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Alex Ryan (Aaron Jeffery)

Alex has a history as a bit of a bad boy, a bit of a larrikin. His relationship with his father, Harry Ryan, was always explosive. He's been in fist fights with his brother Nick as well. He's a risk taker, a former rodeo star, a favourite with women and an easy friend to the men he works with. He's a great farmer too, if not a great stickler for detail, and he has the respect of all who know him well.

Claire McLeod was the love of Alex's life — her death was a terrible blow. Alex gradually got back on his feet and found ways to open his heart again. His great mate, Stevie Hall, helped him through the darkness, and their friendship gradually grew into something much more.

During his time running Killarney, Alex has had more than a few battles with father Harry and mother-in-law Sandra, and more than one chance to evaluate where his life is heading. He nearly died in a water tank accident (saved by Stevie) and went bush after losing his brother. After a stinging personal attack from father Harry, Alex fled to the city where he became engaged to Fiona. Little did he realise that Stevie was about to profess her love to him.

It took Alex a long time to realise his marriage to Fiona was doomed, and that he should have married Stevie instead. During this time, Alex had to deal with the death of his father and the realisation that his stepmother Sandra had murdered him. After much soul searching, Alex ended his marriage to Fiona. But by then, events had conspired to drive Alex and Stevie apart. Desperate to get Fiona out of his life, Alex agreed to a massive divorce settlement. To afford this he accepted an offer from his birth father, shrewd city barrister Bryce Redstaff, to invest in Killarney. Bryce's offer seemed like a good idea at the time…



Aaron Jeffery
"The opportunity to live and work in the country is my dream," said Aaron, who experienced farm life before being offered the role of Alex Ryan.

Despite growing up in a New Zealand city, he was drawn to rural Australia. He was working on a property in NSW, taking time out of his busy acting career, when he auditioned for the role of Alex Ryan.

"The opportunity to combine farming and film making was too good to resist," Aaron said. He relocated to South Australia (leaving his horses and cattle behind) and bought a 130-year-old stone cottage near the set of McLeod's Daughters.

Jeffery says with its female lead cast the series is a "great benchmark for Australian television" and he relishes the role of Alex.

He finds he often plays darker characters, such as Prior in The Interview, and Alex in the theatre production of A Clockwork Orange. "This is the first chance I've had on a film to play the comic aspect, the larrikin," he said.

Jeffery graduated from NIDA in 1993. His film credits include Strange Planet, The Interview, Carcrash, Square One and Good Fruit. Television roles include Murder Call, Wildside, Water Rats and Blue Murder.
User comments
Hello Aaron, I am a fan of your work as well. I have watched you on Water Rats and on McLeods Daughters. You will be missed. You created a wonderful, warm and endearing charactor. It is difficult to find your other work here in Canada, but I will keep trying. What does the future hold for you? Where will we see you next? I wish you all the best and look forward to your next appearance.
what the heck - we wait for weeks and weeks to see you back on the show and they kill you off before you even have time to really say hello to your wife and see your child born. That just stinks and the writers should be ashamed of themselves. All the best wherever you go and whereever your career takes you . My mom and I never miss the show.
Hi Aaron, my name is Sabrina, I am 22 years old and come from Kiel. So more or less from the other end of the world. I am at least here in Schleswig Holstein probably your biggest fan, and hope sometime sometimes an autograph plays cards from you to agree. I am a gigantic fan of you since daughters MCLeods and wanted to bring sometimes to print out. Many thanks for the nice hours with the evening DVD watch. Many lots of love from Germany. Big Kiss
Hi Aaron, my name is Sabrina, I am 22 years old and come from Kiel. So more or less from the other end of the world. I am at least here in Schleswig Holstein probably your biggest fan, and hope sometime sometimes an autograph plays cards from you to agree. I am a gigantic fan of you since daughters MCLeods and wanted to bring sometimes to print out. Many thanks for the nice hours with the evening DVD watch. Many lots of love from Germany. Big Kiss
hi love the role u play in mcleods u do so well i love watchin u. i think u did great when claire died i cryed so much havent seen when u die yet not sure if i want to cause i now ill get upset wish i could meet u 1 day and all the original crew love your work watcin u makes me miss livin out of town
hi alex how are you going missing your cute body on the show wish you were alive and back on it with stevie your wife and your baby boy you guys make a great family i love the show i just wish that i could have the change to meet you guys for real
hey aaron, you were so good in the tv series mcleods daughters, i watched every episode then bought every one of them. im your biggest fan, i was so sad when u died on the show, but it was even upsetting when they killed claire just as you was gonna ask her to marry you. i related so well to drovers run cos i my self run my own farm, have done long before mcleods daughters came out n it was great to just watch a show that i could be so into. well i would of loved to have met you and the original cast. love ya aaron.
Hey Alex, how are you going mate? what can I say, the show was fantastic, the entire cast has worked well together over the 8 years. Why did they axe it? it was so Australian. Very sad, thank god I have the whole 8 seaons. And to kill you off after you finally found love. Any mate take care and I hope you do well in The Strip, look forward to seeing you in it. Cheers Tracie
Hey Aaron, how you going mate? well what can I say you are a great actor, I really love Mcleods Daughters, Im a die hard fan, just love it, I plan to go to Freeling in SA one of these days. The whole cast over the 8 years has amazing, you all work great together. Why did they axe it? it was so Australian, so many of us could relate to it. Anyway mate take care and I look forward to watching you on The Strip. Cheers Tracie
I have read many stories and I mean they are stroies of the type of guy you are. I would love to meet you in person. I have always followed the shows you play in and the day you where killed on Mcleods I sat there and cried heaps as I would have been giving you the kiss of life to bring you back. I mean I love to meet you one day.

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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