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I was a supermodel's stand-in; INTERVIEW: Emma Harrison.

Emma Harrison knew she'd have a hard act to to follow when she moved to Ramsay Street.

The 22-year-old ex model was brought in to take over as resident pin- up when soap siren Kimberley Davies left Neighbours last month.

But Emma's determined not to become a Kimberley clone - even though she's playing Annalise's long-lost sister Joanna.

"All I can do now is try to make a name for myself as an individual, and as an actress, not just another blonde bimbo."

Emma had no idea she's be playing Anna-lise's long-lost kid sister, Joanna when she auditioned.

"I was thrilled - and doubly excited when I read the script that had me stealing her TV boyfriend. That was a real bonus."

It was the first major TV role for Emma, a former ballet dancer and successful model. "I enjoyed being a model but I'd always felt that I had more to give than just looking good in clothes," she says.

"One of my proudest moments as a model was acting as a stand-in for Kate Moss.

"The designer Donna Karan was taking a collection to Indonesia but Kate was too tall for the Indonesian market, and I got picked instead!"

It was through modelling that Emma acquired her passion for fashion.

On a flying visit to London last week, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Neighbours, Emma spurned traditional tourist attractions and headed straight for Harrods.

"I'm a bit of a shopaholic when it comes to clothes," says Emma.

In Neighbours Emma has a whirlwind romance with a millionaire, but in real life she has little time for men.

"It would be great if I had some free time to get out and meet someone who I could really care about - perhaps one day. But I certainly don't think even if I met the right man that I'd leap into marriage."

And would-be suitors should take note that Emma is an accomplished kick- boxer.

"I do it for fun and fitness but it's also great for self-confidence.

"I've never had to use it for self-defence, but it's nice to know that if ever a guy comes on too strong to me I can get him right where it hurts."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 16, 1996
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