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Guest Character Profiles > Walter Mitchell Greg Stone

Walter Mitchell 2016
Marital Status: Roxanne (Divorced)
Children: Sonya, Zoe
Occupation: Musician

In 2013, a mysterious man arrived in Erinsborough, claiming to be Sonya Rebecchi's long-lost Uncle Walter. As he won her over, and also began a romance with neighbour Sheila Canning, it was revealed that he was actually an impostor, and had met the real Walter, an alcoholic, at a halfway house and had attempted to make some money by stealing his identity. The impostor, whose real name was Dave, was sent packing, but three years later, Sonya's husband Toadie heard that the real Walter was trying to get in touch. Knowing the strain that Sonya was under, Toadie gave him $5000 to get himself into rehab, worried that having her alcoholic uncle in the house might trigger a relapse for Sonya, a former addict herself. He then sent his brother Stonie up to Newcastle to check on Walter, only to find that his house was abandoned and that he was in the pub.

When Walter later turned up in Erinsborough, claiming to have been sober for three weeks, Toadie was determined to keep him away, and had to cancel a planned business trip to Canberra with Sonya. When Walter then arrived at the Rebecchi house, Toadie's friend Steph offered him a room at the motel she co-owned, and Toadie was disgusted to learn that Walter hadn't used the money for rehab, but was instead claiming that he'd given it to a friend in need. With little reason to trust Walter, Toadie simply wanted him gone, and was alarmed when he returned the next day, just as Sonya made an early return from her trip. Toadie quickly covered, claiming that the man was one of his clients named Mitch, and Sonya accepted this, though was a little perplexed by how over-friendly he was to her and her young daughter, Nell. When Sonya then bumped into Mitch again at The Waterhole, he asked her, in her role as Erinsborough's Mayor, if there was a local charity he could approach about doing some volunteer work. As Toadie had painted Mitch as quite an unpleasant man, Sonya was a little reluctant at first, but as he told her that he was trying to make up for past mistakes, something that resonated with her, she sat with him and talked through some charities. When she told him that she had to leave for an AA meeting, he asked to come along, and Sonya was only too happy for him to join her.

Later that week, Walter attended another AA meeting with Sonya, where he also met Terese Willis, one of Sonya's friends and neighbours who'd also been having problems with alcohol for a number of months, suffering a relapse after the death of her son, Josh. As Walter grew closer to both Sonya and Terese - and even went back to Terese's house and shared a kiss with her - Toadie was alarmed to learn that he was still around, and decided that he had to tell a stunned Sonya the truth about Mitch's identity. At first, Sonya was unable to be around Walter, particularly after the ordeal she'd been through a few years earlier with the impostor, but after speaking to Terese about how much she'd give to have Josh back in her life, Sonya agreed to see Walter again. As they were chatting about the past, Sonya was confused when Walter mentioned last seeing her parents when they were all dressed up to go to a masquerade ball. Knowing that her parents rarely did things like that, and that they had been going to a ball on the night they died, she began to wonder if she could trust Walter. After managing to get hold of the accident report, Sonya was shocked to realise that Walter had been in the car with them, and she demanded answers from him. Walter then admitted that he was actually her father - he'd had an affair with her mother Fiona, and Sonya was the result. He told her that he'd been in the car that night trying to convince them to tell Sonya the truth about her parentage.

As Sonya realised that Walter was telling the truth, she felt a mixture of emotions - anger that he'd abandoned her and her younger sister Jade following the accident, but also happiness that she finally had a parent in her life after so many years. As Walter dealt with the situation by falling off the wagon, Sonya took him home and they had a frank conversation, during which he admitted that he would give anything to be able to relive his life and he a proper father to her. Sonya then agreed to help him deal with his alcohol problem, and he was grateful to be able to get to know Sonya and Nell, quickly proving himself to be a natural in the childcare department. As they grew closer, Sonya invited Walter to stay with her and her family, and even left him alone with Nell for the day, though she did ask Sheila and Susan to call by and check that he was coping. When Sonya returned home that evening, she found that Walter had successfully coped with Nell, and charmed Sheila and Susan, and she was beginning to think that her dad was too good to be true - until she spotted a text on his phone, from someone called Roxanne, asking if he'd told Sonya yet, as they didn't have much time.

Sonya turned to Toadie, worried that they couldn't trust Walter, and Toadie explained that, when he'd first investigated Walter, he'd learnt that Roxanne was his ex-wife. He then tried to find out more, and learnt that Walter and Roxanne had a 14-year-old daughter named Zoe. Sonya then realised that she needed to get the full story, and confronted Walter, who explained that Zoe was dying from leukaemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. He told them that the money Toadie gave him had actually gone towards Zoe's medical bills, and her illness was what had pushed him to finally get sober - though he also assured Sonya that he had been planning to get in touch with her for a long time, and he hadn't just contacted her in order to help Zoe. When Zoe and Sonya then met, they quickly hit it off, but the good mood came to a crashing end when Karl revealed that Sonya wasn't a tissue match - and Walter then put forward the idea that Nell could get tested instead. Whilst Toadie was against the idea, worried that it might traumatise his daughter, Sonya secretly arranged for her to be tested anyway. When Zoe then fell ill and was admitted to Erinsborough Hospital, the truth finally came out as Karl told Sonya that Nell was a match, and she told Toadie what she'd done. Though Walter claimed that he could understand Toadie's reluctance, he said that they'd have to get back to Sydney, and asked Sonya if he could collect Nell from daycare to say goodbye to her. His true plan was then revealed when he packed up his and Zoe's belongings, intending to take Nell with them. When Zoe caught wind of what was going on, she made her escape at a gas station, taking Nell with her back to Ramsay Street. A desperate Walter wasn't far behind, and he broke down in tears as he realised the stupidity of his actions, only avoiding criminal charges because Sonya felt that it would hinder Zoe's chances of getting well again. Fortunately, some good news then came through when Sonya's son Callum, who'd been tested and rejected, was found to be a match after all. Walter and Zoe then left for California, where Callum lived, to undergo the treatment, and although Sonya was happy to be leaving her new-found father and half-sister on such a positive note, it looked like her recent actions concerning Nell might have caused some irreparable damage to her marriage.

Episodes Featured
7365, 7366, 7367, 7370, 7371, 7372, 7374, 7378, 7379, 7380, 7382, 7385, 7390, 7391, 7393, 7395, 7396

Biography by Steve

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