Gemma Bird Matheson will be the show’s newest cast member, according to Neighbours.
In the UK, Matheson will debut as Kiri Hua Durant on March 9th, with the character described as “a bit mysterious and flirty,” “very morally-driven,” and “a good girl at heart.”
“She definitely finds herself in the middle of a lot of drama,” Matheson added.
“I felt honored to be a part of such an iconic Australian show, but I was also excited by what this representation would mean for a lot of people, especially on such a mainstream show,” she said of her reaction to landing the role.
“I’m a big advocate for queer people playing queer roles. I’m excited about this representation for several reasons – I get to play myself, a queer Papua New Guinean Christian. That’s pretty monumental.”
“It’s already been such a tremendous learning experience,” Matheson said of her time on set so far.
“The rate at which Neighbours films is unlike anything I’ve ever worked on,” she explained. “It sets you up with skills you just don’t learn anywhere else.”
Kiri hasn’t been given any more information about who she’ll be interacting with when she arrives on Ramsay Street.
After Phoebe Roberts joined the series as Freya Wozniak, Matheson becomes the second new regular cast member of 2022.
Freya has started dating Levi Canning, but her true intentions are unclear as she tries to take advantage of Levi’s position as a police constable.