McLeod’s Daughters: Where are they now?

See what your favourites from Drovers Run are up to now!
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There’s no denying McLeod’s Daughters was one of our favourite Aussie television shows of all time. And fans could soon be reliving their favourite drama, with Nine Network confirming they are in talks with series creator Posie Grame Evans about a possible revival.

“We are talking to Posie Graeme Evans about how we could tackle it. We know how much everybody loves McLeod’s Daughters, it’s an important part of our heritage,” a spokesperson for the network told The Daily Telegraph.

“Nothing is commissioned, or set in stone.”

Fans were first clued into the talks after Michala Banas, who played Kate Manfredi and Simmone Jade Mackinnon who played Stevie Hall, both uploaded the same picture on their Instagram accounts earlier this week.

Michala and Simmone uploaded a shot of their characters Kate and Stevie, along with Jodi (Rachael Carpani) with the caption “Watch this space…”

Could it be back to TV for the McLeod’s women, or would a streaming service pick them up?

Bridie Carter McLeods daughters

Kiwi actress Lisa Chappell, who portrayed Claire McLeod (whose death on the show was traumatic enough to rival that of Patrick’s on Offspring) previously told TV WEEK the series “came along right when Australian drama needed it”.

“The timing was right, as we were this big, very different show about women on the land. It had a big heart. It struck a chord and the audience came with us.”

Perhaps the timing is now right again. We’re certainly ready to see what the team at Drover’s Run are up to now.

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McLeod’s Daughters Episode one

Then: Aaron Jeffery

Kiwi-born Aaron played Alex Ryan, the owner of Killarney, neighbouring property of Drover’s Run. He was killed in an early episode of the final season after being crushed in a freak accident.

Now: Aaron Jeffery

Aaron has been a familiar face on Aussie TV since finishing his McLeod’s Daughters role. You may have seen him recently in Neighbours, Wentworth, Underbelly: Chopper and Janet King.

Then: Lisa Chappell

Claire was the foundation of Drover’s Run. When her dad dies, she is struggling to run the farm on her own, until her long-lost half-sister, Tess returns home. Claire was killed off in 2003.

Now: Lisa Chappell

After Claire was killed off, Lisa pursued music and theatre. She also scored guest roles in Rescue: Special Ops, The Cult and Agent Anna.

Then: Bridie Carter

Oh Tess! A McLeod’s Daughters favourite, Tess became the owner of Drover’s Run following the death of her half-sister. She moves to Argentina at the end of season six.

Now: Bridie Carter

Following her time on McLeod’s Daughters, Bridie guest starred in a few Aussie shows and short films. She has since had a regular role alongside Erik Thomson in 800 Words.

Then: Ben Mortley

Ben had a short stint in McLeod’s Daughters as Alberto Borelli, Jodi’s (Rachael Carpani) husband. They were together in holy matrimony for all of a few hours, as she ended the marriage immediately after the wedding. Alberto then headed back to Italy.

Now: Ben Mortley

After McLeod’s, Ben scored a role in Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet and has since starred in a number of short films.

Then: Brett Tucker

Local vet Dave Brewer was played by Brett Tucker for three seasons. He was briefly engaged to Tess (Bridie Carter) before pursuing a relationship with Kate (Michala Banas). Dave eventually sets off for Africa and didn’t return to the show again.

Now: Brett Tucker

A long-running stint on Neighbours followed McLeod’s before Brett set off to the States. He is currently starring in the American remake of Mistresses.

Then: Catherine Wilkin

Catherine made regular appearances on the show as Liz Ryan, Alex and Nick’s mother.

Now: Catherine Wilkin

Since finishing her stint on McLeod’s, Catherine has landed roles in Outrageous Fortune, NZ-based movie The Weight Of Elephants and in 2016 she was in the Rebecca Gibney led series Wanted.

Then: Charlie Clausen

Check out young Charlie as station hand, Jake Harrison! Charlie had a short run on the show as Becky’s boyfriend. The pair left the show in season three.

Now: Charlie Clausen

You’re sure to remember Charlie’s next role as Alex Kirby in Blue Heelers and since 2013, he’s been a regular in Summer Bay as Zac!

Then: Craig McLachlan

Aussie TV favourite, Craig, played the manipulative Kane Morgan in season four.

Now: Craig McLachlan

Craig has been starring as Lucien Blake in The Doctor Blake Mysteries since 2013. He also stars in The Wrong Girl, has appeared on True Story with Hamish and Andy and has scored a role in upcoming sci-fi movie, Restoration.

Then: Dean O’Gorman

Remember bad boy, Luke? He was played by another Kiwi star, Dean O’Gorman. However, his short time on the show ended when Luke was sent to jail.

Now: Dean O’Gorman

You may not have recognised him under all the facial hair but, Dean landed the role Fili in the recent The Hobbit trilogy. He’s also starred in the Oscar-nominated Trumbo and NZ fantasy series, The Almighty Johnsons.

Then: Doris Younane

Truck stop manager and psychic, Moira Doyle, was a recurring character in series two to seven.

Now: Doris Younane

Her biggest role since McLeod’s was as Paula Doumani in political drama Party Tricks, alongside Offspring’s Asher Keddie.

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McLeod’s Daughters greatest moments

Then: John Jarratt

John played recurring cast member, Terry Dodge in seasons one to six. Terry and Meg marry and set off for a trip around Australia.

Now: John Jarratt

During his time on McLeod’s Daughters, John scored the role of the terrifying Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek. He’s since starred in the sequel and TV series, as well as landing a small part in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Then: Jonny Pasvolsky

From seasons five to seven, Jonny played Killarney overseer, Rob Shelton. He later reveals that he is in Witness Protection. Rob leaves when he realises the hitmen have found him but later returns under the name Matt.

Now: Jonny Pasvolsky

Jonny’s film and TV credits have since included roles in Home And Away, Mr & Mrs Murder and Mortdecai.

Then: Marshall Napier

Marshall played the recurring character of Harry Ryan. Harry believes he is Alex’s father but later finds out his wife was already pregnant when they married.

Now: Marshall Napier

Marshall reappears in Australian television frequently, having guest roles in Love Child, Jack Irish and Janet King. He is also a theatre regular, having starred in over 20 plays. He recently penned one of his own, titled Freak Winds.

Now: Luke Jacobz

After playing farm-hand Patrick Brewer on McLeod’s Daughters, Luke went to Summer Bay for three years as Angelo Rosetti. He then went on to host The X Factor.

Then: Matthew Passmore

Matthew joined McLeod’s in season seven as Marcus Turner. He later reveals he is the younger brother of Alex. When Alex dies, Matthew becomes the co-owner of Killarney and begins a relationship with new vet, Ingrid.

Now: Matthew Passmore

Following his McLeod’s Daughters stint, Matt headed to America where he starred in The Glades and Satisfaction.

Then: Michala Banas

Michala joined the show in season four as Kate Manfredi, a former classmate of Jodi. She is a farm hand at Drover’s but later leaves for Africa with Dave.

Now: Michala Banas

She has remained a regular figure on Australian telly, scoring roles in Neighbours, Upper Middle Bogan and Nowhere Boys.

Then: Myles Pollard

Nick Ryan and Tess had a firey, on again, off again relationship on Drover’s, and eventually married. He was thought to be dead after a plane crash, but actually just suffered amnesia. He and Tess eventually moved to Argentina.

Now: Myles Pollard

Myles has since appeared on Home And Away in two different roles and has recently stared in the movie Jasper Jones.

Then: Sonia Todd

Sonia appeared regularly as Meg Fountain in seasons one to five. Meg was the housekeeper at Drover’s and is the mother-figure of the farm. Her actual daughter, Jodi, falls out with her when she discovers her true paternity.

Now: Sonia Todd

Sonia spent four years as Gina Austin in Home And Away before leaving to pursue other projects. Her most recent role was Gail in Janet King.

Then: Simmone Jade Mackinnon

The actress, who played Stevie Hall for three seasons, was among those stars who shared this cryptic Instagram post.

Now: Simmone Jade MacKinnon

You may remember Simmone in Neighbours. She joined as Zoe for a small role in 2012. Simmone was also the presenter of Random Acts Of Kindness in 2009.

Then: Rachael Carpani

The youngest of the McLeod sister, Rachael played Jodi Fountain, who dreamed of being famous and leaving the farm.

Now: Rachael Carpani

She has since scored roles in The Glades and Against The Wall. Last year, she starred in two TV movies, If There Be Thorns and Seeds Of Yesterday – sequels to the popular Flowers In The Attic novel and film series.

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