First Appearance: Episode 587 (1985)
Last Appearance: Episode 740 (1986)
Known Family: Father - Stephen Morrell; Mother
- Caroline Morrell; Sister - Amanda Morrell; Grandmother
- Dee Morrell; Stepmother - Jenny Morrell; Stepbrother
- Colin Turner; Stepsister - Denise Turner
Liaisons with Bill Ashley and Chris Bainbridge.
Samantha Morrell is travelling overseas when she
meets Irene Fisher in Italy. She returns to Australia
with Irene, bringing with her the shocking news that Roland
Armstrong - Barbara Hamilton's 'late' first husband -
is actually still alive.
Moving up to Woombai, it doesn't take long for Samantha
to become romantically involved with crooked businessman,
Bill Ashley, at Woombai. When Samantha's sister, Amanda,
disappears, Samantha soon begins to suspect that Bill
is behind it. Bill flees once the finger of suspicion
is turned on him by more people.
Samantha discovers to her horror that she was sexually
abused by members of a cult she was brainwashed into joining
when younger - and, worse, that a video exists of the
abuse, which occurred while she was drugged. Samantha
- with the help of Andy Green - tracks down the man behind
the cult, Lloyd Donovan, and offers to pay him to destroy
the tape. Donovan, however, is in poor health and tells
Samantha that she can have the tape. Unfortunately
for Samantha, Leigh Palmer then gets hold of the tape
and switches it with a family movie, meaning Samantha's
abuse is aired to a wider audience.
Samantha lands a job working as receptionist to Irene
Fisher at her doctor's surgery. She also begins a romance
with Chris Bainbridge - but has to cope with the unwanted
attentions of Leo Walsh, a guy with learning difficulties
who Chris befriends through his work at Crossley House.
Samantha helps Chris over his bigotry towards foreign
immigrants: a bigotry that is demonstrated all-too-clearly
towards Nguyen Hung, a teenager brought to Australia by
Fiona Thompson. After Chris's father, Colonel Bainbridge,
commits suicide, Chris moves away to Perth with his mother,
leaving Samantha single again.
To Samantha's shock, she spots Bill Ashley one day, digging
up a road. She and Caroline approach him to try and find
out what happened to Amanda. He demands money, and Caroline
reluctantly hands it over. To her and Samantha's horror,
he then reveals that Amanda became hooked on drugs and
had turned to prostitution. By the time Caroline actually
locates her daughter - Samantha's sister - Amanda is dead.
After a few months, Samantha leaves Australia and heads
to New Zealand to be with her father, Stephen, and his
sick wife, Jenny.