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Roo Stewart
Occupation Student, Macklin employee, business woman, waitress
Residence Summer Bay House
Gender Female
Relationships Harvey (Ex-Husband)
James (ex-fiancé)


Daughter Jaq Callahan


Son = Ben Stewart
son = Patterson Stewart

Family Alf Stewart (father), Martha Stewart (mother, deceased), Ailsa Stewart (stepmother, deceased), Owen Dalby (half-brother), Gordon Stewart (grandfather, deceased, Sarah Stewart (grandmother, deceased), Morag Bellingham (aunt), Celia Stewart (aunt), Barbara Stewart (aunt), Debra Stewart (aunt), Colleen Smart (aunt) Duncan Stewart (half-brother), Quinn Jackson (half-sister), Ric Dalby (nephew), Alan Fisher (cousin), Rebecca Nash (cousin), Bobby Simpson (cousin, deceased), Lance Smart (cousin), Maddy Osborne (foster daughter)
First Appearance 20 January 1988
Portrayed by Justine Clarke (1988-1989)

Georgie Parker (2010-present)

Ruth Martha "Roo" Stewart (previously Morgan) is the daughter of Alf Stewart portrayed by Justine Clarke from 1988-1989 and Georgie Parker from 2010. The character is currently featured in the show.

Personality

Characterisation

"Roo is the much-hated character who attempts to sabotage her father's marriage to Ailsa and who nearly fools Frank into marrying her by claiming that she is carrying his baby. There are two sides to her personality; to the adults she is charming and personable. To people her own age she is boy-crazy and scheming." -Kesta Desmond on Roo (1990).

Roo's personality gained an unwelcome reception amongst viewers. Clarke said that "everyone" hated Roo and revealed that people would "boo" at her while attending promotional appearances. On one occasion Clarke had to leave a shopping centre because females were shouting "slut" at her. Clarke said that Roo is "a cow" but defended her because Roo ultimately ends up suffering.

Storylines

1988–89

Roo begins to resent her father's relationship with Ailsa Hogan out of loyalty to her late mother, Martha. Roo begins dating Frank Morgan and they start a band with Lance Smart and Martin Dibble. Roo's continued obsession with Ailsa drives a rift between her and Frank, despite nearly sleeping with him as an act of rebellion over Ailsa staying over. Roo contacts her aunt, Morag Bellingham, who is a judge and asks her to do a background check on Ailsa. At Alf and Ailsa's engagement party, Roo reveals Ailsa went to prison for killing her abusive father. However, Ailsa's friends and Frank, side with her. Roo begins a feud with Bobby Simpson, Ailsa's friend. Tired of her behaviour, Alf sends Roo to boarding school in Sydney.

Roo begins dating Brett Macklin and she gets pregnant. Brett's reaction to this to book an abortion for her. Roo returns to Summer Bay and tries convincing Frank that he is the baby's father. She pretends to accept Alf and Ailsa's relationship so she will be allowed to stay. Roo sleeps with Frank and arranges for Alf to catch them together. She tells her aunt, Celia Stewart, that she is pregnant with Frank's baby. Frank agrees to marry her and Roo tries to accept Alf and Ailsa marriage. Brett turns up and tells Roo the mumps has left him infertile and that he now wants the baby. She refuses to let him back into her life, so Brett goes to Morag, who tries to talk Roo into changing her mind. In the middle of her wedding, she reveals that Frank is not the father of her baby. Frank drives off in anger and swerves off the road to avoid Bobby and the car falls into a ditch, almost killing him.

The incident leaves Roo an outcast within the town. Morag tries to persuade her to move to the city with her, but Celia talks her out of it. Brett applies for custody, but Roo suggests they sort it out between themselves. She begins helping Brett's family as they set up a business in the Bay. She is pleased when Alf and Ailsa's differences over the development causes them to split up. With Ailsa returning to town to be Christopher Fletcher's godmother, Roo fakes stomach pains to stop Alf attending the christening. However, by hyperventilating she sends herself into premature labour and gives birth to a baby girl, who she names, Martha. She is pleased when Frank seems to take an interest, until she learns that he is dating Bobby. Brett tries to force Roo into giving him custody of Martha. He kidnaps the baby and Roo considered suicide, before she is informed that Brett had returned Martha. Roo refuses to press charges and the couple realise that they cannot raise Martha, so they give her up for adoption. Roo then begins to accept Ailsa, when she and Alf reconcile.

Roo decides to take a break from the Bay and when she returns, she reveals that she has a new boyfriend, David Lee. Alf and Celia are slightly shocked as David is Chinese and they are uncomfortable with Roo being in a mixed race relationship. Alf eventually gives the pair his blessing, but David later leaves town. Frank and Bobby marry and Roo is stunned to learn Bobby is Morag's daughter and thus her cousin. Roo takes a job at the Macklin Corporation. Her manager, Nicholas Walsh, sends nasty letters to Ailsa and frames Roo, with help from Morag. With Alf and Ailsa believing the letters are from her, Roo moves in with Celia and then with Morag. When Alf discovers the truth, he apologises and Roo moves back in. She then starts dating Simon Yates.

Ailsa becomes pregnant, which pleases Roo. Alf and Tom Fletcher go missing on a fishing trip and Ailsa goes into premature labour. Roo stays as her half-brother Duncan is born, shortly before Alf is found. Roo finds herself working closely with Frank and when he is offered a promotion in the city, he celebrates by kissing Roo. She feels guilty about the kiss and when Frank goes to the city without Bobby, everyone assumes he and Roo had an affair. Roo is upset when Sally Fletcher blames her for the break-up. Bobby tells her that she and Frank would have broken up anyway and gives them her blessing. Roo then goes to the city to meet Frank and tells him she wants to give their relationship another go. Frank and Roo marry, but they split by the time Frank returns to town. Roo later moves to New York, where she is joined for a time by both Martha and Duncan. In 2005, Roo has a near fatal car-accident and Alf and Morag fly to New York to be with her while she recovers.

2010

Five years later, Roo returns to Summer Bay. Alf is shocked to see her and Roo tells him that she has come for a visit as a job fell through and she had some frequent-flyer miles to use up. Roo starts receiving texts and calls from her boyfriend, Tim, and her bank manager. Colleen Smart is also shocked to see Roo and starts to mentioning all the bad things she did in the past, until Alf tells her to stop. Robert Robertson questions Roo about Martha and Hugo Austin for the Federal Police and she states that she has not been in contact with them. Roo later tries to persuade Hugo's mother, Gina, to give them the money Hugo left behind, but Gina is reluctant. Gina runs a credit check on Roo and discovers that she is broke. Roo denies wanting the money for herself. Roo advises Alf to get a lawyer when rumours begin to circulate that he killed Penn Graham. Gina gets Roo to take a job with John Palmer, who pays her with Hugo's money. Roo attends Bianca Scott's bridal shower and wedding, before leaving for the States.

On her return, Roo finds Alf has gone travelling and Morag has been placed in charge of the caravan park. Roo goes to the relaunch of Angelo Rosetta's restaurant where she gets drunk and wakes up in bed with Miles Copeland. Angelo offers Roo a room at his place and tries to make a pass at her. John hires Roo to organise sponsorship for the upcoming surf carnival. Roo becomes close friends with Nicole Franklin and Marilyn Chambers. She also gets on well with Marilyn's partner, Sid Walker. Roo supports Nicole during her pregnancy and she asks her to be present at the birth. Roo also supports Romeo Smith's attempts to start a charter business. Laura Carmody arrives in the Bay and reveals she and Roo are old friends. Roo invites Laura to stay with her and they work together on a hospital fundraiser. Roo invites Romeo to accompany her on a business trip to Hawaii and he brings Indigo Walker with them. When they announce that they are getting married, Roo calls Sid and he flies over. Sid kisses Roo, but she rejects him because he is with Marilyn. However, she runs after his taxi, but fails to stop him leaving.

When she returned home, Roo is shocked to learn Marilyn and Sid have broken up. She and Sid kiss again and agree to be a couple. Roo and Laura organised a ball at Sid's farm and Roo tries to make peace with Marilyn. Bianca is raped at the ball and Roo criticises Laura for selling tickets to the River Boys. Alf disapproves of Roo's relationship with Sid, as he is worried about how he will treat her. Roo and Marilyn eventually become friends again and Roo breaks up with Sid when she realises his family will always be a priority over her. Roo takes over the running of the Diner due to staff shortages and she starts dating Harvey Ryan, despite being warned not to by Romeo, Indi and Sid. Roo and Harvey break up when she learns he sabotaged Alf's boat. Roo is disgusted when Harvey tries to blackmail John and she persuades Alf to stand against him during the council elections. Roo later takes a job alongside Harvey and becomes jealous of him and his girlfriend, Fleur Simpson. Roo and Harvey later get back together and she is surprised when his ex-wife, Mel, and daughter, Lottie, arrive in Summer Bay.

Sid tells Roo that Harvey had a young son who drowned and she becomes upset that Harvey did not tell her. Harvey admits to Roo that he and the Mayor rigged the election, so he would win. Harvey is arrested and Roo stands by him. She later tells Harvey that she loves him. Roo bonds with Lottie and agrees that she can move in with her and Harvey, when Mel goes to the city. Lottie and Mel eventually leave the Bay and Harvey asks Roo to marry him. Roo's ex-boyfriend, Tim, comes to the Bay and tries to win Roo back.


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