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McLeod's Daughters line up for Logies

SOUTH Australia's homegrown drama McLeod's Daughters was the sensation yesterday with 10 nominations for the TV Week Logie Awards.

The Channel 9 drama series—filmed on the historic Kingsford property near Gawler—scored nominations for almost every actor, including another Gold Logie nomination (for Most Popular Personality on TV) for former star Lisa Chappell.

Chappell, who played farm owner Claire McLeod, left the show last year with Simmone Jade Mackinnon filling the void.

Mackinnon, who plays Stevie Hall, was also nominated for Most Popular New Female Talent.

Chappell's fellow Gold Logie nominees are reigning champ Rove McManus, Blue Heelers' John Wood—nominated for the eighth straight time and winless to date—All Saints' Georgie Parker and hot favourite, former Neighbours' star Delta Goodrem.

McLeod's Daughters' also received Silver Logie nominations for Bridie Carter and Lisa Chappell as Most Popular Actress, Silvers for Aaron Jeffery and Myles Pollard as Most Popular Actor, Silver Logies for the show as Most Popular Australian Program (up against Australian Idol) and Most Outstanding Drama Series.

Bridie Carter scored another Silver nomination as Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (popular awards are based on public votes, while outstanding awards are judged by the industry).

McLeod's Daughters also scored a nod for Most Popular Australian Drama Series.

Chappell, now based in Sydney and writing a theatre script, left the show in June, with her character Claire later killed off in a car accident.

"I thought I'd be well and truly forgotten at this stage so it was a lovely surprise," she said yesterday of her nomination.

Chappell left the show needing a break, saying yesterday it had been "a great opportunity to have a normal life for a little while". "But I must admit I'm getting the acting bug again," she said.

Jeffery, who plays neighbouring farmer Alex Ryan, said his Silver nomination was his first nomination for anything.

"I'm just really excited for the show and all the other people who got nominated," he said. "It's great for McLeods.  We all work pretty hard out there…"

The TV Week Logie Awards will screen on Channel 9 on April 18.

By Simon Yeaman
March 23, 2004
The Advertiser