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Jaz McLeod (Edwina Ritchard)

The sister of Grace and Regan and cousin of Jodi, Tess and Claire, Jaz is bubbly, warm and stylish. But don't let the hint of ditziness fool you — Jaz is highly intelligent and able to stand up for herself. She may start off at Drovers as a fish out of water, but she's a fast learner and a hard worker. Once someone explains how to muster cattle, she'll work at it until she masters it.

Jaz was always the princess of the family — the girly girl who tried one too many times to give tomboy Grace a make-over. The two of them were too different to ever get on. While Jaz was preoccupied experimenting with make-up, nail polish and dressing up in her Mother's clothes, Grace was tearing down dirt roads on her bike, exploring ditches and storm-water drains. Regan was always the one in the middle, trying to make peace between her two very different sisters. That pattern still remains. A glass half-full type of person, Jaz was always bringing home strays when she was a girl. Nowadays, she still has a tendency to look after people — being warm and generous to a fault.

When their parents split up, Jaz chose to live with her father, Hugh McLeod. She had always been Daddy's little girl, his princess. But more than that, she always harboured the hope that by staying with him, she could remind him of home and somehow this would lead to a family reunion.

Although hurt by her parent's separation, Jaz is still optimistic enough to believe in true love and the idea of a soul mate. Her father's wealth helped Jaz acquire a taste for the finer things in life, and glimpses of this wealthy upbringing can still be seen in Jaz today. You might catch her wearing pearl earrings under her Akubra, a Tiffany fob chain under her polo button down; a shiny black ribbon to tie back her hair. That doesn’t make her a snob, though — these trappings are only skin deep.

Jaz's real passion was riding. Athletic but graceful, Jaz began competing in equestrian events as a teenager and soon proved herself a champion. After winning competitions at state and then national level, the next step for Jaz was to travel overseas. For the last two years, she has based herself in Germany and competed on the European dressage circuit. Now that she's back on Drovers, Jaz has a lot to learn. Good thing she doesn’t mind a challenge.

Edwina Ritchard
Edwina graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2006. She has since distinguished herself in guest roles on SBS's East West 101, and the highly anticipated feature film Fool's Gold starring Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey and Donald Sutherland.

This year, Edwina travelled to Romania to attend the 9th International Workshops of Drama Schools, and will soon be seen in the new lead role of Jaz McLeod on McLeod's Daughters.

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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