Flame-haired Shannon Reed is the champion of all good causes in Summer
Bay and beyond. She and her brother, Curtis, arrived in Summer Bay in
1994. They were actually an item, which shocked the community until
it was later revealed that they were only adopted brother and sister.
Shannon has grown up fast due to the traumas she has suffered: anorexia
and a lesbian crush, to name a few.
Soon after her arrival in the Bay, she split with Curtis, and moved
onto Eric, a violent keep-fit instructor.
She later developed a major crush on Shane, with dire consequences.
When Shannon went to a drop in centre with Damien, she met Alex, who
tried to win her. He was an artist. They were together, but the age
gap proved too much.
A lady politican arrived in the Bay who lied she had an affair with
Fisher. She later revealed to Shannon that she is her real mother.
Mandy's brother, Geoff, arrived in the Bay. He was staying briefly
as he was a sailor. Shannon had a great time and on his last day, they
put on a 'wedding'.
She attended university and got involved in a relationship with a grunge,
Kye Lyons. Despite the opposition from Pippa and others, she continued
seeing him and she even moved out to live with him. It was only when
he knocked Pippa out that she left him.
Shannon was best friends with Selina, whom she missed on her departure.
She later left for Paris, around 1998.
Isla was born on 3 February, 1976, in Muscat-O-Man in Saudi Arabia,
though her parents are both Scottish. She later moved to Sydney so she
could star in Home and Away.
Isla started her career doing TV commercials before getting the lead
in a children's series called Bay City. At the age of 17, she
appeared in Paradise Beach as Robyn before getting the part of
Shannon Reed in September 1994.
Her first job was as a lottery ad extra. She was so excited before
filming that she hyperventilated for four hours and nearly fainted!
She was involved with Oz model, Nathan Harvey, which broke down in
1995 due to pressures of work.
She loves the rain, Thai food and stars.
Her mother writes romance novels; Isla jokes of this:
It explains why I have a Mills and Boon approach to relationships.
Isla has written two novels: Seduced by Fame and Bewitched.