The little boy who played Kate Ritchie’s baby brother in the early days of Home and Away is back on TV - but in a very different role.
The little boy who played Kate Ritchie’s baby brother in the early days of Home and Away is back on TV - but in a very different role.

Home and Away star unrecognisable in new TV gig

If you were a fan of Home and Away in its early days, there is a good chance you will recognise Shaun Wood's face.

The 32-year-old from Newcastle played Christopher Fletcher, the biological son of Tom and Pippa on the TV soap from the ages of three to 10.

"I have very fond memories of the time," Wood told Confidential, adding that he reconnected with his screen mum Debra Lawrence about two years ago.

"I knew that it was something special. Because they were my formative years, there was always that feeling and desire from a creative perspective to be around cameras.

Going by the stage name Hollywood, obviously a nod to his acting past, Wood will make his TV return on reality show, Ultimate Tag.

He is one of Australia's top professional Parkour athletes. Parkour is the sport of getting from one point to another, usually in an urban environment, in the quickest way possible, whether that be jumping, running, crawling, vaulting, swinging or climbing.

Shaun Wood on set of TV soap Home and Away in the 1990s. He played Pippa’s son, Christopher Fletcher, on the show.
Shaun Wood on set of TV soap Home and Away in the 1990s. He played Pippa’s son, Christopher Fletcher, on the show.

On Ultimate Tag, which launches in March, Wood is a pro tagger charged with catching contestants, or players, who are trying to win $100,000 prize money on an adrenaline fuelled obstacle course.

"Parkour is a very aesthetic sport, it looks really good and one of my biggest interests within the sport is filmmaking," he said when asked if he would return to acting.

Shaun Wood goes by the name of Hollywood as a pro tagger on reality show, Ultimate Tag.
Shaun Wood goes by the name of Hollywood as a pro tagger on reality show, Ultimate Tag.

"I would love to continue more work within television or film. My dream would be to direct one day. I think Home and Away sparked that lifelong desire to be creative through film and movement basically."

Originally published as Home and Away star unrecognisable in new TV gig



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