Ada Nicodemou is a finalist in this year’s Silver Logie category for Most Popular Actress and she has expressed her hopes the award goes to Home and Away co-star Lynne McGranger, at The 63rd Annual TV Week Logie Awards on Sunday, July 30 in Sydney.
The actress is nominated alongside not one but two of her co-stars and long-time friends, Emily Symons and McGranger.
This will be Nicodemou’s seventh nomination for one of the coveted awards, but the actress says McGranger, who has been playing Irene Roberts in Home and Away since 1993, deserves the award.
“I really want Lynne [McGranger] to win,” Nicodemou tells WHO in an intimate interview about her two decade journey on the Channel 7 television show.
“She is the longest-serving female star of the show and can you believe this is her first time being nominated?”
Nicodemou, 46, Symons, 53, and McGranger, 70 have been long-standing friends for more than two decades and share a “very tight bond.”
“There is a great sense of community. It’s like your happy place,” Nicodemou told Sydney Morning Herald. “We have also gone through a lot of life stages together.”
McGranger added: “With the women on Home and Away, we have a very tight bond. We have our ups and downs, but we are there for each other, and we support each other.”
Nicodemou added that 20 years ago, the show “didn’t get the respect” it has now.
“We’ve got a seat at the table, and I like that,” she said.
In 2000, Nicodemou joined Home and Away as the character Leah, when she was 22 years old. She was originally meant to play the role for only six months. The Greek-Cypriot is currently the third longest actor in an Australian TV soap opera.
The now-46-year-old tells WHO she’s “not going anywhere!”
“I’ll stay as long as they’ll have me. I love the people I work with so much. I look forward to working every day. It sounds corny, but the cast and crew are really like one big happy family,” she said.
The Logies are set to return to Sydney after 37 years, with the last time dating back to 1986. It will be hosted by Sam Pang. The awards have been previously held in Melbourne, and for the last three years on the Gold Coast.