Australian actor and rapper Kyle Shilling will take part in the upcoming season of Home and Away.
Beginning January 9, Shilling plays Mali Hudson, who comes to town with a connection to a Summer Bay favorite.
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Predominantly from a stage background, Shilling has appeared in local productions including Man with the Iron Neck and Role Model.
Home and Away will be his first TV role, having also done dance and music work.
The 28-year-old rising star proudly hails from the Bundjalung Nation’s Widjubal clan.
The producers worked with an Aboriginal script consultant who helped with the conception and storylines of his character.
The advisor has also played a role in creative decisions and how Mali is presented to viewers.
Shilling confirmed the news himself on Monday morning, posting on Instagram: “It’s official ladies and gentlemen. I am thrilled to be part of the amazing family/team at @homeandaway and it has been nothing but an absolute privilege to work with everyone involved.
“I can’t wait for you all to see the story of ‘Mali Hudson.’
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“THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CONTINUED TO SUPPORT ME ♥️.”
Shilling’s arrival comes as fan favorite Kawakawa Fox-Reo departs.
The 24-year-old actor has decided to leave the Channel 7 series after three years to pursue other pursuits, 7Entertainment understands.
Fox-Reo, who is currently in Paris, has yet to announce anything himself.
The actor, who played Nikau Parata, was filming his final scenes before leaving Australia in October.
Fans of the young star have been speculating about his departure from the show on Facebook fan pages for the past few months.
“I’m not crying, you’re crying,” said one of the reported messages.
“Another goes. I will miss Kawakawa. Loved his character Nikau. I hope he and Bella go together,” said another of his on-screen friend Bella Nixon (played by Courtney Miller).
A third said: “It’s typical to leave after three years, very few young cast members go beyond three years.”
Home and Away will return on Seven and 7Plus on Monday 9th January 2023.
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