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Newcastle Herald

Home or away he's marooned

Author: with Amy Edwards and Anita Beaumont
Date: 22/06/2007
Words: 334
Source: NCH
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: News
Page: 14
LINCOLN Lewis may be a Sydneysider since landing in Summer Bay but when it comes to the State of Origin he will always wear his maroon jersey.

The son of league great Wally Lewis made his debut on Home and Away on Wednesday.

He has moved to Sydney for the role of farm boy and footballer Geoff Campbell.

"It was weird seeing my face on TV. I didn't cringe as much as I thought I would," he told The Word yesterday.

Lewis said his two great passions in life were football and acting, so it was great to be able to combine the two in his role as Geoff.

Lincoln has played football all his life and at one point considered following in his father's footsteps. But nowadays he is more of a supporter than an actual player.

He attended the second State of Origin game in Sydney with his co-star and mate Paul O'Brien, who plays Jack Holden.

Not surprisingly his dad Wally managed to get the lads a couple of tickets.

"There was only 30 people in Queensland jerseys out of about 70,000. I was there in mine with Lewis written on the back and the big number 6.

"I didn't think I'd survive the night," Lincoln joked.

While one might assume that being the son of Wally Lewis would put pressure on Lincoln to be a star in any career he chooses, he is taking his new acting role in his stride.

"I've grown up with it ever since I was born," he said of the high expectations. "I've learnt that whatever people say, positive or negative about you, you don't take it to heart. Dad or mum never put pressure on us."

The 19-year-old has an older brother Mitchell, 21, who is studying directing and a younger sister, Jamie-Lee, who Lincoln describes as the "sports freak of the family".

"My sister's inherited dad's genes," he said.

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