VJ Patterson was played by two different actors, Felix Dean and Matt Little, who both left the show after years of portraying Leah’s lovely son. VJ Patterson was one of Home and Away’s longest-running child characters as Leah Patterson’s son.
When Felix Dean was replaced by Matt Little, however, many fans observed a significant difference in VJ’s appearance.
He last appeared on the show in 2018, when he decided to flee with his son Luc after learning that the baby’s biological father was Irene Robert’s son Mick Jennings.
Billie Ashford, who later fell pregnant and married VJ, had been raped by Mick.
But, once Felix and Matt left Summer Bay, what happened to them?
Felix left Home and Away in 2014 after seven years on the show. Producers reportedly wanted VJ to look older, so he was replaced on the show.
Felix has been charged with various offenses since leaving the soap.
The first charge stemmed from two alleged occurrences on January 6, 2021, in which a man’s window was allegedly shattered in a domestic residence in Newtown, New South Wales, and another man was allegedly assaulted with the goal of robbing him.
Felix pleaded guilty to both charges.
Another charge stems from an incident in Paddington, New South Wales, on September 18, 2021, when police allege Felix assaulted a police officer while on duty.
On this charge, he has yet to enter a plea.
Felix allegedly entered a TSG Tobacconist business at approximately 11 p.m. on October 11, 2021, with a 30cm long hammer in his hand and assaulted a male employee, according to police.
According to court documents, he intended to use the hammer to assault and frighten the employee, who was treated by paramedics at the site for minor injuries.
During the same time period, he was also charged with common assault in relation to another man.
Felix faces charges of assault causing actual bodily harm, affray, two counts of common assault, armed with intent to commit an indictable crime, stealing, and breach of bail.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on December 22, 2021.
Matt stated that he was not surprised by VJ’s departure from the program and that he was satisfied with his exit plot.
He described his role on Home and Away as his “dream job,” but said that he aspired to work in Hollywood.
He has starred in a variety of projects after leaving the show, including six episodes of the 2018 TV series Adult Conversations in which he played Elijah Preston. One of the episodes was even written by him.
In 2019, he starred in the comic game show Behave Yourself! as well as in the short film Strays.
He starred in another renowned Australian serial, Neighbors, before joining Home and Away. Between 2014 and 2015, he played Ethan Smith.
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