Kerry Bishop Linda
Parents: Harold and Mavis Bishop
Marital Status: Joe Mangel (1989-1990)
Sky; Toby (adoptive)
Family Tree: Bishop/Mangel
Occupation: Advice Columnist, Child Carer, Salesperson
had early on made it clear that he and his daughter Kerry
did not get along very well. She had different religious views
compared with her father, and the pair hadn't spoken for years
among other things. However, it all changed one day when Harold
spotted, in the Coffee Shop, a bare-foot woman breastfeeding.
Disapproving, Harold went up to tell the lady to stop, but
was shocked to discover it was his daughter Kerry.
briefly moved into No. 24 with Harold and his wife, Madge.
However, Kerry's living style didn't fit with strong Christian
father Harold, who was shocked at how his daughter had turned
out. Not only was she very anti-religious, but she also had
a daughter Sky out of wedlock. Her living style was not all
that bothered him though, as he was very annoyed when Kerry
started seeing Joe Mangel, who Harold did not see fit as a
suitable partner for his daughter.
discovering Kerry had been in bed with Joe, Harold was up
in flames. Kerry announced that she was leaving, but Harold
apologised and asked that she stay, which she agreed to do.
Her daughter, Sky, was bitten by a spider, but luckily she
was rushed to hospital and recovered.
was an animal's activist, and most of the street labelled
her a 'greenie'. She upset many residents, especially Paul,
as Kerry would always seem to be able to find something at
Lassiter's to protest or complain about.
on in the year, Joe and Kerry became engaged. However, it
took a while for them to agree on the ceremony. Kerry wanted
modern vows, and even had spiritual costumes for Joe and Toby
to wear. However Joe wanted a traditional wedding with traditional
vows. They did eventually come to an agreement, and the wedding
looked set. Things were looking even better when Des
agreed to share his wedding with Jane, who was 'temporarily'
in England, with Kerry and Joe for a double wedding. However,
Kerry became confused with her feelings when she fell for
a recently returned Clive Gibbons. Des warned her not to break
Joe's heart, and when she did tell Clive about her feelings,
Clive said she wouldn't want to become involved with a man
like him as he can't keep himself in stable relationships.
In the end, Joe and Kerry married in a garden surrounded by
1988, Mrs. Mangel, Joe's mother,
had become "Dear George", an advice columnist. When
Kerry received a letter addressed to Mrs Mangel (she thought
it was for her), she discovered that they wanted Dear Georgette
back. When she questioned Joe about it, he told her to steer
clear of it as it only creates chaos. However, Kerry sent
in a sample piece of advice and got the job. However, due
to her 'different' views, she was changed to Dear George,
as people would realise it isn't Georgette. However things
turned sour when the residents of Ramsay Street wrote in.
Kerry was distraught when Joe was angry over the reply to
a letter he wrote in. After discovering Melanie and Bronwyn
were on the hunt to find out who Dear George was, Kerry quit
once again upset Kerry after he planned to demolish a playground
to build a new nightclub. After many protests, Paul threatened
legal action. However it all blew over and they resolved their
differences. Kerry later started up an after-school child
caring centre. One of the children, Tiffany "Lochy"
McLachlan, deliberately made up stories to her aunt, Dorothy
Burke, so she could get out and away from her enemy Natasha.
However the false stories escalated to much more when Dorothy
planned to take Kerry's case to the Department of Childcare.
In the end however, Lochy's guilt got the better of her and
Kerry was let off.
long after, Toby was sent to live with his mother up in Darwin.
However, in tragic circumstances Noelene was run over and
killed. Toby returned to Erinsborough, but depressed. He distanced
himself from everyone, even his best friend Lochy. Joe and
Kerry tried everything they could to help him get over his
depression but nothing they did could help. Toby soon met
Tracey, the adopted daughter of Rosemary
Daniels, who had also recently lost her mother. She, along
with Toby's phycologist, helped Toby come to terms with his
mother's death, and later she and Joe agreed to adopt Toby
and Sky, respectively. In the end, Toby even learned to call
befriended neighbour Beverly, who was going through a sticky
break up with Jim Robinson.
Together they both discovered they were pregnant and became
very close. Problems arose however when Kerry announced she
wanted a home water birth. Beverly, being a doctor, tried
to explain the dangers but Kerry didn't want to hear it, almost
costing them their friendship. In the end they did agree to
a water birth in a hospital. However their friendship was
put to the test when Beverly had a tragic miscarriage. Beverly
was upset and for a while didn't want to see Kerry, but the
two made up in the end. Unfortunately, Beverly decided to
leave Ramsay Street leaving Kerry alone.
friend from the past, Amber showed up shortly before Beverly's
departure. She brought out old personalities in Kerry, and
told Kerry how commercialised she'd become. Joe did not like
Amber as she was blunt and taking over Kerry's life. However,
just as Kerry said he would, Joe learned to appreciate Amber.
One day however, Amber mentioned that duck poachers were shooting
out of season. Together, Kerry, Joe and Amber all went up
to the marshes. Tragically, Kerry was shot by a stray bullet
and died in hospital, also losing her baby. The whole event
left the street devastated, especially Joe and Harold, the
two people who were closest to her.
• In 1985, Linda Hartley guest-starred as Gloria Slater for three episodes. In 2005, she returned in the guest role of Kerry lookalike, Gabrielle Walker
• Linda's portrayal of Kerry won the Penguin award for
Best Actor in A Drama Serial in 1989
• In 2003, Linda returned
to complete a voice-over, during which Sky read her mother's diary
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Episode 1058: Joe and Kerry's Wedding
Episode 1285: Kerry's Death
Episode 1286: Kerry's Death: Part Two
Episode 1287: Kerry's Funeral