Photographs of Cast, Crew And Extras In ‘Bed Of Roses’
The Series 2 of the ABC hit television series ‘Bed Of Roses‘ was filmed primarily in Meeniyan with filming also done close-by in Foster township. Indoor scenes are shot in the ABC studios in Melbourne (Ripponlea) and Louisa Athertons’ (played by Kerry Armstrong) cottage is apparently located in Bangholme near Frankston.
BED OF ROSES ACTORS
Also starring in the series along side our popular Australian actress Kerry Armstrong, is Julia Blake who plays Louisas’ mother Minna Franklin and Jay Lagaaia (well know for his time in McLeod’s Daughters, Playschool, All Saints and Star Wars) as Nick Pickering – Louisas’ childhood friend. Holly (played by Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) and Shannon Atherton (played by Dave Thornton) are Louisas’ two children.
We also have photographs of Louisas’ friends Marg Braithwaite (played by Caroline Gilmer), Deb Mathieson (played by Kaarin Fairfax) and Gemma O’Reilly (played by Dina Panozzo). Haiha Le (who plays Rita Lim), Richard Davies (who plays the handsome Rooster McIver), Tim Phillipps (who plays Hollys’ special friend Sean Smithwick), Frank Magree (who plays Marty Mason the builder), Kallista Kaval (who plays the newspaper editor Wendy Watt) and Andrew S. Gilbert (who plays Gavin Braithwaite).
Most local Meeniyan residents were certainly aware that something was going on when the town tranformed overnight from quaint little Meeniyan to bustling ‘Rainbows End’. The Post Office, pub, community house, supermarket, newsagent, service station and pizza shop all had name and identity changes.
In Foster, the local Main Street traders were appalled that, “yet another real estate agent was opening in town” but laughed when they realized it was just a shop front created for the ‘Bed Of Roses’ drama.
MORE UNFOLDING DRAMA
I did hear that a local councilor was concerned when driving home one day, that she wasn’t invited to the Grand Opening of “The Big Nugget” – a giant monument that arrived on the back of a semi-trailer and was set up at the entrance of the town (specially for the filming). I really can’t tell too much more or I might spoil the story line, but needless to say, much confusion and drama unfolded as a result.