One good thing in Ray’s life is Ally, a woman he feels may be out of his league. But Ally is drawn to Ray, even if she doesn’t know the precise nature of his job. Ally, a paramedic, is a practical, pragmatic woman, and there’s something in Ray’s directness and dry demeanor that she appreciates. What she is increasingly alarmed by are his brief flashes of anger.
“There’s nothing superfluous about Ray, and I think that’s what Ally likes,” says actress Brooke Satchwell, who portrays her. “It’s still a fledgling relationship. Perhaps Ally has made some questionable relationship choices in the past, but I think it’s in those beginning stages of relationships when you meet someone and there are things you like about them that you focus on those aspects, potentially missing signs of issues that might come up down the track.”
Satchwell has been working as an actress since 1994 Her first role was on Neighbours, for which she won a Logie Award for “Most Popular New Talent” and a People’s Choice Award for “Most Popular Teen Idol.” She turned her hand to theatre and starred in a production of The Caribbean Tempest and later The Graduate. She returned to TV with a regular role on the series Water Rats followed by White Collar Blue.
Satchwell was cast in the acclaimed miniseries Tripping Over, which shot in the UK and then the telemovie Small Claims. She also appeared on Play School to the delight of children and parents alike. She has also starred in Fox8’s Dangerous opposite Joel Edgerton.
Disney cast her for the female lead in Sue Brooks’ Australian comedy feature Subdivision. Audiences also enjoyed seeing her back on stage in The Clean House for Black Swan and Queensland Theatre. In 2012, Satchwell joined the cast of Seven’s Packed to the Rafters. Following this, she was cast in the lead role of Grace in Wonderland (2013-15), which ran for three seasons. During this time, she completed three seasons of Dirty Laundry for ABC1 as co-panelist to Lawrence Mooney. She also appeared in Black Comedy for the ABC, and reprised her role in 2016. She appeared in the web series Footballer Wants a Wife, Bleak for ABC TV, the feature film What Time is My Heart and Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) for Essential Media. She also returned to the stage in the Ensemble Theatre’s Jack of Hearts, directed by David Williamson.
In 2014, Satchwell narrated Crack-Up, a heart-warming documentary following a group of Australians participating in a comedy course aimed at people with mental illness and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. She has worked as a camera operator on documentaries, produced short films and continues to develop her own projects. In 2015, Brooke was asked to join a select group of high profile Australians on ITV & Network Ten’s “First Anzacs” reading the letters and diaries of men and women from The First World War.
The first half of 2017 saw Satchwell touring nationally in the UK’s Lunchbox production of comedy The Play That Goes Wrong in the lead role. Following this she has returned to television playing “Ally” in Mr Inbetween directed by Nash Edgerton for Jungle, and in Dead Lucky directed by David Caesar for SBS. Recently, Satchwell completed principal photography of Ride Like A Girl, with Rachel Griffiths directing.
Satchwell is also a ceaseless campaigner for causes she is passionate about and has been an ambassador for the RSPCA, World Vision and the Make A Wish Foundation. She continues to be an ongoing campaigner for Make Poverty History and The Bottled Water Alliance, and is a donor and advocate of the Sunrise Orphanage Siem Riep. As an ambassador for Save the Children, she confronted her fear of heights by abseiling 36 floors of the Gold Tower in 2012 and again in 2013. This year, she was part of the “Don’t DIS My Appearance” campaign launch, supporting the work of the Butterfly Foundation.