Home & Away farewells ‘Colleen’

By David Knox on May 24, 2012 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 10

Long-running Home and Away busy body character Colleen Smart was farewelled on the Seven soap last night as actress Lyn Collingwood exited the series.

Collingwood first appeared as Colleen in 1988 with her son Lance, and made several reappearances before a long-running return in 1999.

Last week, Colleen won the lottery and the windfall sees her pack her bags to reunite with Lance and his family overseas.

“I liked Colleen’s wardrobe and the fact that she is so politically incorrect and says the wrong thing,” said Collingwood.

“I’ll miss a lot of people, particularly a lot of the crew who have been with the show for so many years. I’ve got some projects I want to do like writing the history of New Theatre (in Sydney) I’ve been involved with them for 30-something years now, but the door is always open for Colleen to come back so who knows.”

Never say never in Australian soap…..


  1. David Knox May 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm -

    I haven’t asked.

  2. Carta May 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm -

    David, do you know if Lyn decided to leave herself or was her contract not renewed? Her comments make it sound as though it was her decision.

  3. OzJay May 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm -

    Ah yes, Lyn Collingwood. You don’t often see acting like that away from the Glen Street Theatre.

  4. stevie g May 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm -

    @Kirk, they have reruns of the weeks H&A on sunday mornings on 72, if you want to catch Collene’s last ep.

  5. Sarah H May 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm -

    I doubt she will fully leave, I bet she will be a recurring character like Morag.

  6. Maverick May 24, 2012 at 11:38 am -

    @Jake – Beginning of the end??? I’m pretty sure the show isn’t going to fall apart becasue Colleen left!

  7. deedeedragons May 24, 2012 at 11:28 am -

    @Jake: Doubt it. Depending on the ratings sometimes H&A gets 3 times the numbers of people watching Neighbours.

  8. Kirk May 24, 2012 at 8:41 am -

    Wow I’m sad I missed that. Colleen truly was a character. I hope she makes an odd guest appearance here and there.

  9. Jake May 24, 2012 at 8:37 am -

    Ratings have been down for a while…could this be the beginning of the end for Home + Away????

  10. steve sydney May 24, 2012 at 5:25 am -

    She won the lottery? Have the writers been watching re runs of Roseanne on Eleven?

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