Shortland Street character - Brooke
Brooke Freeman is a study in fire and ice.
Brooke initially comes to Shortland Street as a locum GP. She is only recently qualified, but gives every impression of being competent, confident and ambitious.
The truth is that Brooke finds general practice a chore, and sometimes struggles to maintain her professional façade through the minor coughs and aches and pains.
However, she wants the experience on her CV and is resigned to part-time GP work for a few more years, while she completes her GP consultancy training and specialises in dermatology.
When not working as a locum GP, Brooke works in various local cosmetic clinics, mostly doing botox, liposuction and laser skin treatments.
It's boring, but lucrative work, and Brooke plans to one day open her own cosmetic clinic - and make some serious money.
Shortly after joining the team at Shortland Street, Brooke caught the attentions of both Kip Denton and Chris Warner. Chris eventually won Brooke's favour, and she moved into his house.
However, Brooke felt her romance with Chris was hampered by his son, Harry. The relationship eventually unravelled and Brooke turned to old lover Dr Ethan Pierce for comfort.
Ethan rejected Brooke's advances, and several days later, he was shot by an unidentified assassin. Brooke was questioned by the cops but her alibi stood firm.
Then Brooke's father Grant Marsden came back to Ferndale. She and her mother had been abandoned by him when Brooke was a teenager.
He had been convicted of insider trading and then escaped off shore, leaving Brooke and her mother penniless.
Brooke was always convinced that he had money overseas which he kept from them. Her friend (and then-lover) Kieran Mitchell helped her pull off a scam to claim back some of her father's hidden fortune.
Brooke schemed her way into the top job (HOD) at the Primary Care Clinic, at the expense of fellow GP TK Samuels .
Her financial stake in plastic surgery outfit The Dumont Clinic saw her desperately juggling time away from the PCC at the expense of her patients. The Dumont clinic went under.
Brooke turned to schmoozing CEO Callum McKay in order to stay in his good books. Eventually Callum left his estranged wife Justine for Brooke.
Their relationship was a rocky one and very on/off. The two broke up late in 2009.
Brooke moved into TK and Sarah's house and set about trying to
undermine their marriage. When Sarah left TK, Brooke was around to
offer comfort to TK.
But the relationship was shortlived when needy Brooke tried to get pregnant and failed. TK let her down gently.
With the closure of the PCC, Brooke got a job at Shortland Street on the medical ward.
Her mother Annette turned up in Ferndale mid 2010. Brooke
struggled to get her into a rehab facility for alcoholics.
While she was battling with this, she had a brush with suspected ovarian cancer.
Late 2010, she found started seeing ambitious surgeon, Dr Isaac Worthington.
When Isaac performed an illegal surgery on a East European criminal (for a lot of money), Brooke helped cover up the crime by discrediting anaesthetist Luke Durville.
Isaac fled the country.
Then Brooke slept with a leading Asthma researcher at a conference.
He died after spending the night with Brooke and she stole his
research findings and is passing them off as her own.
Mid 2011, Brooke gained a research assistant Winston Youn, who eventually discovered Brooke's secret.
Then Lars Hammett's wife Nadia appeared in Ferndale, asking questions about Brooke's research and her connection to Lars' death.
Nadia was killed in a car crash before she could out Brooke's secret. Brooke confessed to the police but they had no evidence to charge her.
Auditor Alex Murphy came to oversee Brooke's research - and the two discovered they had known each other as children.
Alex and Brooke eventually became a couple although Winston tried to get in the way.
Alex asked Brooke to marry him and he even offered to move with
her to Paris after she received a job offer from her research
company. But the job offer came with conditions and Brooke
had to wrestle with her conscience once again.
Brooke decided to do the right thing and blow the whistle on Tan Chee but it was too late and Alex dumped Brooke when he realised she hadn't been honest with him.
She was fired from Tan Chee and is back working as a GP.
Brooke had a brief flirtation with Vinnie Kruse but as always Brooke managed to sabtoage the potential romance.
She was shocked by the arrival of her long lost sister, Bree Hamilton and felt afer her arrival on the scene, especially when Bree started seeing Vinnie.
When Bree sufffered a crisis of confidence and turned to Brooke for advice, she was pleased to have one up on her sister and the two became friends.
But as Bree's ambition and lies grew, Brooke started to question
her sister's often dodgy judgement calls.
Their sisterly bond was challenged by the return of their alcoholic mother Annette. Bree wanted to try and bond with her mother, but she refused and Annette's rejection twisted Bree even further and she started emulating Brooke, trying to dress and act like her sister.
But with Annette's spitfulness continuing and her career in freefall, Bree declared war on the girls' mother - at one point pushing her down the stairs of the IV.
Annette tried to warn Brooke about Bree but after so many years of Annette's alcohol abuse, Brooke ignored her claims and send their mother off to rehab.
Brooke remained oblivious as Bree's impersonation of her sister grew after a mix up at work function and soon she was living a double like as "Brooke" after romancing a fellow medical rep Kevin.
When Kevin offered "Brooke" the chance to move to Chicago to continue her medical research, Bree jumped at the chance for a new life in her sister's shoes.
But as her deception began to unravel, Bree decided to get rid of the real Brooke and she attacked her sister and locked her in a chest and shipped her off to a storage facility.
Brooke awoke bloody, dazed and horrified when she realised what
her sister had done. But luckily Brooke was saved just in time
as Sarah and Vinnie finally manged to get some answers out
of a delusional Bree.
But Brooke immediately forgave her sister and Bree was admitted to a mental facility.
Brooke eventually returned to work at the hospital after her ordeal but she misses her sister terribly. She managed to convice her friend Sarah Potts to move in with her after Bree was sent away.
Brooke took a shine to new doctor Boyd Rolleston and she quickly
set her sights on winning him for herself.
But she faced a challenge when Boyd started dating Nicole Miller. Brooke used her powers of manipulation to cause problems between the pair which led to the couple breaking up.
When Boyd had to visit his traditional South Island family, Brooke offered to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to get Boyd's patriarchal father off his back.
But the ruse spilled over into reality after they slept together and Brooke volunteered to marry Boyd in order to prevent him losing out on his father's inheritance entirely.
This unlikely marriage of convenience has started to blossom into love to Brooke's delight.
But how long can Boyd tolerate Brooke's penchant for