Joanita Wibowo


Ada Nicodemou's new life – and how Home and Away saved her

Ada Nicodemou's new life – and how Home and Away saved her

Ada Nicodemou has credited her Home and Away “family” and work for helping her get through her divorce with Chrys Xipolitas.

The 41-year-old actress, who just marked her 20th year on the long-running TV series, said being on the show helped her through the tough last couple of years of her romantic partnership.

In 2014, Nicodemou and then-husband Xipolitas announced that their second son Harrison had been stillborn. The following year, the couple separated after nine years of marriage.

“I just couldn’t wait to get back [to work] and it just saved me,” Nicodemou told News Corp Australia.

“I just needed to be busy. To be able to have something to come back to was just all I needed and I had this beautiful family here who supported me and loved me.”

Nicodemou is now in a relationship with entrepreneur Adam Rigby, whom she met at a Channel Seven event in 2016.

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After two decades of playing the role of Leah on Home and Away, Nicodemou reflected on the times when she just started out on the popular soap. 

“It’s odd, I sort of don’t remember my life before being on the show but then it doesn’t feel like it’s been 20 years this year,” she admitted.

“I was 22 when I started on this show. I was a single woman, I’ve gone through so much in that time and have changed so much as a person … I don’t know if I would have been able to get through it all if it wasn’t for this fantastic job.”

In an interview with Stellar magazine last month, Nicodemou also expressed her interest in staying on the Home and Away set for years to come. 

“Leah has evolved a lot,” said Nicodemou. “I’d be happy to play her for another 20 years.”