Lads far away from home
The River Boys keep their shirts on and wear their hearts on their sleeves as Home and Away heads to the UK, reports
LOVE and loyalties may be tested as Home
and Away’s resident brat pack heads to London on the popular Seven soap this week. But off- screen, Lincoln Younes and Steve Peacocke’s relationships and lives are far less complicated.
The pair, who play River Boys Casey and Brax on Home and Away, have spent three years forging an off- screen friendship as their alter- egos’ lives have unfolded on screen.
Peacocke, 32, says Younes, 22, brings out the best in him professionally. Equally, Peacocke’s calm presence has made Younes’ first full- time acting gig an easy one to settle into.
“Linc is like a bloody pup – wherever you take him you have to keep the leash pretty tight, otherwise he wanders off,” Peacocke deadpans.
The trip to London gave Younes the chance to take care of some unfinished business. “I was going travelling before I got the role on
Home and Away three years ago, and put that on hold to take the job,” he says.
“Three years on, I got to go anyway for work, so it worked out nicely.”
And he welcomed the chance to rug up against the London cold rather than have to stay in shape for those emerging- from- the- surfat- Summer- Bay shots that have won the River Boys a legion of young female fans.
“I was like, ‘ Stuff this, I’m gonna have beers and burgers’,” he says. “I apologise for any shirtless scenes straight after it.”
The young actor admits he’s mystified by the fan reaction to the River Boys’ assets. “I still find it completely odd,” he laughs. “I couldn’t get a start with girls before I started on the show. I find the whole thing very odd.
“I have an amazing girlfriend of two years – she keeps me well- grounded.”
As far as staying grounded, Younes need look no further than Peacocke for cues. Peacocke was given a hiatus from Home and
Away duty last year to shoot his first feature film, Hercules, due for release in the US in July.
The movie, a joint creation of Hollywood heavy- hitters MGM and Paramount, sees him in a supporting role alongside Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell and could be the break into movies he has dreamed of.
And he’s typically philosophical about knocking on Hollywood’s door.
“I really only had a small role, but the producers and everyone involved seemed to like my work,” he says.
“Whether or not that fits into the final cut I don’t know.
“Hopefully it does and that leads to more work down the track. I want to be in films – that was the original dream – but this Home and
Away ride has been a dream in itself.” For now, Peacocke is enjoying his recent engagement to long- time love Brigette Sneddon – a relationship he laughs is far less fraught than the one that takes Brax to London to win back his girlfriend.
“Ricky [ Bonnie Sveen] has made a choice and she hasn’t chosen him, so Brax thinks a grand gesture is in order,” Peacocke says.
“Although God knows how he actually got into the country with his criminal record. Thankfully, my life’s far more normal.
“I didn’t have to chase across several countries to get my girl.”
STICKING TOGETHER: Dan Ewing, Steve Peacocke and Lincoln Younes travel to London in Home and Away.