The introduction of the new actor is a significant first for Home and Away.
Kyle Shilling, an actor and rapper from Australia, will appear in the forthcoming season of Home and Away.
Shilling will portray Mali Hudson, who has a connection to a Summer Bay favourite, starting on January 9.
Shilling has a career primarily in theatre; he has appeared in regional productions such as Man with the Iron Neck and Role Model.
After performing in dance and music projects, his first television part will be in Home and Away.
The 28-year-old rising celebrity proudly hails from the Bundjalung Nation’s Widjubal tribe.
His character’s creation and plot lines were assisted by an Aboriginal script consultant who has been working with the producers.
The consultant also contributed to the creative choices and the viewers’ introduction to Mali.
On Monday morning, Shilling himself announced the news by writing on Instagram, “It’s official ladies and gentlemen. Thrilled to be a part of the incredible @homeandaway family and team; it has been an absolute honour to work with everyone.
“Can’t wait for you to witness the “Mali Hudson” story.
“BIG THANKYOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS CONTINUED TO SUPPORT ME,” the speaker said.
Shilling arrives as Kawakawa Fox-Reo, a favourite of the audience, departs.
According to 7Entertainment, the 24-year-old actor has chosen to leave the Channel 7 series after three seasons in order to seek other opportunities.
Fox-Reo has not yet made an announcement on his own behalf; he is currently in Paris.
Before leaving Australia in October, the actor who played Nikau Parata shot his final scenes.
On Facebook fan pages, the young star’s followers have been speculating about his departure from the programme for the past few months.
Regarding the reported news, one person said, “I’m not sobbing, you’re crying.”
“Yet another leaves. Kawakawa will be missed. I adored Nikau as a character. Regarding his on-screen lover Bella Nixon, one person expressed the wish that they would depart together (played by Courtney Miller).
“It’s typical, leave after three years, very few young cast go beyond three years,” a third person said.
On Monday, January 9, 2023, Seven and 7Plus will air a new episode of Home and Away.