List of Neighbours characters (1986)Nikki Dennison, played by Charlene Fenn, made her first screen appearance on 28 January 1986. A representative from the Grundy Organisation discovered Fenn at a National Theatre workshop and signed her up to play Helen Daniels' (Anne Haddy) niece, Nikki. Of Nikki's background, Fenn explained "Nikki's widowed mother works in a bar to send her to a good boarding school, but Nikki doesn't really appreciate this because she feels her mum has forced her into a position where she has to lie to be accepted by other girls." There are two sides to Nikki; one is a genuine and charming and the other has elements of bitchiness and social climbing. Fenn thought the two sides to Nikki made her an interesting character to play. The actress left ''Neighbours'' less than a year after she arrived and she commented "I never thought I was going to be employed in this for the rest of my life."
Nikki was raised by her mother, Laura (Carole Skinner), in Queensland. Her father, Tom, died when she was young and Nikki became spoilt as Laura gave her everything she wanted. Laura found it hard to deal with Nikki when she became a teenager and decided to send her to Erinsborough to stay with her aunt Helen. Nikki becomes good friends with Charlene Mitchell (Kylie Minogue) and she begins dating Mike Young (Guy Pearce), after he defends her from Sue Parker's (Kate Gorman) rumours. When Lucy Robinson (Kylie Flinker) wins a dinner date with Grant Kenny, Nikki tells her that her father will not let her go on the date and that Grant would not want to have dinner with a child. Nikki manages to persuade Lucy that she should go on the date instead and she gives her some money. Nikki does not tell Helen about the date and lies that she is spending the night studying with a friend. The date with Grant does not go well and he leaves after the main course. Nikki brags to Sue that she had a great night and that she kissed Grant. She also tells her that Grant is going to call her about a second date. However, Nikki's lies are exposed when a photo of herself and Grant appears in a newspaper. Mike then threatens to end their relationship. When Nikki hears that her mother has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she leaves Erinsborough to be with her. When she returns a few months later, Nikki expects to pick up her relationship with Mike, but she soon learns that he is dating Jane Harris (Annie Jones). Nikki tells Jane that she wants Mike back. However, Mike tells her that he is not interested in a relationship with her. Nikki decides to leave Erinsborough permanently to spend time with her mother in the United States. Provided by Wikipedia