Gold Logie winner Georgie Parker is joining the cast of Home and Away.
Parker, who most recently appeared on City Homicide, will revive a former character -‘Roo’ (Ruth) Stewart, originally played by actress Justine Clarke.
As the daughter of Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) she returns to Summer Bay after years of living abroad.
“I’m thrilled to be back at Channel Seven and to be part of Home and Away,” Parker said. “Working with Ray is a joy. We are having a fantastic time together. The whole cast and crew have been wonderful.”
Series Producer Cameron Welsh said: “We had such a positive reaction to Emily Symons’ return as Marilyn; we trust the fans will love having an original character such as ‘Roo’ back in the Bay. Securing Georgie Parker to bring her back to our screens is a real coup for the show.”
The role of ‘Roo’ was a sentimental favourite with viewers when portrayed by Justine Clarke from 1988-89, memorable for her romance with ‘Frank’ (Alex Papps) and resentment of ‘Ailsa’ (Judy Nunn). It helped make Clarke a favourite with Australian viewers.
Georgie Parker had 7 years at the helm of All Saints for the network, and another three in A Country Practice earlier. In recent years she has also appeared as both actress and presenter across Nine, TEN and the ABC in Scorched, The Society Murders, Stepfather of the Bride, Animal Emergency, Clever, Emerald Falls and Play School.
She has commenced filming on the series and will be on air later this year.