Ada Nicodemou

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Ada Nicodemou
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Ada Nicodemou arrives at the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards (26871490636).jpg
Nicodemou at the 2016 Logie Awards
Born (1977-05-14) 14 May 1977 (age 41)
Years active1994–present
Notable work
Heartbreak High (1994–1997)
Breakers (1998–1999)
Home and Away (2000–)
Chrys Xipolitas
(m. 2007;div. 2016)

Ada Nicodemou (born 14 May 1977) is an Australian-born Greek Cypriot actress. She began her acting career in 1994 playing Katerina Ioannou in Heartbreak High . She also starred in Police Rescue and Breakers . In 2000, Nicodemou began playing Leah Patterson in the soap opera Home and Away . She won the 3rd season of Dancing with the Stars and hosted reality series Please Marry My Boy in 2012.

<i>Heartbreak High</i> television series

Heartbreak High is an Australian television program that ran for six years, through seven seasons from 1994 to 1999 on both Network Ten and ABC. The programme dealt with the students of the fictional Hartley High, a tough high school in a multiracial area of Sydney, and proved to be a more gritty and fast-paced show than many of its contemporaries. It was a spin-off of the 1993 Australian feature film The Heartbreak Kid which had featured Alex Dimitriades and Claudia Karvan. However, in later series the show shifted emphasis away from the school setting and the Poulos family to the students' homes and hangout - the Shark Pool.

<i>Police Rescue</i> Australian television series

Police Rescue is an Australian television series which originally aired on ABC TV between 1989 and 1996. It was produced by ABC and Southern Star Xanadu in association with the BBC.

<i>Breakers</i> (TV series) Australian television series

Breakers is an Australian television series, that was made and aired on Network Ten between 1998 and 1999. It was shown in Ireland on TV3 and City Channel. It was also screened on BBC One in the United Kingdom and TV4 in New Zealand.


Early life

Nicodemou was born on 14 May 1977. [1] Nicodemou's parents were both migrants, who met in Australia. [2] Her Greek Cypriot family come from Limassol. [3] Nicodemou grew up in Minto along with her younger brother. [2] Nicodemou attended The Grange Public School, and the Johnny Young Talent School, where she learned to sing, dance and act. [2]

Limassol Place in Limassol District, Cyprus

Limassol is a city on the southern coast of Cyprus and capital of the eponymous district. Limassol is the second largest urban area in Cyprus after Nicosia, with an urban population of 183,658 and a metropolitan population of 239,842. Limassol has been ranked by TripAdvisor as the 3rd up-and-coming destination in the world, in its Top 10 Traveler’s Choice Destinations on the Rise. The city is also ranked 89th worldwide in Mercer's Quality of Living Survey (2017). In the ranking published by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, Limassol has been classified global city in the 4th category.

Minto, New South Wales Suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Minto is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Minto is located 38 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown and is part of the Macarthur region.


Nicodemou began her acting career in 1994 when she was cast as Katerina Ioannou in ABC1's Heartbreak High . [4] Nicodemou was sixteen when she successfully auditioned for the role. She was originally contracted to play the part for 12 weeks, but this was later extended. [5]

Nicodemou also had starring roles on Police Rescue , and Network Ten's Breakers . [6] In 1999, she played Dujour in the science fiction film The Matrix . The following year, she appeared in an episode of children's series BeastMaster . [6]

Network Ten Australian television network

Network 10 is an Australian commercial television network. One of five national free-to-air networks, 10's owned-and-operated stations can be found in the state capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, while affiliates extend the network to regional areas of the country. The network is owned by Ten Network Holdings, a subsidiary of CBS Studios International.

<i>The Matrix</i> 1999 American-Australian science fiction action thriller film

The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality called the Matrix, created by thought-capable machines to control humans while using their bodies as an energy source. Hacker and computer programmer Neo learns this truth and "is drawn into a rebellion against the machines", which involves other people who have been freed from the Matrix.

Nicodemou has played the role of Leah Patterson (formerly Poulos) in the television soap opera Home and Away since 22 March 2000. [6] Nicodemou originally auditioned for the role of Sarah Thompson in 1992, but Laura Vasquez was cast. [7] She was later approached by the show's producers about the role of Leah. She was not asked to audition and was offered a six-month contract, which was soon extended. [6] As of 2019, Nicodemou is one of the show's longest serving actors. [8]

<i>Home and Away</i> Australian television soap opera

Home and Away is an Australian television soap opera. It was created by Alan Bateman and commenced broadcast on the Seven Network on 17 January 1988. Bateman came up with the concept of the show during a trip to Kangaroo Point, New South Wales, where he noticed locals were complaining about the construction of a foster home and against the idea of foster children from the city living in the area. The soap opera was initially going to be called Refuge, but the name was changed to the "friendlier" title of Home and Away once production began. The show premiered with a ninety-minute pilot episode. Since then, each subsequent episode has aired for a duration of twenty-two minutes and Home and Away has become the second longest-running drama series in Australian television. In Australia, it is currently broadcast from Mondays to Thursdays at 7:00 pm.

Sarah Thompson (Home and Away) fictional human - Home and Away television programme

Sarah O'Neale is a fictional character from the Australian Channel Seven soap opera Home and Away, played by Laura Vasquez. The character debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 26 January 1993. Vasquez's screen-test for the role was one of her career highlights. Sarah is characterised as a "real good goody" female who is "very intelligent" and she arrives to study in Summer Bay. Sarah's main romance storyline is with Tug O'Neale. Subsequently Vasquez and Bancks became fixtures in the media, as interest increased about the nature of the actor's off-screen relationship. Mary Fletcher from Woman's Own wrote that Home and Away producers were infuriated by the reports because they felt it discredited the show's image. But the actors later denied any romance occurring off-screen.

In 2005, Nicodemou competed on and won the 3rd season of Dancing with the Stars with partner Aric Yegudkin. [9] From 2012, Nicodemou hosted Channel Seven's reality series Please Marry My Boy . [10] Nicodemou made a guest appearance in an episode of Drop Dead Weird in 2018. [11]

<i>Dancing with the Stars</i> (Australian TV series) Australian TV series

Dancing with the Stars is a Logie Award-winning, Australian light entertainment reality show which originally aired on the Seven Network from 2004 to 2015 and in 2019 began airing on Network 10. From 2004 to 2015, when it was on the Seven Network, it was filmed live from the HSV-7 studios in Melbourne.

Aric Yegudkin is an Australian choreographer and professional dancer born on 14 November 1985. Yegudkin is best known as a professional dancer on the Australian Dancing with the Stars.

Seven Network Australian broadcast television network

The Seven Network is a major Australian commercial free-to-air television network. It is owned by Seven West Media Limited, and is one of five main free-to-air television networks in Australia. Channel Seven head office is based in Sydney.

Personal life

Nicodemou married Chrys Xipolitas in 2007. [12] They separated in 2010, but reconciled the following month. [13] On 22 August 2012, Nicodemou gave birth to the couple's first child, a son. [14] In March 2014, it was announced that the couple were expecting their second child. On 7 August, Nicodemou revealed that their second son had been stillborn. [15]

Nicodemou and Xipolitas separated in late 2015. [16] Nicodemou has been in a relationship with businessman Adam Rigby since 2016. [17]

Since 2005 Nicodemou has been an ambassador of the PixiFoto Foundation that raises funds for a Childhood Blindness Prevention program in Africa. She is also an ambassador for Save our Sons, a charity supporting Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. [18] She is also a supporter of the Starlight Children's Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation Australia. [6]


Ada Nicodemou in 2018 Ada Nicodemou (24990407747).jpg
Ada Nicodemou in 2018


1994–1997 Heartbreak High Katerina "Kat" IoannouMain cast
1995 Police Rescue Anastasia Skouras12 episodes
1998–1999 Breakers Fiona MotsonMain cast
2000 BeastMaster The NymphEpisode: "Riddle of the Nymph"
2000 Pizza PolicewomanEpisode: "Crime Pizza"
2000– Home and Away Leah Patterson-Baker Main cast
2009 Beauty and the Geek Australia Judge1 Episode
2012 Please Marry My Boy Host
2018 Drop Dead Weird AvaEpisode: "The Zombie Queen"


1999 The Matrix Dujour (the "white rabbit" girl)
2007AlmostTrixie Hart

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryWork / nomineeResultRef
2001 Logie Awards Most Popular Personality on Australian Television Home and AwayNominated [19]
2002 Most Popular Actress Nominated [20]
Most Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated
2006 Most Popular ActressNominated [21]
Most Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionNominated

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Preceded by
Tom Williams & Kym Johnson
Dancing with the Stars (Australia) winner
Season 3 (Late 2005 with Aric Yegudkin)
Succeeded by
Grant Denyer & Amanda Garner