Matt Hancock Stephen
Matthew 'Matt' Hancock 2001-2002
Parents: Evan Hancock and Genevieve
Siblings: Chris, Leo, Francesca and Emily
Family Tree: Hancock
Occupation: Barman, Moco Delivery Person, Elvis Impersonator
Carpenter was hunting for a new barman, when cocky Matthew
Hancock strolled in, boasting about how he was the
best man for the job. Lou was reluctant at first, but impressed with the way he presented
himself, and his previous experience, he hired the lad a matter of hours later, after giving
him a trial. Matthew
Hancock was a well-liked, friendly young man, and virtually
everyone addressed him by the more informal "Matt".
If he had any single fault, it was perhaps a somewhat simple
outlook on life, which was to cause frequent quarrels and
disagreements with his idealistic father, Evan.
wasn't long after getting the job at Lou's Place, that the
rest of Matt's family arrived in Erinsborough, after Evan
successfully outbid Tess and
Dione for Number 32. Matt found
himself instantly attracted to neighbour Dione, after she
moved next door to Number 30 with Toadie
and Joel. He soon decided that
if he was to stand a chance with her, he would have to pretend
to be older, but she soon found out he is only 19 when he
let it slip that he took his HSC the previous year.
mother Genevieve arrived on the scene shortly afterwards,
trying to persuade him to go overseas to perfect his cooking
skills and train as a top chef. Her offer caused a rift between
Matt and Evan, and Matt was left confused as to what decision
he should make. He decided to remain in Erinsborough, turning
down his mother's offer.
became good friends with Toadie, and the two of them trained
Bob the dog for a competition together, planning to split
the prize money. Around the same time, Matt took a shine to
a customer at the pub, Laura Wallace, and it wasn't long before
the couple became an item. However, things weren't as great
as they first seemed - as Matt was horrified to learn that
Laura worked as a stripper!
was angry with Matt's attitude towards her, labelling him
a prude. To prove that he wasn't, he agreed to be her minder
whilst she stripped at a party. However, his behaviour at
the event caused the two to quickly break up, as the relationship
simply wasn't working.
they were going out, Laura noticed Matt's uncanny resemblance
to legendary rock star Elvis Presley, and persuaded him that
there was a lucrative market for Elvis impersonation shows.
Matt, however, suffered from stage fright, and asked Flick
if she would consider being his Priscilla. She agreed and
Matt's performance is such a huge success that he decided
to impersonate the King on a regular basis. His first official
gig caused his nerves to return, and when Flick gave him a
reassuring hug before he went on stage, he began to wonder
if he was falling in love with her.
sister Steph offered Matt
a job at Moco, and she took him under her wing, despite his
problems getting to grips with the job. Matt proved unreliable,
and Steph decided to fire him. He persuaded her for one last
chance, which she agreed to. Whilst out delivering parts on
his own, he stopped to help an old lady carry her shopping
home, and Steph was so enraged with how unprofessional he
was, that she had no option but to fire him.
Matt volunteered to help his dad at the school camp and Susan
was grateful for his services. Whilst checking if the campers
were asleep, he stumbled across Tad,
Flick and Paul, who were still
awake. Tad had smuggled along some alcohol, and Matt agreed
to turn a blind eye to it, provided the group went to sleep.
While later inebriated, Tad was bitten by a venomous scorpion.
When he passed out, Paul and Flick both thought he was simply
drunk. Tad ended up being airlifted to hospital, his life
hanging in the balance. Susan
was enraged with Matt, and could not believe his irresponsibility.
the incident, Matt decided to enter into a car competition.
The rules were that everyone touches the car, and the last
person with their hand left on it, wins the vehicle. The Hancocks
are overjoyed when Leo wins the car.
Matt was abusing his job at the pub. With Lou distracted with
the realisation that Lolly
wasn't his daughter, Matt invited his friends over to the
pub after closing to have some drinks after hours. Lou was
forced to deal with the consequences himself, adding to his
troubles. After the incident was cleared up, Matt decided
to compete for Barmaid of the Year and, surprisingly, won!
With his prize money, Matt bought his dream car.
after, Matt was working late in the pub. Flick was with him,
and the pair went down to the cellar. The door accidentally
locked behind them, and they were forced to spend the night
there together, which was good news for Matt, but bad for
Flick. After mere minutes together, Flick accused Matt of
planning the situation, decrying his behaviour around her
as pathetic, since everyone apparently knew he was attracted
to her. She later apologised for her outburst and the two
gave Flick a great idea for her PR project - trying to sell
a drink which no one liked. Matt had since become a 'petrol
head' over his car, and Flick tried to make him see sense
over his behaviour, but her warnings fell on deaf ears when
he entered an illegal drag race.
arrived back on the scene, and tried to curry favour with
Matt, claiming her marriage was in ruins and that she wanted
to reunite the old family. Matt ignored her tales of woe,
which caused a clash between him and Evan. Matt decided to
move out from home soon afterwards, virtually inviting himself
to live in Number 30.
asked Toadie to help heal the rift between Matt and Evan,
but Matt stood up to Toadie and Dee, saying that they should
keep out of his affairs. Matt soon had other problems, though.
He failed to pay attention to his finances, and soon faced
financial ruin. He decided he had no option but to drag-race
for money, and won, managing to clear his debts. Whilst living
with Toadie, Matt overheard his friend confessing to Maggie
that he loved her. It caused a deep rift between the two friends,
with Matt treating Toadie coldly.
had by now decided that racing was an easy way to make money,
and agreed to another drag race. At the last moment, Leo jumped
in the car with him and Matt had no time to make him get out.
His car swerved out of control, and knocked over neighbour
Harold, who was out enjoying
a power walk. Matt's opponent's car crashed into a tree, and
the driver, Glen Bushby, was left with his life hanging in
unable to cope with the consequences of his actions, fled
Ramsay Street. However, policewoman Terri soon closed in on
him after she followed Leo to Matt's secret hideout by the
beach. Matt returned home, and admitted to his crime, now
prepared to meet his fate.
learned that he would never be allowed to drive again, and
that he could also face a hefty fine for his crime. After
apologising to Harold, the Hancocks were left with no other
option but to sell their house to cover the legal fees, and
move in with Maggie's parents while they attempted to rebuild
their lives. During the public viewings for the property,
Roger Bushby, Glen's father, made an appearance and angrily
confronted Matt. Evan defended his son, an act which seemed
to finally bring father and son common ground. Their future
uncertain, the Hancocks bid farewell to Ramsay Street a few
weeks later, selling their house to Mal
• For the storyline where Matt impersonated Elvis, in typical
Neighbours style, the budget did not stretch to the
rights to any of the King's actual songs. One of the pieces
Matt performed was written by actor Stephen Hunt
• In 2005, Matt made a cameo appearance in Annalise's 20th Anniversary Documentary
• Click here
to read our 2005 interview with Stephen Hunt
3999: The Hancocks' Departure