Pippa King was born in September 1950 in Sydney, the daughter of Bert King and Coral King, their youngest child. Pippa had an older brother who was a Vietnam War veteran Danny King who was 4 years older than her, and having sustained war injuries was in a wheelchair. In the late 1960s Pippa King met Tom Fletcher and they married in 1969. Pippa and Tom lived in Sydney and fostered children.
1988-1990EditIn January 1988, upon Tom's redundancy, he and Pippa moved to Summer Bay and moved into Summer Bay House. Tom and Pippa were proud foster parents, having their foster son Frank and began fostering several teenagers of troubled backgrounds such as Sally Fletcher, Steven Matheson, Carly Morris and Lynn Davenport. Pippa became pregnant and had a son Christopher Fletcher in September 1988.
In April 1990 Pippa was devastated when Tom died at the wheel after a heart attack. Pippa later met Michael Ross and they soon married. They carried on the tradition of fostering wayward teens. They later had a son Dale Ross but Dale sadly died of cot death in 1993.
Date of birth: 30 September 1950
Full Name: Phillipa "Pippa" Ross (Later Fletcher, nee King)
Pippa is 3 weeks younger than friend Ailsa Stewart who died in 2000.
Carol Willesse played Pippa in the pilot scenes in July 1987 but would not commit to the show full time due to the hours so Vanessa won the role. The scenes were re filmed just days after Carol left. It is not known if the Carol scenes were kept or wiped.
In 1990, future Neighbours star Jackie Woodburne was shortlised for the recast role again, after her unsuccessful attempt in 1987. Yet again she lost out, this time to Debra Lawrence.
Pippa is very nurturing and friendly, taking in wayward foster children from Steven Matheson to Jack Wilson.
Father Bert King
Mother Coral King
Siblings Danny King