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Sarah Potts

Amanda Billing plays Sarah Potts - Shortland Street on TV2

Shortland Street character - Sarah Potts

Sarah has worked in London, in New York (where she learned cutting edge ED techniques) and has also done volunteer work in Africa.

Sarah literally crashed into Craig Valentine's life when she smashed into his car. 

Sarah has a son Daniel who was raised by Sarah's parents and believed he was her brother.

Sarah found it difficult to tell Daniel the truth, and after living with her briefly, he went to be with his dad in Samoa.

Sarah became intrigued by CEO Andrew Solomon - a man who kept his personal life very private - and the two had a seemingly happy relationship.

But minutes after the two married, Andrew's old (and very pregnant) girlfriend, Robyn Stokes turned up. 

Andrew returned to the UK with Robyn.

After a few desperate flings (with the con-man Hamish Flynn, a school boy and drug addict, Mackie Bowen) the hapless loser in love finally hooked up Craig Valentine.

Then Craig's ex-fiancee Huia became pregnant. Sarah confronted an unrepentant Huia in the carpark and seconds later, Huia was blown up in a car bomb.

Craig blamed Sarah for Huia's death. Sarah turned to the comforting arms of Huia's cousin TK Samuels and discovered a safe haven after the stormy waters of her relationship with Craig.  

In mid 2007 she married TK. 

She returned to Ferndale after a short sabbatical and announced her intention to have a baby with her new husband.

Then Sarah began to experience a host of symptoms including muscle weakness and numbness, tiredness and mood swings. Sarah was diagnosed with MS.

In mid 2008, Craig Valentine was killed at the hands of Scott-Spear's thugs. A grief-stricken Sarah performed a tribute at his funeral.

After months of deception, Sarah finally revealed the truth about her health to TK.

She also terminated her pregnancy as it was making her MS symptoms worse.

Sarah knows that her illness will progress and sadly had to relinquish her role as Head of ED.

Her son Daniel Potts  returned from Samoa and she tried to adjust to being full-time mum to a teenage boy.

Daniel was involved in petty crime and Sarah was at her wits' end dealing with him.

She was lured back to part time work at the hospital when PCC head (and her husband's arch enemy) Brooke Freeman asked Sarah to fill in a few shifts.

But Brooke was using Sarah in order to attend to her more lucrative business of plastic surgery at her own clinic.

Daniel's bad behaviour saw him sent to boot camp and his presence in the house often caused a rift in her relationship with her husband TK.

Daniel went back to Samoa when he realised that Sarah's MS was returning.

However after the 2009 Tsunami he returned to Ferndale.

Sarah and TK were once more at odds over their decision not to have any children. 

Sarah became head of the PCC at Brooke's expense.

Meanwhile, homeless Brooke moved in with them and started to undermine the pair.

At Xmas 09 they separated and Sarah found herself being consoled by Head of ED, Maxwell Avia.

In March 2010 Sarah and her son Daniel moved into Maxwell's apartment.

The PCC folded and Sarah decided to open her own private clinic, with TK's backing.

In May 2010 Daniel and his girlfriend got pregnant. Sarah was determined to support them through whatever decision they made about the baby.

Loren had a termination and the atmosphere between Sarah and Daniel was strained.

In mid 2010 they patched up their differences. Daniel left to work in Indonesia, but later returned when he was nearly killed by a snake-bite..

Ula and Vasa (Maxwell's daughter and ex-wife) turned up in Ferndale.

Maxwell had a fling with Vasa and Sarah ended their relationship.

She realised that she really only wanted to be with TK.

In November Sarah was offered a chance to work in Boston with a leading MS research group.

She had one last night with TK and left Ferndale.

In March 2011, she returned to Ferndale - pregnant with TK's child.

But TK had started a new relationship with nurse Roimata Ngatai.

TK asked Roimata to marry him.

Their wedding day was dogged by disaster, with TK going missing when he found out Sarah had gone into labour.

TK was diverted en route to help Sarah (abandoning Roimata) by a car crash on the road, where he rescued the driver Hunter McKay from the wreckage and flames.

Sarah gave birth to their daughter while Roimata fumed.

Sarah was committed to raising the baby alone but she suffered severe MS relapse. She had to give up care of Tillie to TK and Roimata and enter rehab.

Sarah returned healthy and happy from rehab.

She was horrified when her son Daniel was injured after the botched pharmacy robbery.

Unable to care for an injured Daniel on her own, she hired Zac Smith as Daniel's live-in caregiver and intially tried to fight her attraction for her new housemate.  

The two eventually entered into a relationship and Sarah was happy with Zac.

Zac had been cheating on her with her friend and colleague Vasa Levi and Sarah was devestated when the affair was revealed.

After breaking up with Zac, Sarah realised she still had feelings for TK but kept them in check.  

Sarah was horrified when she learnt about the horrific sexual assualt on Roimata and she put personal feeling aside to support both Roimata and TK.

But when Zac was implicated by TK and Roimata as the offender, Sarah refused to believe he could be responsible.

It was only when Zac began becoming aggresive towards her that Sarah realised she didn't know him at all. She was horrified to realise that she'd let a man like Zac into her and Tillie's lives.

She became friends with Brooke Freeman and moved in with her to the hospital apartment.