Meet the former Home and Away actress who is now the show’s chief hair and makeup artist
Laura Vazquez is a name many die-hard fans of Home and Away will remember as she played the resident ‘good girl’ Sarah Thompson in the 1990s.
Nowadays, she’s moved from in front of the camera to the makeup chair.
Laura, 45, is the head of Home and Away’s hair and makeup department, and was featured in a post shared by the soap’s official Instagram account on Wednesday.
From on screen to the makeup chair: Former Home and Away actress Laura Vazquez starred on Home and Away as resident ‘good girl’ Sarah Thompson in the 1990s. Now, she is the head of the hair and makeup on the long-running soap
The post highlighted her efforts behind the scenes of the Channel Seven show.
The caption read: ‘FUN FACT: @lauravazquezbeauty who played Sarah Thompson on Home and Away is our fabulous head of hair and makeup department these days!’
Laura has shared quite a few behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram over the past few years, so her job isn’t exactly a secret among dedicated fans.
On set: On Wednesday, the 45-year-old featured in an Instagram post shared by the official Home and Away account that recognised her efforts on the show alongside one of the drama’s current stars, Emily Weir (left)
Among the stars: Laura has shared quite a few behind-the-scenes photos on her Instagram, showing fans her candid pictures with the stars including reality star turned actress Sam Frost (left) and actress Georgie Parker (right)
She is friends with several cast members, including Sam Frost and Georgie Parker.
In one recent photo, Laura beamed alongside Home and Away veterans Emily Symons and Lynne McGranger.
Last year, she posted a picture of herself with actor Ray Meagher, who played her on-screen foster father Alf Stewart, and wrote in the caption: ‘Been working with the nicest man in television since I was 17.’
Veterans: In another photo, the brunette beauty beamed alongside the show’s veterans Emily Symons and Lynne McGranger
Going way back: Last year, she posted a picture of herself with actor Ray Meagher, who played her on-screen foster father Alf Stewart, and wrote in the caption: ‘Been working with the nicest man in Television since I was 17’
Big break: Laura made her debut on Home and Away as Sarah Thompson back in 1993 and left in 1994. Aside from Home and Away, Laura has starred on Australian medical drama All Saints and the series The Lost World
Laura made her debut on Home and Away as Sarah Thompson in 1993.
Her character became friends with Angel Brooks and Damian Roberts, played by Melissa George and Matt Doran respectively.
The Argentinian-born actress left in 1994 but returned the following year to make a brief appearance at Angel’s wedding.
She had another cameo in 2005 for Alf’s 60th birthday.
Laura, who has also starred in medical drama All Saints, began working as a freelance makeup on Home and Away and was promoted to head of the department last year.
Crew: After training in makeup artistry, she started working freelance on Home and Away in 2016 before making her way to the top as the head of the department in 2020. Laura is pictured right with a production member