Drew Kirk Dan Paris
Andrew 'Drew' Kirk 1998-2002
Ramsay Street, Libby and Drew's flat
Parents: Ron and Rose Kirk
Marital Status: Libby Kennedy (2001-2002)
Stuart, Sally and Dougal
Family Tree: Kirk
Occupation: Carpenter's Mechanics Employee/Owner, Hemisfear Bouncer
came from the rural Queensland town Oakey, and was a real
country boy. He came to Erinsborough to stay with his Aunt Janet and found himself working for Lou
Carpenter in his car garage, choosing to leave his country
life behind. Neighbour
Anne Wilkinson was the first
of many girls to be attracted to Drew. Having broken up with
boyfriend Billy Kennedy again,
she was on the lookout for love. Unfortunately for her, Drew
wasn't interested, as Anne was far too young for him. Things
weren't all that rosy between Lou and Drew however, as Lou
suspected Drew was growing his own marijuana. After a rather
embarrassing confrontation, Drew told Lou that the plants
were, in actual fact, tomato plants. He at first lived with
his Auntie, but after the house became too noisy, Lou was
kind enough to allow him to lodge at Number 22.
was an all round nice guy. He didn't have a single enemy,
and no one could find a bad word to say about him. He was,
in many ways, perfect. Drew tried his best to be friends with
everyone. He was good friends with Libby Kennedy, and also
with the girl her father had an affair with - Sarah
Beaumont. Libby gave Drew an ultimatum ' her or Sarah.
Although choosing to be on Libby's side, he was fond of Sarah
as a friend, and did his best to maintain a friendly relationship
with her. Soon afterwards, Drew's ex-girlfriend Shelley announced that she was coming to visit with her
fiancé, Ray Hanson. In order to spare himself embarrassment,
Drew asked Libby to pretend to be his girlfriend for the night.
More embarrassments were to arise at the garage. Sandy, a
customer, kept showing up with small, insignificant problems
with her car in an attempt to see Drew and spend time with
him, as did many women from the area. Drew thought nothing
of this, thinking it was merely good business. Then one night
at the pub, Sandy's husband Tim stormed in and punched Drew's
lights out, believing that the mechanic had been having an affair with his wife.
was during this event, that Drew began to fall deeply in love
with Libby. Unfortunately for him, as he was about to tell
her how much he liked her, Mike Healy, one of Libby's uni
lecturers, arrived on the scene, and began to date Libby.
As Drew patiently waited for Libby's affections, Joel
Samuels' girlfriend Sally Upton showed up. Sally was naturally
attracted to Drew's good looks and kind nature, and decided
that he was the man for her. She flirted with him when they
were alone in Number 30, but Drew was seemingly oblivious
to this. As Joel lay in hospital after nearly drowning whilst
being trapped under a car, Sarah saw the two of them looking
'close'. However, Drew's heart was pining for Libby still,
so nothing amounted from it.
realised that Libby was deeply in love with Mike, he tried
to go out with other people. He tried to find romance with
Abby Hopetoun, who worked with Libby at the Erinsborough
News. However, that only lasted one date. Kind-hearted Drew
then was roped into performing a Full Monty at Lou's pub to
raise some money for charity. He stripped to the bare bottom along with
Joel, Toadie, Billy and
Karl (thankfully Harold
pulled out at the last minute!)
that, things began to look up for Drew. Whilst out jogging,
he spotted Mike and ex-wife Victoria passionately kissing.
When confronted, Drew punched Mike, which upset Libby. Mike
denied the allegations, but Drew knew what he saw. He was
debating telling Libby, as he didn't know how she would react
to him saying her boyfriend was cheating on her. After speaking
to Lou about it, he decided to tell Libby what he had seen.
Of course, Libby's reaction was instant dismissal and denial.
She was in love with Mike, he was in love with her. As predicted,
she accused Drew of interfering. After falling out with Libby over Mike, he felt there was nothing
keeping him in Erinsborough, so he decided to leave - however,
as he was about to, Libby found out that Drew was telling
the truth about Mike, and she persuaded Drew to stay.
long after, Drew took Libby to the Oakey rodeo, and whilst
he danced with Libby at the local hall, various people all
commented on what a lovely couple they made. As they headed
back to Erinsborough, they realised, whilst more than halfway
home, that Drew's brother Dougal was hiding in the car so
he could go back to the city with them. It began to get dark,
so they decided to stop off for the night at a cabin. The
room arrangements meant Libby and Drew would have to share
a bed ' Drew opted for the chair instead, as he couldn't lie
in bed with Libby.
he got back, he began seeing Shannon Jones for a short while after her house burnt down,
but he couldn't keep up the charade and told Libby he loved
her. She rejected him, and, whilst on the rebound, he dated
Geri Hallett. Geri was not naïve, however, and soon realised
that Drew's real feelings were for Libby. She confronted him
over who he really loved out of her and Libby, and when he
couldn't give her a straight answer, she realised it wasn't
going anywhere and broke off the relationship. Libby, in the
meantime, had decided to go to London. Drew told her he didn't
want her to go, and kissed her. Then, at long last, Drew and
Libby finally got together.
wasn't long into the relationship that they encountered their
first row. Libby wanted to travel, Drew wanted to settle down.
Libby, however, got two tickets to go to Africa - Drew then
said he didn't want to go, and then Libby's brother Bill offered
to take Drew's ticket. Meanwhile, Stephanie
Scully moved into Number 26 with the rest of her family,
and instantly fell in love with Drew. Whilst
at the Millennium party, Drew decided to ask for Karl's permission to ask Libby to marry him. Unfortunately, at that moment, the music went off and everyone heard. An embarrassed Drew proposed to Libby but before
she could answer, the Scully house burst into flames. Michelle
Scully screamed that Lolly
Carpenter was inside, so Drew rushed in to save her. He
ran out, his jacket on fire and with the baby in his arms,
and was taken to hospital.
the hospital, Ron and Rose Kirk arrived and assumed Libby
has said yes to his proposal ' it was then that she told them
that she did't want to marry Drew. After he recovered, Drew
found a picture of old flame Darren in Libby's purse and assumed
she still held a candle for him. As it turned out, the picture
was left in there by accident. They then went on a photoshoot,
and had to dress up like a bride and groom - it was here that
Drew proposed to Libby again on bended knee and, to his utter
delight, she accepted!
when things were finally going Drew's way for once, tragedy
reared its ugly head. Weeks away from the wedding, Libby and
her bridesmaid Steph, who still hadn't revealed her feelings
for Drew, were involved in a terrible motorbike accident on
their way home from a holiday, when Tess
Bell's husband Brendan slammed into their bike whilst
driving on the wrong side of the road. Steph
broke her leg and suffered minor cuts and bruises, but Libby's
life was left hanging in the balance. Once her condition was
stabilised and she was allowed visitors, she was told the
devastating news that she can never have children, due to
her reproductive organs being damaged in the crash. Libby,
knowing that Drew wanted a family, decided to break up with
him, and called off the wedding. Although she still loved
him, she wanted him to have a chance to raise his own family.
It was during their break up, that Steph took the opportunity
to tell Drew how she truly felt about him. Drew was unaware
of her attraction, having always considered her a mate - so
thought nothing of it when she suggested they go on a weekend
away together. It was here that Steph revealed all to him,
but Drew exaplined that he still loved Libby. The trip was
cut short as they returned home, Steph devastated by this.
the break up, Libby began to see Jeff, her editor. However,
when they went for a date at the pub, she saw Drew and ended
the date abruptly. Drew, thinking he didn't have a snowball's
chance in hell with Libby, decided to head back to Oakey.
He began tying up his loose ends, and as he was about to sign
away his half of Lou's garage, Libby rushed down and stopped
him from doing so. The couple got back to together, shattering
Drew told Libby about Steph's feelings for him, and at first
Libby acted coldly towards Steph, but when Steph said she
wouldn't do anything to jeopardise their relationship, she
realised she was a friend, and not a threat. The wedding arrangements
continued as they renewed their engagement. The big day finally
arrived, and Drew sang to Libby after the service in the church.
They embarked on their honeymoon on the Gold Coast, when Geri
suddenly turned up again. She took pictures of them for the
magazine, much to Libby's annoyance.
happy couple moved out of Ramsay Street and into their own
flat - everything was fine, except for their neighbour above,
Nigel, who played the drums incessantly. When Libby heard
that brother Mal was marrying
Catherine, she headed over to England with the rest of her
family for the ceremony. It was whilst Libby was away that
Ronnie Anderson, the housemate of Tess Bell, began to take
an unhealthy interest in Drew. Ronnie started coming over
to Drew's flat a lot and destroying her car engine to get
his attention, and when Libby arrived back, she found Ronnie's
lipstick and earring, which she had planted there. When
Drew insisted nothing happened between them, Libby did some
research to find out Ronnie's history, she found a missing
person poster with a picture resembling Ronnie and realised
that her husband, who had an uncanny resemblance to Drew,
had died. Ronnie's father came and took her away and their
life got back to normal.
to the fact Libby was unable to have children, Drew bought
home a stray dog, Audrey, that he'd found wandering around
the garage. They weren't allowed to keep animals in the flat
and had to keep him hidden during an unexpected inspection.
However, a matter of days later, it was all paled in comparison
when Libby found out she was pregnant. Drew, sick with worry,
told Karl, and he listed the dangers of her going through
the pregnancy - but she insisted it was a miracle, and she
was going ahead with it. Drew was worried that Libby was taking
on too much, and whilst on her way to interview a reclusive
opera singer Dame Woolstead, Libby had pains and feared she
was losing her baby.
she was thankfully given the all clear, and Karl and Susan
started fussing over the couple. Eventually they snapped and
told them to back off. When nationwide newspaper The Chronicle
failed to give her a job because she was pregnant, she
tried to sue them. Drew was furious with Libby for giving
herself more work during her difficult pregnancy. He began
to get more and more wound up, eventually going upstairs and
threatening noisy neighbour Nigel.
stress continued as Libby and Drew's parents continued to
smother them with advice. They both agreed to tell their parents
to back off. Meanwhile, Maggie
Hancock helped with their case against The Chronicle,
but warned them that it wasn't going to be easy. After knocking
back an original settlement, a witness came forward with evidence
that Libby was unfairly dismissed. Libby and Drew agreed that
it would be best to take the paper's second settlement and
with this money Libby decided she was going to start her own
magazine. Drew was annoyed, he wanted to use that money for
a deposit on a house, but he realised that Libby was just
following her dream.
long after, Drew's little brother Dougal turned up at the
garage, having run away from home. After a few days looking
after him, Drew realised how stressful parenting really was,
and Dougal was sent back home to Oakey. Soon after, another
old face from Oakey arrived - Drew's old mate, Scotty Gibson.
When Scotty asked for the money to save his farm, Drew felt
obligated to give it, but wouldn't explain to Libby why. However,
Drew later revealed that he'd accidentally shot Scotty in
the leg as a child, resulting in Scotty's limp. After lending
the money, Drew had great difficulty getting it back.
and Libby, who was now heavily pregnant, headed to Oakey for
the annual rodeo. Drew was almost blackmailed by Scotty into
taking a fall so that he could get his money back, but Drew
decided to do the honest thing and run the risk of never seeing
his money again. During the rodeo, Libby had wandered off
and got locked in a stable where the panic had sent her into
labour. When she was eventually found, she was airlifted to
Erinsborough, but there wasn't time to give her a Caeserean,
so she had to give birth naturally, putting her life in grave
danger. Drew was beside himself with worry, but was thrilled
when he heard she had given birth and mother and baby
were fine. Suddenly, Libby flatlined and almost died, but
she was resuscitated and survived the ordeal.
and Drew had just got the baby home, Stuart
Parker, the brother of another of Drew's Oakey mates,
arrived on their doorstep. They allowed him to stay on the
sofa for a while. They had a few problems deciding on a name
for the baby, but after much advice from Susan and Karl, they
eventually settled on Ben Kennedy Kirk. They were forced to ask Stuart to leave, as things got a bit fraught
in the flat. Also struggling for money, Drew decided to take
on a second job as a bouncer. Becoming more and more stressed,
Drew ended up throwing one of the punters across the room
after he started hassling him. When Libby found out, she visited
the club and got Drew off the hook.
new neighbour, Terri Hall, moved into the flat about Drew's.
At first, Libby was suspicious of this girl, as was Drew,
who thought she was working as a prostitute. One night, after
seeing some lights on in the garage, Stuart and Drew went
in to find the place being burgled. During the ensuing chaos,
Drew was assaulted by a policewoman - Terri. She explained
that she'd been undercover recently - hence her keeping long
hours and dressing glamorously.
and Libby had Ben christened by a good friend of Harold, Rev.
Rosie Hoyland. They decided at the last minute to add
the middle name, Ian, after one of Libby's editors who had
recently died. Then, when Lou agreed to stay with Harold after
their accidents, he offered to rent Number 22 to Libby and
Drew, who were looking for somewhere bigger to live. Soon after, Drew
had a falling out with Stuart, when he sided with Flick
over the whole Stephanie and Marc affair. When Stuart decided
to go to Sydney to find Flick, Drew told him he wouldn't have
a job when he returned. They later made up, however. When
Susan had an accident and suffered from amnesia, Drew proved
to be a great husband and son-in-law. He helped Libby to track
down Craig Benson, Susan's old boyfriend, and he also proved
a good friend to Susan, filling her in on who everyone was
and how she knew them.
father, Ron, asked Libby and Drew to Oakey for the weekend.
Drew drove up in the car and Libby flew up a few days later,
after Ben had been cleared of an ear infection. When he arrived,
Ron asked him to move to Oakey and manage the stud he was
planning to open. Drew and Libby discussed the idea, changing
their mind every few hours. After Ron suffered an angina attack,
and Dougal told Drew how great it would be if he moved there,
Drew and Libby agreed to move to Oakey. The next day, after
getting up early, Drew and Libby went for a ride. Drew's horse
suddenly threw him to the ground where he screamed in pain.
Libby called an ambulance and Drew was taken to the hospital
in Oakey. On the way, he asked Libby to tell Ben he loved
him. As soon as Susan and Karl heard, they flew down, but
it was too late. Karl arrived to be told by the surgeon that
they had lost Drew and Libby collapsed in tears.
was buried in Oakey a few days later.
• Dan Paris was voted Sexiest Man on Television by readers of
Inside Soap magazine in 1999
• In 2005, Dan Paris made a brief return to Neighbours as a pregnant Steph was plagued by dreams of the man she once loved. The dreams turned out to be a warning that Steph's cancer had returned
• Click here to read our interview with Dan Paris
Episode 3708: Drew
and Libby's Wedding