Car crashes, explosive fires, divorce: there are many varied ways characters leave the drama-filled town of Summer Bay. But the real excitement comes when new residents arrive, bringing fresh life and plotlines to Home and Away.
The Bay's newest resident is Rose, played by Kirsty Marillier, who theatre fans may recognise from her roles in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne, and Home, I'm Darling and The Cherry Orchard in Sydney.
The 32-year-old also briefly appeared on Home and Away with a small appearance as Rhea in 2018.
In a sneak peek for next week's episodes, Kirsty's character Rose and fellow newcomer Xander, played by Chris Hemsworth's cousin Luke Van Os, kick off their Home and Away debut with a bang.
The two mysterious new characters bring with them a shocking revelation for Jasmine (Sam Frost), who is reeling from the news that her estranged father had a secret other life.
Jasmine struggles to process the arrival of her newfound relatives Rose and Xander, writing them off as scam artists.
But when Jasmine's boyfriend and resident Summer Bay cop, Cash (Nicholas Cartwright), does some digging it appears the story checks out. Jasmine's recently deceased father not only left her an inheritance, but two secret siblings.
Kirsty filmed the explosive storyline back in December 2021, when she shared a snap from the Palm Beach filming location after Channel Seven celebrated her casting.
"In 2022, Summer Bay will be joined by a new character named Rose! Please welcome Kirsty Mariller to the Home and Away cast," the production team wrote on the show's official account.
Nicholas and Home and Away hair and make-up artist Laura Vazquez were among those to congratulate Kirsty on her new gig.
When the news was first revealed, Kirsty said she was "ecstatic" to share her latest role with fans.
"Can finally come clean about this hot piece of news I've been harbouring for the last 2 months," she wrote on Instagram at the time.
"Ecstatic to announce I've been welcomed as a series reg on Home and Away. Woah.
"Getting to be a part of this Aus icon-of-a-show is a bit wild. It's been a gorg 6 weeks of shooting as I embrace the bay as new resident brown girl, Rose."
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