Sophie Dillman has played rebellious babe Ziggy Astoni on Aussie soap Home and Away for five years and Daily Star has taken a look at the actress’ life away from the cameras
a local soap Ziggy Astoni, a troublesome wild boy with significant familial issues, was first introduced to viewers of Home and Away in 2017.
During her stay in Summer Bay, the rebellious heroine has provided viewers with a variety of dramatic tales, including being kidnapped, helping her mother through a cancer diagnosis, and learning of her husband’s extramarital affair.
However, actress Sophie Dillman leads a drastically different life than her disobedient persona.
Get to know the lovely actress who embodied this rebellious character as she experiences a blossoming romance with one of the soap opera’s sexiest stars and battles a devastating health issue of her own.
The Australian soap opera star is frequently pictured kissing her on-screen beau Dean Thompson, but viewers might not be aware that Sophie is also romantically involved with actor Patrick O’Connor.
In 2021, the actors talked openly about their relationship, telling TV Week how they first grew close as friends before falling in love.
We’re fortunate in that respect because we were coworkers before becoming friends, she remarked.
“It’s good to be in a friendship-based relationship. We treat each other as best friends first and foremost at our core, but starting out that way has also strengthened our bond.”
Winnie, an adorable little cavoodle that the couple previously appeared on This Morning Australia with in May, was recently adopted by the couple.
They also discussed how tough it may be to separate their personal and professional lives when on the talk programme.
The hardest part, according to Sophie, is when you have to transition right into a love scene after having a domestic dispute. However, you later laugh about it.
“We’re not too bad. It’s okay because we’ve got a lot of practise already “Added she.
Her on-screen persona Ziggy is frequently portrayed as sassy, self-assured, and even a touch rebellious. But actress Sophie has come forwards and admitted that she has an ailment that causes her to suffer from excruciating agony.
The 29-year-old has spent the most of her life battling endometriosis, which develops when tissue resembling the uterine lining spreads outside the womb and frequently results in infertility and pain.
Ziggy is very self-assured, and I occasionally wish I possessed a little more of that quality, Sophie says Woman’s Day from her Sydney home.
Sophie, who has had three operations to remove tissue growths since she was diagnosed with the ailment at the age of 21, recalls a few occasions in high school when she woke up in the morning, fainted, and puked from the pain. Sophie was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 21.
Prior to beginning her acting career, Sophie was a licenced nurse. At the age of 20, she underwent laparoscopic surgery for the first time to treat endometriosis.
I was quite fortunate to have five years of comparatively pain-free living following my initial operation, she recalls. That lasted up until approximately 18 months ago, when I started experiencing pain again, and that is when things really started to get difficult.
Sophie has learned to manage her discomfort and bloating while juggling a hectic work and social life with exercise, diet, medication, and getting plenty of sleep.
The Mazda ambassador is appreciative of the support she receives from her internet followers, family, friends, and her partner, Home And Away co-star Patrick O’Connor, on her hardest days.
“Patrick is a very kind and patient partner. He listens to what I have to say.
“Everyone at work is incredibly encouraging as well. I’m incredibly fortunate.
Despite her health struggles, the blonde beauty has a very stylish and active off-screen life and frequently updates her 285k Instagram followers.
The actress and her partner Patrick O’Connor clearly had a great time because they posted pictures from their vacation to Mykonos, Greece, earlier this year.
O’Connor uploaded photos of himself and Dillman with the backdrop of the Greek island to Instagram with the message, “Mykonos has him now.”
Another image shows the celebrity looking stunning for her appearance at the 2022 Logies in a dramatic ball gown.
The low cut neckline of the black and white lace dress, which emphasised her assets, was paired with an extravagant red opera cloak.
Fans flocked to the comments to compliment the star on her stunning look.
One fan gushed: “Speechless. I am without speech.”
Another added: “God damn you are one beautiful woman” while a third added: “Regardless if you win or not, you won with this fit.”
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