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Home and Away

Tim Robards shares first glimpse of his exciting new gig with Home And Away’s Patrick O’Connor and Sophie Dillman

Soaps collide!

By Maddison Hockey
Ever since sadly farewelling OG Bachelor Tim Robards from Neighbours late last year we've been eagerly awaiting his return to the silver screen.
We never could have predicted, however, that it would be such an exciting project.
In a star-studded crossover we never knew we needed, Tim is set to appear alongside Home And Away favourites, and real life couple, Sophie Dillman and Patrick O'Connor in short film Sherbrooke Down: The Road to Cataract.
Tim donned a very 1900s era appropriate beard. (Instagram)
The 38-year-old took to Instagram to share footage from the country set where he was filming.
"Just taking a look around set," Tim began in the short video.
"This is the scene of the crime tomorrow. Going to have a fight and throw Paddy out that door. Hopefully no one will get injured."
The short, starring Tim, Sophie and Pat, is a "proof of concept film" designed to "promote the feature film Sherbrooke Down, currently under development".
The synopsis reads: "1901, New South Wales in 1901. When independent brickmaker and family man Matthew Keene gets bad news about a desperately needed contract, he is oblivious of those who want worse for him."
Summer Bay lovebirds Sophie and Pat are set to play husband and wife. (Instagram)
A teaser clip for the short film confirms Patrick will be playing the lead role of Matthew Keane, while Sophie will play what we presume will be his wife, Evangeline, and Tim a character named Mace.
This is Tim's first gig since leaving his role as handsome businessman Pierce Greyson on Ramsay Street earlier than anticipated.
Tim spent much of 2020 filming the soap in Melbourne, while his wife Anna, pregnant at the time, was based in Sydney, the couple were forced apart due to tight lockdown restrictions.

As Melbourne struggled through a tough second wave lockdown Tim made the difficult decision to bow out of the show early so that he could be present for the birth of his daughter, Elle.
"For the past two years, Tim Robards has played billionaire businessman Pierce Greyson on Neighbours and was scheduled to finish filming with the show in Melbourne next month. But due to COVID-19 regulations and travel restrictions, Tim has wrapped early to return to Sydney to be with his wife, Anna Heinrich, as they prepare for the exciting arrival of their first child," a statement from Channel 10 explained at the time.
Speaking on the decision Tim revealed: "I made the gut wrenching decision to depart Neighbours early as my responsibilities as a husband and father have to take precedence. If I've learnt anything in this pandemic it's that the health and wellbeing of my family has to come first."

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