Liam Murphy is a fictional character from the Australian Channel Seven
soap opera Home and Away, played by Axle Whitehead. The character
debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 5 March 2009. Whitehead
auditioned for the role and stated it would help improve his acting
skill. Liam was created by executive producer
Cameron Welsh and is
described as a "badboy minor rockstar" who comes to
Summer Bay to
start a new life. His storylines have focused on his addiction to
drugs and many relationships. Liam has also been involved in
controversial scenes in which it featured "sexually charged content"
with fellow character Martha MacKenzie. Whitehead's departure was
announced in November 2012. He made his final appearance as Liam on 3
1 Creation and casting
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Creation and casting
Musician and presenter
Axle Whitehead was chosen to play Liam after he
auditioned for the role. Whitehead has stated that he jumped at the
chance to audition because he believes the serial is a good place to
improve acting skills. Speaking the role Whitehead has stated:
"I've been taking classes for the last 18 months and it’s wonderful
to be able to put it into practice.
Home and Away
Home and Away has been very
supportive, the pace of the show is very challenging and it’s been a
fantastic opportunity for me to further my skills." Whitehead was
originally only signed to a fifteen episode contract.
On 4 November 2012, it was reported that Whitehead had left Home and
Away, along with
Luke Mitchell (Romeo Smith). The actors had already
filmed their final scenes. Their characters departed on-screen on 3
The serial's official website describe Liam branding him a "disgraced
minor rock star". Liam makes some changes to his life and returns
Summer Bay to make amends, they add he is "clean and eager to start
a new life." and that he hopes will keep him on "the straight and
narrow". Liam likes to be in relationship's and the website state
"he doesn't like to be alone for long." Whitehead himself describes
Liam as "a bit of a bad-boy rocker. There'll be some blues and a bit
of lovin' - I'm channelling Bon Scott." Whitehead draws inspiration
from his past experiences with old friends to portray Liam's drug
Speaking of his characters relationship with
Bianca Scott (Lisa
Gormley) when she agrees to marry
Vittorio Seca (Richard
Brancatisano), Whitehead states: "Liam puts on a tough-guy act and
pretends everything is cool and that he's moved on - but I don't know
if that's really the truth. Bianca is marrying someone else and Liam
has a new girlfriend, so this could spell the end for any future they
As the storyline progresses Liam feels hurt about the whole situation
because he things Bianca doesn't want him, of this Whitehead states:
"Liam's being quite sensitive about the issue. If Bianca's engaged to
Vittorio, then she's clearly made her decision." However he goes on
to add: "There are still very strong feelings there, though - and at
the formal, after being tricked into going as chaperones for the kids,
they can actually sit and talk about things. They're like, 'Let's get
out of here and talk about the past' - and it gets a bit hot and
steamy!" Whitehead added that the storyline results in "a really
good week of episodes" for the characters, as Bianca chooses who she
wants to be with.
Liam first appears during a concert.
Belle Taylor (Jessica Tovey)
interviews him and admits she is a fan. After he offers her drugs and
they get intoxicated. Liam is next seen in rehab along with Belle,
they form a friendship. He admits his wife Chelsea (Georgia Gorman)
has left him and banned him from seeing his child Ash (Dusty Piper).
He accuses Belle of selling a story on him, but he later finds out the
truth and the remain friends. When they are both released Liam comes
Summer Bay to enlist Belle's help to try to see his son. However
another story in printed in the paper and Chelsea wants nothing to do
with him and he loses his recording contract.
Liam moves in with Belle and wants a relationship with her. She turns
him down and
Aden Jefferies (Todd Lasance) warns Belle that he is
trouble. After Belle thinks he has overdosed she agrees to see how
things go and dates Liam until she finds drugs on him. She ends things
and takes him to the hospital. He climbs on the roof and tries to kill
himself but Aden talks him around. Belle admits she still loves Aden.
He returns later claiming to be clean, he wants to see Belle who is
now dying but cannot face it. He goes to her funeral high on drugs and
causes a scene. He sleeps with
Nicole Franklin (Tessa James) and runs
Axle Whitehead (pictured) was originally signed to appear in just
fifteen episodes of Home and Away.
He moves to
Summer Bay to make a fresh start around people who know
him. He gives
Romeo Smith (Luke Mitchell) a job on the conversion he
is doing. He then starts a relationship with Nicole, but when she
misses her exams Aden convinces her to break up with Liam. They start
seeing each other again on the quiet. At a party Liam throws Ned out
who has taken drugs. Romeo drinks a beverage spiked with drugs and
collapses. He convinces Aden not to call the emergency services and
take him to the hospital because people would assume he was behind it.
Aden and Nicole's relationship hits a hurdle when she won't sleep with
him. He tries his best and admits he loves her, confused by this he
sleeps with Poppie. She dumps him for cheating, and he later tells
Poppie to leave him alone when she takes drugs.
Liam sees Aden and Nicole kissing, upset he takes a pill and is
charged with drug possession. He tries to get help from Gina Austin
(Sonia Todd), makes peace with Nicole and Aden before moving out. He
Martha MacKenzie (Jodi Gordon), but she wants a casual
relationship which annoys Liam. She manages to get Gina to agree to
letting Liam be a guitar tutor at the school. Martha has a pregnancy
scare and he does not like the idea of being a father. They sleep
together again, but Martha still does not want a relationship. Xavier
David Jones-Roberts suspects Liam is taking drugs again and he
did not want to ruin his friendship with Martha, so he decided to move
out. Liam starts working at the school with
Ruby Buckton (Rebecca
Breeds), they become good friends and Ruby starts to fall for him. He
finds out from Nicole and after advice from
Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher)
he continues to work with her until she makes a pass at him.
A new language teacher Bianca arrives to work at
Summer Bay High, he
feels an attraction to her. They sleep together in the library.
Bianca's ex Vittorio returns to resume their relationship. Bianca
agrees to marry him, even though she still likes Liam. He feels hurt
that she does not want him and tries to accept the situation. On
Bianca's wedding day she decides not to go through with it and chooses
Liam. She and April (Rhiannon Fish) move into the field house with
Liam, but they later decide to move in with Irene. Liam then moves in
Angelo Rosetta (Luke Jacobz) and
Roo Stewart (Georgie Parker).
Liam's is dumped by his record label and he buys some pills from Heath
Braxton (Daniel Ewing). When Liam covers a class for Miles and sets
the students an assignment, in which they have to plan a terrorist
attack against Summer Bay. Gina withdraws the assignment and Liam is
reported to the school authorities. He takes some pills before a
meeting with the state education officer. Liam launches a verbal
attack and the meeting is cut short. Gina later tells him that he can
no longer teach at
Summer Bay High. Liam takes more pills and Bianca
finds out, they break up. Liam then decides to check into rehab. He
returns to the Bay unannounced and learns Bianca was raped and that
she had a one-night stand with Heath.
Charlie Buckton (Esther
Anderson) asks Liam to testify against Heath on drug charges, Liam
agrees, but is later beaten up. Liam shuts Bianca out, but they
eventually talk and forgive each other. Liam moves into the caravan
park and asks Gina for some tutoring work, but she cannot give him
any. Bianca realises Dean O'Mara (Rick Donald) raped her and she and
Liam try to find him. Dean runs Bianca down and Liam later finds him
and beats him up. Liam and Bianca break up and Liam is offered a job
Darryl Braxton (Steve Peacocke). He was further upset to see her
talking with Heath but accepted a job working for Brax at the
restaurant. When he heard Bianca had been trapped when the school
collapsed, he went to see if she was all right but was upset to see
her joking with Heath and ended up in an argument with her. After
April chided him for his behaviour, he asked Gypsy, newly arrived in
town, to pass on a letter to Bianca for him. He met her at the
hospital while visiting Irene, who was undergoing treatment for breast
cancer, and they agreed to an amicable split and he was disappointed
to see her with Heath and Darcy not long after. He tried to help out
when Gypsy and Bianca were harassed by a patron at the restaurant and
later consoled Gypsy when she was stood up by her boyfriend Mark, as
well as looking after Lily when she avoided meeting him. When a singer
he'd arranged to play at the restaurant cancelled, Gypsy and Lily
persuaded him to play instead and he and Gypsy got on well after the
gig. He was pleased to hear Bianca was jealous but when he spoke to
her she snapped at him and started eyeing up Heath.
When he went round the Braxton house to drop the float off and found
Bianca there in her dressing gown, he assumed something had happened
and ended up having sex with Gypsy on the beach. Gypsy's boyfriend
Mark later turned up and threatened him over their fling. The next
day, he spoke to Gypsy, admitting he'd used her to try to get over
Bianca, and helped her realise she wouldn't have slept with him if she
was serious about Mark. He wound up Brax when his relationship with
Charlie made front page news. When he heard April had collapsed
because of drug use and Colleen claimed Heath was responsible, Liam
went to confront him only for Bianca to step in and reveal Heath was
innocent. He later commented to Miles that you know when a
relationship is over. He saw Harvey Ryan sabotaging the Blaxland and
told Romeo but left town before he could confirm the story to Alf.
He was later involved in an accident when he drove into Charlie and
Brax's vehicle when he went through an intersection and ended up in
hospital. He came round to find Bianca by his side and was told Heath
had hit him. He recalled seeing Charlie and Brax but Bianca told him
she had been in the car with Heath and he realised she'd slept with
him again. He insisted on being taken off his painkillers, fearing
they were making him hallucinate, but had reason to feel better when
he got back with Bianca. He moved into the beach house with her but
was bemused both by the fact she no longer seemed to be friends with
Charlie and her wanting him to give up his job at the restaurant. He
went to buy a new car but was shocked when Bianca tried to get him to
buy a family car. When Heath wound him up about it, he ended up buying
another bike instead. Bianca convinced him to put it up for sale but
he was confused when Brax made him redundant and when he realised
Bianca and Charlie had fallen out. Charlie admitted she and Brax had
been in the car and Bianca had covered for them and Liam was annoyed
she had lied to him. He took his job and bike back and moved out to
the caravan park but then surprised Bianca at the surf club and
proposed to her, which she accepted. After stopping by the caravan
park to say goodbye to Miles, they went to tell his parents in the
Holy Soap recall Liam's most memorable moment as being: "A showdown
with Aden on the roof of a hotel, which eventually saw Aden talk him
down." In 2010, it was announced that an episode of Home and Away
featuring Liam and Martha had been was deemed too "raunchy" for New
Zealand television. The
Broadcasting Standards Authority decided
to uphold a complaint about a scene between the characters, which saw
them sharing a passionate kiss before Martha showed her bra. The
scene was said to be too "sexually charged" for its G rating. This was
the first time that a complaint about Home and Away's sexual content
had been upheld.
Ray Meagher later defended the scenes stating he
didn't understand what all the fuss was about, branding it as tame
compared to the scenes involving guns that aired previously. Holy
Soap ran a poll to find out which of the serial's couple were
favoured. Liam and Bianca received the fewest votes. Michael Idato
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald said that as Liam, Whitehead was one of
the serial's leads who puts in a "robust performance" and credited it
as being part of Home and Away's success.
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