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Home and Away’s real-life couple Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor reveal why they left Australia after quitting the long-running soap

Sophie Dillman of Home and Away has declared her intent to begin a theatre career in the United Kingdom.

The cherished 29-year-old fan favourite and her co-star, 30-year-old Patrick O’Connor, who played sweethearts on the popular serial, left the long-running series in January.

The couple has since relocated in London after just finishing a trip throughout Europe to see the sights.

Known for her role as Ziggy Astoni on Home and Away, Sophie says she is eager to start acting again.

According to Women’s Day, who spoke with the two on Monday, Sophie will prioritise the stage above the small screen.

Sophie remarked, “I was warned by an acting teacher that I don’t have the look for television because I had a chubby face.

That gave a 21-year-old who was still trying to figure himself out a lot more confidence! I therefore imagined that my work would be limited to acting and playing characters. Unexpectedly, I still have TV. But I really want to be in the theatre here.

Sophie and Patrick have travelled to Italy, Scotland, Ireland, and Portugal since leaving Australia in January.

The couple currently has no intentions to create a family, according to Sophie, who recently updated fans on her endometriosis battle.

“I’m 30 [soon] and have to think about my eggs dying, apparently,” Sophie exclaimed.

But I am aware that there won’t be any room for impromptu travel if I begin a reproductive journey at some point. We essentially played someone else for a very long time instead of ourselves. Right now, all we want to do is travel.

In other parts of the conversation, Patrick disclosed that the couple had their gorgeous puppy, a cavoodle named Winnie, shipped out from Australia, and are now back together.

The duo, who portrayed on-screen sweethearts Ziggy and Dean on Home and Away, gave TV Week an explanation of their decision to depart the programme after six seasons in February.

It was time to begin a new chapter since “We have both done everything with our characters,” the woman remarked.

She described the decision as “emotional,” but added that the two were up for a new adventure.


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