Some of the finest actors begin their careers in soaps, with several starting from incredibly young ages.
Since Home and Away first hit screen in 1988, there has been an abundance of scandalous storyline from the residents of Summer Bay.
While the adults are always there to wreak havoc, the same can be said for the youngsters and teenagers who also find time to get up to no good.
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With most of these youngsters now fully-grown adults themselves, it leaves fans wondering whether they continued their acting careers after leaving.
As actress Olivia Deeble, who landed the role of Raffy Morgan at the age of 14, celebrates her 21st birthday today (August 4), Daily Star has looked at where some of the young stars from the soap are now.
Felix Dean – VJ Patterson
He rose to fame playing Leah Patterson’s (Ada Nicodemou) son, VJ, from ages 10 to 16. Felix played the part from 2007 until 2014 before the role was recast. It is believed the young actor began smoking cannabis at 14 and moved on to injecting meth 1 of 17
The former actor spent time in jail for a string of offences committed in 2020 and 2021, including attacking a store worker and shoplifting. Last month, it was revealed the 26-year-old was back behind bars after being charged with assault. He has been diagnosed with experiencing a major depressive order, PTSD and drug-induced psychosis (Image: Facebook) 2 of 17
William McDonald – Jett James
Actor William rose to fame for his portrayal of Jett, with the role being his first TV gig at the age of 14 back in 2012. He continued acting after leaving the soap three years later, starring in Netflix series Heartbreak High in 2022 3 of 17
Will, who grew up performing in various theatre productions, often updates fans on his exotic travels on Instagram. The 24-year-old has also showcased his talents in modelling, collaborating with Carriageworks earlier this year to celebrate New York fashion house (Image: Instagram) 4 of 17
Shaun Wood – Christopher Fletcher
Shaun was just three years old when he began portraying Sally Fletcher’s little brother Christopher Fletcher in 1992. He played the role for seven years before leaving when he was 10 (Image: Instagram) 5 of 17
The now 34-year-old is no longer acting, but is instead one of Australia’s top professional Parkour athletes. He made it back on screen in game show Ultimate Tag. In 2021 he launched a podcast called Art Talk (Image: Instagram) 6 of 17
Olivia Deeble – Raffy Morgan
Blonde beauty Olivia Deeble landed the role of Raffy Morgan when she was 14, starring on the soap for three years until 2019
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After bidding farewell to Summer Bay, Olivia starred in the Disney+ film Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, released in 2020.
The 21-year-old also co-created and starred as the titular role in the Paramount+ drama More Than This in 2022 8 of 17
Ryan Clark – Sam Marshall
In 1991, at the age of seven, Ryan joined the cast as Sam, playing the part over the course of a decade before returning for brief stints in 2002 and 2005
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Despite ditching his acting career after leaving the soap, it wasn’t long before he re-emerged on
Bondi Rescue, having become a lifeguard on Bondi Beach in real life. The 40-year-old shares three children with his wife Gina Brackenridge (Image: Instagram) 10 of 17
Indiana Evans – Matilda Hunter
Indiana starred as
privileged teenager Matilda for four years from the age of 14 until 2008. One year later, she landed a lead role in H20 and in 2010, made her feature-film debut in film Arctic Blast (Image: five) 11 of 17
That same year, Indiana was cast in ABC1 series Crownies and played the lead role in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening opposite Brenton Thwaites, who also starred on Home and Away. In 2014, she joined the cast of Secrets and Lies
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Drink driving ban
In 2021, Katie was announced as a judge on the tenth series of Australia’s Got Talent. One year later, the actress was charged with drink driving and sought professional help. Earlier this year, the 44-year-old opened up on motherhood following her stint in rehab
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Sebastian Elmaloglou – Max Sutherland
Kickstarting his soap career at the age of 13, Sebastian starred as Max for two years until 2004. But that wasn’t the last the soap saw of him as he later moved to working behind the scenes
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While he went on to complete work in a short film, the 33-year-old has now turned his back on acting and has instead lent his talents to photography, referring to himself as a "photographer" on Instagram
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Piper Morrisey – Pippa Saunders
Piper was 11-years-old when she landed the part of Sally Fletcher’s daughter Pippa
– a role which had been recast more than a dozen times before the character reappeared in 2013 (Image: Instagram) 16 of 17
Piper went on to star in Secrets and Lies in 2014 and was even nominated for
The AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama. She celebrated her 21st birthday in June (Image: Instagram) 17 of 17
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