft-mentioned friend of Claire Houghton and Jack Sellars. Peter Harvey intended to holiday with them in Acapulco.
Prudence “Prue” RHEINGOLD, the dizzy Point Piper socialite daughter of Ozzie and Rita, Prue briefly takes a job at Norma's Bar, but is ill-suited for the work. Portrayed by Camilla Rowntree (now Rountree).
Rita RHEINGOLD, the Point Piper socialite wife of Ozzie Rheingold.
Richard "Dick" RIGGS, a supposedly reformed ex-criminal and acquaintance of Cain Carmichael. Dick proposes to Flo Patterson in the hope of getting close to the riches of her friend, the Baroness Amanda Von Pappenburg. Dick abandons Flo at the altar. Portrayed by Colin Taylor.
Doctor RILEY, a local GP who is prepared to sell his business to a newly-reinstated Gordon Vansard. Portrayed by Raymond Duparc.
Emma ROBINSON, the plain, manic-depressive daughter of Meg Robinson. Emma is studying at university and avoids contact with most people, but she is brought out of her shell by Hope Jackson. Portrayed by Lorna Leslie.
Margaret “Meg” ROBINSON, the no-nonsense proprietor of Megaphone, a Petersham-based switchboard message service. Meg takes on Hope Jackson as an operator, which causes her both regret and gratitude. Portrayed by June Salter.
RODNEY, an antique dealer and long-time partner of the younger Adrian. Rodney and Adrian befriend Edie MacDonald and show her the sights of Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. Portrayed by Alan Faulkner.
Mr ROSENTHALL, a lawyer. Portrayed by Louis Wishart.
Robyn ROSS, a friend of Terry Sanford who becomes involved with Arnold Feather. When it is revealed that Robyn is actually a transsexual, Arnold is horrified. Portrayed by Carolle Lea (aka Carlotta).
ROVER --> See WEBSTER
RUDI, the only surviving ex-husband of Amanda Von Pappenburg. He assumes that, after her latest husband's death, she is very wealthy and he covets her fortune, attempting a ruse with an Amanda look-alike, Claudine. Portrayed by Kev Golsby.
Salvadore RUSSO, an Italian friend of Anna Maria Whittaker. Her in-laws worry that husband Gary will interpret the friendship as an affair, which ultimately occurs, with Salvadore suffering a gunshot wound. Salvadore and Anna Maria eventually return to Italy to marry and start a family. Portrayed by John Serge.
SANDRA, Mayor Gough's nubile young mistress, whom he passes off as his daughter. Portrayed by Peta Peter.
Vernon SAVILLE, the hypnotherapist boss of Karen Winters, who treats both Vera Collins (for her nicotine addiction) and Bev Houghton (for her sexual problems). He is later revealed to be part of a black magic coven. Portrayed by Alistair Duncan.
Millicent SCOTT, the estranged sister of Phyllis Pratt and the guardian of Pandora Scott, Phyllis's daughter. Portrayed by Brenda Gayle.
Pandora SCOTT, the wayward, teenaged daughter of Phyllis Pratt, who was raised by an aunt, Millie. Pandora shocks her mother with plans to marry. Portrayed by Jennifer Cluff.
Wally SCOTT, Mick Milligan's friend, who starts driving for Alf Sutcliffe's trucking business. Portrayed by Peter Corbett.
Otto SCHILLER, a distinguished German suitor of the Baroness Amanda Von Pappenburg. Otto pursues her to Sydney, but is really after her vast inheritance. Portrayed by Alfred Sandor.
Hans SCHMIDT, Vera Collins' muscular "cleaning lady" and male massage therapist. Hans is a bodybuilder who learned to speak English while working alongside Australian wharfies, hence his salty language. A typical greeting would be, "You getting any?" Portrayed by Horst Pladdies.
Tanya SCHNOLSKEVITSKA, a beautiful, dark-haired Russian woman with a secret past who just might be a spy. She takes a job in the deli, working for Freda Fuller. Tanya falls in love with Andy Marshall, but is heartbroken when he returns to his wife. Dropping her phony accent, she takes a job as a waitress in Norma's Bar, sharing Flat 6 with Miles Cooper. Miles discovers that Tanya she is actually an American; her real surname being Prior. Tanya is eventually revealed to be Rosemary Prior. Her boyfriend, Clark Harvey, and her father manage to track down her whereabouts. Portrayed by Natalie Mosco.
SECRETARY, Sir Arnold Ashton's perky secretary. Portrayed by Pamela Garrick.
Jack SELLARS, a playboy entrepreneur and sometime SP bookkeeper, he becomes a part-owner of Number 96 and is responsible for the establishment of Norma's Bar. He romances both Janie Somers and Bev Houghton and has a long relationship with the latter. Later, he is involved with Helen Sheridan (who aborts his unborn child), Diana Moore and Vera Collins. Reunited with Helen, he starts a new life in Paris. Don Finlayson and Maggie Cameron remain the active partners in his company but he returns to Australia briefly to unmask Maggie Cameron as the Mad Bomber. Portrayed by Tom Oliver.
SENIOR CITIZENS' COMMITTEE MEMBER. Portrayed by Harry Pegg.
SENIOR CITIZENS' COMMITTEE MEMBER. Portrayed by Molly Raynor.
SERENA, Claire Houghton's pet poodle. Portrayed by Herself.
Raylene SHACKLETON, of Mittagong, Flo Patterson's stubborn, whining and selfish daughter who strongly disapproves of Flo's intended marriage to Dick Riggs. Raylene eventually produces a grandchild for Flo. Portrayed by Robina Beard.
Tyrone SHACKLETON, the hen-pecked husband of Raylene and a ham radio fanatic. Portrayed by James Bowles.
Adam SHAW, the handsome, young pianist at Norma's Bar who becomes Vera Collins' lover. Marilyn MacDonald and Maggie Cameron try unsuccessfully to seduce him. Taking the opportunity to study music in Stuttgart, Adam and Vera depart Number 96, but a sad Vera returns alone. Portrayed by Julian Rockett.
Paul SHELDON, a supposed friend of Chook Feather, who is secretly the leader of the bikie gang terrorising Giovanni Lenzi. He is killed when he rides his bike through a wall of fire after kidnapping and torturing Chook. Portrayed by David Foster.
Elissa SHERIDAN, Helen and Jill's mentally unstable mother. Helen had originally been told that her mother had died not long after giving birth to Jill. When Helen brings her from the mental home to live in Jack Sellars' penthouse, Elissa attempts to kill Jack several times. She eventually suicides, implicating Helen in her death. Portrayed by Betty Dyson.
Helen SHERIDAN SELLARS, a staunch feminist and the manager of the Cosmopolitan restaurant. Helen falls for Jack Sellars and becomes pregnant to him. She decides to abort the child when her sister, Jill, exposes her to German measles. After moving into Jack's penthouse, she is pursued by her ex-husband, Peter, who wants to marry her again. She turns him down. Helen also worries she has inherited her mother's mental problems, jilting Jack at the registry office and retreating to a Catholic convent. Later, Vera Collins brings the couple together again and they relocate to Paris and start a family. Portrayed by Carmen Duncan; Jill Forster.
Jill SHERIDAN, the very promiscuous, younger sister of Helen, who has romantic entanglements with Tim Grose (her director in a blue movie), Arnold Feather, Harry Collins and a priest, Father David O'Brien. As a three-day old baby, Jill narrowly escaped being smothered with a pillow by her mentally-unstable mother. After living at Number 96 with Helen, Jill returns to her hometown of Wilcannia, and history repeats itself: Jill gives birth to a baby girl, smothers it three days later, and is committed to a mental hospital for treatment. Later, she becomes a nun. Portrayed by Candida (Candy) Raymond.
Mr SHERIDAN, the troubled husband of Elissa and the father of Helen and Jill. Portrayed by Tom Farley.
Detective Sergeant SHORT, the policeman in charge of the Pantyhose Strangler investigation, who was netted (literally) by Les Whittaker's strangler trap. Portrayed by Ken Fraser.
Elsie SHRIMPTON, the (unfit) mother of young twins, Freda and Benny, who gives her babies gin to keep them quiet. Elsie and her husband are involved in a brawl at Duddles' on the night of Hope Jackson's farewell performance, and later become the new tenants of Flat 5 when Reg MacDonald decides to move to a suburb more in keeping with his upcoming knighthood. Portrayed by Rita Ryder (now Rider).
Fred SHRIMPTON, Elsie's seedy husband, a butcher from Tempe, who is eventually arrested by a Federal police officer for 15 charges of defrauding the government. Portrayed by Ray Meagher.
SIMMONS, oft-mentioned Head of the Art Department in Maggie Cameron's fashion business.
Frank "Weppo" SMITH, a Paddington Council garbage collector, with a love for Shakespeare. Weppo becomes a boarder at the MacDonald's and later takes over as chef at Norma's Bar. Under his trainer, Gary Wittaker, Weppo starts a career as a professional boxer named "The Masked Bard". For a brief time he is also Norma Whittaker's fiance. Portrayed by Roger Ward.
George SNOW, the elderly grandfather of Penny.
Penny SNOW, a young squatter who temporarily makes use of Number 96's vacant Flat 6 with a school colleague, Colin Campbell. Her mother, Trixie O'Toole, eventually moves into the building, but Penny breaks contact with her. Years later, Edie MacDonald attempts to impersonate the missing Penny, to help Trixie to dupe George Snow, by dressing in a school uniform. Portrayed by Bethany Lee.
Janie SOMERS, a close friend and flatmate of Bev Houghton. An up and coming actress, one of her first roles is as understudy to Gloria Gould in a controversial play, The Rainbow Trap. She becomes briefly involved with producer Alex Lederer and then competes with Bev over the love of Jack Sellars. Janie's boyfriend, Alan Cotterell gets her a job in a touring acting troupe. Portrayed by Robyn Gurney.
Anne SPENCER, a pretty young woman who accuses Gordon Vansard of having butchered her during an illegal abortion. Don Finlayson becomes involved with Anne to test her sincerity. Portrayed by Lynda Keane.
Louis SPIRO, the sleazy film producer with underworld connections, who interviews Dudley Butterfield about appearing in a pornographic movie. Louis attempts to involve David Palmer in his drug courier operation. Portrayed by Jeff Ashby.
STELLA, also known as "Mad" Stella, the kidnapper of little Emma Sutcliffe. Portrayed by Anne Charleston.
Cliff STEVENS, a nasty bikie who seems to have a powerful hold over Rose Godolfus. Cliff assaults Mark Eastwood and introduces Rose to marijuana and sex orgies. He is briefly involved with Maggie Cameron, who supposedly wants to use him as swimsuit model. Later, he is revealed as the instigator of a prolonged vendetta against Aldo Godolfus, which he plotted from gaol with the help of Cain Carmichael. Portrayed by Vincent Gil.
Sharon STEVENS, the biker's moll wife of Cliff. Portrayed by Mirren Lee.
Mr STEWART, who is the Evans' bank manager. Portrayed by Gordon Lishman.
STINKY --> See WEBSTER
Claude STRAUSS, an acquaintance of Aldo Godolfus, who claims to have had similar war experiences in Europe, but Roma Lubinski recognises him to be a Nazi war criminal, who ordered the deaths of her parents during the Holocaust. Portrayed by Alexander Archdale.
Gemma STRAUSS, the wife of Claude. Portrayed by Hilda Scurr.
Bill SUMNER, the real father of Marilyn MacDonald. When Marilyn discovers the truth about her adoption, she tracks him down and briefly moves out of Flat 5 to be with him. Portrayed by Alan Tobin.
Ingrid SUMNER-SPRING, a woman Herb Evans meets on the cruise which he won on a TV quiz game. After Dorrie leaves the cruise early, Ingrid tries to seduce him. Portrayed by Faye Hastings.
Alfred "Alf" SUTCLIFFE, the disgruntled, middle-aged English immigrant husband of Lucy. He and Lucy have a son, Jim, and a daughter, Ethel Brinkman. A resident of Flat 8, he pines for his former life in England and corresponds with his sister, Lily, who still lives there. While Lucy is on holiday, he invites Arnold Feather to move in as a boarder. Alf has various jobs including truck and taxi driving before moving his family to Perth. Portrayed by James Elliott.
Emma SUTCLIFFE, Lucy's change-of-life baby, born on the evening of the fatal deli bomb blast. Emma is briefly kidnapped by "Mad Stella", a woman suffering a mental condition, but is safely returned to her parents. Portrayed by Herself (actually the baby son of Floor Manager/Producer, Ian Leigh-Cooper).
Jim SUTCLIFFE, the son of Alf and Lucy, ex-husband of Noelene and father of young Sebastian. Jim lives in Perth. Portrayed by Brendon Lunney.
Lucy SUTCLIFFE, the wife of Alf, who runs the local laundrette for Mr Thorburn. Her best friend is her next-door neighbour, Vera Collins. Lucy undergoes numerous near-tragedies including suspected breast cancer and a bout of temporary blindness, which was brought on after an assault in the laundrette. She almost leaves Alf for Tom Bartlett. Thinking she is suffering the change-of-life, Lucy is stunned to discover that she is pregnant. Don Finlayson, of Flat 4, agrees to swap flats with the Sutcliffes to make it easier to take her baby up and down the stairs of Number 96. Portrayed by Elisabeth Kirkby.
Mrs SUTCLIFFE, Alf's domineering mother who comes to visit, displacing Arnold Feather from his room and upsetting Lucy at every opportunity. She eventually moves to Perth to help her grandson, Jim, to care for Sebastian. Portrayed by Neva Carr Glyn.
Noelene Chester SUTCLIFFE, the spoiled, sulky wife of Jim who taunts him about having to work for her father's company. She eventually divorces him. Portrayed by Penne Hackforth-Jones.
Sebastian SUTCLIFFE, the young son of Jim and Noelene, and grandson of Alf and Lucy Sutcliffe. He lives with his father and great grandmother in Perth.
Guy SUTTON, the amiable racing car driver who sweeps Vera Collins off her feet, rescuing her from Warwick Thompson. For a time, he is unable to race due to memories of an accident which killed a colleague. Guy and Vera marry and he eventually takes her to live in Europe. Portrayed by Peter Whitford.
Mr SWAIN, a client of Bev Houghton's. Portrayed by Fred Betts.
Duncan SWANN, a bikie friend of Paul Sheldon, who is caught attempting to murder Giovanni Lenzi while disguised as a Catholic priest. He is killed when bitten by a funnelweb spider planted in his gaol cell by Paul. Portrayed by Ken Shorter.
Inspector SWANSON, of the CIB (Commonwealth Investigation Branch), who questions Andy Marshall about the missing American heiress, Rosemary Prior.
Detective Sergeant SYMONS. Portrayed by Tony Wager.
TANK. Portrayed by Kevin Howard.
Bruce TAYLOR, a professional photographer, is having an adulterous affair with his boss, Maggie Cameron. Bruce is a tenant of Flat 5, which he shares with Don Finlayson, later revealed to be Bruce's lover. Bev Houghton poses nude for Bruce's photo portfolio, oblivious to his and Don's relationship. After leaving Number 96, he lives in Canada for a year. Returning to Sydney, he becomes romantically involved with Bev and is implicated in her untimely death. Portrayed by Paul Weingott.
Scott TAYLOR, originally a secretary to Trevor Banks, Scotty has been the actor's manager in Hollywood for fifteen years. He is the only supporter Trevor has left. Portrayed by Robert Davis.
Professor TEDDINGTON, who buys convict bricks retrieved from the Number 96 cellar by Les Whittaker.
Susan TEMPLE, a university friend of Miles Cooper who allows him to believe that she is pregnant with his child. Portrayed by Debbie Baile.
Mrs TERRY, the local president of the Paddington Senior Citizens' Bowling Club.
Barry TETT, a homosexual client of Don Finlayson's, who was introduced to him by Graham Fletcher. Portrayed by Spencer Whiteby.
THERESA, a school friend of Debbie Chester, who is responsible for supplying her with drugs. Theresa eventually introduces Debbie to heroin, daring her to try it. Portrayed by Julianne Newbould.
THING, THE, a pop group led by a longhaired musician, who intends to move into the vacant Flat 5 and use it for a rehearsal space.
Graham THOMPSON, a private patient of Patti Feather's, who gives her an engraved bracelet.
Muriel THOMPSON, the bitchy, socialite wife of Warwick and the mother of his children, Caroline and Simon, Muriel fights Vera Collins for Warwick's attention. A surfing accident makes her a paraplegic, but Warwick is reluctant to lose Vera. Portrayed by Rowena Wallace.
Warwick THOMPSON, the handsome businessman who goes into partnership with Vera Collins in the fashion salon, The House of Danielle. Despite his wife's objections, he conducts a stormy affair with Vera Collins, leading Vera to believe that Muriel approves of the relationship. Warwick attempts to kidnap Vera when she announces her plans to leave for Europe with Guy Sutton. Portrayed by Kit Taylor.
Mr THORBURN, the laundrette franchise owner who gives Lucy a job as manageress. Portrayed by Reg Evans.
John TRAYNOR, the man whom Jan Butterfield lived with after she left her husband, Dudley.
Laura TRENT WHITTAKER, Jack Sellars’ solicitor and, later, a business partner and flatmate of Don Finlayson. After a reunion with her former boyfriend, Phillip Chambers, and a brief fling with Lee Chandler, she takes up with Gary Whittaker and eventually moves to England with him when he inherits a House of Lords position in the British aristocracy. Portrayed by Mary-Ann Severne (Szeps).
TRIXIE, a tarty woman whom Herb Evans befriends at the pub and whom Dorrie suspects of prostitution; a companion of George Baker and the equally tarty Babs. Portrayed by Noeline Brown.
Claude TUFFNELL, an old school friend and heart-throb of both Dorrie Evans and Flo Patterson. He is invited to stay in Flat 3, which causes Herb Evans to move out in protest. However, Dorrie and Flo are horrified to find that Claude has "let himself go" over the years. Portrayed by Noel Brophy.
Mr TYMAN, the impatient owner of Tyman Tyres, who engages Reg MacDonald as his advertising guru during Reg's brief stint with O.P. Piper Promotions. Portrayed by Kenneth Laird.
VALERIE, Lucy Sutcliffe's original assistant in the laundrette. Portrayed by Sally McMaster.
Samantha VANDERHUM, the fiance of Irving Lubinski. Portrayed by Jinx Huber.
Doctor Gordon VANSARD, the pharmacist who arrives at Number 96 posing as the brother of Sonia Freeman, but is revealed to be her de facto husband. Vera Collins recognises him to be a convicted abortionist, now freed from gaol. Gordon was implicated as the murderer of his estranged wife, Sylvia, who had refused him a divorce. He is then harassed by both his eldest son, Kit, and his sister-in-law, Daphne Bryant, who still blame him for Sylvia's death. Anne Spencer claims that Gordon had recently aborted her baby, but it is also part of Daphne's ruse. Although he marries Sonia, he discovers that he is infertile and, therefore, not his boys' true father. Gordon begins an affair with Yvonne Marette, which culminates in a tragic car crash. After several days in a coma, Gordon succumbs to his injuries. Portrayed by Joe James.
Kit VANSARD, the manipulative elder son of Gordon and brother of Martin, Kit blames his father for the death of Sylvia Vansard and aims to break up Gordon and Sonia's relationship. Moving to England to study at university, he convinces his aunt, Daphne Bryant, that Sylvia was murdered. Portrayed by Denny Lawrence.
Martin VANSARD, youngest son of Gordon and Sylvia Vansard.
Sylvia VANSARD, who made family life unbearable for Gordon after her conversion to Catholicism, then refused to grant him a divorce. She suicides in Flat 1, using drugs taken from Gordon and Sonia's shop, to implicate them in her death. Sylvia has an identical twin sister, Daphne Bryant. Portrayed by Shirley Cameron.
Glanda VASSELINE, the dippy secretary of O.P. Piper. Portrayed by Lorna Leslie.
John VERNON, Harry Collins' contact from Alcoholics Anonymous and a colleague of Marie Crowther. Portrayed by Harry Lawrence.
Christina VETTARE, a blonde Italian woman who moves into Flat 5 as a boarder, but is eventually revealed to have knowledge of Carlo Lenzi's secret past in Europe. Portrayed by Karen Petersen.
Benito VEZZULA, a young member of the feuding Vezzula family who works with Giovanni Lenzi to put an end to their troubles.
Janine VEZZULA, a young woman who is forced upon Giovanni Lenzi as a result of Maria Panucci's matchmaking. Portrayed by Delores Ernst.
Luigi VEZZULA, an old acquaintance of Maria Panucci, who declares a family vendetta with the Lenzis when a planned marriage between Janine Vezzula and Giovanni Lenzi takes too long to occur. After the rivalry is calmed, Luigi shows that he is a master of practical jokes, with Giovanni usually the hapless target. He eventually proposes marriage to Maria and whisks her away from Number 96, much to Giovanni's delight. Portrayed by Franco Valentino.
Baroness Amanda VON PAPPENBURG, the zany jet-setting, oft-married aunt of Don Finlayson, who moves into Flat 4 and encourages his relationship with Dudley Butterfield. All of her husbands, except one, met with grisly deaths and most left her large sums of money, although a dispute of Max Von Pappenburg's will leaves her temporarily penniless. She befriends Flo Patterson and takes her on a disastrous trip to Hawaii. On another visit to Number 96, her "Aunty Mame" antics and immense wealth attract the attentions of Otto Schiller, Dick Riggs and even an ex-husband, Rudi, who all attempt to relieve Amanda of her latest inheritance. She settles in Heidelberg and is visited by Don when he believes he has only months to live. Portrayed by Carol Raye.
Mr WALLACE. Portrayed by Frank Lloyd.
Peter WALLACE, the solicitor of Sir William Mainwaring, who discovers the unconscious Don Finlayson, locked in a garage and suffocating from carbon monoxide poisoning.
George WALPOLE, a producer and talent scout of Mardi Gras Records, who catches Grant Chandler's singing on a bad night. Portrayed by Mark Marinato.
Jock WALPOLE, a scruffy newspaper journalist whose astrology charts, written under the pseudonym of "Madame Zenda", are followed avidly by Edie MacDonald. When Edie is hospitalised following dire tea leaf predictions of her own death, Jock is brought in to meet her. Edie is shattered to discover that Zenda is male. Portrayed by Brian Wenzel.
Michael Hayden "Mike" WALSH, the compere of a well-known television chat show, who interviews Dorrie Evans and Weppo Smith about the Paddington Council garbage strike. Portrayed by Himself.
Wesley WALTON, an unsuccessful suitor of Marilyn MacDonald, he resembles a younger version of her father, Reg. Portrayed by Chris King.
Mandy WARD, a girlfriend of Grant Chandler whom he met while in Queensland when both had come under the influence of The Master, an evil drug lord. When she arrives at Number 96, Mandy has a brief affair with Giovanni Lenzi. Portrayed by Ingrid Mason.
Sister WARREN, Les Whittaker's supervisor at the hospital where he works as a ward orderly.
Bunty WATKINS, a rich friend of Jack Sellars. With her husband, Noel, she owns a chalet in the Snowy Mountains, where Bev Houghton goes to recover from a suicide attempt.
Noel WATKINS, Bunty's husband, who refuses to help his friend, Jack Sellars, pay off some underworld figures.
WEBSTER, the lost puppy taken in, against regulations in their lease, by Les and Norma Whittaker. They struggle to hide the animal from Dorrie Evans. Upon his escape, Webster is taken in by Dorrie herself and rechristened "Rover". When the real owner is finally located, the puppy's real name is revealed to be...: "Stinky"! Portrayed by Himself.
Detective Sergeant WELLINGTON. Portrayed by Andrew Grant.
Miss WENDY, Dorrie Evans' regular hairdresser.
Andrew WHITTAKER, the bearded Scottish Earl MacCraddonow and widower of the late Myrtle. Andrew accepts the transfer of the family title from his identical half-brother, Les, in good faith and repairs the family castle with his wife's money. However, Lord Andrew is forced to sell up to a Texan millionaire, who takes the castle, brick by brick, to America as a tourist attraction. After Les's death, Andrew comes to Sydney, moving in with Dorrie and Herb Evans as a boarder. Eventually, he confesses that, legally, the title was inherited by his nephew, Gary. He departs Sydney with his sister-in-law, Norma, to take up a position as the castle tour guide in Texas. Portrayed by Gordon McDougall.
Anna Maria WHITTAKER RUSSO, the fiery Italian bride of Gary Whittaker, who comes to stay with her in-laws, Les and Norma, in the weeks leading up to Gary's departure from the army. Her authentic Italian cooking has distrous effects on Norma's attempts to diet. She is unhappy in her marriage and is consoled by Salvadore Russo, whom Gary tries to kill during a fit of anger. After divorcing Gary, she returns to Italy with Salvadore, but maintains contact with Norma. Portrayed by Rosalba Verrucci.
Gary WHITTAKER, the only son of Les and Norma, he makes several extended visits with his family. His first marriage, to Anna Maria, is short-lived, due mainly to his short temper. Gary is romanced by Marilyn MacDonald for a time. Returning to Number 96 after his father's death, Gary has a dangerous liaison with Liz Feather. He attempts to assassinate Maggie Cameron for causing the death of his father, but is prevented from doing so by Don Finlayson. Sexual impotence is a recurring problem for Gary. Inheriting his father's title of the Earl MacCraddonow, Lord Gary attracts the attentions of Laura Trent, who agrees to marry him and immigrate to England. Portrayed by Mike Ferguson.
Leslie "Les" WHITTAKER, the bumbling but well-meaning husband of Norma. Moving into Flat 5, they take in Anna Maria, the wife of their son, Gary. Les was a hospital orderly and a part-time inventor of devices such as the Wine-o-matic, for which he was granted a patent. With Norma, Les moves into Flat 1 to live behind their wine bar. Not all of his inventions were successful and they usually caused havoc for the residents of Number 96. Many of these scams involved Herb Evans and Alf Sutcliffe. Les was killed in the deli bomb blast and pronounced a hero. Portrayed by Gordon McDougall.
Norma WHITTAKER, the barmaid wife of Les and later the manager of Norma's Bar. Frustrated by her husband's constant stream of inventions and crazy schemes, Norma is almost tempted into having an affair with Gilbert Barton during a wine-tasting tour of the Hunter Valley. After her husband's death, she is briefly engaged to Weppo Smith but eventually departs for Texas with her Andrew Whittaker. Norma eventually returns to Number 96, taking over the management of the renamed wine bar, Duddles', after the sudden departure of Lee Chandler. Portrayed by Sheila Kennelly.
Doctor Harold WILKINSON, a psychiatrist friend of Don Finlayson, Harold moves into Flat 7 with his grandmother, Opal. Among his patients are Edie MacDonald, Miss Hemingway and Claire Houghton. He is frequently pursued by Marilyn MacDonald, but shows little interest in her. He is lured into a life-threatening trap by a former mental patient, Coral Fuller, but is saved by Don Finlayson and Derek Costa. Portrayed by Dave Allenby.
Lorelei WILKINSON, no relation to Harold or Opal, Lorelei was the naive blonde waitress at Norma's Bar who befriends Dudley Butterfield. Concerned about her limited vocabulary, she insists on learning the meaning of a new word every day, and often used them in daily conversation. Lorelei was a rival of Marilyn MacDonald, but less free with her sexual favours. Lorelei lived near Number 96, at Mrs Parallel's boarding house. Lorelei was the second victim of the Pantyhose Strangler. Portrayed by Josephine Knur.
Opal WILKINSON, the elderly widow of the late Cedric, Opal is known as "Gran" by several of the residents of Number 96. The grandmother of Harold, she varies her age to suit the circumstances and is usually very successful in a range of gambling pursuits. Portrayed by Nat Nixon.
Mr WILLOUGHBY, the boss of Don Finlayson and Mike Parsons, and the senior partner of the firm of solicitors known as Willoughby, Willoughby & Martin. When Mike attempts to blackmail Don over his sexuality, Mr Willoughby shows unexpected loyalty by cautioning Don but firing Mike. Portrayed by Gerry Duggan.
Beckie WILSON --> See Elizabeth "Liz" CHALMERS FEATHER
Doctor WILSON. Portrayed by Kevin Healey.
Jim WILSON --> See Malcolm "Mal" JACKSON.
Peter WILSON, the violent, estranged husband of Tracey Wilson, who has several arguments with Arnold Feather when Tracey is boarding in Flat 6. Portrayed by Dennis Miller.
Tracey WILSON, the nursing colleague of Patti Feather who moves into Flat 6 to escape her violent marriage to Peter. She has an affair with Andy Marshall and appeared to have escaped death at the hands of the serial killer known as the Pantyhose Strangler. Eventually, she is revealed as to be the perpetrator herself. Thwarted from killing Marilyn MacDonald, Tracey escapes the police and suicides from a window of Flat 6. Among her victims were Denise Coleman, Lorelei Wilkinson and Patti. Portrayed by Chantal Contouri.
Karen WINTERS, Bev Houghton's flatmate, replacing Janie Somers. Karen works as a receptionist for Vernon Saville. She is later revealed to be a lesbian witch who is a part of a coven intent on exploiting Vera Collins and Bev at a black mass. Portrayed by Toni Lamond.
Herbert "Junior" WINTHROP, a gentle, child-like man from Bundaberg who has been brought up thinking that Herb Evans is his long lost father. He comes to Sydney to be close to Herb and is taken under Dorrie Evans' wing. For a time he fancies himself as a private eye. Junior becomes romantically involved with Isobel Mainwaring. It is later proven that his real father was Herb's mate Shagger Stevens. Portrayed by Curt Jansen.
Adrian WOLFE, the artist who paints the notorious Goya-influenced portrait of Norma Whittaker, which graces the wall of the pub in which she works as a barmaid. Norma posed for Adrian fully clothed, but the finished result suggests otherwise. When Jack Sellars opens Norma's Bar, the painting becomes a permanent part of the new decor. Portrayed by Owen Weingott.
WORKMAN, a darkhaired shopfitter working to set up the new chemist shop. Portrayed by Tony Allen.
WORKMAN, a blond shopfitter working to set up the new chemist shop. Portrayed by Michael Lowe (Chris Haywood).
Mr WORMALD, the rector of Dorrie Evans' church. Portrayed by Roger Millis.
Roger WOTHERSPOON, a man with whom Dorrie is suspected of "gallivanting". Portrayed by Terry O'Neill.
Constable WYATT. Portrayed by Reg Gorman.
Madame ZENDA --> See Jock WALPOLE
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