Home and Away's Sophie Dillman and Patrick O'Connor welcome new dog

Jess Lee
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Home and Away stars Sophie Dillman and Patrick O'Connor have welcomed a new arrival to their home – an adorable dog.

The real-life couple, who play Ziggy Astoni and Dean Thompson on the Summer Bay soap respectively, are proud owners of the new pet, with Patrick sharing pictures with fans on Instagram.

"New big dog in the house," he captioned the post.

Patrick also confirmed the dog's name, Winnie, in an interview with TV Week.

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"We got him a couple of weeks ago," he said. "He belongs to Soph and me."

Sophie and Patrick recently opened up about their relationship, saying they were fortunate that they were friends first.

"It's nice to have a relationship built on friendship," Sophie explained in January to TV Week. "At the core we are best mates first and we treat each other like that, but it's also made our relationship stronger starting out that way."

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

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Things are a lot different for their on-screen characters, with Ziggy and Dean splitting after the truth came out over Dean's involvement regarding Ross Nixon's murder.

Ziggy hooked up with Tane Parata last month on UK screens.

"I think the timing is right for Ziggy and Tane," Sophie said in response to her character's new romance storyline. "They both give each other what they need at the right time. They both want to have some really innocent, fun, and mature conversations, and no drama!"

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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