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Played: Nina Tucker
Appeared: 2002-2003, 2004, 2005, 2015
Before her Neighbours debut in 2002 as shy schoolgirl Nina Tucker, Delta Goodrem had already appeared in numerous television programmes including ‘Hey Dad’, ‘Police Rescue’ and ‘A Country Practice’ as well as various TV adverts for companies such as Nesquik, Galoob and Optus. She was born on 9th November 1984 and was named after the Joe Cocker song “Delta Lady”. This wasn’t Goodrem’s only link to the music industry. After showing constant interest in music, she signed a record deal with Sony and produced a pop album from which she released her debut single ‘I Don’t Care’, in 2001. It was originally recorded by Angela Via for her self-titled album in 2000. Even though Goodrem’s version of the single only peaked at number 64 on the ARIA Singles Charts, it is this song that brought her to the attention of the Neighbours producers.
In 2002, Delta joined the cast of Neighbours as timid teenager Nina Tucker and quickly won fans over with her quiet demeanour and natural beauty. Nina was also interested in music, and aspired to be a singer/songwriter. She, unlike Delta herself, lacked confidence until she performed the song ‘Born to Try’ after being entered into the 'Undiscovered' contest for UniFM. Born to Try would end up being Delta’s next single. With the help of her character’s popularity in the show, the song quickly went to number one in Australia and, later that year, hit number 3 in the U.K. chart. 2002 would turn out to be one of Goodrem’s most successful years to date. Her debut album, ‘Innocent Eyes’ also hit the number one spot, was certified 14x platinum, and boasts another four number one singles; Lost Without You’, ‘Innocent Eyes’, ‘Not Me, Not I’, and ‘Predictable.’ 2003 started out perfectly, when she won ‘Most Popular Female Newcomer’ at the Logie Awards. However, in July of that year, as Delta celebrated huge success in both singles and album charts in Australia and the United Kingdom, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, which attacks the body's immune system. She was forced to stop all working commitments, including her role on Neighbours while and begin intensive treatment. Nina therefore had to be abruptly written out of the show. And so during 2003 she suddenly vanished from Ramsay Street to live with her father in India. Later in the year however, Delta won seven ARIA Awards, including "Best Female Artist". Delta announced her remission in 2003, and the year later in May 2004, she took time out from her music to film the feature film Hating Alison Ashley, as well as returning to the show that had made her a star - Neighbours. Her character Nina returned to Ramsay Street for four episodes to tie up the character’s storylines and pave the way for the departure of Nina’s boyfriend, Jack Scully. Whilst on set, Delta filmed one extra scene and, in January 2005, Jack and Nina were reunited on-screen. She also appeared in the 20th Anniversary documentary in 2005.
After announcing in December 2003 that she was in remission, Goodrem began work on her second album, ‘Mistaken Identity’, a much darker album than her successful debut ‘Innocent Eyes’ reflecting her lrollercoaster of emotions during her cancer treatment. In October of 2004, she released the first single from Mistaken Identity, ‘Out of the Blue’. It debuted at number one in Australia and number nine in the United Kingdom. Her second single ‘Almost Here’, was a duet with her boyfriend, Irish singer Brian McFadden (Former member of popular Irish boy band Westlife), and reached number three in the United Kingdom. It also became her seventh ARIA number one, and her first number one in Ireland. In Australia she released the singles released ‘Mistaken Identity’ (Number 7), ‘A Little Too Late’ (Number 13), and ‘Be Strong’ (which was moderately successful).
In 2005, Delta embarked on her first headline concert tour of Australia, The Visualise Tour. Many venues sold out and over 80,000 tickets had been bought in total, making The Visualise Tour one of Australia's highest selling local tours. The Visualise Tour: Live in Concert was released in November and became Goodrem's second #1 DVD. On 15 March 2006, she performed a brand new song titled ‘Together We Are One’, at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in front of 80,000 spectators and up to 1.5 billion television viewers worldwide. The song was only ever released in Australia, and hit number two in the ARIA Singles Charts. She has also tried to launch her career in Japan and the USA with greater success in Japan after her single ‘Flawed’ reached number one on the Japanese download chart.
In 2007 Delta released ‘In This Life,’ the first single from her third album ‘Delta’. It debuted at number one on the Australian Singles Chart, becoming her eighth number one single in Australia. Where as her second album ‘Mistaken Identity’ was described as being a lot darker, this third album was a lot lighter, and had more of a pop feel to it. On the album, she said, “As people become more aware of your life, they can pinpoint what songs are about. On this album, I've tried to remove a lot of that and just write great pop songs, songs that are from my heart but there's no baggage with them". It was certified 3x Platinum. The second single of the album was ‘Believe Again’ and the video for the song was one of the most expensive made in Australian music history. The album also spawned two more singles; ‘You Will Only Break My Heart’, (which peaked at #14), and ‘I Can't Break It To My Heart’, (which debuted and peaked at #13).
Delta released her fourth album 'Child Of The Universe' in 2012, and in the same year she debuted as a coach on The Voice Australia, also appearing on the series' 2013 and 2015 seasons, whilst in 2014, she was a coach on The Voice Kids Australia. In
late 2014, it was announced that Delta would return to Neighbours for three episodes, marking the show's 30th anniversary. Her appearances as Nina were screened in March 2015, and she was also interviewed for Neighbours: The Stars Reunite, a special
documentary for the occasion.
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