IDENTITY MYSTERY OVER PAT THE RAT
Sons and Daughters has done it again.
Just when fans thought they had Pat the Rat worked out, that
femme fatale of the TV screen is undergoing another identity
And the woman responsible, Sydney actress Christine James,
is loving it.
Christine plays Sarah Hunt, the lonely traveller who winds
up in a Rio hospital and is mistaken as Patricia Palmer (Belinda
Giblin) in a bizarre identity triangle.
"Sarah is a very, very nice person; that was the attractive
thing about playing her," said Christine, who recently
appeared in the controversial Ray Lawrence film Bliss.
"She brings out the nice side of Pat the Rat."
Latest developments in Sons and Daughters have seen
her character Sarah taken back to Australia by David Palmer
(Tom Richards) who mistakenly believes she is the real Patricia.
Despite having as many twists as a bowl of spaghetti, Christine
believes her situation carries a bottom line stupidity.
"It was a very strange one but in a way it came down as
pretty simple in the end.
"Someone came along and saved her and loved her and let
her know what it is like to be happy," the pretty blonde
Christine, who started acting as an 11-year-old with Brisbane's
Little Theatre, likes to combine stage work with TV and movie
Her recent TV roles include a social worker in A Country
Practice and a nurse in the mini-series Return to Eden.
She is now working on a new film about a group of militant
women factory workers.
According to Christine, her Sons and Daughters portrayal
of an enigmatic character in peculiar circumstances was her
best acting challenge yet.
"They have been talking about her for three months but
she's actually on the show for one month and I think they will
be talking about her for another three months," she said
with a laugh.
Christine said the highlight was working with her old pal Belinda
"I absolutely adore Belinda; we have worked together before
but on the screen we are actually hissing at each other."
By: Greg Kerr
Date: November 9-15 1985