After four years on the show, Todd decided to leave Home and Away to pursue other acting challenges. But won’t go back though. “I knew I was never going to leave Ivan, I knew I was always going to have him in my life. I gave it a second chance once before and was hoodwinked back into the crap. Jodi is Meg's 18-year-old daughter (the age refers to the beginning of the series, the end of season 5 she will be 22 - according to episode 1.04 she was born on February 7th, 1984, according to episode 5.21 she was born on April 11th, 1983). The actor lives in Byron Bay with her husband and young son, Otis. She is best known for her television roles as Sgt. "The sweat is very real. news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site. But with little or no acting opportunities in South Australia, Mackinnon soon realised she would have to travel to Sydney or Melbourne for auditions to secure work. Cast and crew filmed in 43 degree heat at Drovers Run, a farm one hour north of Adelaide. Despite being forced to leave her beloved horses at her newly purchased dream home in Lyndoch to pursue new acting roles, Mackinnon is starting to feel optimistic about the future. But, The O.C. Mackinnon is finding it difficult to adjust to having so much free time.  She appears in the legal drama Janet King. US election: Donald Trump celebrity supporters include Rosea... SAS Australia Ali Oetjen couldn’t shower after poo incident. "They never just turned up unannounced. McLeod's Daughters was arguably one of Australia's most beloved TV shows, but despite the title, not much was known about the titular character. Though most cast members based themselves in Adelaide and commuted to work each day, Mackinnon settled close by the set — first in Gawler and then last year buying the farm in Lyndoch. "I know how lucky I am. "But it was very isolated and I was just sitting there all alone twiddling my thumbs — you should have seen my phone bills. Simmone Jade Mackinnon is picking herself up after the shock axing of McLeod's Daughters, even though the show's finale means she's out of work and home too. Last scene: 2003, AARON JEFFERY I was still loving it. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. "The popular show's eighth and final season will air later in the year but filming will wrap on Thursday.The decision to end the show has traumatised the district and nearby town of Gawler which has benefited from the production for the past eight years.More than 4000 people turned up for a farewell last Friday at the Gawler Showground. Before McLeod's, Mackinnon did the Hollywood thing and managed to score a role on Baywatch: Hawaii. Is rumoured to have a role in a new Channel 9 series, Strike Team, starring Georgie Parker. Georgia Rattray in Police Rescue, Meg Fountain in McLeod's Daughters and Gina Austin in the soap opera Home and Away. But now that it's happened I'm embracing it.". From 2001–06, 2007, 2009 (guest), she played 'Meg Fountain' in McLeod's Daughters. Last scene: 2003, RACHAEL CARPANI "Channel Nine is giving the series a dignified exit after deciding the series had run its natural course.It will have filmed 224 episodes in its eight years after first debuting as a 1996 telemovie starring Tammy MacIntosh, Kym Wilson and Jack Thompson.It was devloped into a series in 2000 starring Lisa Chappel (check), Bridie Carter, Sonia Todd, Myles Pollard and Jeffrey.None of the original cast remain on the show.It averaged 1.5 million viewers each week at its peak but dropped to one million last year.It became an international hit and is seen across the US and Europe and is particularly huge in Germany and India. Character: Nick Ryan She also played the waitress, Sylvia, in the film Shine directed by Scott Hicks, in the café scene where Geoffrey Rush plays Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to an understandably stunned audience. But that doesn't mean she is planning to head to Hollywood. The New Zealand-born actor is now focusing on her music career, having released her first album — inspired by her time on the McLeod's set — in 2006. Character: Jodie Fountain-McLeod Stevie steps up to a new role with more responsibility, Tess struggles in a custody battle for baby Charlotte, and relationships seem to be flourishing all around. ... Sonia Todd, Myles Pollard and Jeffrey. "I realised I couldn't do this week after week without going completely stir crazy.". "Talk about method acting," said current star Luke Jacobz. "It probably would have been easier to accept the close of the show if I had started to want to do other things. She is a country girl at heart, but as a working actor Mackinnon may have thought twice before buying the farm had she known McLeod's had only a few months left. Also, who knows, maybe McLeod’s Daughters will make a comeback. Character: Becky Howard Character: Terry Dodge "You got me on a good day," she says with a laugh. Originally published asGate closes on Drover's Run. Character: Alex Ryan Accustomed to juggling a busy filming schedule on McLeod's, Mackinnon soon found herself "climbing the walls" of her isolated four-bedroom farmhouse. The actor got out and moved to Australia when he was 17 to study acting at NIDA. Last scene: 2007, SONIA TODD "It was very humbling," said star Matt Passmore. Character: Claire McLeod She had a small role in the miniseries Small Claims and starred in a stage production of Educating Rita. Even after five years playing feisty redhead Stevie and seeing many of her castmates and close friends leave the show, Mackinnon says she had never considered quitting McLeod's. Mackinnon has moved back to her father's house in Coffs Harbour, with Sydney a short flight or "just six or seven hours' drive" away. "I don't want to sound like I'm whingeing about it," she says. A few faces on the ranch are changing, too, with the arrival of Kate, the departure of Meg, and multiple pregnancies promising new life. He did, however, leave a party in 2011 carrying Lindsay Lohan. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. "She looked at me and said 'Go and do your scene, we'll talk afterwards'. Character: Meg Fountain "It was horrible — Posie and Andrew (Blaxland, Graeme-Evans' husband and a McLeod's producer) turned up and we knew that couldn't be good," she says. Filmed Law Dogs, a pilot for US network CBS starring Janeane Garofalo that was not picked up. She studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and starred in the play Strictly Ballroom, directed by Baz Luhrmann. SONIA TODD The former Police Rescue actor recently completed a guest stint in All Saints. In the aftermath of Claire's death, everyone's life at Drovers Run is different. McLEODS Daughters is in its final days of production and is fittingly being seen off by the longest heatwave in South Australia's history. Character: Tess McLeod She was also nominated for an AFI Award for her role in the four-part mini-series The Potato Factory (2000). Last scene: 2006, LISA CHAPPELL When the end finally came, Mackinnon was stunned to find herself unemployed and staring down the barrel of paying off a mortgage on her new farm. ... Jodie Fountain-McLeod Last scene: 2007. I’ve been told Grey’s Anatomy is good again. Last scene: 2008, MYLES POLLARD she says. "It's so sad," she says. After surviving major casting shake-ups, funding dramas and a drought, Mackinnon says the cast and crew were taken completely by surprise by the show's axing. Starred in the kids' TV series Double Trouble and has a small role in the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie, with Hugh Jackman. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. McLeod's Daughters is the first prime-time drama series to be filmed entirely in South Australia. The series, which is currently in its seventh series, is a co-production between Millennium Television and Nine Films and Television, produced with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation. "I know a lot of people say it took 10 years before it finally happened for them, but I'm too old to wait that long now. Sonia Todd (born 1963; Adelaide) is an Australian actress. Mackinnon is hopeful she may be able to "do a Russell Crowe" and one day have the sort of career success that allows her to spend part of the year on the land. I knew it was bad news.". McLEODS Daughters is in its final days of production and is fittingly being seen off by the longest heatwave in South Australia's history. , Learn how and when to remove this template message, Sonia Todd at the Home and Away official website, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sonia_Todd&oldid=985771195, National Institute of Dramatic Art alumni, Use Australian English from February 2014, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, BLP articles lacking sources from June 2010, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Episodes: "Motherly Love: Part 1 and Part 2", Performed at NIDA in Sydney in 1984, and in, Performed at NIDA in Sydney and at St Martin's Youth Arts Centre in, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 21:20. After all, McLeod's has attracted reasonably strong ratings and consistent Logie nominations — and wins — for eight years, all amid persistent rumours of its imminent demise.
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