MIKE NEWMAN played by PETER BENSLEY
Mike Newman was the fun loving doctor who also ran Bunny's Place,
after the days of Jim Howard and Anne Marie Austin.
life was as complicated as any other doctor's. He dated Sherry Andrews
and Emmy King, carried a torch for Tania Livingston, and got engaged
to terminally ill Melanie Drew. His girlfriend Nurse Gloria Stapleton
had a split personality and was responsible for a spate of mysterious
attacks in the hospital. These culminated in Mike being stabbed
with a scalpel and left for dead. Surprisingly, after a bit of therapy
Gloria returned to the hospital, declared herself cured, got her
job back and started dating Mike again. However, Mike was put in
a difficult position when it transpired that in the meantime, Gloria's
other personality had married Chris Butler. Chris wanted her back,
and Mike and Gloria's relationship floundered. After a long and
complicated plotline, during which Chris dated Sherry Andrews, before
moving in with Gloria, none of the unfortunates in this love quadrangle
ended up with each other.
was given the position of Hospital Registrar, but the responsibility
and workload were too much for him and affected his moods. His close
friends Lance Wilkinson and Emmy King convinced him to join them
rock climbing, to forget his worries. It certainly worked - he fell
of the cliff into a river and emerged lost and with amnesia! Lance
never gave up hope that Mike was still alive, while the rest of
the hospital seemed willing to accept he had drowned. Calling himself
Mark, he ended up at a farm house and befriended a young woman called
Linda Wilson. When he discovered his true identity, Linda followed
him back to the Albert. Unfortunately, once Mike remembered who
he was, he forgot all about his time on the farm and who Linda was!
By this time, Linda had fallen in love with Mike and was devastated.
Bensley tried working in a banker and a garage before deciding
to become an actor. He has appeared in a long list of TV shows,
spanning four decades.
The Young Doctors was axed, Peter joined many of his co-stars by
going over to star in Prisoner. He later appeared in Neighbours,
Police Rescue and Home and Away.
has also worked on classic children's dramas such as Round The Twist
II and The New Adventures of Black Beauty.
up a production company with Julia Peters (Gloria Stapleton) and
until 2001 starred as Jeff Hawker in Water Rats.