When Cameron Daddo delivered a memorably touching depiction of Ryder’s (Lukas Radovich) terminally ill father, Evan, there was hardly a dry eye in the global Home and Away culture.
And then the biggest surprise was about to come. The character’s death did not signal the end of Cameron’s tenure on the weeknight hit series.
In reality, when he stepped into the shoes of Evan’s long-lost twin Owen, the beloved actor had only just laid Evan to rest, much to the surprise and joy of not only his fans but his co-stars.
“Georgie Parker, who plays Owen’s love interest Roo, recently said on Seven’s The Morning Show, as Cameron’s long-time dear friend:” We all love Cam, so it was such a pleasure.
The affable actor agrees that with Owen now happily settled in our favorite seaside place, and romancing up a storm with Roo, he couldn’t have wished for more.
“It’s just been positive — the social feedback,” Cameron says.
“The reaction was overwhelmingly kind. I believe people said before this, “That’s Cameron Daddo done for Home and Away!” ‘So, luckily, this was a good treat for a lot of people.
For me, living at home and abroad has been a pleasure. And Georgie is a decent guy, a good human being. The foundation of our relationship is not to work together, which is lovely.
Since resettling with his partner, Alison Brahe, and their three children in Sydney three years ago, after two and a half decades of living and working in the US, Cameron has never doubted the family’s decision to return.
“It’s where we want to be, living here in Australia,” he says simply.
There are so many things to love about this world, our parents included. Our parents are getting older, and we have lost 2.5 years of their lives, a lot of our justification for moving back. It was just time to get back there.
Cameron has attached another string to his bow, as co-host, alongside Alison, of their podcast, Different Toilets, and Other Handy Marriage Advice, also a popular evening presenter on Smooth FM.
We’re in 43 episodes now, and we’re chatting to Johanna Griggs and her partner Todd this week … Nicer Homes and Different Toilets, we’re calling it! “He’s smiling.
“Whether it’s our own friends and what we’ve learned, or relating to other partners, it’s Ali and I discussing relationships.”
What is also clear is that their trio, Lotus, 24, River, 20, and Bodhi, 14, could not be prouder of Cameron and Alison.
None of whom, Cameron reveals, have yet to demonstrate any inkling of trying to pursue acting careers.
And with him, that’s more than perfect, too.
A laughing Cameron says, “I think they’re all pretty much on their own road and we’ve encouraged them to follow their own hearts.”