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|Alan Fletcher as Karl Kennedy|
|Portrayed by||Alan Fletcher|
|First appearance|| 20 September 1994 |
|Residence||28 Ramsay Street|
Karl Raymond Kennedy is a fictional character in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, portrayed by Alan Fletcher, who joined the cast in 1994. In the 20th Anniversary Neighbours book, he was named one of five best male characters of all time.
Dr Karl Kennedy used to run the local medical practice in Erinsborough. Though a former GP, Karl seemed to be trained in every field of medicine possible, as he has been directly involved with every aspect of any medical problem to happen in Erinsborough since his arrival, including mental health problems and births. Having admitted being tempted to stray on many occasions, his first actual act of infidelity happened when he kissed Sarah Beaumont (his receptionist at the time). Susan (Jackie Woodburne) found out some time after the incident through their son, Billy. She slapped him and threw him out. She eventually forgave him, but they separated after Susan developed retrograde amnesia and forgot everything that happened after 1972, including her marriage to Karl and the birth of their children. They eventually reconciled, but separated again some time after and divorced after nearly 30 years of marriage. The divorce was amicable with Susan keeping the family home. Karl found love in the considerably younger Isabelle Hoyland (Natalie Bassingthwaighte) who seduced Karl. She later got pregnant by Gus Cleary (Ben Barrack), and led Karl to believe he was the father of her baby. She had been informed that any other pregnancy was unlikely. Izzy later miscarried. When Susan discovered the baby was not Karl's, with help from her nephew Darcy Tyler (Mark Raffety), she gave Isabelle an ultimatum - she had to tell Karl the truth within 24 hours or she would tell him herself. Eventually the relationship collapsed. Karl nearly died after having a heart attack on a lonely road. Convinced any phone call he made would be his last, he called his ex-wife Susan, making him realise that he had made a mistake divorcing Susan although another reconciliation seemed unlikely at the time. Karl began a relationship with Jenny, a local Councillor, who was not popular amongst other Ramsay Street residents. At one point she even pretended to be engaged to Karl. The relationship came to an end when Karl realised that he was still in love with his ex-wife Susan. Karl was a mentor for Zeke Kinski (Matthew Werkmeister), helping him with school work and football, since Zeke's father (and also Susan's second husband) Alex Kinski (Andrew Clarke) died. Susan and Karl then got back together, but were forced to stop seeing each other because Susan's stepchildren Rachel (Caitlin Stasey) and Zeke felt that she was betraying their late father Alex.
Susan and Karl's relationship got back on track when these differences were resolved. Karl moved back into the Kinski household, reuniting Susan and Karl in their marital home. After the paternity mix-up with infant Kerry Mangel, Sky Mangel (Stephanie McIntosh) considered suing him but abandoned the idea. Nevertheless, Karl decided to quit his career as a doctor and took up home farming, selling home grown eggs.
The long-running series in-joke that Karl's middle name was "Marx" due to his adoptive father's supposed Communist leanings (hence his first name being "Karl", making his name "Karl Marx Kennedy") was finally addressed with the appearance of Karl's biological father, who confirmed that his middle name was actually "Raymond". Although, in the 19 March 2007 episode, Karl made a reference to Karl Marx while spelling out his name to footballer Pete Gartside (Daniel Schutzmann), during a trip to England with Susan.
Remarriage to Susan Kinski and Holly HoylandEdit
While in England, Karl accidentally booked a shared room in the Ritz Hostel, not the Ritz Hotel. While Susan was enraged with Karl with this at first, she later forgave him. Later on in the trip, Karl proposed to Susan, who accepted. Both were extremely surprised to discover that the heavily-pregnant Izzy was also in England, having an affair with the footballer Pete Gartside. When Karl threw a surprise wedding a few days before they left for Ramsay Street, Izzy decided she was going to tell Karl that he was the father of her child. Both Pete and Izzy sneaked on board the boat Karl and Susan were getting married on, and she fell into labour after they were officially married. Karl delivered Holly Hoyland, but did not know she was his own child. Susan overheard Izzy and Pete talking in the ambulance that Karl was the father, but she kept this from him until they arrived back in Ramsay Street. Karl then returned to London to see his new daughter.
When he came back, he found out that Tom Scully had returned and was the new principal of Erinsborough High School. Karl was upset that Susan never told him that Tom was back in Ramsey Street. Karl was working for Davo Mather, until he found out that the company Vivex was supplying dodgy drugs. He and his double-crossing PA went into the warehouse and tried to find the evidence. When he was ready to leave, she hid the swipe card and they were caught. She faked an injury so he could escape, returning to his office. When he got there, CEO Christian had the police remove his things, but his PA dobbed in Christian and Karl was set free.
Return to MedicineEdit
As of 2007, Susan has received a diagnosis of MS. This meant that Karl had to get another job in order to cover the finances at home. He became a hospital registrar. In this position, he became doctor to Rebecca Napier's ex Richard Aaronow who was dying of kidney failure. Karl wanted to tell his kids about it but he couldn't, faced with a moral dilemma. Paul Robinson eventually found out and told Rebecca.
In 2008, Karl become very close to Nicola West (Imogen Bailey) - the sister of his neighbour Miranda Parker (Nikki Coghill) - when she was working as a nurse at Erinsborough Hospital. His relationship with Nicola opened old wounds for an understandably jealous Susan. However Karl was actually trying his best to cover up Nicola's unethical behaviour - she took a blood sample from criminal Pete Ferguson without permission. When Pete Ferguson woke up, he wanted to know why blood had been taken without his blessing. When interviewed during an investigation into the matter, Nicola blamed the whole incident on Karl.
In October 2008 Karl purchased a pig named Lennie. This led to the pig escaping and running all over Ramsay Street, only to be caught by Harold Bishop, who had returned that night.
When Harold and Lou go for a routine checkup it is found that Harold has prostate cancer and needs urgent surgery. Word spreads quickly and Karl orders Harold to have the surgery or he will die. Harold then fled Erinsborough and Karl and the rest of the street begin to panic.
Trent Andrews/Zeke KinskiEdit
In 2009, after Zeke went missing in the rafting accident and presumed dead, Karl couldnt handle it and tried to desperately believe that Zeke was alive. But when he realised how much his family needed him he finally accepted that Zeke was dead and he wasn't coming back. But then Karl and Susan received a call from Zeke who was living with a man named Phil Andrews. Zeke had suffered amnesia in the rafting accident but the phone call triggered a memory he couldn't explain. Susan and Karl went to rescue their son where he decided to return to Ramsay Street.
Family Tree Edit
- Molly Kennedy (mother,Deceased) had a relationship with Ronald Davies-Smythe (Biological Father,deceased) Married to Tom Kennedy (Adopted Father)
- Karl Kennedy Married to Susan Kennedy (Wife)
- Malcolm Kennedy (son) Married to Catherine O'Brien-Kennedy (Daughter-in-law)
- Libby Kennedy-Fitzgerald (Daughter) Married to Dan Fitzgerald (Son-in-law,divorced)
- Ben Kirk (grand-son,via Libby)
- Grace Fitzgerald(grand-daughter,via Libby,miscarried)
- Sean Thomas Fitzgerald (grand-son,via Libby,miscarried)
- Billy Kennedy (son) in a relationship with Anne Wilkinson
- Jackson Kennedy (grand-son,via Billy)
- Unnamed grandson (grand-son,via Billy)
- Unnamed granddaughter (grand-daughter,via Billy)
- Holly Hoyland (daughter)
- Katya Kinski (step-daughter)
- Rachel Kinski (step-daughter)
- Zeke Kinski (step-son)
- Karl Kennedy Married to Susan Kennedy (Wife)