Real-life Home and Away couple Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor reveal why they quit the long-running soap: ‘It was time’
Home and Away stars Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor have revealed why they quit the show after months of speculation about their future.
The pair, who are a couple in real life, ended their time on the series after six years.
Speaking to TV Week on Monday, Sophie said the couple’s characters had run out of steam after a long run on screen.
Sophie, who plays Ziggy Astoni, said: ‘We have both done everything possible with our characters and it was time to start a new chapter.’
She called the move ’emotional’ but said the pair were ready for a new challenge.
Home and Away stars Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor revealed why they quit Home and Away to TV Week on Monday saying ‘It was time’. Both pictured
‘It’s bittersweet and emotional, but we realise how lucky we are to have had such an incredible run,’ she added.
Patrick, who plays Dean Thompson on the show, added the series has been a huge part of his life after starting at 24 years old.
‘It’s a huge commitment and a massive chunk of my life. I felt I changed into six different people in the time we were there,’ he said.
‘There’s a lot of growth both as an actor and a person. It’s a great place to work, but I was ready [to move on].’
The couple have battled rumours for months they were leaving the show, including at New Years when Sophie said she needed time to recharge.
Sophie, who plays Ziggy Astoni, said: ‘We have both done everything possible with our characters and it was time to start a new chapter.’ Here with Patrick
Speaking to Yahoo in December, Sophie said she wanted to find ‘joy’ and ‘focus on being happy’ in the coming year.
‘My New Year’s resolution is to find joy. I think next year I want to really focus on being happy, doing things that I love and doing things for myself,’ she said.
Sophie added she needs time to recharge after working though the pandemic.
A new group photo posted by Home and Away actress Lynne McGranger on her Instagram teasing next season did not include the couple (pictured)
‘After working so hard for so many years, I want to focus on me for bit,’ she added.
It followed a group photo posted by Lynne McGranger teasing next season did not include the couple.
Lynne, who plays Irene on the Channel Seven show, told fans on her Instagram that the loved-up pair filmed their last scenes in August.
The actress was responding to comments after eagle-eyed followers noticed Sophie and Patrick were ‘missing’ from the cast photo.
Sophie and her boyfriend Patrick play Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni on-screen and also enjoy an off-screen romance Pictured: The couple sharing a scene in Home and Away