Played by Steve PeacockeWhen Darryl Braxton first appeared in Summer Bay he was just another River Boy – a beach bum with a dodgy reputation and a chip on his shoulder. But home in Mangrove River 'Brax' was a surfing legend and something of a working class hero.
For the first time in his life he had power and influence and pretty soon Brax had a loyal band of followers, and the River Boys became more than a motley group of surfers. They gave the local community an identity and a source of pride with their ‘Blood and Sand’ tattoos.
For all his swagger and easygoing charm, Brax is a reluctant hero. He has a loyalty to his roots and a roughly developed social conscience, but Brax secretly yearned to cross over to the other side of the tracks. He created a legitimate business empire, with Angelo’s restaurant and encouraged his brothers to make an honest living.
When Brax was twelve his father, Danny, dumped his mother, Cheryl, for her best friend. Brax has been brother and father to Casey. He’s done his best to keep Heath out of trouble ever since.
He’s had more than a few romances through the years, including a relationship with a surfie-chick named Tegan. Their relationship became just 'friends with benefits' or at least that’s how Brax saw it. He had never been in love. But then he met Charlie Buckton.
It was an impossible relationship, the leader of a gang and a police officer! It should have never happened, but one thing they failed to do was ignore each other. For the first time Brax became powerless over his emotions and Charlie became the love of his life.
When a rival gang member shot Charlie, Brax was inconsolable. Only the arrival of Adam Sharpe’s sister Ricky made him realize that life was possibly worth living.
Any hope of Brax finding long term happiness has been destroyed by the Barrett brothers and his admission of killing their father Johnny. Can he survive 15 years in gaol and can his family and Ricky cope without him?