List of Shortland Street characters (2004)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street in 2004, by order of first appearance.

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Sef Kruse

Sef Kruse
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byTuki Laumea
Duration2004–05
First appearance23 April 2004
Last appearance29 March 2005
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
OccupationTemp worker

Sef Kruse was Vinnie's (Pua Magasiva) womanizing cousin. Sef briefly visited Vinnie in early 2004 before he was hired late in the year as a temporary replacement for Waverley Wilson (Claire Chitham) on reception whilst she was on maternity leave. Sef was often seen accompanying Vinnie on nights out on the town and the two would often try to pull women with disastrous consequences. Sef was last seen in March 2005 when he and Vinnie tried to attract Tania Jeffries (Faye Smythe).

Jim Matheson

Jim Matheson
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byNick Blake
Duration2004
First appearance2004
Last appearanceOctober 2004
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
OccupationCaterer

Jim Matheson was hired partway through 2004 by Tama Hudson (David Wikaira-Paul) and his girlfriend Shannon Te Ngaru (Amber Curreen) to help out at the hospital cafeteria. In his spare time, Jim was an inventor, inventing odd knick-knacks, hoping to get them picked up to make a living. Upon his arrival to Shortland Street, Jim forged friendships with Sticky (Ian Hughes) and Barb Heywood (Annie Whittle). However, Jim's darker side became apparent after being turned down for funding for his inventions. Coming home one night drunk and angry, Jim would rape Barb in her apartment. After being thrown out, it wasn't long before Barb revealed her rape to friend Judy Brownlee (Donogh Rees) along with Sticky who would convince her to report Jim to the police. After getting into a fistfight with the usually timid and docile Sticky, Shannon would change her opinion after initially defending Jim and suspended Jim from his job. Not long after attempting to intimidate Shannon and being interrupted by Vinnie Kruse (Pua Magasiva), Jim would be arrested and eventually plead guilty to rape. He would never be seen again.

Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O'Leary
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Siobhan Marshall
Duration2004
First appearance13 May 2004
Last appearance23 June 2004
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
OccupationNanny

Siobhan O'Leary arrived in mid-2004 as the new nanny for Harry (Callum Campbell-Ross), hired by his father Chris Warner (Michael Galvin). Chris was uneasy about Siobhan's attractiveness and she initially clashed with Harry's mother, Toni (Laura Hill). The two soon became friends and it was not long before Chris and Siobhan began sleeping with each other. However Chris fell in love with Lucy Swinton (Sally Stockwell) and ended up dumping her. The following day Chris discovered a note from Siobhan, stating she had fled Ferndale.

Siobhan Marshall auditioned for the role shortly after graduating and thought the fact that the character shared her name was destiny. [1] She won the role and retained it for several weeks, however she struggled with the recognition on the streets, including an incident where the character was a called a "slut". [1]

Craig Valentine

Dr. Craig Valentine was the old school friend of Chris Warner (Michael Galvin). He quickly became the head of ED at the hospital and clashed with many due to his fiery and at times, moody, personality. He was portrayed Renato Bartolomei until 2008.

Tina-Anne Harrison

Tina-Anne Harrison
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byLibby Reber
Duration2004–05
First appearance23 June 2004
Last appearance17 March 2005
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; recurring

Tina-Anne Trinity Harrison was the daughter of Nick (Karl Burnett) and Waverley Harrison (Claire Chitham), who was born on the shows 3000th episode. Nick nearly missed her birth but arrived just in time. She was named after Anne Kahu (Emmeline Hawthorne), whilst Judy Brownlee (Donogh Rees) was named as her godmother and Sticky (Ian Hughes) and Eltham Wilson (Kip Chapman) her godfathers. Eltham saved Tina-Anne and her brother Lucas (William Tregidga) from a fire at their home in 2004. She departed alongside her family in March 2005.

Jay Copeland

Jessica "Jay" Copeland was the estranged daughter of Victor Kahu (Calvin Tuteao). She arrived in mid-2004 with her traveling partner – Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne). However it soon became obvious the two were really lovers. Jay was portrayed by Jaime Passier-Armstrong until 2007.

Maia Jeffries

Maia Anne Jeffries was the lesbian girlfriend of Jay Copeland (Jaime Passier-Armstrong). However Maia soon outlasted Jay and became an iconic character on the show, being involved in several high profile stories including the 2009 storyline where Maia confessed to having killed a man. She was portrayed by Anna Jullienne until 2011 and again in May 2012.

Eltham Wilson

Eltham Wilson
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byKip Chapman
Duration2004
First appearance2 August 2004
Last appearance12 November 2004
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; recurring

Eltham Wilson was the badboy cousin of Waverley Harrison (Claire Chitham). He arrived in August 2004 when Waverley named him as the godmother to her daughter Tina-Anne (Libby Reber). [2] He instantly got on the bad side of Waverley's husband Nick Harrison (Karl Burnett) and Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne). He soon fell head over heels in love with Maia but discovered she was a lesbian. Eltham began to work at the bar but Nick was horrified to discover that Eltham was dealing drugs from behind the counter. He also accidentally set the bar alight but was hailed a hero when he rescued Waverley and Nick's children – Lucas (William Tregidga) and Tina-Anne, from the blaze. In November he accepted a job offer in Taranaki and departed after a kiss from Maia.

Malcolm Grieg

Malcolm Grieg
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byNorman Forsey
Duration2004
First appearance24 August 2004
Last appearance25 August 2004
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Chief Executive Officer of Shortland Street Hospital (2004)

Malcolm Grieg made a guest appearance over 2 episodes in August 2004. The DHB made the controversial decision to hire the elderly Malcolm as the new CEO after Chris Warner was relieved of his position of CEO following the DHB becoming aware of his knowledge of the euthanasia Dr Geoff Greenlaw carried out on a patient. However Malcolm proved hugely ill prepared for the job and much of the staff believed he had died 3 years beforehand. Malcolm collapsed at his desk due to respiratory failure and after narrowly surviving, did not return to his role.

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Paolo Rotondo
Duration2004–05
First appearance27 August 2004
Last appearance14 October 2005
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Chief Executive Officer of Shortland Street Hospital (2004–05)

Dr. Andrew Solomon made his first appearance in mid-2004 as the new CEO of the hospital. [3] Andrew's no nonsense attitude caused him to clash with the staff but many saw his lighter side when he began to date Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) and when his teenage sister Claire (Emily Robins) arrived. A roadblock appeared in the return of Andrew's ex lover Robyn Stokes (Kirstie O'Sullivan) who orchestrated a hit and run to win Andrew back, nearly killing him in the process. She revealed they had an illegitimate son who had died and used Andrew's confused state to sleep with him. Andrew and Sarah wed but Robyn returned and revealed she was pregnant with twins. Sarah and Andrew broke up and he eventually moved to England with Robyn and got a job as a doctor in the countryside. Claire informed Sarah on 21 March 2006 that the babies had been born. In 2007 Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) rang him to inform him of Claire's murder.

Rotondo was openly critical of the character and the show itself, labelling Andrew as the "most boring character in Shortland Street." [4] [5]

Talafao Kruse

Talafao Kruse
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byJoseph Pilitati
Duration2004
First appearance7 September 2004
Last appearance10 September 2004
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; guest

Talafao Kruse was the staunch businessman uncle of Vinnie Kruse (Pua Magasiva). He arrived with his daughter Talia (Marlia Rogers) in September and was unimpressed by Vinnie's girlfriend Shannon (Amber Curreen).

Talia Kruse

Talia Kruse
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byMarlina Rogers
Duration2004
First appearance7 September 2004
Last appearance30 September 2004
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; guest

Talia Kruse was the cousin of Vinnie (Pua Magasiva) who visited Ferndale alongside her father Talafao Kruse (Joseph Pilitati) and was unimpressed by Vinnie's girlfriend Shannon (Amber Curreen). Talia decided to stay longer in Ferndale and started to date Tama Hudson (David Wikaira-Paul). However the two broke up and Talia returned to Samoa.

Sarah Potts

Dr. Sarah Marjorie Potts was the potential love interest of Craig Valentine (Renato Bartolomei) who it soon revealed had an illegitimate son – Daniel Potts (Jarred Blakiston), who was raised as her brother. She was portrayed by Amanda Billing and has gone down as an iconic character with her multiple sclerosis storyline seeing praise.

Mark Weston

Mark Weston
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byTim Foley
Duration2004–07
First appearance28 September 2004
Last appearance29 August 2007
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; regular
Profile
OccupationDoctor

Dr. Mark Weston first appeared in an episode set in Fiji. He worked in a clinic there when Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) and Toni McAllister (Laura Hill) visited but it was not long before he landed a job at Shortland Street. He was instantly attracted to Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne) and saved her life when his psychopathic friend Hugo Carmont (Fraser Brown) tried to kill her in exchange for Mark's romance. Mark began to date Maia's sister Tania (Faye Smythe) but he cheated on her with school girl Claire Solomon (Emily Robins) which ended the relationship. Mark had a near romance with Toni but reconciled with Tania but when he discovered an addiction to sex when online dating, Tania forced him to seek help. The two married in 2007 but Mark's love for Maia took over and he donated sperm to her behind Tania's back. Mark also landed himself as a lead suspect in several murders that took place. The stress got to him and he cheated on Tania with Meg Harris (Emily Mowbray) at his birthday party before he confessed the truth about his and Maia's child to the Jeffries family. Isolated and wifeless, Mark departed Ferndale for Australia. With the marriage annulled it was later revealed Mark had remarried and had a child.

Morgan Potts

Morgan Potts
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byMichael Morrissey
Duration2004, 2005, 2007
First appearance29 September 2004
Last appearance22 March 2007
Introduced byHarriet Crampton (2004, 2005)
Jason Daniel (2007)
Classification Former; recurring

Morgan Potts was the father of Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing). He and his wife Pam (Teresa Woodham) had raised Sarah's illegitimate son Daniel (Jarred Blakiston) as their own and arrived in 2004 to let him visit Sarah. The truth soon came out however and Daniel went to live with Sarah. In 2005 Morgan and Pam attended Sarah's wedding to Andrew Solomon (Paolo Rotondo). The couple returned in 2007 when they met Sarah's new fiance TK Samuels (Benjamin Mitchell). The couple left at odds with TK when Morgan continuously forgot his name. In 2011 Sarah announced that her parents were living in the Bay of Islands and would not be visiting for the birth of her daughter. In 2012 the couple talked to Daniel (Ido Drent) and Sarah on Skype. Morgan and Pam returned to Ferndale offscreen in 2014 to attend Sarah's funeral. The couple managed to convince TK to have Sarah's ceremony in a conventional church rather than the Samuels home marae.

Daniel Potts

Daniel Joshua Potts was the illegitimate child of Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing). He was raised as her brother but when he discovered the truth, came to resent Sarah. He was portrayed by Jarred Blakiston in recurring stints until 2005 and again in 2007. The role was recast in 2009 with Ido Drent taking on the character in a regular role.

Pam Potts

Pam Potts
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byTeresa Woodham
Duration2004, 2005, 2007
First appearance29 September 2004
Last appearance22 March 2007
Introduced byHarriet Crampton (2004, 2005)
Jason Daniel (2007)
Classification Former; recurring

Pam Potts was the controlling mother of Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing). She and her husband Morgan (Michael Morrissey) dropped Sarah's son Daniel (Jarred Blakiston) to Sarah's. Pam was disgusted when Sarah planned to reveal she was his mother and not his sister. Pam tried to keep Daniel but he insisted on being taken in by Sarah. In 2005 Pam returned with Morgan for Sarah's wedding to Andrew (Paolo Rotondo) and expressed joy at the coupling. However, in 2007 when Pam met Sarah's new fiance TK Samuels (Benjamin Mitchell), she was constantly at odds at him when Sarah rebuffed her confrontational behaviour. In 2011 Sarah announced that her parents were living in the Bay of Islands and would not be visiting for the birth of her daughter. Pam suggested the name of Matilda which was eventually chosen. In 2012 the couple talked to Daniel (Ido Drent) and Sarah on Skype. Morgan and Pam returned to Ferndale offscreen in 2014 to attend Sarah's funeral. The couple managed to convince TK to have Sarah's ceremony in a conventional church rather than the Samuels home marae.

Yvonne Jeffries

Yvonne Jeffries (née Gregory) was the interfering mother of Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne). The character arrived in a guest role in 2004, before becoming the hospital receptionist in 2005. She participated in numerous high profile storylines, the most prominent of which was her relationship with daughter Tania's (Faye Smythe) ex-boyfriend – Ben Goodall (Shaun Edwards-Brown). She was portrayed by Alison Quigan until 2011 and again in May 2012.

Ian Jeffries

Ian Jeffries
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Jeffrey Thomas
Duration2004, 2005–06
First appearance18 November 2004
Last appearance28 February 2006
Introduced by Harriet Crampton (2004, 2005)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
OccupationFarmer

Ian Jeffries was the husband of Yvonne (Alison Quigan). The two arrived in November 2004 and an increasingly frail Ian was diagnosed with motor neuron disease. The couple returned the following year and Ian was re-diagnosed with Kennedy's disease. Ian was a lot more accepting of daughter Maia (Anna Jullienne), when she revealed she was gay than Yvonne and he grew to appreciate Maia's girlfriend Jay (Jaime Prassier-Armstrong). Ian was sent away to rehab but when he returned Yvonne suspected he was cheating. After Maia's wedding he confessed his love and that he would never cheat and the two reconciled. Days later Yvonne found Ian's body off the side of a cliff, he had killed himself due to his deteriorating illness.

Claire Solomon

Claire Solomon
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Emily Robins
Duration2004–07
First appearanceEpisode 3140
25 December 2004
Last appearanceEpisode 3774
10 July 2007
Introduced byHarriet Crampton
Classification Former; regular
Profile
OccupationReceptionist at Shortland Street hospital (2005–07)

Claire Simone Solomon made her first appearance on Christmas Day 2004. Claire was the troublesome teenage sister of hospital CEO, Andrew Solomon (Paolo Rotondo) and quickly became a fan favourite. [6] Claire arrived unexpectedly back into Andrew's life in late 2004 after spending 8 years in the United Kingdom. Claire scandalously briefly dated older man, Maestro (Gregory Paintin) before over dosing on stolen morphine. She began to date Jake Valentine (Calum Gittins) before accidentally running someone over in her car lead to her controlling her bad-girl ways, including 100 hours of community service. However Claire left Jake for an affair with much older doctor, Mark Weston (Tim Foley) and much of the hospital staff rallied against her. Claire found a new lease for life in dating religious fanatic, Baxter Cormack (Tom Hern). The two became engaged but he ended up dumping her for religion. Claire scandalously had an affair with flat mate Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) whilst he was dating Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville) before she had a brief fling with Joey Henderson (Johnny Barker). In July 2007, Claire's naked body was found in a hospital dumpster and it was clear she had been murdered. For sometime after while the identity of Claire's killer remained unknown Kieran began to have nightmares about Claire's death and, due to his short memory, suspected he may have killed her without remembering it. In December it was revealed she, alongside 4 other women, had been murdered by Joey Henderson.

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