Brooke Satchwell reveals how her own experiences inspired her performance in The Twelve


Brooke Satchwell reveals how her own experiences inspired her performance as an emotionally abused wife in her new courtroom drama The Twelve – following tumultuous relationship with Matthew Newton

Brooke Satchwell has revealed how her new TV series cuts close to the bone. 

The actress stars as an ’emotionally abused wife’ in her new courtroom drama The Twelve, and told this week’s Stellar Magazine that the role allowed her to, ‘step into a sense of ownership and power’ on the subject of domestic abuse.  

‘Everybody has a story. Everybody has an understanding or experience or anecdote they wanted to contribute to this character’ the 41-year-old said. 

New role: Brooke Satchwell has revealed how her new TV series cuts close to the bone. The actress stars as an ’emotionally abused wife’ in her new courtroom drama The Twelve, and told this week’s Stellar Magazine that the role allowed her to, ‘step into a sense of ownership and power’ on the subject of domestic abuse. Pictured in Stellar 

‘I’ve chosen not to speak about the intricacies of my personal experience because it doesn’t necessarily serve the conversation,’ she added.

Brooke said that abusive relationships can be nuanced and ‘tricky’ for all involved.    

‘I think anyone who’s been in a situation such as domestic violence or coercive control knows, she explained. 

Difficult: Brooke said that abusive relationships can be nuanced and 'tricky' for all involved. 'While I'm not condoning any of those behaviours – that the reason these relationships get so tricky is there's [often] love involved,' she explained

Difficult: Brooke said that abusive relationships can be nuanced and ‘tricky’ for all involved. ‘While I’m not condoning any of those behaviours – that the reason these relationships get so tricky is there’s [often] love involved,’ she explained

‘While I’m not condoning any of those behaviours – that the reason these relationships get so tricky is there’s [often] love involved. There’s connection and there’s intimacy,’ she explained. 

‘And yes, it often ends up in a very unhealthy place, which is what we’re trying to unravel. But that needs to be part of the conversation as well. Otherwise we’re fighting in the dark.’    

The former Neighbours star has struggled with tumultuous relationships in her own life. 

Ex: Brooke's ex-boyfriend Matthew Newton, who she began dating in 2001, was arrested in 2006 for allegedly physically assaulting her. Pictured together in 2003

Ex: Brooke’s ex-boyfriend Matthew Newton, who she began dating in 2001, was arrested in 2006 for allegedly physically assaulting her. Pictured together in 2003

Brooke’s ex-boyfriend Matthew Newton, who she began dating in 2001, was arrested in 2006 for allegedly physically assaulting her.

He pleaded guilty to ‘common assault’ after prosecutors withdrew three more serious charges, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and stalking and intimidating Brooke. The conviction was later overturned by a court.

In 2010, Matthew’s then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor filed a protective order against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse, and he entered Sydney’s Northside West Clinic for treatment.

Charge: He pleaded guilty to 'common assault' after prosecutors withdrew three more serious charges, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and stalking and intimidating Brooke. The conviction was later overturned by a court. Pictured in 2002

Charge: He pleaded guilty to ‘common assault’ after prosecutors withdrew three more serious charges, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and stalking and intimidating Brooke. The conviction was later overturned by a court. Pictured in 2002

He was also arrested twice in Miami, Florida, in 2012 – the first for trespassing and resisting officers, while a second incident saw him charged with battery and resisting arrest after he attacked a hotel receptionist.

Following the charges, Matthew checked into the Betty Ford Center in California for 90 days of alcohol and drug treatment.

Both matters were later dismissed under the conditions that Matthew completed community service and wrote a letter of apology to the hotel clerk.

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine 

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