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02:50 | 22nd July 2017

Entertainment News: News

Wed 22 Jun, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


I don't see it as a big deal that the character is gay

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Australian soap Neighbours is set to have their first gay couple in the shows history as fellow Aussie soap star Bob Morley joins the cast.

Morley, who originally starred in rival soap Home & Away, is heading to Erinsborough as male nurse Aidan Foster who will later become a love interest for current gay character Chris Pappas, played by James Mason.

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Talking about his new role and taking on a gay character, he said: "I don't see it as a big deal that the character is gay."



"It certainly doesn't define him and what the writers have planned is really interesting and authentic."

Gay characters have appeared in Australian soaps but a gay couple has yet to be portrayed.

Neighbours executive producer Susan Bower explained the decision: "To be true to the Chris character, now he is a regular in storylines, we knew at some stage he needed to meet someone. How it unfolds, all will be revealed, however I think viewers will find the story compelling."

 

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