The couple began dating when they took on the roles of Ziggy and Dean as their real-life relationship blossomed into romance, but they had known each other for years before that.
The characters played by Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor have become one of Summer Bay’s favorite television couples.
They’ve been through the wringer on Home and Away after a slow start, a sad breakup, and an incredible reunion.
Away from the show, however, the real-life counterparts to the fictional couple are in a serious relationship as well.
How did Sophie and Patrick meet?
While they first announced their relationship in September of this year, the two had known each other for many years prior to their time on the soap.
The two have been friends for eight years, dating back to when they were both students at a Queensland acting school.
They both ended up on Home and Away after finishing their degrees, with Sophie joining the cast first.
In 2017, she made her first appearance as Ziggy Astoni, a woman fleeing her past.
Patrick joined the show as a new River Boy from Mangrove River the following year, in 2018.
Dean supported Ziggy through the breakdown of her marriage to Brody Morgan after discovering his affair, and their characters’ relationship began to develop.
How serious is their relationship?
After moving in together in 2020 and adopting an adorable little puppy together, the couple is very serious.
Patrick even planned a special birthday celebration for Sophie at home during a 14-day lockdown in Sydney.
The actor dressed up as an old school waiter in a red and white striped suit and surprised his girlfriend with a romantic lunch.
While eating some delicious-looking oysters, the couple was treated to some aphrodisiacs.
Patrick called Sophie his “number one” in a touching birthday tribute, adding that he couldn’t imagine living “this crazy life” without her.
What have Sophie and Patrick said about their relationship?
Sophie has stated that their initial friendship has aided them in collaborating now that they are dating.
She added that it has also strengthened their bond because they treat each other like “best friends.”
It can be difficult to make their characters seem natural because their real personalities are so different from their characters, according to the actress.
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