Is Esther Anderson leaving HOME & AWAY? Does Charlie live or die?

The big question that all Home and Away fans have wanted an answer to over the last month or so is, “Is Esther Anderson (who plays Charlie Buckton) leaving Home and Away?”  For the first time in a long time, this has been a well guarded secret, and finally the answer was revealed today (when Home and Away returned to Australian TV screens, after its summer break). If you don’t want to know, please don’t read on ….


Unfortunately, the answer to this questions is, Yes, Esther Anderson is leaving Home and Away. Her character Charlie was shot by Jake and doesn’t survive the shooting.

In an episode which aired tonight in Australia, Charlie was rushed to hospital and put on life support. In upcoming episodes, her daughter Ruby (Rebecca Breeds) has to make the heart breaking decision of whether or not to turn Charlie’s life support machine off.

Before the episode aired, Rebecca Breeds (@BecEBreeds) tweeted: “30 mins ppl. I’m actually NERVOUS. I haven’t seen any of it yet so I’m watching if for the first time with Australia! Ahhh! X

She also tweeted:

“Shaking…. Heart in chest. Feel like I’m living it again. Ahhh. Amazing chase scene with Steve!” (She is referring to Steve Peacocke who plays Brax)

It seems the response from Australian fans, to Rebecca’s performance was positive. After the show, Rebecca tweeted:

“Completely overwhelmed by this response… Wow. U guys r amazing. Thank you.”

“And in answer- yes. Hardest couple of weeks of my career, may have had a few break downs (poor Luke) but SO worth it just for u guys!! Xx” (She is referring to her boyfriend Luke Mitchell who plays Romeo)

But back to the woman of the moment, Esther Anderson. It’s remarkable to think that Anderson shot her final scenes in August yet no-one let slip that she left the show.

How does she feel about leaving the show? According to  Anderson said, “five months on and I am happy with my decision to throw my life in the air and see what happens … One minute your life is one thing and the next you have no ties, no job and feel fantastic. It’s liberating,”

Like many former Home and Away, and Neighbours stars, Esther has decided to try her luck in Hollywood. She briefly visited LA before Christmas and had some meetings. In the process she picked up some modelling jobs but it is acting that she would like to continue with.

Hopefully this is not the end for Esther Anderson, but the start of a very long, and successful, acting career.

Here’s a sneak peek at this heartbreaking episode (the episode will hit Irish screens in late February/early March)

That’s Entertainment!

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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