Andrew, who was Spencer Harrington in Home & Away from 2013-2015, said: “I’m very excited about how the character evolves and there are lots of twists and turns before we find out exactly who he is."
Most characters who enter Ramsay Street have some family association or connection to the area, but not Andrew's character. It will be some time before his real name and background is finally revealed.
Neighbours' executive producer Jason Herbison said: “The writers have had free reign with developing our John Doe because we have had no restraints in terms of his history or a family tree, it's a clean slate... Lets just say his arrival is quite explosive – literally.”
If John Doe turns out to be firefighter, the sporty 26-year-old would be very comfortable doing his own stunts having served as a volunteer with the CFA (Country Fire Authority) for 10 years and has assisted with fires in Victoria over this summer.
“I grew up on a farm outside of Melbourne and the CFA is an integral part of the community so it was very natural to get involved,” said Andrew, who will first appear on Neighbours from April.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
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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