Heartbreak High was the program that any Australian teen was fascinated with in the 90s, as the edgy equivalent to fellow soaps Home and Away and Neighbours.
Yet Heartbreak High was a launching pad for local talent as well as being the ideal forum for tackling real-life problems such as injustice and civil rights in a way that was fun and digestible for young viewers.
Many of the cast consisted of actors who had never been on TV before, and all of them went on to big stuff, including the most popular film, Home and Away, arguably in Australia.
Keep scrolling to find out the actor who took the move in Home and Away from Heartbreak High to the sandy shores of Summer Bay.
ADA NICODEMOUU, ADA
Ada Nicodemou is one of the most popular in Summer Bay these days, but way back when the actress played feisty and fresh-faced teenager Katerina Ioannou, who shared ill-fated romances with Con (Salvatore Coco) and Charlie (Sebastian Goldspink).
Ada joined Home and Away as Leah Patterson-Baker in 2000, and after two decades on the program, she became one of the show’s most popular actors.
CALLAN MULVEY MULVEY
Oh, Drazic and his eyebrow pin. We dare you to name a more famous couple! Heartbreak High’s resident bad guy, Bogdan Drazic, was a breakthrough role for Callan Mulvey.
A poor boy once, and still a bad boy! When his character, gang member Johnny Cooper, infamously stabs Summer Bay stalwart Sally (Kate Ritchie) in gripping episodes in 2008, Callan got up to trouble again in Home and Away in 2008.
Lara Cox became a teenage TV queen in Heartbreak High, playing good girl Anita Scheppers and melting the hearts of teenage boys around the country.
Lara went on to have numerous cameo roles in Home and Away after her iconic tenure on the show. Her last one in 2017, saw her play Quinn Jackson, Ryder’s estranged mum (Lukas Radovich)
Zac Croft, a long haired lothario, made his Heartbreak High debut in 1999 in the final season and was played by Luke Jacobz.
Years back, Luke took a gig at Home and Overseas, playing Policeman Angelo from 2008 to 2011, just after the long locks got the cut. He recently gave the soap back and was responsible for bringing behind bars fan hero Colby (Tim Franklin).
JEREMY LINDSAY TAYLOR
Sporty, good-looking and somewhat broody, when he joined the show in 1997, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor’s Heartbreak High character Kurt Peterson had enough to send girls’ hearts aflutter.
JLT made the well-trodden route of migrating from Heartbreak High to Home and Away two decades after his big break when from 2016 to 2019, he signed up as Detective Dylan Carter in a recurring role.
Salvatore Coco and his character Costa “Con” Bordino made his mark on Australian TV history as one of the original cast members from the very start of Heartbreak High all the way up to season four. With Katerina, one of his unforgettable romances was (played by Ada Nicodemou).
During a pair of short stints on Home and Away in 2003 and 2005, Salvatore Coco reunited with former Heartbreak High co-star Ada Nicodemou. Interestingly, he played as her brother instead of playing her love interest this time around!
If only our teachers felt amazing like this! Until he got fired from college, Simon Baker was a teacher named Tom Summers at Hartley High back in season four for a hot minute.
As he set foot in Summer Bay from 1993 to 1994, the acclaimed Hollywood actor also played another teacher, this time a photography teacher named James Hudson. Simon, did they know that you got kicked from your last school?
A staple in the early years, from 1994 to 1997, Ivar Kants played the strict father of Con, Roberto Bordino.
Ivar went on to represent Principal Barry Hyde on Home and Away, the father of Kim’s character Chris Hemsworth, continuing the trend of playing dads. Yeah, and he had a touch of an Irene (Lynne McGranger) affair too!
Danny Raco, who took on the role of Marco Vialli, was another cast member to appear in the last season of Heartbreak High.
Danny joined Home and Away in 2001, a couple years after Heartbreak High was axed. Reuniting with former co-star Ada, Danny played Alex Poulos, Leah’s brother.
Tina Bursill, who now stars as Doctor Doctor, played Hilary, the long-suffering mother of Anita and Ryan Scheppers.
She had a blink on Home and Away-and-you’ll miss the 2001 guest stint as Vinnie Patterson’s (Ryan Kwantan) mum. She played a slightly different character a decade before, playing headmistress Louis Crawford for 23 series.
In its final season, actress Tasneem Roc first found fame playing student protester Thania Saya, joining the show.
Tasneem starred as Hugo Austin’s (Bernard Curry) mom, Suzy Sudiro, for seven episodes in 2009 – much to the shock of Hugo’s mother, Martha (Jodi Gordon)
The role of Fleur Beaupert, Nikki, who starred in season six, was a Heartbreak High scene stealer until her stay ended when she left to recover from a nervous breakdown. As she quit her role as Stephanie in Home and Away in 1997, after falling off a cliff, her departure was almost as dramatic as the character was killed off.