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Georgie Parker as Ruth "Roo" Stewart in 2014.

Ruth Martha "Roo" Stewart (Or Kanga-Roo, according to her rival Bobby Simpson) is a character in Home And Away who first appeared in Episode 3 (20 January 1988). She is the daughter of Alf Stewart. Roo was originally played by Justine Clarke from January 1988 to Episode 345 (7 Jul 1989) and since 2010 has been played by Gold Logie award-winning actor Georgie Parker.



Ruth Martha Stewart was born in 1970 to Alf Stewart and Martha Stewart nee Baldivis. Roo grew up in Summer Bay and attended school with Alison Patterson and Steven Matheson. Roo gained a manipulative side. Roo is probably related to Mervin Baldivis, however he is just a distant relative, not her grandfather.


Ruth Stewart (Justine Clarke) was a schoolgirl at Summer Bay High School from January 1988 when she s
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Ruth "Roo" Stewart in 1988, played by Justine Clarke.

tarted dating Frank Morgan. Roo's father Alf Stewart initially disagreed, thinking Frank was leading Roo astray but soon softened towards their relationship as he knew Frank was good for her. Roo's school enemy was Bobby Simpson and Alison Patterson. Roo was sent to boarding school in early 1988 and there she met Brett Macklin who got her pregnant. She lied about the conception dates to make Frank Morgan believe he was the father so he would marry her. However she bottled out on their wedding day and told him the truth. Roo and Bobby fought like cat and dog, and bobby nicknamed her "Kanga" and never knew until 1989 that her arch enemy was her first cousin as Bobby was the illegitimate daughter of Roo's paternal aunt Morag Bellingham, her dad's sister.


Ruth returned in 2010 after 21 years away. She was now 40.

Memorable infoEdit

Birthday: 1970

Full Name: Ruth Martha Stewart

Nicknames: Roo, Kanga (by Bobby Simpson)

First Line: "Bobby! What are you doing back here?"

In Episode 85 (13 May 1988) Roo's middle name was revealed.


Ruth "Roo" Stewart first appeared in Episode 3, on the 20th January 1988, which was technically the 4th episode of the show, counting the telemovie length pilot. There is some debate as to whether Roo is an original character as the pilot was filmed in July 1987, and the regualr series begun filming that October. By then, Justine Clarke had been cast as Roo.


Father Alf Stewart

Mother Martha Stewart (ne Baldivis)

Siblings Duncan Stewart, Quinn Jackson, Owen Dalby (all half, same father)

Grandfathers Gordon Stewart, Mr Baldivis

Grandmothers Sarah Jane Stewart, Mrs Baldivis

Great grandfathers Angus Stewart

Spouse Frank Morgan (1990-1991), Harvey Ryan (2012-2014)

Children Martha MacKenzie (1988)

Uncles/Aunts Colleen Smart, Morag Bellingham, Barbara Fisher, Celia Stewart, Debra Stewart

Cousins Lance Smart, Maureen Evans, Bobby Marshall, Alan Fisher, Rebecca Nash

First cousins once removed Maggie Smart, Seb Miller, Jennifer Atkinson

Distant relatives Mervin Baldivis

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