Colleen Smart (née Hickey) is a fictional character from the Australian Channel Seven soap opera Home and Away, played by Lyn Collingwood. The character debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 7 March 1988. She was introduced as a recurring character by producer Alan Bateman. She served as comic relief and busybody from 1988. She returned briefly in 1997 before returning as a regular on 23 September 1999 and has remained since. Colleen has been portrayed as the serial's "local gossip", a role that been well received by certain critics. Many storylines have centered around her over protective nature towards her son Lance Smart. Collingwood revealed that she often pitched storylines for Colleen in the hope they would play out on-screen. Collingwood decided to leave the series in 2012 and Colleen departed on 23 May 2012. She made a brief return from 27 November 2012.
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... Holy Soap recall Colleen's most memorable moment as being "Trying to cop off with Summer Bay legend Don Fisher, a.k.a ... no avail." Sarah Ellis writing for Inside Soap commented on Colleen's status as a gossip stating "When it comes to soap gossips, Colleen Smart is the undisputed tittle-tattle queen." The ... television and that his favourite character is Colleen Smart, jokingly adding "I would like to make romance inside of her." The Sydney Morning Herald ...
... Colleen Smart, played by Lyn Collingwood, made her first appearance on 7 March 1988 and departed 23 May 2012 ... Colleen was introduced into the serial as a recurring character in 1988 until 1989 ... Colleen mainly served as a source of comic relief and acted as the busybody type character ...
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