Nicolle Dickson

Nicolle Dickson (born 29 January 1969) is an Australian former actress, who was best known for playing the original character of teenage tearaway Bobby Simpson in soap opera Home and Away from 1988 to 1993. She left the acting profession and is now an accountant and bookkeeper.

Nicolle Dickson
Born (1969-01-29) 29 January 1969 (age 51)
OccupationTelevision actor, accountant
Years active1987–2006
Spouse(s)James Bell (1990–present)


Early yearsEdit

Nicolle Dickson was born on 29 January 1969 in Sydney, New South Wales and grew up in the suburb of Bass Hill with her family.[citation needed] As a child, she was a member of the children's theatre company 'Keane Kids'.[1] Having achieved her Higher School Certificate at the end of 1986, Dickson enrolled at Sydney College of the Arts in Balmain (later to become part of the University of Sydney) to study a BA degree in Visual Arts, majoring in photography.

Home and AwayEdit

In June 1987, whilst at university, Dickson auditioned for the role of Bobby Simpson for upcoming soap opera, Home and Away and appeared in the pilot episode broadcast on 17 January 1988. She won the "Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent" at the 1989 Logie Awards, being the first woman to do so in nearly a decade.[2][3] Dickson left Home and Away in 1993 as her character was killed-off in a boating accident. In 1995, Dickson made a brief cameo appearance, in an iconic scene, where she emerges from Ailsa Stewart's (Judy Nunn) fridge door, as Ailsa is hallucinating. In 2018 she returned to the show, along with co-star Alex Papps, to celebrate the series' 30th year on air in a special documentary titled Endless Summer: 30 Years of Home and Away.[4]

Later careerEdit

In 1995, Dickson returned to Home and Away and filmed an episode of G.P., in which she played a violent young woman with learning difficulties. She filmed a guest appearance in Murder Call, in which she played a murdered reporter named Maddie Herman. Dickson then made a guest role in medical drama All Saints in April 2002 as difficult pregnant patient Penny. Since leaving Home and Away, she now resides in Southern Highlands, New South Wales and works for an accountancy firm.[citation needed]

In 2006, Dickson appeared on a Home and Away reunion for the flashback show, Where Are They Now?. In the same year, she appeared on Channel 7's Australian Celebrity Survivor, filmed in Vanuatu, becoming the fourth-last contestant voted out.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
Film and television
1988–93; 95 Home and Away Bobby Simpson Seasons 1–6 (main), Season 8 (cameo) (935 episodes)
1994–95 G.P. Vicki Dugan Seasons 6–7 (guest) (2 episodes)
1997 Murder Call Maddie Herman Season 1 (guest) (1 episode)
2002 All Saints Penny Hargreaves Season 5 (guest) (1 episode)
2006 Wishbone Agnes Kelly Feature film
1994 Kilroy Herself Episode: "Kilroy Down Under"
2002 The Best of Aussie Drama Herself TV documentary
2002 The Best of Aussie Cop Shows Herself TV documentary
2006 Where Are They Now? Herself TV documentary (featuring Home and Away)
2006 Australian Survivor Herself Season 2 (known as "Celebrity Survivor")
2018 Endless Summer: 30 Years of Home and Away Herself TV documentary


  1. ^ "Bobby Simpson / Nicolle Dickson". 22 October 2000. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  2. ^ "1986–1989 Logie Awards". Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Don't bet on it". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 May 2003. Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Bad girl Bobby returns to Home and Away".
  5. ^ "Stars fight to the finish". Courier Mail. Retrieved 10 March 2010.

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