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Home and Away casts Titans star as newest bad boy

Home and Away has announced the arrival of its newest ‘bad boy’, played by Hollywood actor Joshua Orpin.

Joshua, who is most renowned for playing Conner Kent, also known as Superboy, in the second series of DC Comics’ Titans, has joined the program and will make his premiere appearance later this year, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph.

Character details are being kept under wraps for now, but the publication has revealed that he will be “a bit of a bad boy.”

“I can say he is a bit of a bad boy who comes into the show and stirs up some trouble among the Summer Bay locals,” Joshua told the Daily Telegraph. “He is seemingly one thing on the surface but he has a great depth to him that I’ve had a lot of fun exploring.

Summer Bay has been without a permanent ‘bad boy’ since the departure of Dean Thompson (Patrick O’Connor) last year. Dean arrived in the bay in February 2018 as the newest member of the River Boys, the Mangrove River gang formed by Darryl ‘Brax’ Braxton (Steve Peacocke).

The gang were a major part of Home and Away‘s storylines for a number of years, starting with Brax’s arrival in Summer Bay back in 2011.

Heath was the last remaining member to live in the bay, and his departure in 2017 spelled the end of the gang’s hold over the show.

When Dean arrived in 2018, things continued in a way, although despite being portrayed as their new leader, he quickly found a more laid-back lifestyle in Summer Bay and largely moved on from his gang history.

Colby Thorne (Tim Franklin), a boyhood buddy of Dean’s, was also a former member; however, at the time of his own debut in February 2018, he had also moved on from his criminal past and was employed by Yabbie Creek Police as a Senior Constable.

The current crop of younger males in the show – Mali (Kyle Shilling), Levi (Tristan Gorey), Xander (Luke Van Os), Cash (Nicholas Cartwright), Theo (Matt Evans) and Remi (Adam Rowland) – are all squeaky clean.

Even former bad boy Tane Parata (Ethan Browne) has transformed into a loving family man, now on the straight and narrow running Summer Bay Fit and wanting nothing more than a family and children.

It remains to be seen what trouble Joshua Orpin’s ‘bad boy’ character will cause in Summer Bay, and it has yet to be revealed whether he is a full cast member or just a significant guest role.

The Daily Telegraph reveals that Melbourne-born Orpin was keen to take the role as it helped cure his homesickness. The actor was in the US during Covid, and revealed that he was unable to return to his home country even between acting gigs.

“One of the reasons I was keen to do this gig was because of that, I have worked internationally and I have been quite homesick, especially over Covid where I wasn’t able to come back to Australia even when I wasn’t working,” Orpin explained.

“I was really keen to get stuck into some Aussie stuff… I really wanted to get stuck into some Aussie shows, film and TV and this came along and I thought it was the perfect opportunity.”

He also revealed that Home and Away is unlike anything else he’s worked on, with the show filming a mammoth five episodes a week, with the crew working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

“It is incredibly fun, it is just an adjustment for someone who hasn’t worked in this style of TV before,” he told the publication. “[It’s] just fast and the amount of television that they produce in terms of volume and in the time frame that they do it is remarkable.

“Being part of that, you have to be fast, efficient and really on top of things. It certainly sharpens you up and improves your skills so I am glad for it.”

Joshua’s character is one of a number of new faces set to arrive in Summer Bay over the coming months.

Last week’s Australian episodes saw the debut of Stevie Marlow (Catherine Văn-Davies), a famous actress who Cash has been hired to protect from her obsessed stalker.

She will make her debut on UK screens in late April.

Mahesh Jadu as an unknown character follows closely behind Stevie.

He appears to be connected to Stevie because the two of them have shared some intense moments. Here’s more information on that.

While Mahesh’s character looks set to be connected to Stevie, he’ll soon attract the attention of an existing Summer Bay character.

A fan of the show who watched filming at Palm Beach saw Juliet Godwin, who plays Bree, kissing the new actor, suggesting that we’re just weeks away from a Bree and Remi split and a new romance for the Summer Bay doctor.

Perth-born Mahesh previously played recurring character Dr Doug Harris in Neighbours between 2010 and 2011, and Ahmad in the Netflix series Marco Polo.

Last week’s Australian episodes see Bree give Remi an ultimatum, telling him that they would be over if he ever set foot on his motorbike again.

While Remi initially told Bree that he would give up his beloved motorcycle for the sake of their relationship, this week’s episodes see him betray her by going for a ride, before confessing that he lied about ever wanting to give it up.

It seems his betrayal is paving the way for a Bree and Remi split in the coming weeks, leaving the doc free to explore a new relationship with Summer Bay’s newest character.

Joshua Orpin will make his debut as Summer Bay’s newest bad boy “in the months to come”

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