Daisy Betts (Peta Lee)
Originally from Adelaide, Peta is a gorgeous rebel – smart, educated, beautiful and sharp as a whip. She is a proud supporter of the underdog and fights dearly against conformity and social wrongdoings, especially now she’s a lawyer.
For the past two years, Peta has been working in a remote Aboriginal community near Alice Springs. She was happily swept off her feet when the sunshiny hurricane that is Poppy blew into her life, and now she’s getting used to the idea that Manly could be her new home – knowing how much it means to the woman she loves.
Exciting and elegant, Peta has never shied away from expressing herself fully and verbally, even from a young age.
Daisy Betts undertook a Screen Actors Course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 2006/7. Daisy’s first television role was in Small Claims 3, in 2005. She went on to a regular guest role in the drama series Sea Patrol in 2006 and 2007, with Ian Stenlake and Lisa McCune. Daisy also secured a lead guest role in the award-winning series All Saints in 2007. Also in 2007, Daisy also won the role of Natasha in the psychological thriller Shutter, starring alongside Rachael Taylor and Joshua Jackson.
Paul O’Donnell (Nathaniel Buzolic)
The youngest of the O’Donnell clan, Paul is cheeky, confident and full of heart, although his head is sometimes not as developed as his sporting prowess.
He’s not stupid, but he suffered badly when his mother died and fell into an unexpected relationship with the person who was there to support him – his older brother’s friend, Gabby.
Eleven years his senior, and also a close friend of the family, Gabby wants to keep their love quiet for now and, while Paul agrees, he’s struggling to keep it under wraps.
All he wants is to be with her and scream her name from the rooftops.
The untimely death of his mother during his HSC (Higher School Certificate), meant that he totally bottomed out, but still managed to pass. He’s contemplating a tricky return to school – where Gabby is now a teacher.
A cricketing prodigy, Paul also loves surfing, partying and generally thinking about Gabby.
Nathaniel Buzolic studied acting with the Australian Theatre For Young People from 1998 to 2001 and at Screenwise from 2001 to 2004. He also starred in a number of school productions as well as dancing in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. His first television role was in 2001 when he landed a guest role on Water Rats. Other roles followed in the long-running series Home and Away and All Saints. Nathaniel is an experienced host, presenting Studio Disney, Weather Ed and gameshow The Mint. Nathaniel has also appeared in the feature films Dirty Deeds alongside John Goodman and Bryan Brown, S.M.S. and Road Rage.
Lucia Jones (Basia A’Hern)
A teenage, Italian-Australian young woman, Lucia is gutsy, down-to-Earth and sharp-witted – an irrepressible combination of her mother’s passion and her father’s determination. She loves to hassle her brother, Stavva, and is just at that age where her independence really takes hold. She doesn’t know what she wants to do when she leaves school, but she knows the world is her oyster. Lucia will never take no for an answer.
Basia A’Hern is fast establishing herself as one of Australia’s most talented and versatile young actors. Basia was only eight years old when she joined the prestigious Keane Kids Studio and Management and she began her career appearing in the comedy series Flat Chat. A guest role in the US sci-fi series Farscape was followed by roles in Don’t Blame The Koalas, The Sleepover Club, Comedy Inc, McLeod’s Daughter and Double Trouble. Basia has starred in the feature films The Pact and Bitter and Twisted. She has also completed the short films The Great Dark, Super Glue and Angel’s Wings and Sanctuary. A talented singer and dancer, Basia has appeared in the theatrical productions of Fiddler On The Roof (Hills Centre Performing Arts), Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Season (Royal Theatre) and La Dispute (Sydney Theatre Company).