Auckland-born Aaron Jeffery moved to Australia at 17, and studied acting at NIDA. After time on Water Rats, he won fame — and two Logies — on McLeods' Daughters. Jeffery played larrakin horseman Alex Ryan on 200 episodes, and found time to join Outrageous Fortune as Wolf's dodgy half-brother. In 2012 he won an AACTA Award after adding 15 kilograms and fake tattoos for Underbelly: Badness. He also appears in Prisoner update Wentworth.
I'm 42 now and I'm getting the opportunity to play 'characters', rather than in the early part of my acting career, when it was often a leading man part ... The 'straight and narrow' lead guy role can be a bit mundane — I want to play characters that have an edge, a spark, something that sets them apart. Aaron Jeffery in the Sydney Morning Herald, 20 September 2012
After her husband is jailed, matriarch Cheryl West (Robyn Malcolm) decides the time has come to set her family on the straight and narrow. But can the Wests change old habits? So begins the six-series long saga of the Westie dynasty. Hugely popular at home (beloved by public, critics and awards-nights alike), and imitated overseas, Outrageous Fortune has been a flag-bearer for TV3 and contemporary NZ telly drama; the series proved — in all its grow-your-own glory — that genre TV in NZ could be so much more than overseas stories pasted to a local setting.