All good things must come to an end!
Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor may have come to Summer Bay independently, but they are leaving together.
The real-life couple who portray Ziggy Astoni and Dean Thompson on Home And Away announced their decision to leave the venerable drama series in an emotional statement.
The actors have just started to feel the weight of their choice when TV WEEK catches up with them to say goodbye.
Sophie, who debuted on the programme in 2017, says she and Patrick found it “incredibly hard” to say goodbye to their characters, but they knew the moment was right.
”We have both done everything possible with our characters and it was time to start a new chapter,” Sophie, 30, says.
”It’s bittersweet and emotional, but we realise how lucky we are to have had such an incredible run.”
When Patrick turned 30 last year, it was a major milestone that indicated he was ready to move on. Patrick joined the series in 2018 as the clumsy River Boy Dean.
He reveals, “Sophie and I were 24 when we started on Home And Away.”
It requires a significant amount of my time and effort. During the time we were there, I felt like I transformed into six distinct people.
Both as an actor and a person, there has been significant development. Although it’s a fantastic location to work, I was prepared to move on.
Fast-forward to their final days on set, and the nervous energy was replaced by emotion as they said goodbye to friends and colleagues.
Sophie and Patrick admit they would have found it hard to walk away alone. But as they move on together, they’re thankful for the show that changed their lives – on and off screen.
”It’s been the best part of my life,” Sophie says.
”I’ve learnt so much. Everyone who was involved allowed us to do the best job in the world. I’m so honoured.”
Patrick echoes the sentiment:
”I was a bit overcome on the last day, because H&A has been such a big part of my life,” he says.