Neighbours Adds an Indigenous Character to Its Regular Cast

By April Lara | 3 years ago
Neighbours Adds an Indigenous Character to Its Regular Cast

 “Neighbours,” Australia’s longest running soap opera, has recently added its first indigenous actor into the main cast. Read on to learn more about the newcomer who is going to make Ramsay Street more interesting.

Meyne Wyatt will play the role of Nate Kinski on “Neighbours.” His first appeareance on the show will be on Aug. 13, 2014. Wyatt’s character is connected to Susan Kennedy, the wife of Kinski’s uncle.

Tony Briggs, another aboriginal actor, also appeared on the show in 1987, but Wyatt will be the first aboriginal actor who will be a part of the show’s main/regular cast. Wyatt, 24, was born in the city of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. He went into a boarding school and took up acting. He appeared in several theater and film works such as “The Turning” and “Strangeland” by Tim Winton.

“Neighbours” is one of Australia’s most successful TV exports. However, the show was not spared from criticism, especially regarding their “all-white” cast. In 1993, the show introduced an Asian family; and in 2011, the first family with an Indian descent was introduced. Then again, “Neighbours” was still criticized, saying that the show became “un-Australian.”

The series producer of the show, Jason Herbison, commented on Wyatt joining the main cast. “We feel very privileged to have him join our regular cast. From his first audition, we knew we had found the best actor for the role. While cultural diversity is definitely important, in cases where we don’t need a specific ethnic background, our brief to agents is to put forward their best people and that was the case for this character,” said Herbison as published in The Guardian report.

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April Lara has a degree in Journalism and Professional Culinary Arts. She started a career in Journalism in 2009 and has been part of MNG since March 2015.