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Mischa Barton joins Oz soap “Neighbours”

The former “OC” star heads downunder for legendary drama

Today, Amazon Freevee, Prime Video and Fremantle announced a new character will be joining Ramsay Street in the upcoming season of Neighbours. Mischa Barton (The O.C., Invitation to a Murder) joins the cast as a guest star, playing Reece, an American new to Erinsborough who’s not quite who she appears to be.

Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ executive producer, 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.”

Barton shared her enthusiasm as well, and 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.”

The new chapter of Neighbours officially started production yesterday in Melbourne and will launch later this year.

The continuation of the long-running soap series—about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough—follows the finale in 2022, which was watched by millions of adoring fans. The revitalised series will premiere for free, exclusively on Amazon Freevee in the UK and U.S and will also stream on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia and episodes will be available ad free on Prime Video in Australia seven days later. Previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as many iconic episodes, are currently available to stream on Prime Video Australia.

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