She had already spent four years in the cast of television programme Heartbreak High.
Nicodemou took this into account when she accepted the role, only intending to remain with Home and Away for the duration of her six-month contract.
In 2009, it was announced that Dodwell had decided to leave the serial and pursue further education overseas.
Melody departed on-screen in February that year, which saw her move to New Zealand.
Nicodemou took a temporary break from Home and Away in late 2012, following the birth of her first child. In 1999, Nicodemou was approached by the producers of Home and Away with an offer of a six-month contract.
Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner cites Mc Carthy’s “wholesome Catholic girl” persona as the unique quality for which she was selected out of 10,000 applicants.
Her layout emphasized her Catholic upbringing with a schoolgirl theme.
Mc Carthy has written books about parenting and has become an activist promoting research into environmental causes and alternative medical treatments for autism.
She has promoted the idea that vaccines cause autism As a teenager, Mc Carthy attended Mother Mc Auley Liberal Arts High School (whose school sweater she donned in the pages of Playboy) and was a cheerleader at both Brother Rice High School and St.