First Appearance: Episode 1 (1982)
Last Appearance: Episode 584 (1985)
Known Family: Husband - Brian O'Donnel (d. 1984);
Daughter - Fee O'Donnel (by Terry Hansen, as a result
Romance with Wayne Hamilton; Engagement to John
Palmer; Marriage to Brian O'Donnel; Aborted marriage to
Wayne Hamilton; Romance with Robin Elliott; Romance with
Jill Taylor is a teenage prostitute who is rescued
from the gutter by Fiona Thompson and brought to live
with her at her boarding house in Manly. She settles in
to her new life happily and Fiona becomes like a surrogate
mother, Jill herself having been orphaned as a young child.
Jill becomes involved with Wayne Hamilton, but the relationship
doesn't last long. She and John Palmer then get together
and set up home in Melbourne - but when John joins the
airforce and Jill recognises one of his colleagues as
a former client of hers from her days on the game, she
deliberately breaks-off what has become an engagement
so that John won't be embarrassed by her.
During a drive up to Woombai, Fiona and Jill pick up
a hitchhiker - Brian O'Donnel. After discovering that
he's an illegal immigrant on the run from the IRA in Ireland,
Jill agrees to marry him so that he can stay in Australia.
Unfortunately, Brian then goes on the run again after
learning that the authorities have been tipped-off about
his being in the country unlawfully - and, to Jill's horror,
she's visited by the police a few weeks later and is told
that Brian has been killed in a car accident.
Having moved back to Sydney, Jill is astonished when
a woman - Beth Newman - turns up, claiming to be her mother.
Her story is very plausible and Jill is all-too-willing
to believe it. Beth gradually talks Jill into getting
back together with Wayne - and she does. They even go
so far as to walk up the aisle - only for Brian to turn
up at the end of the ceremony and demand to know what's
going on! It transpires that he was mugged and his wallet
stolen, and it was the thief who was killed in the car
accident. Jill leaves Wayne and returns to Brian. They
move away to South Australia, but one day Jill wakes up
to find a note from Brian telling her that he's decided
to return to Ireland to avenge his brother's death. Jill
heads back to Sydney and learns a few weeks later that
Brian has been killed in an IRA attack in Belfast. Jill
also learns that Beth isn't really her mother after all,
but a woman paid by Wayne to pretend she was in the hope
that Beth would talk Jill into getting back with Wayne.
Moving up to Woombai, Jill suffers further horror when
she's raped by local larrikin, Terry Hansen. She finds
herself pregnant and agonises over whether to have an
abortion. She finally decides to keep the baby - but is
then astonished to discover that Terry is Fiona's long-lost
son - meaning Jill is pregnant with Fiona's grandchild!
She gives birth to a daughter whom she names Fiona - or
Fee for short. In the meantime, Jill manages to come to
terms with her hatred for Terry and gradually begins to
let him into her life and to be involved with his daughter.
Brian's father, Sean O'Donnel, turns up in Australia.
Upon discovering that Jill has had a baby, he assumes
that the child is Brian's, and he asks Jill to move to
Ireland and live close to Brian's family. Jill finds herself
unable to tell Sean the truth about Fee's conception,
and she is all set to go and live in Ireland when Terry
kidnaps Fee and refuses to return her until Jill tells
Sean the truth. Jill admits the truth to Sean reluctantly.
A furious Sean returns to Ireland alone.
Jill becomes involved with PR man, Robin Elliott - but
also finds herself in the firing line from his jailbird
wife, Kathleen, when she's released from prison: Kathleen
refuses to give up on her marriage to Robin and tries
her utmost to get Jill out of the way. She goes so far
as to drive her car straight at Jill - but Robin spots
what's going to happen just in time, pushes Jill out of
the way and throws himself in front of the car instead.
He's left with multiple injuries and ends up in a coma.
He lies in hospital for several months until nurse Cheri
Nolan performs a mercy killing and puts him out of his
Devastated about the way she seems to be a jinx around
everyone she comes into contact with, Jill decides to
return to prostitution: the one thing she thinks she's
good at. She's only been back on the game for a few weeks,
though, when Fiona manages to talk some sense into her.
Jill takes Fee up to Woombai to see Terry, who's landed
a new job there, and ends up settling down and staying.