Ada Nicodemou stars as Leah Patterson on Home and Away, a girl with a big heart and an even bigger ability to talk.
Ada, born on May 14th, 1977, was born and raised in Sydney.
As a kid, Ada went through phases but says that she always wanted to be famous and successful in whatever she did.
She joined the 'Johnny Young Talent School' and a dance show group called 'Kids Unlimited'. It was after joining these groups that she decided to get an agent.
Her first break in television at 13 years of age, funnily enough, was on Home & Away. Unfortunately she missed out on a role that went to Laura Vasquez. She did however do some 'extra' work on the show, which gave her the opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes workings of a television series.
'I remember watching Home and Away and I really wanted to join the show. Mum drove me to the auditions and there were so many girls there. I did go for a role, but missed out. I was very happy for Laura but do remember having to sit behind her in the classroom as an extra and wishing I was in her spot. So now that I am here, I really feel like I have gone the full circle and am back where I belong,' she says.
At 15, she auditioned for a new show called Heartbreak High and in March of the following year, when she was about to turn 16, they called her in for a 12 week guest stint. This short stint turned into a 3 year role where she played a character called Katarina.
During this time, Ada also had a role on Police Rescue, as she had agreed take up a role on the show before she was asked to become a regular on Heartbreak High.
Ada promised herself, when taking up the role on Heartbreak High, that she would complete her studies. Ada decided to study by correspondence in her last year of High School (Year 12), and balanced the two - studying scripts with studying for her final exams.
Ada deferred her tertiary studies for a year whilst she finished Heartbreak High. At 19, Ada studied Tourism at Tafe, where she had to organize events for clients and product placement.
In July 1999, at 21 years of age, she returned to television and took up the role as Fiona in Breakers. She then took a short break from the show to do a cameo role in the film The Matrix, (1998) starring Keanu Reaves.
In late 1999, she flew up to the Gold Coast to take up a role in the American television show Beast Masters, where she played a water nymph. After that role, she joined Home & Away, which she was really looking forward to. 'I was basically making up for lost time, I have wanted to be apart of this production for a long time and I love being with the show,' she says. Ada plays Leah Poulos, the Australian born daughter of Greek parents. Leah is proud of her heritage and devoted to her family. Since finishing school she has worked in her father's restaurant and developed into an accomplished chef. Leah is passionate about life and she will cry at the smallest injustice in life and boy can she talk! But she is also a good listener and will always provide a shoulder to lean on.
Leah came to Summer Bay alone and has nowhere else to go. She falls for Vinnie (Ryan Kwanten) who she tames, after being known as a ladies man. Viewers watched the wedding of the year between Vinnie and Leah and then celebrated with them as the birth of baby VJ into the world and cried with her when Vinnie went to Jail, paying for his father's crime of fraud. Now they watch her bringing up baby VJ on his own and dealing with the fact that he is deaf.
'I think she is very sweet and funny. She comes from a very strict Greek family and has a great set of morals that I think she has instilled in Vinnie as well. I really enjoy playing Leah because I can understand her thought processes,' she says.
Ada lives at home with her family which consists of her mum and younger brother. In her spare time she likes going to the movies and spending time with friends, dancing and keeping fit by enjoying the great outdoors and walking everywhere. One thing that does distinguish her from her character is that she not a cook. 'I am about the worst cook in the world. Mum has always done the cooking and she is brilliant so I have always left it up to her, but hopefully I may pick up a couple of tips through Leah.' She says.
To top it all off, Ada was nominated for the highest achievement in an actor's career- a Gold Logie at the TV Week Logie Awards last year and was nominated once again this year.
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|Home and Away: Season 20||Jan 15, 2007||Leah Poulos (2000-)||tbd|
|Home and Away: Season 19||Jan 16, 2006||Leah Poulos (2000-)||tbd|
|Home and Away: Season 18||Jan 10, 2005||Leah Poulos (2000-)||tbd|
|Home and Away: Season 17||Jan 12, 2004||Leah Poulos (2000-)||tbd|
|Home and Away: Season 16||Jan 13, 2003||Leah Poulos (2000-)||tbd|
|Home and Away: Season 15||Jan 14, 2002||Leah Poulos (2000-)||tbd|
|Home and Away: Season 14||Jan 15, 2001||Leah Poulos (2000-)||tbd|
|Home and Away: Season 13||Jan 31, 2000||Leah Poulos (2000-)||tbd|