Most 16 year olds are flat out just getting their homework done, but not Olivia Deeble. She successful juggles school and a 40-hour week on the Home & Away set, where she plays rebellious teenager Raffy Morrison.
Olivia first began filming scenes for hit TV series in 2016 during a particularly tumultuous period in the long-running storyline. Character Billie Ashford (played by actress Tessa De Josselin) was about to die after a short battle with lung cancer and her on-set husband VJ was grieving. But it wasn't long before Olivia's character found herself at the heart of the drama.
When did 'Raffy' first appear on Home & Away?
The Raffy Morrison character first appeared on Home & Away on 19 September 2016 during the show's 29th season.
What's happened to Raffy Morrison so far?
Raffy met character Ty Anderson when he arrived to live with John Palmer and Marilyn Chambers as their new foster child. They got off on the wrong foot and did not like each other at all, but that all changed when Ty defended Raffy from some school bullies. They shared a sweet first kiss and started spending more time together. Raffy is smitten but feels like she is getting mixed messages from Ty, who doesn't seem comfortable with her attempts at public displays of affection. It turns out that Ty is gay and is still coming to terms with his own sexuality. Raffy was heartbroken when she confronted Ty in the hospital, believing she had been the last person to know Ty wasn't into her.
While Raffy is more of a rebellious teen that Olivia is in real life, the actress can see similarities between herself and her on-screen character.
"I remember when my Home and Away character Raffy got drunk so I had a drunk scene and he helped me a lot with that" Olivia fondly recalls.“We often do lines together. He is a really big part of my acting and has been completely supportive of me which is really nice.”
So, when she isn't playing Raffy Morrison, what else does Olivia Deeble get up to on a daily basis?
How old is Olivia Deeble?
Olivia Deeble was born on the 4 August 2002, so she will turn 17 this year.
Where did Olivia Deeble grow up?
Olivia is originally from Balwyn, Melbourne. When she found out she had landed the role of Raffy Morrison on Home & Away, she had one day to pack up all her things and move to Sydney so she could begin filming! She currently lives in Sydney with her grandparents and visits Melbourne twice a month to see her family.
How many siblings does Olivia Deeble have?
She has a sister, Matilda and a brother, Ewan.
How tall is Olivia Deeble?
Olivia is approximately 5 foot 4 inches.
Does Olivia Deeble have a boyfriend?
Yes, Olivia's boyfriend is Ethan Hay, an Australian model and aspiring actor. The young couple are clearly head over heels for one another, regularly posting pictures of each other when they attend events or to celebrate Valentine's Day. Ethan first makes an appearance on Olivia's Instagram on Australia Day 2018, so these lovebirds have been dating for at least one year. You can follow Ethan on Instagram at @ethanhay_
Does Olivia Deeble have Instagram?
Yes! You can follow Olivia on Instagram at @oliviadeeble.
Does Olivia Deeble have Twitter?
There are a few 'Olivia Deeble' lookalike accounts on Twitter, but none of them are verified or very active.
What other TV shows has Olivia Deeble been on?
Olivia played Tamara Noodle on the ABC show Little Lunch, a series of vignettes filmed in a mockumentary style where children recount what's happened during their recess. She began filming scenes for the show in 2014, and was in every episode until the show wrapped up in 2016. "Im feeling kind of sad," said Olivia when her time on Little Lunch came to an end. "I'm really going to miss it because it's such an enjoyable thing to do." Little did Olivia know that she'd go on to play Raffy Morrison on Home & Away!
Does Olivia Deeble have epilepsy?
Olivia doesn't have epilepsy, but her character Raffy does. After a freak tunnel collapse, Raffy is diagnosed with the condition and is left feeling apprehensive about what this means for her health. "Everyone is trying to walk on eggshells around her, whereas Raffy just wants to go back to how things used to be – but that’s never going to happen" says Olivia of her on-screen character. For the young actress, the challenging storyline was a chance to prove how seriously she takes her work.
"I was really grateful when the producers said they were giving me this storyline,” she said. “I then knuckled down and did a lot of research. I wanted to do it as well as I possibly could. I knew people who have epilepsy would be out there watching.”
In a freaky coincidence, Olivia suffered a head injury in not long before Raffy received her diagnosis. She had a nasty concussion as a result of an accident, and was hospitalised for a few days. She received tonnes of get-well messages from co-workers and fans, and thankfully she made a full recovery.
Who is Olivia Deeble's mum?
Olivia's mum is Kate Gorman, a name you may recognise from Neighbours! Acting is definitely in Olivia's blood, with her mum having played Sue Parker on Home & Away's rival soap. Her grandfather Reg was Jack Sullivan in The Sullivans and her grandmother Judith Roberts is also an actress.
Olivia reportedly has a three-year contract with Home & Away so we will still see lots of this exceptional actress before the year is out. Keep up the hard work Olivia, we love your style!