Anne Wilkinson Brooke
Anne Wilkinson (née Hails) 1996-2000
Parents: Bill Hails and Ruth
Siblings: Ben and Lance
Children: Jackson, "Twin 1" and "Twin 2"
Family Tree: Wilkinson
Occupation: Student, Artist, Waitress
was never the coolest of teenagers, preferring to get involved
in school politics rather than go out clubbing. She always
spoke her mind and had a courageous, but often irritating,
tendency to always take the high moral ground. After her parents,
Ruth and Bill, split up, Anne went to stay with her father.
However, she had difficulty with her father’s new girlfriend
and so went to stay with her mum and brother, Lance, who had
recently moved to a new home at no. 32 Ramsay Street.
had little trouble settling at her new home and soon made
friends with the younger members of the street. However, one
neighbour with whom she wanted more than friendship was Billy
Kennedy. After getting close to Billy at various stages,
neither of them would admit that they liked each other. Billy’s
attempts to impress Anne ended in disaster when new neighbour
Vince lent him a video to watch with Anne. When it turned
out to be soft porn, Anne was disgusted and wouldn’t accept
Billy’s pleas of innocence. However, after being set up by
Lance and Toadie at the
Ramsay Street Christmas party, they began seeing each other
in a whole new light. However, the arrival of Anne’s ex, Justin
Black, put a big spanner in the works. Justin and Billy began
competing for Anne’s attention, something which did little
to impress her. Although Anne and Justin did share a kiss,
after the holidays, Justin gave up and went back home, leaving
Billy to make his move.
finally getting together, the young couple found themselves
banned from seeing each other when Anne was caught forging
notes at school. Things got complicated once again when the
mysterious Ben Atkins arrived in town. Anne was mesmerised
by this older man who seemed strangely interested in her family.
Her crush caused serious problems with Billy and the couple
decided to take a break from each other. When Anne finally
decided to admit her true feelings to Ben, she was in for
a huge shock – he admitted that he was her half-brother! This
sent Anne’s head spinning – she was angry at her mum, at Ben
and at herself. Seeing the pain she was going through, Billy
offered her a shoulder to cry on and the couple managed to
work things out.
eventually accepted Ben as her brother, Anne wasn’t exactly
thrilled when Ruth suggested a camping trip with the Martin
family, as she had started seeing Phil.
Upon their return, the family didn’t realise that they had
brought back a venomous snake. After a few sightings, Anne
was confronted by the snake one day in the house, Lance made
a valiant attempt to save her, but ended up bitten and in
need of hospital treatment.
in an attempt to spend time together, Billy and Anne went
away on a horse-riding weekend behind their parents’ backs.
However, they were found out when Billy’s horse galloped out
of control and he suffered an asthma attack. However, their
problems increased when Ruth, after splitting from Phil, decided
to take the family away from Erinsborough. Luckily, the kids
managed to get their parents to talk to each other, and Ruth’s
plans came to an end.
an attempt to spend some time alone, Billy set up a romantic
evening for the couple at the pool where he worked, however
the entire incident was caught on camera. Fortunately, Billy’s
boss saw the funny side of it and let him off. Meanwhile,
French exchange student Claire Girard arrived to stay with
the Bishops and quickly developed a crush on Billy. However,
Claire was easy to put off in comparison to Ben’s younger
sister Caitlin, who arrived
in town shortly after. She soon made it clear that she would
stop at nothing to win Billy away from Anne.
entering a ‘perfect couple’ contest, in Teen Girl magazine,
Anne was thrilled when she and Billy got through to the finals.
However, a photo shoot was called for and Billy told his girlfriend
that he wanted nothing to do with it, so Anne was forced to
get Lance in as a substitute. However, they were appalled
when they realised that they’d have to kiss and quickly pulled
out. Luckily, the incident led Teen Girl to hire Anne as a
part-time model for their features.
Billy was gradually slipping away from Anne, as he spent more
and more time with Caitlin. When Billy joined the swimming
team, Anne’s worries only got worse and he asked her if he
could join the team at the swim finals in Sydney. She hesitantly
agreed, but before he went, relations deteriorated and both
were left unsure of how things stood between them. Realising
that Billy had feelings for Caitlin, Anne decided that she
had to go to Sydney and see him. However, as she arrived at
his hotel door, she found him kissing Caitlin on the other
side. Heartbroken, she ran off and Billy struggled to find
her. By the end of the day, he tracked her down as she was
preparing to board her coach. He failed to convince her to
stay and she returned to Erinsborough.
Caitlin’s return to town, she headed to number 32 and warned
Anne that she was going to get Billy. The tiff was quickly
forgotten when news arrived that Ben had been involved in
a terrible crash at the racetrack. The girls put their differences
aside and when Billy returned, he and Anne tried to work things
out. However, as time went on, Anne found it extremely difficult
to get over her jealousy when Caitlin was concerned. They
split up once again, and Anne foolishly decided to go after
Drew Kirk, the new mechanic at
Lou’s garage. However, she
was embarrassed as he told her she was too young and he only
wanted her as a friend.
Anne had developed a close friendship with a local lady, Lily
Madigan, whose house was under threat from developers. However,
when Lily choked one day, Anne felt terrible as she struggled
to help and decided that she should get some first aid training.
Anne also put up posters, trying to warn people off the man
who was trying to take Lily’s house, but ended up with him
suing her for defamation of character. However, when the man
was found out to be a crook, Anne was congratulated and Lily’s
home was saved.
Kennedys had a new lodger, Joel
Samuels, an old friend of Mal’s,
who quickly developed a romantic interest in Anne. Despite
initial fears, Billy seemed quite happy for them to see each
other. However, it quickly fizzled out. Anne faced further
problems when she was interviewing a homeless man for a project
and he suddenly died on her sofa. Anne began to wonder if
she was cursed when Lily also died.
at the school, Amy, Lance’s
girlfriend, and Anne both decided to run for school captain
in their senior year, but when the results came in, they agreed
to share the role, causing more than one disagreement. Anne’s
living arrangements also changed when her mother married Phil
and the Wilkinsons moved across to number 26. She also found
herself getting closer to Billy once more as he struggled
to fit in back at the school and the couple tried again. However,
things seemed difficult when Anne applied to an art course
in Dawber, Queensland, far away from Erinsborough. However,
as the year came to an end, Anne was in for more than one
surprise. First, she learnt that she had inherited Lily’s
house, then the gang decided to go away on a camping trip.
While there, Billy and Anne slept together for the first time,
but she later overheard Billy telling Pinhead that it was
no big deal. Little realising that he was just trying to shut
Pinhead up and stop him gossiping, she took off in the ute.
Billy followed but couldn’t find her and she was later found
by Karl and Joel down by the
river. When the ute got stuck, they attempted to move it,
which resulted in Joel becoming trapped underwater as the
car slipped down the bank. While everyone escaped the accident
with their lives intact, Billy arrived at the hospital and
explained to Anne how much he loved her and the reasoning
behind his earlier comments.
in Ramsay Street, Anne found herself confronted by Gary O’Neil,
the great nephew of Lily Madigan. He tried to claim that he
didn’t want a fight over the house, but when it came down
to it, he tried to stake his claim in court – but Anne won
and decided that she would rent the house out, rather than
live there herself.
when exam results came in, Anne learnt that she would be going
to Dawber. After much soul-searching she decided to go, but
before this, went away to Broome with Ruth and Phil. While
she was gone, Billy saw the opportunity to win some money
for a trip to Dawber in a uni competition, but was forced
to kiss Amy. They couldn’t go through with it, and were worried
about Anne’s reaction. However, she was very calm about it,
realising their intentions were good. When the time came for
Anne to go to Dawber, she said a said farewell to Billy and
her family, but realised she couldn’t go through with it and
returned to Erinsborough the very next day!
was very disappointed with her daughter’s decision, but Anne
convinced her that she’d be fine at Eden Hills uni, and she
also scored a job at an Italian restaurant. But Billy soon
found himself consumed with jealousy over Anne’s friendship
with restaurateur Vincenzo Coletti. Anne had also been receiving
a lot of attention from David ‘Fanto’ Hodges, from uni, so
named because of his interest in fantasy comics.
Billy’s suspicions about her feelings for Fanto grew and after
a while, he decided to go behind her back and read her journal.
He quickly became addicted to finding out Anne’s secret feelings,
but Hannah was appalled when she walked in on Billy reading
the diary. When Anne found out, a fight broke out with Anne
getting injured and telling him that it was all over for them.
saw his opportunity to get closer to Anne and began spending
more and more time with her. Although Billy and Anne remained
friends, especially when Karl went missing in the bush and
she comforted him, there was a long way to go before they
could reconcile. As a relationship developed between Anne
and Fanto, she desperately tried to get Billy out of her system.
When Ruth and Phil decided to move away to Darwin, Anne was
left with the problem of finding somewhere new to live if
she wanted to stay in Erinsborough. However, Fanto was soon
at her side, offering her a place at the warehouse where he
and his arty friends lived. She was thrilled by this offer,
but soon after moving in, Fanto’s behaviour started to change.
After a dinner with Lance and Amy, he told her he didn’t think
she should hang around with them anymore. Anne was perturbed
and refused to do what he told her, but the final straw came
when Fanto came on heavy with Amy one day. Anne finally realised
what a sleaze he was and quickly moved out, opting to stay
with the Greenwoods for a while.
her relationship with Fanto ground to a halt, Anne found herself
spending more time around the old gang, and her old feelings
towards Billy resurfaced. When all the neighbours were out
in force for the Millennium Eve street party, Anne and Billy
found themselves thrown together, searching for Bob the dog,
who had run away. They admitted that they couldn’t live without
each other and shared a kiss. Meanwhile, Anne had also been
finding it tough living at the Greenwood’s place, with Amy
away so much. When she found out that Tess Bell was renting
out number 32, Anne quickly offered her services as a flatmate.
and Lance’s relationship had been going off the boil and Anne
was trying to support both of them, but found her loyalties
seriously tested when Amy admitted she was pregnant. Anne
offered her help, but was shocked to find out that the baby
wasn’t Lance’s and urged Amy to tell him the truth. When Lance
eventually found out, it put a serious strain on his relationship
with his sister, although he did forgive her. Meanwhile, Anne
was happy when Amy told Damien, the real father, the truth
and, after a few false starts, she accepted his marriage proposal.
Unfortunately for Anne, it meant losing her best friend, as
Amy set off for Fiji to get married, then settled with Damien
on the other side of the city.
only being back together for a matter of weeks, Anne was distraught
when Bill announced that he’d been offered an apprentice with
Greg Mast up in Queensland. At first, the couple thought they’d
have a few months to prepare themselves, but then Greg dropped
the bombshell that he’d be going in a couple of weeks. No
matter how much of a façade she put up, as soon as
Bill had gone, after a farewell at Luna Park, Anne broke down
in tears. She knew that she couldn’t live without him and
so decided to go and join him. After managing to get a transfer
up to Dawber Uni, she secretly headed up on the train, where
an unsuspecting Bill found her at the train station. She announced
that she was there to stay and the couple vowed that they’d
stay together forever.
Satchwell's portrayal of Anne won a Logie award for Most Popular
New Talent in May 1998
• She followed it with Most Popular Teen
Idol at the 1998 People's Choice awards
Episode 3220: 1998
Episode 3503: Anne
and Bill's Reunion