Home and Away is gearing up to welcome a fresh face to Summer Bay in the new year.
Kirsty Marillier, an actor and award-winning writer based in Sydney and Melbourne, will join the cast as new character Rose in 2022, the long-running soap revealed today (Wednesday, November 17).
While it didn’t mention a specific date for Marillier’s debut, it’s safe to assume that viewers won’t have to wait long to see her, given that she’s already begun recording her first few scenes.
“Ah! Can finally come clean about this hot piece of news I’ve been harbouring for the last 2 months…” she wrote on Instagram, shortly after the announcement was made online. “Ecstatic to announce I’ve been welcomed as a series reg on @channel7s Home & Away.
“Woah. Getting to be a part of this Aus icon-of-a-show is a bit wild. It’s been a gorg 6 weeks of shooting as I embrace the bay as a new resident brown girl, Rose. Big thank you to @dailytelegraph for this pg 3 spread & mum for keeping this top secret.”
Marillier, who played Rhea as a guest character on Home and Away in 2018, is now a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group. The Australian premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was one of her most recent performing roles.
She claimed she was “humbled” to be joining the show and that she’d always wanted to be a part of its “sunny utopia” when she used to watch it in high school in a prepared statement.
“It feels surreal to have this become my reality,” she continued. “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.”
Home and Away airs on Channel 5 and 5STAR (UK) weekdays at 1.15 pm and 6 pm, respectively, and on Channel 7 Monday through Thursday at 7 pm (Australia). In the United Kingdom, Amazon Prime Video offers a selection of vintage episodes.