Grace Kingston (Abi Tucker)
Daughter of Jack McLeod’s brother Hugh, and younger sister of Regan McLeod, Grace took her mother’s maiden name after her parents divorced. She’s a woman who knows her own mind - she’s feisty and independent with a dry, laconic sense of humour. And gorgeous, of course, in a natural, never-even-has-to-try kind of way.
Grace is fun loving and sociable, the type that people naturally flock to. But part of her always remains private and locked away. She tends to have lots of acquaintances, rather than a few close friends and has never really put down roots, preferring to live the semi-nomadic life, alternating between farm work and travelling the country on the campdrafting circuit.
Grace is an expert horsewoman, and champion campdrafter. It’s a rough and tumble life, in stark contrast to her sister Jaz’s career as a show jumper on the highfalutin international circuit. Grace’s early campdrafting career overlapped with the end of Stevie’s, and the rivalry between them was intense. Stevie and Grace have enormous respect for each other, and it comes as a huge shock to both of them when they realise their connection via Drovers Run.
In short, Grace is not a whole lot like her sister, Regan, and this is part of the reason they haven't had much to do with each other in recent years.
The sisters were teenagers when their parents divorced. After the split, Grace and Regan were both sent to boarding school. Grace has never been the scholarly type - which is not to say she's not bright; but she'd prefer to learn through doing, rather than sitting in a classroom for long hours. She was always the one who had her hand in the air, asking the teacher "Why do we need to know how do this? How is this relevant in the real world?"
Regan, on the other hand, loved having her head buried in a book and would've adored everything about being at school. The sisters had a falling out when Grace tried to help Regan impress the tough girls who’d been bullying her, but the attempt failed when Regan chickened out at the last minute. Grace was caught and expelled. Grace felt betrayed - as far as she's concerned, Regan is her sister and should've stuck by her, no matter how scared she was. Loyalty is everything to Grace. Grace never finished high school, while Regan excelled and went on to study geology at University.
Their lives collide again when Grace inherits part of Drovers Run. Nobody loves a challenge more than Grace Kingston, but living and working on Drovers will prove to be the biggest challenge Grace has ever faced. It’s also here that the woman who swears she’s never been in love, scarred by the experience of her parents’ troubled marriage, will fall hard and fast for the first time in her life.
In 1994, Abi Tucker starred as Jodie in Australian drama series Heartbreak High. During her time on the series, Abi, an accomplished singer/songwriter, released the CD single ‘Breathe In’ which featured on the series soundtrack.
Following her departure from Heartbreak High, Abi took a break from acting to pursue her passion for music in the UK.
In 1999, she returned to Australian and landed a guest appearance in Water Rats, and then joined the cast of ABC TV’s Wildside.
In 2000, she appeared in the hit comedy film The Wogboy and played the lead role in the film, Angst in which she also performed two songs on the soundtrack.
From 2001 to 2003, Abi played the role of Miranda in TV Series of The Secret Life of Us.
She has also appeared in the telemovie My Husband My Killer, and in the Fox 8 TV series Love Bytes.
Her theatre work included The Music & Lyrics of Sean Peter, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne International Festival and the Vagina Monologues.
In 2006, Abi Tucker began filming her role of Grace Kingston, in McLeod’s Daughters.