He dreamed of being a police officer as a child - now he plays Police Constable Colby Thorne on Home & Away! Actor Tim Franklin has only been a regular character on the soap for a year, but he has already become a firm fan favourite. Let's recap Tim's time on the television show thusfar, and look at where he's headed next.
When did Tim Franklin first appear on Home & Away?
Tim started filming his first Home & Away scenes in August 2017, and he first appeared on the television serial on 6 February 2018 as local cop Colby Thorne.
What's happened to Tim Franklin on Home & Away so far?
Tim's character Colby has certainly been kept busy since his arrival in Summer Bay!
When Colby first appeared on the scene, he was trying to stop a fight that involved the River Boy's surf gang. It is soon revealed that this wasn't just a case of Colby doing his job - he himself was a former gang member and had been best friends with the gang leader Dean Thompson (played by Patrick O'Connor). Colby even has the 'Blood and Sand' tattoo to prove it! Dean agrees to keep their friendship a secret, but this inevitably creates tension between the two men.
When nurse Jasmine Delaney (played by Sam Frost) reports her stalker to Colby, there is clearly chemistry between them. After she was stood up by Mason, Colby and Jasmine bond over the fact they are both relatively new in town. They shared a kiss (Tim Franklin's first ever on-screen smooch!) and they began a relationship. However just when they start to become serious, Colby backed off and said he was reluctant to take the relationship further. Unbeknownst to Jasmine, this is because Colby is deeply committed to finding his younger sister Bella Nixon and his mother who were kidnapped by his violent stepfather. Jasmine and Colby agree to keep their relationship casual, but Colby ultimately ends this because Jasmine told a friend about his former life as a River Boy gang member.
Colby shot criminal Boyd Easton in the line of duty, when he was on a mission to rescue the kidnapped Ava Gilbert. As well as having to cope with the guilt of causing a fatality Colby had to deal with Boyd's sister, Ebony Harding, arriving in Summer Bay to seek revenge. Then his ex-fianceé Chelsea, a police officer, arrived in Summer Bay and started working at Colby's same station. The pair were force to put their past behind them in order to remain professional, but it wasn't long before their love was rekindled. They married in an understated ceremony during the 2018 season finale, unaware that Colby's villainous step-father Ross Nixon was watching from afar.
Most recently, Colby has become a suspect in Ross's murder and this could have serious consequences for his life and career in Summer Bay.
While Colby's future hangs in the balance, let's talk about everything Tim Franklin!
How old is Tim Franklin?
Tim was born on 6 July 1990, making him 29 this year.
Where did Tim Franklin grow up?
Tim grew up on the sunny Gold Coast, so Palm Beach is like a home away from home for the young actor.
What did Tim Franklin do before acting?
In a spooky coincidence, Tim wanted to be a police officer as a child. "I used to pretend to be a cop when I was a little kid and it's funny now I do that for a living" the actor said. Maybe it's a case of art imitating life!
During high school, Tim was drawn to performing arts and for a while, his ambition was to join the circus. "Every week my [high school drama teacher] and I would go to flying trapeze. I was a little tall to join the circus; I wasn't able to genetically pull it off,' he told Confidential. 'But besides running away with the circus, I was always into acting straight out of school.'
After secondary school, Tim completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Queensland University of Technology in 2010. In 2015, Tim starred in the stage show GHOST STORIES at the Sydney Opera House, and on his 27th birthday his agent called him with the news that he'd won the part of Colby Thorne.
Is Tim Franklin gay?
Tim's sexuality has never been made public
Is Tim Franklin currently dating?
Judging by Tim's social media channels, the actor doesn't seem to be dating anyone right now. He appears to mainly focus on his family and career.
Does Tim Franklin have siblings?
Tim has two brothers and three sisters. They frequently appear on his social media accounts and the Franklin family seem have to have a fun and happy relationship.
Tim captioned this Instagram post "My sisters airport pick up game is stroooooooong (sic)" back in June 2018. What's a bit of practical joking amongst siblings, right?
Is Tim Franklin on Instagram?
Yes! You can follow Tim on Instagram @_timfranklin_
Is Tim Franklin on Twitter?
You can find Tim on Twitter at @Tim_Franklin_
What other projects has Tim Franklin been involved in?
Tim is a #RUOKDay supporter and has been involved with Imperfectly Perfect, a photographic campaign focused on raising mental health awareness. Here is he speaking on the campaign's Instagram, talking about the importance of de-stigmatising men's mental health.
With so many storylines involving Tim's character Colby Thorne, it's safe to say he'll be on Home & Away for many seasons yet ( or at least we hope so!) Good on you Police Constable Colby, keep on catching those bad guys and making Summer Bay safe.