Mischa Barton is joining Amazon’s reboot of Australian drama Neighbours. On her arrival, executive producer Jason Herbison said: “With Neighbours launching on Amazon Freevee in North America, we are beyond excited to have an actor of Mischa’s calibre join us for the beginning of this exciting new chapter.
“Mischa’s character is dynamic and unpredictable, and will have an instant presence on Ramsay Street. Our loyal viewers are going to love her, locally and abroad,” he added.
Barton said: “I’m excited to be part of this iconic show’s next chapter, and I am really looking forward to being back in Australia, a place I know and love! I think the character of Reece is going to be a great role for me to explore and play with."
Neighbours ran for 37 years before being cancelled in 2022. The new series begins on September 18.
Who does Mischa Barton play in Neighbours and when will she appear?
A first look has been released showing the arrival of Mischa Barton who plays Reece Sinclair. In the clip, posted on the Neighbours Instagram account, her character is seen alongside Byron Stone (Xavier Molyneux) and Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis).
The footage shows Reece trying to get help with her bags as she checks into the Lassiters Hotel, owned by Paul Robinson. After being snubbed by the receptionist who was struggling to get her computer working, Paul assigned Byron, Jane Harris’s son, to help Reece.
Reece is then seen getting into the lift with the hunky hotel worker, who moonlights as a male escort.
A trailer released last month hints at Reece’s real identity. She and Byron share a kiss in the lift during their first meeting and she quickly starts to cause drama in Erinsborough as they strike up a romance.
He tells her: “I do really want to know more about you,” before they were shown growing closer during a beach date.
However, things become rocky as Byron then accuses Reece of “keeping secrets”.
Challenged by her cryptic identity, Byron angrily asks her: “Why didn’t you tell me who you are?” while holding up a piece of paper.
Where can I watch Neighbours in the UK?
In the UK and the US the show will be available on Amazon Freevee, and it will also be shown in Canada, Ireland and South Africa.