Occupation: Restaurant manager; Car dealership owner
Dimitri is the oldest of the Poulos siblings. He first visited Summer Bay for his youngest brother Alex’s 21st birthday, driving his parents gift to Alex up from the city. His wife, childhood sweetheart Melinda, remained at home as she was due to give birth to the couple’s third child any day. Alex was somewhat resentful towards Dimitri, feeling that their parents had always looked upon him as the perfect son and considered him better than Alex. Dimitri helped organise Alex’s party at the surf club, spending more time snapping at the staff than acknowledging Alex’s greeting and attempt to introduce him to his new girlfriend Amber, and insisted Alex keep up with the family traditions, chiding him for drinking. He presented him with a keyring to go with the car Helen and Theo had bought him, the traditional family present on a 21st birthday. When Leah admitted to her family that she was dating Jesse, none of them were happy and Dimitri and his parents angrily blamed Alex for doing nothing to stop it and not informing them. Taking his frustration out on his older brother, Alex began pushing Dimitri and during the scuffle their father Theo collapsed with a mild heart attack. The fact that he instinctively asked for Dimitri only served to fuel Alex’s resentment.
While Theo recovered in hospital, Dimitri confronted Alex about his hostility. He argued that, as the eldest, he had always had to be the responsible one while his younger siblings were allowed to mess up. He said he’d always had to live up to Theo’s image of what a son should be like and had gone along with giving Alex the keyring because it was what was expected of him. He then presented Alex with the present he’d chosen himself: A signed Manchester United football shirt. Alex was delighted, saying it was the best present he’d had, and the two brothers were reconciled. Dimitri became more relaxed after the discussion, sharing a joke with Leah and Sally when he dropped around to say goodbye and helping Alex sell the car, which he had told his parents he didn’t want.
Dimitri was next seen with Theo and his other brother Chris when they went to wave Leah off at the airport, as she prepared to travel to the States for an operation that would give VJ his hearing. As Leah was about to go, she realised to her horror she had forgotten their passports and tickets and there was no time to go home for them. At that moment, Jesse arrived with the tickets and Leah, delighted, kissed him in front of her family, who had been unaware the pair had reconciled after breaking up during their previous visit, before hurrying off to her flight. The three Poulos men glared at Jesse for a few seconds before relaxing into smiles and inviting him to have coffee with them.
Dimitri’s last visit to Summer Bay to date was for Leah’s wedding to Dan in 2005. He arrived in town with his parents and Chris to find Leah in a panic and insisting the wedding would have to be cancelled, since they had no venue or minister. Dimitri and the others joined Dan’s brother Peter in rushing to organise a new wedding with only a few hours notice. He was last seen at the wedding reception, sitting near his family at a table with Scott, Jesse and Chloe while Dan serenaded Leah.
In 2021, Dimitri’s son Theo arrived on Leah’s doorstep, claiming that his father had thrown him out. After Leah rang Dimitri, it transpired that Theo had been working at his father’s car dealership, and had been caught selling dodgy insurance policies to the customers.