Sarah Monahan

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Sarah Monahan
Born (1977-04-12) 12 April 1977 (age 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Filmmaker, child actor
Years active 1986-present
Spouse(s) Matt Morris

Sarah Monahan (born 12 April 1977) is an Australian actress. Best known for her role as Jenny Kelly on Hey Dad..!, she also appeared in Sons and Daughters and Home and Away.[1]

Early career

Monahan got her start in the industry from her fashion designer father. She was the in-house model for his children's clothing line, and later, went on to appear in over 100 television and print ads.[1]

Hey Dad..!

Monahan auditioned for the role of Jenny in Hey Dad..! when she was six. Even though the producers were looking for a younger actress, her small stature at the time, combined with her ability to read the script, helped her to win the role.[2] After filming the pilot, she spent a short time on the Australian soap opera Sons and Daughters,[3] playing the role of Cassie Hunt in 24 episodes that first aired in early 1986. She returned to filming on Hey Dad..! that year, and stayed with the show for six years, departing in 1993 one year before the show concluded. She became the primary income earner for her family when her father died just before Hey Dad...! debuted.[4]

Later career

Monahan returned to Australian television for a short time as Heather in another long running Australian soap opera, Home and Away, in 1995 and alongside fellow Hey Dad..! actress, Simone Buchanan in Pacific Drive, performing a non-speaking role.[5]

Monahan later founded ShrimpTank Productions, which works in social media and search engine optimisation, along with Going Down, a planned travel and diving web series.[1]

Sexual assault

In March 2010, Monahan claimed in an interview with Woman's Day magazine,[6][7] and later on current affairs television program A Current Affair,[8] that she was sexually abused on the set of Hey Dad...! by Robert Hughes, the actor who played her on-screen father. Hughes strongly denied the allegations and claimed to have engaged defamation lawyers.[9]

During an interview aired on A Current Affair in March 2011, Monahan expressed her concerns that charges may not be laid against Hughes. She stated that she intended to initiate legal actions against Hughes and television executives who, she claimed, were aware of Hughes' alleged actions and failed to take action.[10] After her allegations in the media, Braveheart, a sexual assault advocacy group, asked Monahan to become an Ambassador.[11]

Hughes was arrested in London on 9 August 2012.[12][13] His extradition to Australia was approved on 28 September 2012.[14] In early April 2014, Hughes was found guilty of sexually abusing young girls.[15]

Personal life

Monahan lives in the US with her American husband, Matt Morris, whom she met in Brisbane, Australia.[1]

In 2011, Monahan joined the Texas State Guard Medical Brigade, a branch of the Texas Military Forces whose focus is on humanitarian missions.[16]


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  4. AAP (22 March 2010). "Hey Dad! star speaks out on sex abuse allegations". WA Today. Retrieved 25 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Mercado, Andrew (2004). Super Aussie soaps: behind the scenes of Australia's best loved TV shows. Pluto Press Australia. pp. 336–337. ISBN 978-1-86403-191-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Hey Dad! star claims 'I was abused on set'
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  8. Hornery, Andrew (25 March 2010). "Puzzled Hey Dad! star denies molesting his on-screen daughter". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Tovey, Josephine (29 March 2010). "Hey Dad! cast gather to back Monahan". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Police probe too slow for Hey Dad star Sarah Monahan". Herald Sun. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Davies, Rebecca (5 April 2010). "'Hey Dad!' star praised by advocacy group". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. NSW Police Force (9 August 2012). "Man arrested in London over historic NSW sexual assaults - Strike Force Ruskin" (Press release). Retrieved 12 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Kissane, Karen (9 August 2012). "Hey Dad star arrested on molesting charges". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Wald, Tom (28 September 2012). "Former Hey Dad! TV star Robert Hughes to be extradited to Australia". Herald Sun. AAP. Retrieved 28 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Robert Hughes trial: Former Hey Dad! star found guilty of sexually abusing girls in 1980s".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Sarah on April 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm (2012-04-17). "I joined the Texas State Guard". Sarah Monahan. Retrieved 2014-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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