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Played Pippa Fletcher/Ross

Vanessa was educated at Sydney University and after graduating, she went on to a masters degree in English Literature.

Her first ever television role was in a programme called The Restless Years.

At the age of fourteen, Vanessa joined the Australian Theatre for Young People. She spent every weekend there rehearsing for future productions and claimed that she could not remember a time when she did not want to act!

Vanessa is married to Australian theatre director, Rodney Fisher, whom she met when she worked for a theatre company.

On soap operas, her opinion was that she did not have much time for the endless stream of murders, blackmail and silly love stories on some soap operas. She claims that Home and Away is a slice of real life and that it is a show with real characters and real stories.

Many years ago, Vanessa was out of work for a ten month period. Out of desperation, she joined the Sydney Philharmonic Choir which saved her from depression and was therapeutic for her.

Vanessa was not the first choice for the character of Pippa. Carol Willesse, an ex-model and wife of a popular TV host was selected. Carol lasted two days before she was fired for her lack of experience.

Vanessa's roles in theatre and screen included parts in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Threepenny Opera and Sons and Daughters.

When Vanessa was called by the team for the soap with the news of her part, she was singing in a six piece in a cappella group called The Madrigirls! Even when she took the part of Pippa, she carried on singing, that her working days stretched to twenty-hour days.

The youngest character part she had played was a girl of seventeen, whereas the oldest was a sixty five year old derelict woman.

Aside from an appearance in All Saints in 2002 Vanessa has focused primarily on theatre work since Home and Away, appearing mainly for The Sydney Theatre Company in Howard Katz, The Lady in the Van and Morning Sacrifice.

Her more recent work includes: Hello Dolly (2002) at The State Theatre, Mother and child (Mar 03) at East Coast Theatre company, playing the female lead. Afterplay (Mar 04) at The Ensemble Theatre, Equius (July 04) at Taliesin Arts Centre, playing Dysarts mother. Influence (2005) for the Sydney Theatre Company and her most recent role was playing Helena in the play 'Bone' at Darling Hurst Theatre in August 06 and currently as a church minister in 'The Busy World is hushed'.

She also took time out to study recently obtaining a Law degree.

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