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Played: Ty Harper
Born 20th March 1986 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dean Geyer was the eldest of three children. From an early age, Dean expressed an interested in music and was inspired by his grandfather, a trumpeter. At 15, he moved to Melbourne with his family in order to complete his education and further his music career. In Australia, he began to learn the guitar and began writing his first material.
Dean's breakthrough came when he auditioned for the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006, where he performed a self-composed song, called Nice To Meet You. He was a hit with the judges and viewers like and went through to the live stages, ultimately finishing the show in third place.
On the back of his success, he later signed a contract with Sony BMG. His debut single If You Don't Mean It was released in May 2007, a few weeks prior to the release of his debut album, Rush, which peaked at number 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Dean also began dating Lisa Origliasso, a singer from band The Veronicas, and was even the supporting act in the band's 2007 tour. He later appeared in the video for their single, This Love. The couple announced their engagement in 2008.
As well as concentrating on his singing career, Dean was linked with a role in Neighbours, entering negotiations in July 2007. In November it was confirmed that he would join the show in the role of Ty Harper, a part written specifically for him. Dean spent four months preparing for the role, working with the Neighbours drama coach, as well as taking vocal lessons in order to help with his accent. Though initially believed to be a short-term character, Dean impressed producers so much that the decision was made to expand the role.
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