Like Father, Like Daughter
Woman's Day Australia|November 16, 2020
Alongside her famous father, the daughter of Skippy star Tony Bonner tells of growing up in the spotlight
Clare Rigden

Tony Bonner was just 24 when he became the hunky helicopter pilot Jerry King in the Aussie TV classic Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. In just a few years he’d gone from relative newcomer to household name.

Around that time he fell in love with Aussie model Nola Clark – a star in her own right – and the pair, who were married for 20 years, went on to have three daughters in five years.

DOMESTIC BLISS?

Theirs was a relationship made in tabloid heaven – two young stars and their happy brood. But away from the cameras, life wasn’t the picture of domesticity they portrayed.

“Dad was very famous when I was born,” says Chelsea, 46. “The thing I remembered most when I was growing up was that everyone was obsessed with Dad in Cop Shop – that was huge. And then Skyways. When I was in primary school they were the shows everyone was watching.

“When you’re little, you don’t really think about what other people do – we just knew we got to go along to lots of sets with Dad. I started getting picked on at school, and that’s when I realised maybe not everyone’s dad is on the telly.”

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