List of Shortland Street characters (2009)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street in 2009, by order of first appearance.

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Grant Marsden

Grant Marsden
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byAlan Lovell
Duration2009
First appearance10 February 2009
Last appearance27 February 2009
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; guest

Grant Marsden was Brooke Freeman's (Beth Allen) fraudster father who abandoned her and her mother in the late nineties following embezzling thousands of people's money. He arrived in February 2009 to support Brooke following her arrest for murdering Ethan Pierce (Owen Black). Brooke refused to see her father but with the help of Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt), successfully frauded Grant out of thousands of dollars by pretending to perform surgery on a previously undiagnosed heart problem. Grant fell for the scam and thanked Brooke before leaving.

Gabrielle Jacobs

Dr. Gabrielle Jacobs was the eccentric love interest for Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) with Asperger syndrome. She was portrayed by Virginie Le Brun until 2010 and for another stint from 2011 to 2012.

Tai Scott

Tai Scott
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byXavier Horan
Duration2009–10
First appearance6 March 2009
Last appearance5 May 2010
Introduced by Steven Zanoski (2009, 2010)
Classification Former; recurring

Patrick Tai "Paddy" Scott was the convict younger brother of Scotty (Kiel McNaughton). [1] He had finished his stint in prison for armed robbery when Scotty's wife, Shanti Kumari (Nisha Madhan), gave permission for the paroled Tai to stay at the newly wed's house. Scotty was infuriated and the lazy Tai soon began to intimidate Shanti, going so far as to give the impression he was going to rape her. Tai's negative attitude soon changed when he met Tracey Morrison (Sarah Thomson) and was inspired to learn to read English. However the arrival of his former criminal colleague Vince "Pigdog" Laws (Andre King) proved poorly for him, when Pigdog convinced him to participate in an armed robbery where a man was seriously injured. A betrayed Tracey turned Tai in, sending Scotty into depression. Scotty and Tracey visited Tai in prison the following year [2] and when a prisoner riot broke out, Tai was cautious to help the two escape when he discovered they had feelings for each other. However his good side was again shown and he helped an injured man, only to get shot by a gun squad. In hospital he gave his blessing to Scotty and Tracey and was later returned to prison.

Thomas Denton

Thomas Denton
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byMark Mitchinson
Duration2009
First appearance14 May 2009
Last appearance26 May 2009
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; guest

Dr. Thomas Denton was Kip's (Will Hall) overbearing father. He arrived in mid-2009 for a conference and tried to force Kip to grow up. Despite at first listening to his father, Kip realised it was important to stay true to who he was and kicked his father out.

The Watson triplets

Catherine, Elizabeth and William Watson
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byUncredited
Duration2009
First appearance3 June 2009
Last appearance5 June 2009
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; guests

Catherine, Elizabeth and William Watson were the triplets that Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) surrogated for her friends Cindy (Sarah McLeod) and Trent (John Glass). However Morgan realised they were insuitable parents and decided to mother the children with her boyfriend Gerald Tippett (Harry McNaughton). Morgan gave birth to the children on 3 June 2009 and shocked all when she announced she was giving the triplets to the Watsons.

Jack Fisher

Jack "Fish" Fisher
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byStephen Handisides
Duration2009
First appearance8 June 2009
Last appearance16 June 2009
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; guest

Jack "Fish" Fisher was Kip Denton's (Will Hall) old friend. He arrived in Ferndale to catch up with Kip but was left disappointed when Kip was busy with his new commitment as head of ED. He instead started to hang out with Alice Piper (Toni Potter) and the two later left to Rarotonga with Kips' tickets he won in a raffle. Fish and Alice started a holiday romance but when it came to leaving the country, Fish left Alice behind when she decided she was in love with Kip.

Naomi Stephens

Naomi Stephens
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byChristina Bristaw
Duration2009
Appears on16 June 2009
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; guest

Dr. Naomi Stephens was the Cook Islander doctor who was running a clinic in Rarotonga. She met Kip Denton (Will Hall) whilst he was on holiday there and the two soon started a romance. However Naomi revealed she was leaving to America and offered her job to Kip who accepted.

Aroha Reed

Aroha Reed
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byGeneva Alexander-Marsters
Duration2009
First appearance19 June 2009
Last appearance17 September 2009
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; recurring

Aroha Reed was the slacker, party-girl nurse who arrived to the hospital in mid-2009. Aroha hated nursing and fell into it when her singing career did not take off. Many of the staff disliked Aroha due to her lazy nature and arrogant behaviour, however Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) fell for her. Aroha was insulted when Gerald (Harry McNaughton) accused her of burglary but finally settled down and accepted her career as a nurse. However the arrival of rapper - Savage to the hospital saw Aroha be offered a singing contract and she suddenly left to perform on a cruise ship.

Maxwell Avia

Maxwell Avia
Shortland Street character
Portrayed by Robbie Magasiva
Duration2009–12, 2015
First appearance19 June 2009
Last appearance2 September 2015
Introduced bySteven Zanoski (2009)
Simon Bennett (2015)
Classification Former; regular
Profile
OccupationHead of Emergency Department (2009–12)
ResidenceHong Kong

Dr. Maxwell Avia appeared in a regular role for 3 years, portrayed by Robbie Magasiva. [3] He appeared until 13 July 2012 and though he was primarily involved in drama story lines, the actor's comedy background allowed Maxwell to delve into humorous scenes. [4] Magasiva reprised the role for a guest stint in 2015 for his brother's (and on-screen cousin) wedding. [5]

Maxwell was hired to replace Kip Denton (Will Hall) as head of the Emergency Department. Despite initial chemistry with Tania Jeffries (Faye Smythe), Maxwell began to date Tracey Morrison (Sarah Thomson). However, when the extent of Maxwell's gambling addiction came to light, Tracey broke it off and Maxwell rebounded with Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing). He clashed with her ex-husband TK Samuels (Benjamin Mitchell) and the relationship ended when Maxwell's daughter Ula Levi (Frankie Adams) arrived and brought along Maxwell's ex-wife Vasa Levi (Teuila Blakely) Vasa seduced Maxwell and they slept together, Sarah was willing to forgive him but shortly after agreed with him it was never going to work due to their feelings for their former partners. In 2011 Maxwell began to date Nicole (Sally Martin) but cheated on her with Bethany Hall (Michelle Langstone). Nicole and Maxwell broke up before briefly reconciling and ending it for good in 2012. Maxwell struggled to deal with the news that Ula was pregnant but following the birth accepted a job in Hong Kong and departed in July. Ula and Vinnie (Pua Magasiva) visited Maxwell the following year. Maxwell unexpectedly returned in September 2015 to attend Vinnie's wedding to Nicole, announcing his new celebrant's license and officiating the ceremony.

Joan Pierce

Joan Pierce
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byTina Greenville
Duration2009
Appears on22 June 2009
Introduced bySteven Zanoski
Classification Former; guest

Joan Pierce appeared for a single episode in June 2009. She was Ethan's (Owen Black) mother and was at the trial of Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne), who had murdered him. Brooke (Beth Allen) took Joan as a companion to guilt Maia into retaining her guilty plea, however Joan felt sorry for Maia and sympathised with her mother Yvonne (Alison Quigan) as both their children had killed.

Ben Goodall

Ben Goodall
Portrayed byShaun Edwards-Brown
Duration2009–10
First appearance15 July 2009
Last appearance8 June 2010
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; regular
Profile
OccupationParamedic

Ben Goodall was the optimistic paramedic who met Yvonne Jeffries (Alison Quigan) during a bank heist in mid-2009. The two bonded over the accident and Ben soon started to date Yvonne's daughter Tania Jeffries (Faye Smythe). However the polar opposite relationship did not last and it soon became clear Ben was more interested in Yvonne than Tania. The two eventually began to date in private and went public with the relationship in December, disgusting Tania. The two moved in together but many began to suspect Ben of being a gold digger when his ex who was a similar age to Yvonne, Heather Sloane (Jan Saussey) arrived. Ben proposed to Yvonne but instead of marrying, the two had a huge party. Whilst driving Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) to the supermarket, Ben was assaulted by a small gang of hoodlums and later it was discovered he had a brain hemorrhage. He fell brain dead and after several arguments between Yvonne and his sister Anita (Lara Fischel-Chisholm) as to whether he would come back alive or not, his life support was turned off a week later.

Oliver Ritchie

Oliver Ritchie
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byMark Warren
Duration2009
First appearance20 September 2009
Last appearance24 November 2009
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
OccupationDoctor

Dr. Oliver Ritchie was the mentally ill doctor who performed experiments on his colleagues. He moved into Scotty (Kiel McNaughton) and Shanti's (Nisha Madhan) spare room but gained attention with his strange habits. He helped Shanti when she fell sick but Scotty believed his healing was borderline cruelty. Shanti soon died and Oliver moved in with Libby (Fleur Saville) and Gerald (Harry McNaughton). He began to date Libby and conned her into spending a week with him at home, where he purposely infected her with dengue fever and recorded the results. Scotty discovered Oliver was behind his wife's death and freed Libby before savagely beating Oliver. In December, Gerald announced that Oliver had been imprisoned for his crimes.

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller first appeared in September 2009 as a potential love interest for Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne). She is portrayed by Sally Martin.

Howard Carter

Howard Carter
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byRoss Anderson
Duration2009
First appearance6 November 2009
Last appearance11 November 2009
Introduced by Steven Zanoski
Classification Former; guest

Howard Carter was the grandfather of a patient in the hospital who quickly fell for receptionist Yvonne Jeffries (Alison Quigan). Yvonne was not interested in Howard but started seeing him to hide her affections for the much younger Ben Goodall (Shaun Edwards-Brown). Yvonne and Howard were about to set out on a holiday when Yvonne learned Ben had been injured and left Howard devastated when she admitted she was not interested in him.

Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byThijis Morris
Duration2009–10
First appearance19 November 2009
Last appearance3 August 2010
Introduced by Steven Zanoski (2009, 2010)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Other namesSid Mitchell
Sven

Sean Thomas Mitchell was the manipulative brother of Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt). He proved a thorn in Kieran and Sophie's (Kimberley Crossman) romance when he arrived under the name "Sid", so as to claim ownership of "The IV" bar. Kieran paid his ignorant brother to leave, but he returned shortly after, having started a strip club business. In 2010 Sean soon realised that Kieran had killed Morgan Braithwaite (Bonnie Soper) and took the blame for the killing from the police shortly before fleeing the country. Kieran heard the news that Sean had died in July 2010 only to discover days later Sean was alive and being held captive by White Dragon (Matt Sunderland) as a lure for Kieran. Sean and Kieran escaped however and ended up on a cliffside where White Dragon fell to his death. Kieran admitted to the death of Morgan to her sister Nicole (Sally Martin) and ex-husband Gerald Tippett (Harry McNaughton) before sacrificing himself so that Sean lived. Sean was later sent back to the United Kingdom.

The role was created specifically for Morris after he auditioned for a separate role. [6]

Jeremy Tyler

Jeremy Tyler
Shortland Street character
Portrayed byEryn Wilson
Duration2009
First appearance3 December 2009
Last appearance7 December 2009
Introduced bySteven Zanoski
Classification Former; guest
Profile
HomeWellington

Jeremy Tyler was an internet entrepreneur. When Rachel (Angela Bloomfield) returned in 2007, she bragged to Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) that the two were engaged but admitted that she did not love him. In 2009 when Chris noticed Rachel was having severe problems with her alcohol, he contacted Jeremy and brought him to Ferndale. Jeremy was keen to restart the marriage whilst Rachel was not and when Jeremy discovered Chris and Rachel had slept together whilst he was engaged to her, he physically attacked Chris. Jeremy later offered a reconciliation to Rachel but she declined and they decided to sell their house. In January 2014, Rachel travelled to Wellington to finalize her divorce with Jeremy.

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Yvonne Jeffries

Yvonne Jeffries is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. She was portrayed by Alison Quigan in a guest stint in 2004, before returning in a regular role the following year. She remained on the show until 2011 and returned as part of the shows 20th anniversary in May 2012.

Maia Jeffries

Maia Anne Jeffries is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. She was portrayed by Anna Jullienne from mid-2004 to early-2011, with the character starring in numerous high-profile storylines alongside her on screen family. The character returned as part of the show's 20th anniversary in May 2012.

Libby Jeffries

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Kieran Mitchell

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Brooke Freeman

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Jay Copeland

Jessica "Jay" Copeland is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who was portrayed by Jaime Passier-Armstrong from mid-2004 to mid-2007. She was the show's first lesbian regular character and longtime love interest for Maia Jeffries.

Leanne Black-Johnson

Leanne Black-Johnson is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street who was portrayed by Jennifer Ludlam. Leanne debuted as the mother of established character Nicole Miller in a guest role in 2010, before reprising the role in more central positions in both 2011 and 2014.

Vinnie Kruse

Vainu'u "Vinnie" Kruse-Miller is a fictional character from the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, played by Pua Magasiva. Vinnie first arrived on 25 November 2003, leaving the show on 23 February 2006. He made a return to the soap after a 5-year gap on 16 August 2011.

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Tania Jeffries

Tania Jeffries is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. She was portrayed by Faye Smythe from 2005 to 2010, with the character starring in numerous high-profile storylines alongside her on screen family. The character returned in May 2012 as part of the show's 20th anniversary.

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