This week on Home and Away, Dean Thompson continues his search for his mother Karen.
He feels bad about not contacting her after the horrific accident, but his girlfriend Ziggy Astoni assures him that his mother is fine.
Karen Thompson’s phone, on the other hand, has been disconnected, and things have taken a turn for the worse.
What exactly does this imply for Karen? What will Dean’s reaction be? The audience will have to wait and see what happens.
While Dean Thompson’s on-screen life has been quite dramatic since his arrival in Home And Away in 2018, actor Patrick O’ Connor’s off-screen life has been far less dramatic – but no less fascinating.
Life before Dean Thompson
Patrick O’ Connor’s most well-known role is Dean Thompson, but the actor made his breakthrough in the 2017 coming-of-age film Girl Falling.
After his character was introduced as Willow Harris’ ex-boyfriend, he became known to Home And Away viewers as bad boy Dean Thompson.
Since the beginning of 2018, the character has been involved in major plotlines, including his relationship with Ziggy Astoni and his criminal past with Colby Thorne.
In 2021, Dean was also involved in a major car accident, with Patrick discussing his character’s growth and struggles in an interview with TV Week, saying: “Last time [he was injured], it was Willow looking after him as a friend, so he was okay with showing her how weak he was.”
“However, Ziggy is a unique case. He wants to be the man she requires, but he isn’t in the right place right now.”
Patrick has since become a fan favorite on the show and was nominated for the Digital Spy Reader’s Award for Best Soap Newcomer, but was narrowly defeated by Hollyoaks’ Owen Warner.
Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni are one of the current on-screen romances on Home and Away, but many viewers are unaware that the actors who play them are also a couple in real life.
Patrick O’Connor, who plays Dean on TV, has been dating Ziggy actress Sophie Dillman for several years, after their romance began on the set of the popular Australian soap.
However, the couple had already become friends after meeting eight years ago at a Queensland acting school.
Sophie Dillman told TV Week about their relationship, “We were work buddies first, and it’s helped us work well together now, so we’re lucky in that regard.”
“We’re best friends and treat each other that way, but it’s also strengthened our relationship from the start.”
Patrick added that the couple’s celebrity doesn’t affect their relationship, saying, “We get spotted by fans if we go out as a couple, but it [fame as a couple] hasn’t changed too much.”
Patrick and Sophie have been dating for an unknown amount of time, but things have already taken a serious turn between them, with the two moving into a new home together in Sydney.
Patrick even paid tribute to girlfriend Sophie on social media during Sydney’s 14-day lockdown in 2021, posting pictures of a beautiful birthday lunch he made for her.
Patrick wore a candy stripe blazer and a straw hat while pouring glasses of wine and serving a lavish food menu in photos posted to his Instagram story.
He also posted sweet photos of the couple riding horses together with the caption: “‘Wishing my number one a happy birthday. Thank you for everything; I’m so proud of you and couldn’t imagine doing this crazy life without you.”
‘Embarrassing’ on set moments
On-screen, things have been heating up between Dean and Ziggy, but Patrick O’Connor has revealed that their steamy scenes have resulted in ’embarrassing’ on-set moments.
The actor revealed that the scenes are shot in extremely hot weather, leaving them ‘disgustingly sweaty,’ saying to the Daily Telegraph: “It’s an awkward situation.” When we were shooting, it was extremely hot.
“I’m a dude, and some things make me sweat.”
Sophie Dillman also told WHO magazine that she calls out any co-stars with bad breath during scenes, saying, “You have to call them out if they have bad breath!”
“I mean, kissing someone with 60 people staring at you is always going to be strange.”
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