Rose, a new character who will become a permanent resident of Summer Bay in 2022, has been confirmed for Home and Away.
Kirsty Marillier, a South African actor and award-winning playwright residing in Sydney and Melbourne, will play Rose. Her prior performing credits include a role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne.
Kirsty took to Instagram shortly after the casting was announced, saying:
Ah! I can finally reveal this juicy piece of information I’ve been keeping hidden for the past two months… I’m overjoyed to report that I’ve been cast as a series regular on @channel7’s Home & Away. Woah.
It’s a little surreal to be a part of this amazing icon-of-a-show. It’s been a fantastic 6 weeks of shooting as I get to know the bay as Rose, the new resident brown girl.
Big thank you to @dailytelegraph for this pg 3 spread & mum for keeping this top secret.
Talking to The Daily Telegraph about her new role, Kirsty said, “It is pretty life-changing, I am not going to lie. It is really like that big break you crave and wish for as a student and young actor.”
She already has huge aspirations beyond Summer Bay, and she wants to follow in the footsteps of many of the cast members of Home and Away and move to Hollywood.
“Getting to shoot this amount of content, the amount I’ve already done already is an experience that will make me prepared for Hollywood, prepared for America, and just a really strong working actor, which is what I’ve always wanted to be,” she told the publication.
Kirsty will join the likes of Chris Hemsworth, the late Heath Ledger, Isla Fisher, Melissa George, and Ryan Kwanten who have all gone on to have great careers as a result of their time on Home and Away if she decides to travel to Hollywood following her time on the show.
On joining the cast, Kirsty said, “I am so humbled to be welcomed as a series regular on Home and Away.
“I remember watching this icon-of-a-show in high school and dreaming of a sunny utopia – it feels surreal to have this become my reality.
“I hope UK viewers love Rose as much as I do, and get to know her deeply in 2022, as she uncovers secrets and embraces the bay.”
The announcement comes only weeks after Luke Van Os, a cousin of Home and Away alumnus and Hollywood celebrity Chris Hemsworth, was cast in the role of Xander on the serial.
Kirsty has been seen filming alongside Sam Frost (Jasmine), Nicholas Cartwright (Cash), and Luke Van Os in paparazzi images shot over the previous few weeks in Sydney’s Palm Beach — the real-life filming location for Summer Bay (Xander).
Fans have speculated that Xander could be a long-lost relative of either Jasmine or the Newman siblings, given that Jasmine, Cash, and Felicity (Jacqui Purvis) all went through the foster care system as children.
Whether the new character Rose will also be linked in some way remains to be seen.
Kirsty will be making her Home and Away debut as Rose in 2022.
The Home and Away season finale is coming!
For another year, Home and Away is coming to an end. The last episode will run on Thursday, November 25th, with Ryder and Theo in deep trouble when their most daring act yet goes horribly wrong.
The final episode of the year will air on Channel 5 on Monday, November 22nd at 1 pm, or you may get a sneak peek on Friday, November 19th at 6:30 pm on 5STAR. Next Monday, there will be no evening episode