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Sum­mer Bay stal­warts re­unite for Home and Away spin-off spe­cial

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TWO of Sum­mer Bay’s most pop­u­lar stars have re­vealed they’d be open to re­turn­ing to their soapie roots, years af­ter shock­ing fans with their de­ci­sion to leave.

Dan Ewing and Lisa Gorm­ley, who played on-screen couple Heath and Bianca, re­cently re­united on the Home and Away set to film An Eye For An Eye – a spin-off for stream­ing ser­vice Presto.

And the walk down mem­ory lane left both pin­ing for the good old days.

“I’d definitely be open to a dis­cus­sion about com­ing back, I have to say,” Ewing ad­mits.

“If the (right) sto­ry­line was there, I would. I wouldn’t want to play the same old Heath for an­other three years though – I’d want it to be fresh and him to have evolved.”

Part of Ewing’s will­ing­ness to re­turn to the role of res­i­dent heav­ily inked bad boy Heath came down to Archie, his one-year-old son.

Ewing and wife Marni have been rais­ing their bun­dle of joy mostly in Los An­ge­les. It’s a great city, es­pe­cially for an am­bi­tious ac­tor, but nowhere com­pares to home.

“Hav­ing a kid really changes your per­spec­tive,” Ewing ad­mits.

“The qual­ity of life here in Aus­tralia is unique.

“But most of all, I think It’s a dad thing … I’m look­ing at life for my child. And Marni really misses her fam­ily. Skype and FaceTime are great but it can’t beat the joy of see­ing your lit­tle boy run up to grandma for a big hug.”

Tech­nol­ogy means an ac­tor doesn’t have to phys­i­cally live State­side th­ese days to chase the big time, he says.

Since leav­ing the show, Gorm­ley has trav­elled, taught over­seas and starred in var­i­ous stage pro­duc­tions. And the na­ture-lov­ing per­former is in the mid­dle of build­ing an offthe-grid eco cabin in the Tas­ma­nian rain­for­est.

She would be open to re­turn­ing to the show that launched her ca­reer – just not yet.

“I’ve still got things I want to try,” Gorm­ley says. “I’ve done a lot of things that were on my list – I’m slowly tick­ing them off.”

De­spite the heavy sto­ry­line of the Presto spe­cial – which con­tin­ues on from Home­an­d­Away’s cliffhanger sea­son fi­nale on Wed­nes­day – she had a ball “get­ting the band back to­gether”.

Bon­nie Sveen is a cen­tral part of the spin-off, af­ter her char­ac­ter Ricky’s baby Casey is kid­napped. Adding to that, ev­ery­one is left reel­ing by Ash’s (Ge­orge Ma­son) rev­e­la­tion.

She rel­ished the chance to sink her teeth into a meaty sto­ry­line and be part of a history-making ex­per­i­ment.

“This is a first for the show,” Sveen says. “It feels dif­fer­ent too – they’re shoot­ing it dif­fer­ently. The cam­era­men played with fil­ters and an­gles and that sort of thing.

“It gives it a slightly dif­fer­ent look and feel. That made it an ex­cit­ing prospect.”

Ricky’s story arc in re­cent years has been a tur­bu­lent one, but Sveen thinks there’s a lot of life left in it.

“I think there’s a while to go in the jour­ney and I’m en­joy­ing it,” she says. “I’m not in any hurry to move on.”



NIGHT­MARE: Bon­nie Sveen as mum Ricky, whose baby has been kid­napped, in AnEyeForAnEye.

DRAWN IN: Dan Ewing is con­sid­er­ing a re­turn to Sum­mer Bay af­ter leav­ing Home­an­d­Away in 2014.

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