First Appearance: Episode 286 (1983)
Last Appearance: Episode 594 (1985)
Known Family: Father - Stephen Morrell; Mother
- Caroline Morrell; Sister - Samantha Morrell; Grandmother
- Dee Morrell
Fling with John Palmer; Marriage to Wayne Hamilton;
Romance with Todd Fisher; Fling with Bob 'Mitch' Mitchell
Amanda returns to Sydney following a skiing trip
abroad and is horrified to discover that her father, Stephen,
has married Patricia Hamilton. When Dee Morrell then arrives
in Australia from overseas, Amanda does her best to badmouth
Patricia to her grandmother. Dee takes a dislike to Patricia
and enlists Amanda's help to get back at her by telling
Amanda to marry Wayne Hamilton and give Dee a grandson!
Amanda is shocked at the idea, but when she learns about
the financial compensation she'll receive from Dee, she
agrees to go ahead with the plan.
Dee dies before the marriage can take place - and Wayne
and Amanda head to a registry office quickly before anyone
else learns of Dee's passing; as a result, Dee leaves
them half of her assets, plus the mansion at Toorak and
the Morrell apartment in Sydney, with further to come
if Amanda gives birth to a grandson within a year. Wayne
worries that Amanda won't conceive quickly enough, though,
and so he hatches a plan to rip-off the other main beneficiaries
of Dee's will: Beryl Palmer and Margaret Dunne. Amanda
quickly becomes disillusioned with Wayne and his money-making
schemes and she walks out on him.
It doesn't take long for Wayne to blackmail Amanda into
going back to him. Amanda reluctantly goes along with
the blackmail - but also takes the opportunity of returning
to Wayne to pay him back for the way he's treated her.
There are further ups and downs - but Amanda eventually
falls pregnant to Wayne and she ends up telling him that
she loves him. Sadly, Amanda suffers a miscarriage - but
PR man, Robin Elliott, who's around when Amanda is suffering
the trauma, suggests to her that she continue to pretend
she's carrying the baby, otherwise she and Wayne will
miss out on the money from Dee's will. Amanda reluctantly
agrees to go along with the plan. Robin, however, ends
up blackmailing her and Wayne, once he finds out the truth,
over their deception. She and Wayne decide to flee Sydney
and start afresh in Adelaide.
Only a few days later, Wayne reads in a newspaper that
his father, Gordon Hamilton, has been accused of assaulting
a reporter. He and Amanda decide to return to Sydney to
give Gordon their support.
Amanda decides to go on the pill, so that she doesn't
fall pregnant again - but she doesn't tell Wayne. Unfortunately,
Wayne does find out and reacts furiously. Amanda moves
out of the marital home and in with Andy Green. A few
weeks later, a drunk Wayne turns up and tells Amanda that
she's his wife and she owes him a kid. He then rapes her...
Their marriage effectively over, Wayne and Amanda go
their separate ways. It isn't long before Amanda meets
Todd Fisher, the son of Dr. Irene Fisher. Todd and Amanda
quickly fall in love - but Todd harbours a tragic secret:
he has a terminal illness. The truth comes out, but as
his condition deteriorates Todd decides to head overseas
to Switzerland to die with dignity. He leaves Australia
without warning. Amanda is broken-hearted.
It's Bob 'Mitch' Mitchell who provides a shoulder for
Amanda to cry on - and it isn't long before Amanda begins
another passionate affair - although things soon
turn nasty: Amanda finds that she's pregnant and she enters
a state of denial, convincing herself that the baby is
Todd's, even though it's really Mitch's. Hot-headed Mitch
has several rows with Amanda over the paternity of her
child, but she always refuses to listen. Sadly, Amanda
suffers another miscarriage.
Without the baby linking her to Mitch in any way, Amanda
thinks she's escaped from him - but he then kidnaps her
and holds her hostage at a shack in the middle of nowhere.
Amanda ends up shooting Mitch accidentally, after she
tries to grab a rifle Mitch is holding before heading
out to kill something for them to eat. Amanda escapes
from the shack and calls an ambulance for Mitch - but
when the ambulancemen arrive, Mitch isn't there. He disappears,
and Amanda is left wondering what happened to him.
There's a shock for Amanda when her mother, Caroline,
comes back on the scene after several years away. However,
the two don't have much of a chance to get to know each
other: while Amanda is at Woombai, she overhears crooked
building developer, Bill Ashley, talking about ripping
off the property's investors. Ashley discovers her eavesdropping,
grabs her and bundles her into a car.
It's a long time before Amanda's fate is discovered:
Caroline spends ages trying to track her daughter down,
only to learn eventually that Amanda had become involved
in drugs and prostitution and had eventually died a grim
death amidst a group of junkies.