Veronica is a millionaire's spoiled daughter. She enjoys being admired on her expensive thoroughbred stallion Cobalt but has no love for the horse and certainly no interest in caring for him. That's what stable hands are for.
She attends the same school as the Saddle Club and resents it. She was quite content at her elite girls' school in the city but when her parents bought the estate in Pine Hollow, they decided to enrol her at the local school.
Because Phil Marsten's family owns a large parcel of land and breed Arabian horses, Veronica takes an immediate interest in him. But he only has eyes for Stevie. Veronica intends to do anything to keep that romance from blossoming.
Photos Heli Simpson Plays Veronica diAngelo in Series 1 When Heli was six years of age, her mother thought she showed talent and put her into drama school. "I have been learning ever since," she explains. "I did Ballet for a while, learned jazz funk, started piano six years ago and still take lessons. I studied oboe, singing and guitar."
The hard work has paid off. After auditioning four times, she won the role of Veronica, the spoilt rich girl who comes to Pine Hollow. Her C.V. includes leading roles in school concerts, including Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, and Cinderella. She has appeared in the Australian television series Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stingers and Fergus McPhail and provided the voice for a U.K. animation TV series.
Heli is a good swimmer and an accomplished horse-rider.
At the time of shooting, Heli was a student at the Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne, where she was a keen member of the Drama Club. Her favourite subjects were, predictably, drama and maths.
"I think she's a terrible girl. She is quite boy crazy and will go after any boy she thinks is cute. She won't ever care for her horse and tries to get other people to do the work for her. She will only try to be friends with other girls if she thinks they are stylish; then she will try to boss them around. She's not a nice girl at all."