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Channelling

Author: Penny Harrison
Date: 13/04/1998
Words: 293
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: The Guide
Page: 2
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Who plays Ruth Wilkinson in Neighbours, 6.30 pm week days on Ten.

Who is your favourite Neighbours character, and why?

Casserole the sheep. A mysterious character whose name holds his or her fate. See? We aren't even sure of the sex of Casserole, much less the innermost thoughts and feelings. Very enigmatic.

In what ways are you similar to your own Neighbours character?

We share the same legs and the same quick temper.

What is life like in your street?

Downright neighbourly, believe it or not! This Christmas we spent breakfast with one group of neighbours, had a family lunch at home, then dinner at another neighbour's! It's lucky we enjoy each other's company and cooking.

Why do you think Neighbours is so popular?

If I knew that, I guess I'd be a multi-millionaire on a desert island and not a jobbing actor! Sunshine, generosity, familiarity, laughter, concern for others ... and silliness ... are not to be underestimated, though, and Neighbours has all these in abundance.

Which character in theatre/television would you most like to play?

Fish in Neil Armfield's production of Cloudstreet - all right, I'm a woman and I'm too old, but I'd just like to relive the experience of that extraordinary play any way I can!

What are your favourite television shows?

News, Hamish Macbeth, Prime Suspect, Cracker, Friends.

Which actors do you most admire?

Too many ... In recent times I've admired the entire Cloudstreet cast, Richard Roxburgh, Angie Miliken, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Judy Davis, Kevin Kline. I also admire deeply every actor who makes a lifelong career in Australia, because we are still creating a tradition here and the actor's place is so uncertain.

 
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