Interview with Steve Jacques Du Casse
Steve Jacques Du Casse (credited on-screen
as Steve Du Casse) appeared memorably in Sons
and Daughters as French chef, Phillipe Souchon:
Lynn Palmer had an affair with him while modelling
in France, and when she returned to Australia, Phillipe
In real life, Steve still lives in Australia,
where he is now married with three children. He has
had a varied career since that guest role in 1983,
as he explains below.
You were presumably born and raised in France.
How did you come to move to Australia?
I was actually born in South Africa. My father had a six-month
contract with the French opera company there and my mother was
pregnant when they flew over - and I was born there. My father,
Pierre Du Casse, was French, from Marseille, and my mother was
half-English and half-French.
Had you acted (either in France or Australia)
before you appeared in Sons and Daughters?
A lot of stage productions, commercials, modelling, dancing,
and I was also in the Sydney Opera Company.
did you land the role of Phillipe Souchon?
I went to Grundy to audition for the part of a sick French sailor
on a series called Runaway Island, but the producer
thought I looked too healthy for the part. As I was leaving
the audition, Don Battye spotted me and thought that I'd be
perfect for a role he had in mind. He just grabbed my arm and
said to me, "Say a few things with a French accent,"
so I did! He then took me into a room and made me auditon in
front of a camera. He said that he'd be in touch, so I thanked
him and left.
I had to walk through the reception to leave
the building and as I walked through, the receptionist called
me and asked if my name was Steve. I said, "Yes."
She said that Mr. Battye was trying to catch me before I walked
out of the building and she told me that he was on the line
and wanted to say four things to me. I got on the phone and
I heard, "You've got the part!" At that moment I thought
I was in a dream world and didn't want to wake up. It was so
overwhelming and I had never felt that happy in my whole life
- I was floating on cloud nine and thought, "How lucky
can you get?!"
The role was of Phillipe Soulet. I told Don Battye
I didn't like the surname because it sounds like 'drunk' in
French, so I was the one who suggested 'Souchon'. Mr. Battye
was one of the nicest human beings you could meet - it was a
privilege for me to have known him. I don't know what happened
to him - the last I heard was that he was living in the Philippines.
Did you enjoy your time on Sons and Daughters?
Do you have any interesting stories about your time on the show
that you can share?
I loved every second of being on Sons and Daughters.
The two most down-to-earth people were Stephen Comey (Kevin
Palmer) and Tom Richards (David Palmer).
Tom was a very cheeky person - I remember once
I had a scene with Sarah Kemp (Charlie Bartlett) where we were
sitting on the sofa and she was trying to seduce me. In that
scene she wore a very low-cut dress that showed a lot of cleavage,
and do you know what that cheeky bastard Tom did? - he put four
cubes of ice down her cleavage! It was so cold in the studio!
Sarah grabbed a lamp and ran after him - boy did Tom have wings
on his heels! The whole crew was keeling over with laughter!
Tom later said we wanted to see some nipples as well, that's
why the ice! Tom is a great guy!
What sort of things did you do after you left
Sons and Daughters?
Ballroom dancing, quite a few stage productions, I had the
lead in Dracula the Play, also Scaramouche,
Wuthering Heights, etc. I also teach fencing at the
Sydney University. I've always had a passion for swords - I've
been tracing my family tree and was surprised to find out that
a lot of my ancestors in France were notorious swordsmen: Counts,
Marquises, Barons, etc. Maybe that's why the passion for swords
- it must be in my blood!
now perform as an Elvis tribute artist. How did you get into
I've always been a singer, but everywhere I go people are always
saying I look like Elvis and I've always liked the King. Once,
I was helping my father-in-law at the club where he's a chef
- I'm a chef as well - and a singer called John Rowles was performing
there. He came into the kitchen and said to me, "People
are saying out there that you look like Elvis but can you also
sing like him?" Anyway, he dragged me out on the stage
to perfom and to my amazement I brought the place down and had
a standing ovation! I ended up performing about 14 songs that
night - they just didn't want me to get off! My wife thought
this would be a great career move, so I then started performing
in clubs and at weddings. I want to do a marriage celebrant
course so that I can perform Elvis weddings.
How do you see your future?
My family is the source of my inspiration - I have the most
beautiful and wonderful wife and if it was not for her then
I wouldn't be where I am today. She's also my best friend and
my manager, so my future is in her hands - she's the one that
will make it all happen for me. And with my children to inspire
me as well, then the sky is the limit.
Steve - many thanks for answering these questions.
Steve would be delighted to hear from fans: write
to get in touch!