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In the most random of news: The OC’s Mischa Barton is joining the new Neighbours cast

From the sunny and dramatic shores of The OC to Ramsay Street!

Mischa Barton is joining the cast of Neighbours in possibly the most random collab of the year.

On April 18, it was announced that The O.C alum would be playing Reece in the new Prime and Network Ten iteration of the long-running series.

“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,” Barton said in an official statement.

Mischa Barton. Ten.

Barton’s character is an American who is new to Erinsborough and like any good character in the series, “is not quite who she appears to be”.

 “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,” Neighbours’ Executive Producer, Jason Herbison said.

What do we know about the revitalised Neighbours series?

On March 1, it was announced that the soap would be returning to our screens after officially saying goodbye in 2022.

Along with it, are some of the longest-serving cast members including Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson), Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy), Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl Kennedy) and Ryan Moloney (Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi).

Cast of Neighbours. Ten.

Barton is set to make her on screen debut in the street where good neighbours become good friends, when the revitalised series of Neighbours airs later this year. 

The series will continue to be broadcast in Australia on Network 10, its home for over three decades plus UK and U.S. audiences can view the series on Amazon Freevee plus Prime Video in Australia and New Zealand seven days following free to air viewing.

Neighbours returns to Network 10 and Prime in 2023.

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