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Olivia Harkin
Elly Barton
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Photo: Olivia Harkin, backstage on the set of Bye Bye Bartons in 1987.


Private photo, kindly provided by Olivia from her own personal collection.


Olivia was born in Melbourne in August 1975.

In 1986, Olivia played the lead part of Snow White in the
Kaboodle episode Snow White and the Dreadful Dwarves, with a cast including several other children from her school. The production was written and directed by Jan Sardi, at the time her drama teacher, who went on to be quite succesful.

A year later, at age 11, Olivia was cast as Elly Barton. She got time off from classes to film her part, as the shooting of the series went from March through to mid August 1987. The Bartons
aired in Australia in February of the next year.

Fans had to wait four years before getting a glimpse of her on the screen again. In 1992, at age 16, she guest starred as Jacquie in the Australian police drama
Phoenix, episode Shaking the tree, unfortunately missing her TV mum Jennifer Jarman-Walker by a season. The last time we saw Olivia on a screen was in a small part in the independently produced short film Lucy's Heart in 2005, as vengeful wife Edith Brown.

If you happened to live near Canberra and enjoyed good theatre in the early noughties, you could have spotted Olivia on stage. She took part in both amateur and pro-am theatre productions from time to time in the ACT area. Most notably playing Grace 'Lambchops' Lamb in the 2002 Acton The Street Theatre production of
Fame, in which she did some "terrific drumming" according to this review (originally published in Canberra Times, copied onto Blogger by the author). Other roles include Lily St Regis in Annie (2003, Theatre 3, Acton).

Here's the complete list of stage appearances:

As Olivia Harkin:
Fame - The Musical
G-String Productions, 27 June 2002, The Street Theatre, Acton, ACT
As 
Grace 'Lambchops' Lamb

Chicago 
Canberra Philharmonic Society, 20 February 2003, Erindale Theatre, Wanniassa, ACT
As
Go-To-Hell Kitty

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde 
Canberra Repertory Society, 2 May 2003, Theatre 3, Acton, ACT
As
Constance Wilde (Oscar's wife)

Cosi 
Free-Rain Theatre Company, 6 August 2003, Courtyard Studio, Civic Square, ACT
As
Julie the drug addict

Grease 
G-String Productions, 13 November 2003, The Street Theatre, Acton, ACT
As
Marty in the Pink Ladies

Annie 
Supa Productions, 16 January 2004, Theatre 3, Acton, ACT
As 
Lily St Regis (Rooster's girlfriend)

Fiddler on the Roof 
Canberra Philharmonic Society, 19 February 2004, Erindale Theatre, Wanniassa, ACT
As
The Fiddler

Absolutely Fabulous 
The Players Company, 30 July 2004, Gallery Cafe, Bruce, ACT
As
Eddie

As Olivia Wenholz:
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
Supa Productions, 11 May 2007, ANU Arts Centre, Acton ACT
As
Mrs Santiago

Olivia changed her name to Olivia Wenholz when she got married. She currently lives in Canberra with her husband and two sons and was quite "gobsmacked" when I told her the series made such an impact overseas and that she has fans all over the world
:)


As Elly Barton
in C/o The Bartons

Olivia Harkin as Elly Barton

As Snow White
in Kaboodle

Olivia Harkin as "wicked" Snow White

As Snow White
in Kaboodle

Olivia Harkin as "good" Snow White

As Jacquie
in Phoenix

Olivia Harkin as Jacquie

As Edith Brown
in Lucy's Heart

Olivia Harkin as Mrs Edith Brown





Matt Day
Paul Barton
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Matt Day in character as Paul Barton in 1987

Still from the episode
Suspected, digitised by me. Used under fair use.
Born on 28 September 1971 in Melbourne, Australia, Matt moved to the United States with his father when he was 11. After picking up an interest for acting and moving back to Australia, he was discovered by an agent during a play when he was 14 years old. The agent got him the audition for C/o The Bartons, his first role, in 1987.

Matt went on to be one of Australia's more succesful actors, appearing in no less than fifteen feature films, over 25 television productions and at least eight stage productions.

In his own words, his big break was a combination of his parts in
A Country Practice in 1989, followed by his role in Muriel's Wedding in 1994.

Matt is also a film maker, producing short films such as
My Everything (2003), Wish (2008) and Beat (2011). His latest project, The Mother Situation (2017) in which he also stars, is available for free on Youtube (watch here).

Matt is currently living in Sydney with his wife, journalist Kirsty Thomson, and their two sons.







As Paul Barton
in C/o The Bartons

Matt Day as Paul Barton

As Ross
in My Year Without Sex

Matt Day as Ross

As Brice
in Muriel's Wedding

Matt Day as Brice





Rosemary Smith
Anita McPherson
Rosemary Smith (backstage)


Photo: Rosemary Smith, backstage on the set of Bye Bye Bartons in 1987


Private photo, kindly provided by Olivia from her own personal collection
Rosemary Smith portrayed Anita McPherson, Elly's best friend, in C/o The Bartons.

She attended Year 6 of the
Presbytarian Ladies College in Burwood, Victoria at age 11, when her school received a letter from the ABC looking for a girl her age, with red hair, to play the part of Anita.






Ben Toovey
Douglas Barton
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Ben Toovey in character as Douglas Barton in 1987

Still from the episode
The Great Billycart Aid Race, digitised by me. Used under fair use.
Ben Toovey played Douglas Barton. He was nine years old when he went to the audition for the role of seven year old Douglas Barton. He didn't have to wait long though, as he was noticed by Jenny Hooks while sitting in the lobby waiting his turn.







Michael O'Reilly
Anthony Barton
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Michael O'Reilly in character as Anthony Barton in 1987

Still from the episode
Bartons on the Beach, digitised by me. Used under fair use.
Michael O'Reilly portrayed Anthony. He was around 16 years old at the time of shooting, and attended a boys school in St. Kilda.

According to IMDb.com he played in several productions before and after C/o The Bartons, but I'm honestly not sure if Michael's IMDb.com profile is entirely accurate; unless Michael really did appear as the character "
Chameleon" in the episode "Stowaway" of the Australian sci-fi series "Phoenix Five" (IMDb) in 1970…. when he was just a baby… or possibly not even born yet.

Anyway…

IMDb.com also mentions that Michael portrayed a BMX gang member in two episodes of
The Henderson Kids II in 1987. Although I have been able to find footage of the scenes where Michael appears, the BMX gang members wear helmets and I've not been able to determine if this is the same Michael O'Reilly.

However, I have been able to confirm that Michael had a
small speaking role as an athlete in The Four Minute Mile (IMDb), a made for TV film coproduced by the BBC and the ABC in 1988. See the screen capture from that film below. As a side note: Cliff Ellen, the actor who protrayed Paul's football coach in Half-time a year earlier, also appears in that film.

That's all I have on Michael; I have not been able to find him as of yet. So Michael, if you happen to read this, please
get in touch.



As Anthony Barton
in C/o The Bartons

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As "Young Runner"
in The Four Minute Mile (part 2)

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Frankie J. Holden
Robert 'Bob' Barton
Born as Peter Brian on 18 December 1952, he adopted the stage name of Frankie J. Holden when he became lead singer for Ol'55; an Australian retro rock and roll band who had world wide success in the mid 70's. His stage name is a nod to the FJ Holden, an Australian made car which was introduced in the same year he was born.

In the '80s he expanded his resume with presenting television programmes and acting, the latter very successfully so. He landed one of his first television roles as Robert Barton in
C/o The Bartons.

Frankie went on to star in several big television productions, most recently
A Place to Call Home and Home and Away, both of which are international successes.

He also starred in the first series of
Round the Twist, as real estate agent and main 'villain' Harold Gribble.

Since the 13th of June 2016, Frankie holds the Medal of the Order of Australia, an honour awarded to him for "
service to the arts as an entertainer, and to the community of the Sapphire Coast." (site loads slowly).

Frankie lives with his wife and daughter in Tathra, New South Wales, close to the holiday park he owns there. He still plays music with his band at the park and occasionally does gigs outside of the park. He's currently playing Ian Shaw in
Home and Away.




As Robert Barton
in C/o The Bartons

Frankie J. Holden as Robert Barton

As Harold Gribble
in Round the Twist (Series 1)

Frankie J. Holden as Harold Gribble

As David Kazalian
in Neighbours

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As Roy Briggs
in A Place to Call Home

Frankie J. Holden as Roy Briggs







Jennifer Jarman-Walker
Clare Barton
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Jennifer Jarman-Walker as Clare Barton in 1987

Still from the episode
Bartons on the Beach, digitised by me. Used under fair use.
Jennifer Jarman-Walker, sometimes credited as Jenny, and sometimes with only Jarman as her surname, will for us always be Mrs Barton. But her resume is so much longer than that.

Before COTB, she appeared in top billing television series as
Home, Prisoner and Neighbours. After the Bartons she appeared as Summerbum in Pugwall, as Cath Darby in Phoenix (missing Olivia Harkin's guest role on that show by a season) and returning to Neighbours in a different role (as Wendy Slater) in 1993.

Other screen credits include
Something in the Air (as Maureen O'Connor; TV husband Frankie J. Holden starred in this series) and Blue Heelers (three different roles),

On stage, Jennifer has appeared as the witch Meg in
The Meg and Mog Show (1988, Alexander Theatre, Clayton, Victoria) and in The Drought (1994, Napier Street Theatre, South Melbourne, Victoria) and Fairy Tales for the Future (also 1994, La Mama, Carlton, Victoria).


As Clare Barton
in C/o The Bartons

Jennifer Jarman-Walker as Clare Barton

As Julie Cameron
in Prisoner Cellblock H

Jennifer Jarman-Walker as Julie Cameron

As Beryl Simmonds
in Prisoner Cellblock H

Jennifer Jarman-Walker as Beryl Simmonds

As Angelica Cammeniti
in Neighbours

Jennifer Jarman-Walker as Angelica Cammeniti







Alice Garner
Vivienne Bone
Alice Garner as Vivienne Bone


Alice Garner as Vivienne Bone in 1987

Still from the episode Beautiful Beetroot. Digitised by me. Used under fair use.
Although only appearing in one episode, as Vivienne in Beautiful Beetroot, Alice Garner still gets her own profile on the cast page.

Daughter of Australian screenwriter and novelist
Helen Garner, she has quite a resume, starting way before Bartons and far beyond it. Before her role in COTB, she played Gracie in the adaptation of her own mother's novel Monkey Grip. Which is very fitting as that character was based on Alice by her mum (so who to play her better?). The role got her a nomination for an AFI Award.

She starred with
Matt Day and Kym Cyngell in Love and Other Catastrophies in 1996 before landing the role of Carmen in SeaChange in 1998. She returned to the big screen in 1999 in Strange Planet (as Sally); the spiritual successor to Love and Other Catastrophies with much of the same cast and crew.

She had a recurring role in the popular television series
The Secret Life of Us as Caitlin in 2001 and 2002 (series 1 and 2) and played Elissa in the 2006 Ray Lawrence drama Jindabyne with Gabriel Byrne.

Alice also has an academic career, having published three papers. She teached history and French at Albert Park College. She combined her academic knowledge with her love for the camera as one of the hosts of History Channel's
Coast Australia.

Alice Garner is married and has three children.


As Vivienne Bone
in C/o The Bartons

Alice Garner as Vivienne Bone

As Alice
in Love and Other Catastrophies
(film poster)

ove and Other Catastrophies film poster









 

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