Ada Nicodemou (Greek: Άντα Νικοδήμου) (born 14 May 1977) is an Australian actress. She began her acting career in 1994 playing Katerina Ioannou in Heartbreak High. She also starred in Police Rescue and Breakers. In 2000, Nicodemou began playing Leah Patterson in the soap opera Home and Away. She won the 3rd season of Dancing with the Stars and hosted reality series Please Marry My Boy in 2012.
Nicodemou began her acting career in 1994 when she was cast as Katerina Ioannou in ABC1’s Heartbreak High. Nicodemou was 16 when she successfully auditioned for the role. She was originally contracted to play the part for 12 weeks, but this was later extended.
Nicodemou also had starring roles on Police Rescue, and Network Ten’s Breakers. In 1999, she played Dujour in the science fiction film The Matrix. The following year, she appeared in an episode of children’s series BeastMaster.
Nicodemou has played the role of Leah Patterson (nee Poulos) in the television soap opera Home and Away since 22 March 2000. Nicodemou originally auditioned for the role of Sarah Thompson in 1992, but Laura Vasquez was cast. She was later approached by the show’s producers about the role of Leah. She was not asked to audition and was offered a six-month contract, which was soon extended. As of 2019, Nicodemou is one of the show’s longest serving actors.
In 2005, Nicodemou competed on and won the 3rd season of Dancing with the Stars with partner Aric Yegudkin. From 2012, Nicodemou hosted Channel Seven’s reality series Please Marry My Boy. She made a guest appearance in an episode of Drop Dead Weird in 2018.
In February 2021, it was announced Nicodemou is a contestant on Seven’s Dancing with the Stars: All Stars and will compete with her original partner Aric Yegudkin.