Maria Ramsay Dasha Blahova
Maria Ramsay (née Rossi) 1985
Parents: Franco and Anna Rossi
Marital Status: Max Ramsay
Children: Shane and Danny
Family Tree: Rossi
daughter of an Italian tiler and a Czech mother, Maria Rossi
met Max Ramsay when he worked with her father, Franco, on
a building job in Queensland. They fell in love and married,
moving to Ramsay Street in Erinsborough where Maria gave birth
to a son, Shane.
marriage to Max was a rocky one. She was caring and sensitive
while he was brash and arrogant. When he failed to return from the pub one night, she went down there the next morning and learnt that
he'd gone upstairs to a room with another
woman, Maria fled to a country
inn where she met a man called Tim Duncan. They had a brief but passionate
affair, parting after only a couple of days, and Maria returned to Max, willing to give their marriage
another go for Shane's sake.
Then she found out she was pregnant
with Tim Duncan's child. Maria decided it best never to tell
Max that the child he was looking forward to was not his own
and the only person who ever knew was her close friend, Helen
Daniels. When Danny was born, Maria noticed that Max didn't
have the same interest in him as he did with Shane and suspected
that Max had an idea he was not the father.
Danny turned 18, Maria decided to tell Max the truth. Max
flew in a rage and moved into a bedsit. With the couple separated, things
became very strained within the family, particularly when Shane found out
the truth and also moved out. The following months were difficult for Maria,
as she struggled to find an identity of her own, other than being a wife and mother.
After helping out at the Community Justice Centre with Helen, she started to meet
some new people, but after a couple of dinners with Robert Hutchins,
things ended badly when Robert ended up punching a jealous Max.
When the Ramsay house was burgled,
Maria began to fall in love with the insurance assessor, Richard
Morrison, after only a few dates. It was not to be an easy relationship, particularly with jealous Max still hanging around, but the
biggest problem proved to be Danny. He could not take to Richard, and quickly started to resent having him around,
plotting to get rid of him in the hope that Maria would reunite with Max. Ultimately, Richard told Maria that she needed
to start thinking about herself more, as Danny would soon be grown up and leaving home, and she would find herself alone. When Richard was
given a job overseas, he asked Maria to join him, and she accepted, but started to have second thoughts when Danny refused to go with them,
and Max was reluctant to take him on. However, at the last minute, Max changed his mind, and
Maria finally realised that she'd found another chance to be truly happy, and left with Richard for Hong Kong.
However, after only a few months, Maria returned to her mother's
in Queensland and called Max, pleading for a reconciliation.
Max agreed and moved up to Brisbane where they gave their
marriage a second chance.
• Maria was the first regular character to leave the Neighbours cast. She was removed from the opening titles and closing
credits in episode 126, five episodes before she actually left
Episode 130: Maria's Departure