IN the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of Australian TV soap opera Neighbours, the show has added a new character who is gay and Indigenous.

Played by actor Meyne Wyatt, Nate Kinski is also a former soldier who lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Wyatt is the first Indigenous actor to join the main cast since the show began in 1985.

Viewers will recognise him from hit Australian movie The Sapphires and ABC drama Redfern Now.

Speaking to, Wyatt described the roll as a “challenge”.

“I’m heterosexual so the gay element is another new layer to explore,” he said.

Wyatt, whose character is to play the love interest of the show’s other gay character Chris, played by James Mason (pictured above, left), also described the introduction of Nate as something that has been “a long time coming.”

He added: “I think they’re [Neighbours] trying to push the boundaries a bit and that’s a good thing. It’s 2014. We should be seeing more diverse characters on television.”


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