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Jodi Fountain-McLeod (Rachael Carpani)

Jodi is an exuberant young woman who has matured since McLeod's Daughters premiered in 2001, when she was an 18-year-old with ambitions outside the world of farming. She was born at Drovers Run, the daughter of Meg the housekeeper and her estranged ex-husband Kevin Fountain. Jodi grew up living on Drovers Run with single-mum Meg, never realising that her true father was Jack McLeod.

When she became a teenager, Jack McLeod paid for Jodi to attend a girls' boarding school. It was here that she met Kate Manfredi, and started dreaming of a glamorous life beyond the farm gate. But when Jodi's Year 12 exam results were a disappointment, she reluctantly joined the work force at Drovers Run.

Although Jodi thought that working on Drovers Run would be a real drag, what she learnt was love, loyalty and a huge amount about how to manage a large property.

Having worked as a farmhand for the last few years, Jodi discovered the late Jack McLeod was her real father. Made part-owner of Drovers by her 'new' sister Tess, and temporarily estranged from her mother, Jodi was forced to question her lot in life, her name and life goals. Now Jodi must face the challenges of work and love without the support of her two biggest supporters, sister Tess and best friend Kate.

Despite being a born romantic, Jodi has been unlucky in love. Her two earlier love affairs both ended badly when she jilted Alberto, and then watched Luke being arrested and sent to prison. More recently, Jodi thought she had found true love with Matt Bosnich, a handsome loner who she later learnt was on the witness protection program. After Jodi helped Matt narrowly escape from a hitman, Matt was whisked away and given a new identity. It seemed she'd never see him again. Now Matt has returned to pursue the woman he loves. But Jodi has moved on, forming a romantic attachment to Riley. Who will she choose?

Rachael Carpani
Rachael has an Italian father and an Australian mother and grew up on five acres near Dural, in the Sydney Hills district. Like Jodi, she yearned for the city and when her family moved to the USA to live, Jodi stayed in Australia to finish university and moved to North Sydney.

An agent walked into Rachael's after school drama class when she was 15 and so began her acting career. Rachael was happy to get bit parts in television shows and commercials, but never took acting seriously — coming from an academic family, schoolwork was always first.

She studied drama in her final year of high school and her marks placed her in the top 10 percent in NSW. She enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, Media and Cultural Studies degree and also took performance studies, majoring in writing.

She deferred her last year of university to work on McLeod's Daughters, but hopes to return to do honours in film studies at some point.

When offered the part of Jodi, Rachael said "I was so overwhelmed and felt extremely lucky when I found out I would be working alongside actors such as Sonia Todd and John Jarrett".

Rachael studied acting at the Australian College of Entertainment, at Macquarie University and at the Drama Works drama company. Her previous television work includes roles in All Saints and Home and Away.

Rachael also recently had a role in the movie Hating Alison Ashley, starring Delta Goodrem.

Posie Graeme-Evans
Posie Graeme-EvansPosie Graeme-EvansIn this special video interview, the creator of McLeod's Daughters, Posie Graeme-Evans reminisces about life on Drover's Run, and says a special thank you to fans of the show.
 
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