Catherine O'Brien Radha
Catherine 'Cat' (née Chandra Rain) O’Brien 1996-1997
Parents: Bess O’Brien
Marital Status: Malcolm Kennedy
Family Tree: O'Brien
Occupation: Student, The Holy Roll Assistant/Manager, Wilderness Foundation volunteer
a confident and opinionated young student, caught the attention
of Stonie Rebecchi at
Eden Hills University. Stonie realised that Catherine was
very strong with her views about the environment – she was
a vegetarian and regularly went on protests to voice her views
and beliefs. Stonie loved his meat, and didn’t really care
much for the world. He soon realised that in order to impress
Catherine, he would have to change his ways.
then had a run in with Sam Kratz. Her research told her that Stefano
Gold, the company Sam worked for, tested their products on
animals, something Catherine was naturally dead against. Her
and Sam argued and argued over it, Sam saying that he just
saw it as a way to make money, and didn’t think there was
anything wrong with the company. Later on, as Sam was about
to leave, Catherine came round to tell him she was sorry –
when really her ulterior motive was the handcuff herself to
Sam so there was no way he could attend the modelling shoot.
at the Coffee Shop, Catherine apologised to Sam, after she
found out that Stefano Gold actually do a lot to help the
environment, and that she was misinformed. Sam accepted her
wanted Catherine by his side all the time, so he talked his
mother Angie into giving her a job at the Coffee Shop. When
Stonie started becoming for environmentally friendly, Catherine
began to see him in a different light, not realising that
it was all an act to simply impress her. Catherine talked
Stonie into abseiling down the University wall as a protest.
Stonie agreed, but just as he was about to partake, he confessed
to Catherine that he was scared of heights and that he was
only doing it so she would like him. However, after she passionately
kissed him, he decided to go ahead with it, nearly falling
to his doom.
and Catherine began working together on a play, and when she
found out that Stonie was only pretending to feel as strongly
as she did about the environment after seeing him devour a
ham sandwich, she went cold on him. However, Stonie was persistent,
and refused to let her get away that easily. He pestered Catherine
and eventually she agreed to give him a second chance.
asked Catherine to move in with him, but she didn’t like the
idea of living with him, Toadie
and Angie, so she said she
couldn’t, which made Stonie contemplate moving out. The play
rehearsals were going well until Catherine got a call saying
her mother was sick. She went to go see her, meaning that
she couldn’t stay with Stonie. She didn’t know how long she
would be gone, but they promised to try and stay together.
They said a teary goodbye at the train station.
Catherine returned some months later, she was in for a shock
when her sexy half-sister Sarah arrived in Erinsborough, working
in Danni's clothes shop. Catherine
then realised that her relationship with Stonie wasn't working,
and decided to break up with him. Angie and Stonie fired Catherine
from the Coffee Shop, but then offered her the place to manage
when they left to live with Big
Kev. Catherine accepted the job, and she patched things
up with the Rebecchis before they left. She then moved into
Number 30 with Luke and Sarah.
was perplexed when she saw that photographers were following
Sarah, and was even more stunned to realise that her name
was Sarah Beaumont, opposed to Sarah O'Brien. Sarah told her
that it was because Beaumont was her father's name, and that
she used it whilst modelling in England.
Stonie gone, Catherine's feelings for Mal Kennedy blossomed
and they soon began dating each other. They settled together
and had a steady relationship, until Catherine decided to
start to learn to drive. She had to learn to drive for a new
job she was doing at the Wilderness Foundation. She didn't
want Mal to teach her, because she knew they would just argue.
She left the Coffee Shop, and asked Sarah to teach her. The
two girls fell out and argued when Catherine nearly ran over
Madge. Darren Stark then decided
he could teach Catherine, because they weren't related. He
took her driving, but his impatience got the better of him,
and Catherine stormed off. Darren apologised and took her
for another lesson, and realised that he was developing feelings
for her, despite the fact he was in a serious relationship
with Mal's sister, Libby.
Catherine realised Darren wasn't her ideal teacher, so she
asked Lou for help as well.
That, too, ended in disaster.
the occupants of Number 30 decided to get the place revamped,
Darren was on hand to help with the paint work. It was here
that he and Catherine gave into temptation and kissed each
other. Naturally, Mal found out and promptly ditched Catherine
and decided to leave to go travelling. Catherine then realised
she was a fool behaving the way she did, and realised that her feelings for Darren
were just lust, and not love, like she'd had with Mal. She chased him
to the airport, where the two made up, and headed off to England
together. They were married in 2001.
• Before landing the role of Catherine in 1996, Radha Mitchell
appeared on Neighbours in 1994 as Cassandra Rushmore
• When Mal returned to Erinsborough in 2011, he mentioned that
Catherine was working for the World Wildlife Fund
Episode 2807: Mal
and Catherine's Departures