Infobox soap character
name = Gerald Tippett
first = 2007
gender = Male
age = 22
occupation = Receptionist
residence = El Rancho
Gerald Heathcliff Tippett is a
fictional characterin the New Zealandsoap opera " Shortland Street".
He is the receptionist at Shortland Street Hospital and lives at El Rancho with
Kieran Mitchelland Libby Jeffries. An earlier flatmate nurse Joey Henderson, was revealed as the "Ferndale Strangler", forced Gerald - after threatening to suffocate him - to drive his ( [Joey Henderson |Joey] 's) van so that the police would follow him while he fled to his storage space.
Gerald constantly annoys
Yvonne Jeffries, but gets along well with her daughter Libbyand tend finish each other's sentences. When Libby was away Gerald wrongly presumed that CEO Chris Warnerhad offered him Liby's PA job and for a time things between Libby and Gerlad were quite frosty but they have since settled their differences. Gerald, forever a romantic, managed to get Kieran and Libby to rekindle their relationship, although Gerald seems to be attracted to Libby following a kiss when she ended a brief liaison with Sunil Kumari. Many at the hospital presumed Gerald was gay and not straight and when Gerald's childhood friend, Lindsey Reynolds, was employed at the hospital Libby encouraged the two to go out together and have a relationship which failed with the two opting to remain friends. He is currently a self-described asexual.
With the arrival of
Martha Rileythe DHB appointed auditor, Libby was replaced by Gerald as Chris Warner's PA, to enable to her become Riley's PA. When Callum McKaybecame the new CEO, Gerald returned to reception. Morgan Braithwaitereturned to Ferndalewhen Kieran auctioned off Joey Henderson's drawings and meet up with Gerald again, for a time the two would not speak. Morgan and Gerald were invited by Kieran to join him and Libby at a rave. Ecstacy was consumed by Kieran and Morgan and later by Gerald who when confronted by Libby he said he was sorry and felt that he "needed to relax". After that Morgan and Gerald began dating. Gerald celebrated his birthday and was invited along with Morgan, Libby, Libby to his parent's place for tea which ended in an argument with Gerald and his parents.
Harry McNaughton, the actor who plays Gerald, and Kiel McNaughton, who plays James "Scotty" Scott, are first cousins.
* [http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/838013/1332364 Gerald Tippett's profile at tvnz.co.nz]
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