Susan "Belle" Jefferies (née Taylor) is a fictional character from
the Australian soap opera Home and Away, played by Jessica Tovey. She
made her first on-screen appearance on 3 February 2006. Belle's
storylines included finding her birth mother, a drug addiction, her
Aden Jefferies and being diagnosed with cancer. In
2009, it was announced that Tovey had quit the show and the writers
took the decision to kill off the character. Belle made her last
appearance on 11 August 2009.
2 Character development
2.2 Painkiller addiction
6 External links
Home and Away
Home and Away in 2006 when she was 18. The character
of Belle was her first television role. On joining the cast, Tovey
said she was "overwhelmed" and found it "daunting". She added "It was
hard not to feel intimidated and nervous about joining the cast, this
was really my first television role, so it was a huge step".
In April 2009, Tovey announced that she had quit Home and Away.
On her decision to leave, Tovey said "I can't stress enough what a
hard decision it was and that I nearly changed my mind a few times. I
still feel sad about it, but I really just wanted a change".
Tovey's final scenes were filmed in the same month and shown on
Australian screens in August. Tovey said she found filming her
final scenes "heartbreaking", but she said that she was happy with the
writers' decision to kill off the character.
Belle is described as being a "cheeky, extroverted young girl". She
was full of insecurity from her "disciplined and controlling"
upbringing. She craved love and attention from her parents, which they
never gave to her. Belle's parents were shocked to discover their
daughter was rejecting their conservative lifestyle and hanging out
with the wrong crowd. On her character Tovey said "Belle is
fantastic, she's sassy and fun with quite a mouth on her! We have also
seen a more vulnerable side to Belle with her romance with Aden this
year and next year, we will see Belle go on a bit of a downward spiral
which is a good challenge as an actor".
In 2009, Belle developed an addiction to painkillers. The storyline
meant Tovey had to spend weeks crying and shouting, but she was
determined to do a good job and worked hard on the scenes. Tovey
revealed that the addiction storyline made a bigger impression on her
than any of Belle's other plots. She also stated "It was very
challenging at points but I have to say I was quite relieved when it
was over because it was quite exhausting at points". Belle spent
weeks lying to cover up her addiction and she became "erratic". Her
painkiller addiction was discovered by her boyfriend, Aden (Todd
Lasance), after he gave her a necklace and she used it to buy more
drugs. Tovey told Carolyn Stewart from
TV Week that it was "a huge
deal" for Belle to give up the necklace to her dealer, but she had
nothing else to give him.
Nicole Franklin (Tessa James) spotted
the necklace in a pawnshop and told Aden, who was heartbroken.
Tovey explained "He's so in love with her, but by pawning the
necklace, she's essentially saying that the drugs mean more to her
than he does. She might not think that's true, but the fact is she's
put her need for drugs before everything else in her life."
When Aden confronted Belle, she denied taking pills, but he tore the
room apart and found her stash. He then "absolutely loses it" when
Belle kept lying to him and stormed out. Belle later told Aden
that she would get off the drugs, but he knew that he could not be
around to witness it, as he went through a similar situation with his
alcoholic father. Tovey noted that everything Belle said brought back
bad memories for Aden. Tovey commented that Aden questions
everything Belle ever told him and realised that she was not the
person he fell in love with. That left Belle devastated and she
realised that she has pushed him too far and their relationship was
over. Tovey said "Her whole world seems to be crumbling because of
her drug problem – she lost her job, now it looks like she'll lose
her relationship, too – and Belle just feels she has nothing
left." Tovey thought that fans of the couple should be worried
because there seemed to be no way that they were going to get through
the situation, as what Belle had put Aden through had worn them both
"down to their bare bones."
Shortly after finding out she is adopted, Belle arrives in the Bay to
find her birth mother.
Ric Dalby (Mark Furze) finds Belle living rough
and he brings her food, he later lets Belle hide out in his bedroom.
Ric's foster mother,
Sally Fletcher (Kate Ritchie) finds Belle and
insists that she leaves as her husband, Flynn (Joel McIlroy) is
terminally ill. Belle returns a few times and one day she accidentally
knocks Flynn down the stairs, which weakens his condition. Belle is
caught breaking into Irene Roberts's (Lynne McGranger) car and Irene
offers her a room at her house. Belle begins spending time with Ric
and she kisses him in front of his girlfriend,
Cassie Turner (Sharni
Vinson). Ric and Cassie split and Belle and Ric begin dating.
Ric helps Belle in the search for her birth mother and they find
Katherine Lansdowne (Geraldine Turner), who turns out to be Belle's
grandmother. Kitty tells Belle that her mother is dead, but a few
weeks later it is revealed that
Amanda Vale (Holly Brisley) is Belle's
birth mother. Belle is sad when Ric decides to get back with Cassie.
Amanda tries to help Belle win Ric back and relations between mother
and daughter thaw. Belle then moves in with Amanda. Belle dates Drew
Curtis (Bobby Morley) until Drew suddenly splits up with her for
another woman. Amanda tells Belle that she is the other woman and
Belle goes back to Irene and starts dating
Lucas Holden (Rhys
Wakefield). One night, Belle accepts a lift home and is kidnapped by
her aunt, Kelli Vale (Alexa Ashton). Peter Baker (Nicholas Bishop)
rescues her and relations between Belle and Amanda improve once more.
Drew realises that he loves Belle and she still has feelings for him,
but she continues to stand by Lucas. Belle mistakenly thinks that Drew
slept with Lisa Duffy (Jessica McNamee) and she sleeps with Lucas.
Drew and Belle later get back together. Drew splits up with Belle when
he finds out that she knew about Kelli's revenge plan on Amanda. Kelli
spikes Amanda's drink, but Belle drinks it and collapses. Peter
arrests Kelli and Amanda decides to leave town. Belle tries to talk
Drew out of drag racing with Lisa and
Dom Moran (Sam North), but he
does not listen. Dom gets Belle drunk and refuses to let her go, she
is rescued by Lisa. Belle is upset when Lisa is later killed during a
Belle is given a cadetship at the local paper that she was working
towards. Dom kidnaps Belle and she tries to convince him to let her go
by kissing him. Drew rescues Belle and he accidentally runs Dom over.
Dom returns and Belle get him medical help and a reference for a job
in The Diner. Belle later forces him to leave town. Drew also leaves
after he tells Belle's boss that she quit her job and they argue.
Belle is offered a job helping
Leah Patterson-Baker (Ada Nicodemou)
set up The Den. The business does not last and both Leah and Belle are
offered jobs in The Diner.
Belle's new job brings her closer to Aden. While drunk one night, Aden
climbs through Belle's bedroom window and she makes him sleep on the
floor. However, in the morning, Belle finds Aden in her bed. She
initially rebuffs Aden's advances, but they later share a kiss. When
Belle wanted to take things further, Aden kept putting her off. Belle
goes on a date with
Angelo Rosetta (Luke Jacobz), which makes Aden
jealous. Aden tells Belle that his grandfather abused him, which made
him scared of being intimate with her. After Aden attends counselling,
the couple sleep together. Aden and Belle are held hostage and Belle
witnesses Aden undergo a breakdown. They are rescued by Angelo and
Aden is admitted to psychiatric care, Belle also ends their
relationship. She attempts to move on and begins dating Angelo.
A man named
Murray Buchanan (Ben Tari) contacts Belle and tells her
that the council is in on a plan to build on a toxic waste dump site.
Belle attempts to help uncover the truth. She joins a protest against
the site and is arrested by Angelo. Belle uncovers a link between the
contaminated soil and local cancer cases. The site developers find out
she is on to them and they break into the house to steal back plans
Aden got for her. Belle asks Angelo to look into Murray's accounts and
they discover that thousands of dollars have been paid to him by the
council. Belle believes Murray has been paid off. During this time,
Aden forces Belle to tell him that she still loves him and they kiss.
Belle begins seeing Aden while she is still seeing Angelo. Angelo is
attacked and Belle cannot break up with him while he is in hospital.
Murray returns and tells Belle that he will help her, but Belle is
unsure about trusting him. Belle's car is run off the road and the
evidence that the toxic waste site causes cancer is stolen. Angelo
finds out about Belle and Aden and publicly humiliates Belle. Aden
finds Belle badly beaten and she is taken to hospital, where she names
Angelo as her attacker. The Police find no evidence and Belle becomes
When Belle helps Leah out in the kitchen, Kane Phillips's (Sam Atwell)
car hits the building, leaving her trapped and fighting for her life.
She is diagnosed with a compression fracture and she becomes paranoid,
believing the developers are out to get her. She does not want to
leave the hospital, but she eventually goes to Aden's. Belle struggles
to cope and turns to painkillers to help her through. Rachel Armstrong
(Amy Mathews) refuses to supply her any more painkillers and she looks
for other ways to get pills. Belle gets high with
Liam Murphy (Axle
Whitehead) while she is covering his music concert. Belle is sacked
from her job when her boss finds pills in her desk drawer. Aden finds
out about Belle's addiction and she decides to go cold turkey on her
own, but struggles to cope without Aden. Rachel is unconvinced when
Belle says she has recovered. At Rachel's wedding, Belle takes some
more pills and collapses. Her stomach is pumped and Rachel insists she
goes to rehab. Belle gets clean with the help of Liam.
Belle and Aden get back together and Aden asks Belle to move in with
him. Aden decides to propose, so he borrows money from a loan shark to
pay for a ring. Belle collapses in pain at the Diner and makes an
appointment with Rachel for some tests. Belle is diagnosed with cancer
and she decides to keep her condition a secret. Aden is beaten up by
the loan shark and he tells Belle about the ring. Belle then surprises
Aden by asking him to marry her instead. Belle asks Rachel to help her
apply to get married within two weeks. Aden gets the ring and proposes
to her properly.
Rachel encourages Belle to tell Aden the truth that she is dying, she
resolves to tell Aden the truth after the wedding. Belle is also told
that her cancer is spreading quickly.
Nicole Franklin (Tessa James)
sees Belle taking pills and Belle is forced to tell her about her
cancer. Belle refuses, but when she collapses, Nicole tells Aden.
Belle worries that Aden will not turn up to the wedding, but he does
and they marry. Following the honeymoon, Belle confesses to Nicole
that she does not think she has much time left. Belle asks Aden to
call Amanda and tell her what was going on. Liam also arrives to
apologise for his behaviour when he was on drugs. Amanda refuses to
believe that Belle is dying and arranges for a second opinion. On her
release from hospital, Belle goes for a walk along the beach. Aden
carries her back home and she says goodbye to everyone. During the
night, Belle dies peacefully in Aden's arms.
For her portrayal of Belle, Tovey received a nomination for Most
Popular New Female Talent at the 2007 Logie Awards. In 2010, she
was nominated for Most Popular Actress. At the 2007 Inside Soap
Awards, Tovey was nominated for "Sexiest Female". In 2009, she
received a nomination for Best Actress and Best Storyline for the drug
addiction plot. 2010 saw Belle and Aden's wedding nominated in
the Bride and Doom category at the
All About Soap
All About Soap Awards. Belle's
funeral episode was nominated for an Australian Writer's Guild
A Daily Record journalist stated "You have to admire Belle, you really
do. She might look like a stiff wind would blow her over but it's not
every girl who can tolerate being called a skank by her teenage
boyfriend and still come back for more, but she did." In April
2009, a reporter from the same paper revealed that they were less than
impressed with Belle's painkiller addiction storyline, saying "Misery,
thy name is Belle Taylor. Well, it is if you're on about the
strung-out journalist. She's spent the past weeks driving us up the
wall with her whingeing, while at the same time gobbling any pills she
can get her hands on. Thank goodness she got the sack from her job at
the paper otherwise who knows how long the storyline would have
rumbled on for."
Another writer for the Daily Record commented on Belle's last scenes,
noting that she "managed to make it to death's door without losing her
looks". They added that "even the most hardened soap cynic" would
have been moved to tears when Belle said goodbye to Aden. Ruth
Deller of television website
Lowculture said she had grown fond of
Belle and Aden as a couple in 2009.
Virgin Media named Belle and
Aden as one of "Soaps' sexiest couples", while viewers voted them
"Home and Away's Hottest Couple" in a poll run on the Holy Soap
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