Luke Cunningham has a different life: his 'alternative', slightly hippy
appearance hides a sharp intellect but despite his laid back attitude
to life, he is fit and energetic, being a keen cyclist and a general
all-round sports fan.
Luke has completed a Dip Ed at a city university where, along with
gaining his teaching diploma, he developed a healthy disrespect for
the system, and the unwritten law that gives people authority and power
for what they are, not because they have earned it. Consequently everyone
was viewed equal in his eyes, no matter what their title and material
Luke could not believe his luck when he got the post of Maths, Biology
and Geography teacher at Summer Bay High straight out of uni. When he
arrived, a few weeks early and skint, he started busking to supplement
his income, which raised a few eyebrows. However, Luke is an accomplished
saxophonist who is not too worried by his offbeat appearance, and does
not have to prove anything to anyone.
Luke fell in love with Roxy, another teacher.
His brother, Bill, arrived in the Bay. Luke felt responsible for causing
an accident which ended in Bill being mentally disabled, and had to
look after him. He was so preoccupied with him, that the relationship
between him and Roxy had to be called off. Despite this, they were good
friends and they shared the beach house with Irene.
When Fisher's daughter, Rebecca, arrived in the Bay, Tug tried to set
Luke up with her. Luke was not interested initially, but gave in. However,
Fisher was not happy and told him to back off. Luke did so for a while,
but then ignored him and Rebecca found out.
Luke left the Bay in 1994
John Adam had settled into the Summer Bay way of life quicker than
most because, if you had never noticed, this was his second visit to
Home and Away.
"I played Dave Porter, Ben Lucini's best mate. But he was a totally
different character to Luke - a real beer swilling chauvinist."
Like his character Luke, John has also been travelling. When he was
17, he hitchhiked around Europe by himself! "I've also been to
China and Russia, and I lived in America for three years."Home
and Away was John's first TV acting job. "I've been in every
Aussie soap apart from Neighbours. I was in A Country Practice
and E Street, in fact, I've only been out of work for four months
since I finished college."
Two other members of the Home and Away cast went to that very
same college. "I was in the same year as Ross Newton, while Bruce
Roberts was in the year below me!"
"We spent three years together, and boy I could tell some stories!
But I think we got to know each other too well, and since then we've
all agreed to a pact of secrecy!"