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Played: Anne Wilkinson
Born 14 November 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Brooke Kerith Satchwell was born to Andrew, an estate agent, and Jane and has one younger sister, Cate. She had only appeared in school plays and a few television commercials before her big break came in 1996 when, after an audition with Neighbours, she scored the role of Anne Wilkinson at the age of 15. Before winning the role, she had spent two summers working in a morgue and was considering becoming a forensic scientist.
Brooke quickly rose to fame in both the UK and Australia thanks to her role as Anne, which, in May 1998, won her the Logie Award for Most Popular Female Newcomer and, along with Jesse Spencer as Billy Kennedy, she became one half of the show’s newest golden couple and her public profile grew as she started dating Matthew Newton, the actor son of one of Australia’s most popular television personalities, Bert Newton. The relationship ended in 2006. In late 1999, after 3 and a half years in Ramsay Street, Brooke quit the role of Anne, stating that although she would miss her fellow cast and crew, she wouldn’t miss playing Anne. Brooke then moved to Sydney, where she appeared as Miranda in the successful outdoor stage production The Caribbean Tempest, alongside another former Neighbour, Alex Dimitriades.
Her next screen role was the recurring part of Sophie Ferguson, between 2000 and 2001, in Water Rats, before appearing on stage again in The Graduate, a show which was cancelled early due to poor ticket sales. After a guest role in BeastMaster, she won another regular part, as single mother and police detective Sophie Marinkovitch. That show was axed in 2003, after two seasons, and acting roles began to dry up for Brooke, so she started working as a sales assistant in a clothes shop. 2006 saw her back in the limelight, with roles in two major new Australian drama series’, firstly as guest character Flick in Tripping Over, then in the lead role of Donna in gang drama Dangerous, as well as becoming a presenter on children’s television series, Playschool.
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