|2004 - 2006
Set in the rural outback of Australia, this
adventure series followed the exploits of two
squabbling half-sisters who ran Drover's
Run, their late father's ranch.
"Well if Clint Eastwood turns up to save us -
tell him to rack off." -- Claire McLeod
The people at and near Drover's Run included:
- Lisa Chappell as Claire McLeod, the
reticent, stubborn sister who was raised on
Drover's run and took over its operation when
her father died. Claire later died in a truck
accident after giving birth to her daughter,
Charlotte. The child was fathered by Claire's
less than respectable boyfriend, Pete.
- Bridie Carter as Tess Silverman
McLeod, Claire's, audacious, spontaneous, long-lost sister from a
second wife. She came to the ranch hoping to
sell off her share but realized the ranch was
in financial difficulties and so she stayed on
to help her sister through the hard times. Tess eventually married Nick Ryan and moved
- Sonia Todd as Meg Fountain, the
loyal housekeeper who eventually moved into
the city and later marries Terry Dodge.
- Rachel Carpani as Jodi Fountain,
Meg's daughter who stayed at Drover's
Run and was later accidentally killed in an
explosion set by a hitman who had targeted her
- Aaron Jeffrey as Alex Ryan, a local
helicopter pilot. After Claire's death, he had
romantic flings with Stevie Hall and Fiona
Webb before running his late father's farm Killarny. He married then divorced Fiona. He
still loved Stevie Hall and eventually
proposed to Stevie while she was covered in mud.
- Simmone Mackinnon as Stevie Hall,
who took over Drover's Run after Tess moved to
Argentina. She loves Alex. Stevie had a child
named Rose at the age of 15. During her
marriage ceremony Stevie and her maids of
honor approach the wedding party on horseback, as
Alex arrives in a cloud of dust by truck just in the nick of time.
||We've come here today, to join Alex and
Stevie together in marriage. And I think I speak for
everyone in the entire district when I say, "It's about
||Stevie, you're my best mate. The one I can
always count on to pick me up when times are bad. To share my joy when
times are good. And to tell me I'm an idiot on the rare
occasions that might be true. I promise to cherish... you. To
laugh with you. To love and protect you. To love your
daughter as my daughter. And everyday I'll ask myself how I
ever got to be so blessed.
||Alex, you are my best friend. And from now
on, thanks to you I get to fly. The girl with all the guts
was always so scared to even dream that she could bet truly
happy. Let alone to think that it might come true. But now I've got the
fairy tale wedding. Alex, I promise to love you, not from
this day forward because I have always loved you. I promise
I will continue to love you in good times and in bad, in
sadness and in joy with everything that I have to
give...completely and forever. And when I'm old and grey...
||You'll still be the hottest women I've ever
seen in my life.
||[Alex slips the ring on Stevie's finger] I
now declare you husband and wife; wife and husband. [They
When Alex dies after a being hit by falling tree branch on the
way from the airport, Stevie took on the responsibility of running
both Killarny and Drover's Run until she realized it was too much,
seeing that she also had a new baby boy Xander to raise. She opted
for managing Killarny and gave up her hold on Drover's Run.
- Miles Pollard as Nick Ryan, Alex's intelligent brother.
- Marshal Napier as Harry Ryan, Alex's father who coveted
Drover's Run. He was later killed by his wife, Alex's stepmother,
- Jessica Napier as Becky Howard, a blond,
strong-willed lead station hand hired by Claire after being raped
by her boss. She eventually falls in love with a station hand on
the Kilarny ranch and they leave to start a new life.
- Rachel Coppes as Ingrid Marr, the local veterinarian.
She has a draft horse named Hercules for a pet.
- John Schwartz as Ben Hall, Stevie's tough cousin. He
left home after beating his alcoholic father for hurting his
mother. He moved in with Stevie's family. Ben had a broken romance
with a girl named Monique and still wears her engagement ring
around his neck. He's Stevie's faithful friend and would do
anything for her to pay back the kindness she gave him as they
- Regina Ritchard as Jaz McLeod, the cousin of Jodi, Tess
and Claire. Before coming to Drover's Run she lived with her
father Hugh McLeod after his divorce. Jaz was an expert rider and
competed in European in equestrian events. When faced with a
challenge she hunkers down until she's mastered it.
- Abi Tucker as Grace Kingston, daughter of Jack McLeod's
brother Hugh and younger sister of Rachel McLeod.
- Luke Jacobz as Patrick Brewer, a farm hand at Drover's
Run and brother of Dave Brewer.
- Gillian Alexy as Tayler Geddes, a beautiful 17-year-old
who blames Regan for the death of her father who died in a mining
mishap. With no place to go, she stays at Drover's Run and
struggles with her feeling about Regan, who wants more than
anything to be her friend.
- Dustin Clare as Riley Ward, a loner, jack of all trades
and excellent horseman who helps out at Drover's Run. He is
in love with Jodi McLeod.
- Doris Younane as Moira Doyle, a self-proclaimed
psychic called "Mystic Miranda" who lives on Drover's Run and
does domestic work for room and board. She
manages a truck stop since her husband left her for another
woman. Moira also
owns a fuel hauling service that delivers petrol to local farms.
She made music video entitled "Truckstop Woman." with the lyrics:
"I'm handy with a spanner. I like a power
I never met a man I couldn't ever rule.
And if you want an oil change
Then grease my greasy palms.
But if you want an easy ride
Then go back to the farm.
I'm a truckstop woman. I don't back down.
If you can't take the heat, then get out of
Hit the highway, hit the byway
Nothing will stop her now
Because she's a truckstop woman
And she don't back down."
- Matthew Passmore as Marcus Turner, Alex's half brother
fathered by Bryce Redstaff, a city barrister. He is romantically
linked to Stevie when they're seen dancing together in a newspaper
- Michala Banas as Kate Manfredi, the eldest of three
sisters. She met Jodi in boarding school, attends Roseworthy
Agricultural College Kate hopes to manage a cattle station.
In the series finale, Drover's Run is out of
cash and must get all the sheep sheared in one
night and sold to save the ranch. With the help
of the Killarny ranch the shearing is completed
on time but a fire in the silo destroys all the
grain that was to be used to feed the cattle in
the coming months.
TRIVIA NOTE: The series (a primetime
soap opera) was based on the Australian feature
film McLeod's Daughters (1996). It was
launched on NINE Network in 2001 and ended in a
two- part movie length finale in 2009.
McLeod's Daughters was the first prime
time drama series to be shot entirely in South
Australia. It was filmed on Kinsford, a working
farm located in the Light Regional District
between the townships of Gawler and Freeling,
one hour north of Adelaide. The property was
purchased by the Nine Network in 1999.
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