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Saddle-up Satchwell

Date: 12/12/1999
Words: 858
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: Time Out
Page: 20


Full-time: actor

Pastime: horse riding

FORMER Neighbours starlet Brooke Satchwell is not dwelling over her departure from the soapie that brought her fame and a Logie award.

Since wrapping up her final scene for the show about a fortnight ago, the 19-year-old actress has temporarily relocated to Sydney to star alongside Bill Hunter and Alex Dimitriades in The Caribbean Tempest, which opens early next year.

Shakespeare's classic tale will come alive with rhythms, exotic costumes and the colour of a calypso carnival under the stars at The Royal Botanic Gardens.

Satchwell is best known as Anne Wilkinson, the new girl on the Neighbour's block who captured Billy Kennedy's (Jesse Spencer) attention and triggered a romance that has captivated audiences for the past three years. Their on-screen relationship was likened to the Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue) phenomenon.

After The Tempest's three-month stint, Brooke is looking forward to saddling up on her family's property (about 90 minutes from Melbourne) and enjoying the freedom of horse riding.

When did you discover the joys of horse riding?

I first started when I was 11 years old on a dirty, old, crusty welsh pony which looked like a little donkey. We now have three on the property and my sister is a mad-keen rider. I'm more of a trail ride sort of person.

How often do you do it?

I ride most weekends. When I used to ride more regularly, I would pack up a lunch and food and cruise off through the paddocks and ride for hours.

What's the appeal?

It's so much fun. I had a friend who lived near me and we used to ride around together. It's a great way of just getting out and bolting along at full speed.

What's your idea of a perfect Sunday?

It would just be a cruisy, beautiful day down at the beach with friends and then back to the house for a barbecue and a bit of backyard cricket.

What's your favourite drink?

It's Baileys and butterscotch schnapps. It's a good pick-me-up.

What are you like when you're drunk?

Very amicable. A bit carefree and very friendly.

When was your last wild night out?

My going away party when I finished work on Neighbours and then I had to get up and work the next day.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Greasy Joes. It's a hamburger joint in Melbourne and it's perfect for Sunday breakfasts because it serves breakfast all day long.

What was the last movie you saw?

The Matrix. I loved it. I'd been meaning to see it for ages.

What book are you reading?

I'm reading Playing Shakespeare, which is a book I got for my 18th birthday. I dug it out before I was coming to Sydney to do Shakespeare. Shakespeare is definitely a big jump from Neighbours.

What do your friends call you?

Chook. It has stuck since I was little.

Who was your first idol?

Suze DeMarchi. She is a cool chick.

Where did you have your first kiss?

It was my 13th birthday party and it was at my front gate and I thought he missed because it was slurpy and sloppy. It wasn't what I was expecting.

When was the last time you cried?

I had a bit of tear when I drove out of my gate on Thursday to come here.

Do you have any scars?

I have a big scar just below my left kneecap. It's from playing hide and seek in the dark with my friends in a car park and I ran into the back of car tow bar.

What did you dream about last night?

It was something to do with Tempest. It's always on my mind at the moment.

Holden or Ford?

I've got a Ford but I'd love an old EJ Holden.

What's the most unusual gift you've ever received?

A post industrial lamp. It's a big, whopping bedside lamp and I really like it but it just intrigued me when I first got it because I couldn't believe someone could see it and think of me.

What can't you live without?

My CDs.

Has success gone to your head?

I'd like to think not.

The Caribbean Tempest will run from Saturday, January 8, to Friday, April 21, next year at The Royal Botanic Gardens. For bookings, phone 02 9266 4800 or for group bookings, phone 02 9266 4807. Prices range from $27 to $39.

My brilliant career

Apart from working on Neighbours for the past three years, Satchwell has also regularly appeared on Good News Week and The Panel. She was awarded the 1998 Logie for Most Popular New Talent and this year she won the People's Choice award for Favourite Teen Idol. Her theatre experience includes The Wizard Of Oz, The Music Man, Musical Harriet and she has been involved with the Rock Eisteddfod as well as an educational training film. Satchwell has appeared in several television commercials including Just Jeans, Tattersalls, Australia Post, Clarkes and the Australian Video. Although she is only 19, she has already obtained her private pilot's licence.

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