Ada: 'Why I'm staying in Summer Bay!'

Ada: 'Why I'm staying in Summer Bay!'
Ada: 'Why I'm staying in Summer Bay!' (Image credit: five)

After almost a decade in Home and Away, actress Ada Nicodemou has admitted she's still having a great time playing Leah, and has no plans to leave Summer Bay. Ada revealed that when she first landed the role as Leah in the Five soap, she only intended to stick around for six months! She said: "I'd just come off doing four years of Heartbreak High and another soap called Breakers, and it was a lot of work, so I was a bit wary. I thought I would see how I felt. "But 10 years later, Leah is still evolving and I keep enjoying the role." Now that Katie Ritchie (Sally) has quit the series, Ada, along with Ray Meagher (Alf), Lyn Collingwood (Colleen) and Lynne McGranger (Irene) is one of the longest lasting cast members of the Aussie soap. So, does she see herself as a role model to some of the younger cast members? "Well, sometimes I can't help but go: 'What are you doing with your money?' I'm always trying to get them to save and making sure they know their lines!" Click here to watch’s new weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.