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Home and Away Cast

Tessa James played by Nicole Franklin

Tessa James

Plays Nicole Franklin

Tessa is a 17 year old “Melbourne girl” who has moved to Sydney for her role as Nicole on Home and Away.

Her first on-air role was as Anne Baxter on Neighbours where she played a blind girl, who was both sweet and innocent – the complete opposite from Nicole. Tessa said “It was a great first role, I couldn’t have wished for anything better. I had to practice a lot and really work hard to get it.” She also played the lead role in the Australian short film, Hugo.

Now playing Nicole whose similarities to the young actress extend no further than their age and love of fashion, Tessa is eager to take on the role. “I love playing Nicole because she’s feisty and fun, and doesn’t mind pushing the boundaries. And she dresses stylishly – she’s very high maintenance, which is fun to play.”

Tessa is an avid performer and has performed in school plays and amateur theatre throughout primary school and high school. She has been dancing since the age of five, has sung for the Young Australian Broadway Chorus and the Children Performing Choirs Australia, plays the piano and guitar, loves to swim and surf. She took up acting at the age of 7, a hobby that she jokingly claims her mother chucked her into to control her.

Leaving behind her loving parents, sporty younger sister, and two dogs-Oreo and Bella, Tessa is facing some great challenges at such a young age, but she is ready and up for the new adventures that Sydney brings.

Transmission Times
Monday 6.30pm    
Tuesday 6.30pm    
Wednesday 6.30pm    
Thursday 6.30pm    
Thursday 6.30pm    
Friday 6.30pm    
Saturday 12.10pm 12.35pm 1.05pm
Sunday 11.15am 11.45am  
Also on RTÉ One 1.30pm    Weekly Repeat

Home and Away Cast