Longtime Australian soap opera Home and Away will this week introduce its first gay character in more than ten years.

Ty, played by Western Australia-based Darius Williams, will arrive in Summer Bay this week, and will be fostered by John Palmer and Marilyn Chambers.

Williams recently took to Instagram to comment on getting the role.

“After months of hard work and secrecy, I can announce that I will be on Home and Away as of May 7,” he wrote.

“To all those that supported me along the way and kept this secret hidden since last October, thank you.

“To all those that I may have had to tell a few cheeky lies to, I’m sorry. I hope you’re all there to tune in when I hit the Bay next Monday.”

The last time the show included a same-sex couple was in 2009, a storyline featuring two women that angered many conservative parents and viewers, who in turn wrote to the network.

Due to the backlash, producers decided to cut scenes between the two characters.

While not much is known about the character of Ty or his storyline, Williams is allegedly only contracted to appear on the show for six weeks.

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