Neighbours has made history as hard of hearing actor Nathan Borg joins the soap, becoming the first actor on Australian TV with a cochlear implant.
Nathan plays Curtis Perkins in a recurring guest role. Curtis is a teacher at Erinsborough High who's described as "an easy-going guy" and "far tougher than he lets on".
He's passionate about teaching and will be under the watchful eye of Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) and Jane Harris (Annie Jones).
Nathan was born six weeks premature and became profoundly deaf after he contracted meningitis at three months old. He got a cochlear implant in his right ear at two which allowed him to hear for the first time.
The big casting news was announced today (December 2) to coincide with International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday (December 3). The actor began working on the soap in November.
"Growing up I never saw anyone like me on television, so I knew it was time to have a hard of hearing actor on our Australian screens. I think it's important in this industry that people with all disabilities of all ages get to tell their stories," Nathan said.
"Each time I film scenes with Jackie and Annie I am constantly growing as an actor. It is such a privilege to work with such inspiring icons. Jackie has taught me to take direction and Annie has taught me to let loose on set which has been a great balance."
Executive Producer Jason Herbison added: "Nathan's passion for acting was clearly evident when I met him nearly a year ago and I'm delighted he is joining the cast in a recurring guest role as a young teacher fresh out of university who isn't defined by his hard of hearing status.
"He is independent and working in the community, and like everyone on Ramsay Street, we soon discover a link with one of our residents which is going to be a lot fun."
Nathan's episodes will air in the UK from early 2021.
Neighbours airs on weekdays at 1pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.
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