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Fiona played by Michelle Langstone

Fiona is a tireless worker for the betterment of all, whilst simultaneously forgetting to have a life of her own.

Fiona owns and runs (on her own, since the divorce) the Weld Boat Club, which sounds far more grand than it actually is.

She is also the local volunteer ambulance driver; stalwart member of the Weld District council; leading light in the Weld Book Club and several other organisations/societies/ clubs dedicated to bringing culture and enlightenment to Weld.

Michelle Langstone

This is not Michelle's first time playing a Fiona. In 2005, she landed the role of Fiona on McLeod's Daughters which garnered her a nomination as Most Popular New Female Talent at the 2007 Logie Awards.

She spent two years working on McLeod's Daughters before returning to New Zealand.

Michelle says her latest Fiona gets to know a lot more about George a lot sooner than others in Weld. "Throughout the series they discover each other's history, and they're both people that innately understand what it's like to have the rug swept out from under them. The most important thing is that Fiona is a friend to George, she's a female influence in a life that's had that female influence removed."

Michelle's other television credits include lead roles in The Almighty Johnsons and Go Girls as well as Legend of the Seeker, Being Eve, Street Legal, Spin Doctors, The Strip, Power Rangers, This is Not My Life and Shortland Street.

Michelle's feature film work includes Realiti, which earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards; For Good, which won her the Best Actress Award at the St Tropez Film Festival in 2003; Separation City and After the Waterfall.

Michelle has also starred in a number of theatre productions, her most recent being Other Desert Cities at Wellington's Circa Theatre and The Lover at Auckland's Basement Theatre.