Home And Away fans may do a double take when they see Summer Bay newcomer Richard Brancatisano... He's been in the show before. Richard has joined the cast as Italian prince Vittorio Seca, an old flame of Bianca Scott (Lisa Gormley). But he previously appeared in the soap in 2007 as Theo Barrett, who kidnapped Belle Taylor and held her hostage, and had a small role in Summer Bay in 2002. Asked if it surprises him that fans still remember him as Theo, Richard told the Home And Away website: "It would normally because Theo and Vittorio are quite different. You'd never catch Vittorio in a Hawaiian shirt!! Jokes aside though, YouTube makes it a lot easier for people to track your work so I guess these days it's less of a surprise." He added that he feels 'so lucky' to be back on the show. As Vittorio, he will try and win back Bianca, but will be caught up in a love triangle involving her new love interest Liam Murphy (Axle Whitehead). Click here to watch whatsontv.co.uk’s weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop (opens in new tab)
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An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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