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Model Es­ther An­der­son keeps her clothes on th­ese days, writes Siob­han Duck

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SHome and Away, PG Chan­nel 7, week­nights, 7pm Life in Sum­mer Bay Du­ra­tion: 30 min­utes ORRY boys. Af­ter years of parad­ing around in lin­gerie and biki­nis, Es­ther An­der­son is rel­ish­ing the chance to fi­nally keep her gear on.

That’s right, since join­ing Home And Away, the soap renowned for its beach­side lo­cale and swim­suit­clad ac­tors, the for­mer model and Post­cards pre­sen­ter hasn’t once had to strip down to her bare es­sen­tials.

As Sum­mer Bay’s straight-laced new po­lice­woman Char­lie, An­der­son has spent most of her scenes in uni­form. And she couldn’t be hap­pier. ‘‘I haven’t been in a bikini once so it’s re­ally fan­tas­tic,’’ she laughs.

‘‘Hav­ing spent a lot of time modelling lin­gerie and stand­ing around in lit­tle shorts when it’s freez­ing, I am re­ally en­joy­ing keep­ing my clothes on.’’

An­der­son says it has al­ways been her dream to be­come an ac­tor and she had al­ways viewed modelling and her work as a travel re­porter on Post­cards as step­ping stones to that goal.

Though Post­cards also pre­sented its act­ing chal­lenges — you try sound­ing ex­cited and knowl­edge­able about boats or ob­scure tourist des­ti­na­tions — An­der­son is de­lighted to fi­nally have a chance to flex her act­ing mus­cles.

Adding to her ex­cite­ment, An­der­son has also been a long-time fan of Home and Away and had to pinch her­self when she fi­nally found her­self on set in the diner with Ray Meagher, who has played the iconic char­ac­ter Alf Ste­wart since the show be­gan.

She was thrilled when she won the role on Home and Away, but had lit­tle time to cel­e­brate be­cause she was ex­pected on set for her first scenes within four days of hear­ing the news.

And that meant pack­ing up her Melbourne apart­ment and mov­ing to Syd­ney.

Though many would be daunted at the task of mak­ing such a big move so quickly, for An­der­son trav­el­ling for work has al­most be­come sec­ond na­ture.

An­der­son left her home in Gee­long when she was a teenager to pur­sue her modelling ca­reer in Ja­pan. She has trav­elled in­ter­na­tion­ally and was based in Melbourne when she filmed Post­cards.

She ad­mits mov­ing to Syd­ney and find­ing a house in be­tween learn­ing her lines and film­ing scenes has been hec­tic. ‘‘I’m so ex­cited,’’ she says. ‘‘I’ve only just started to calm down. It’s just been in­cred­i­ble.’’

Quite a change: for­mer model Es­ther An­der­son no longer freezes on cold sets with her new role as po­lice­woman Char­lie (be­low) in Home And Away. Pic­ture: NI­COLE CLEARY

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