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smh: Rob Mills joins the cast of Neighbours

27 Feb smh: Rob Mills joins the cast of Neighbours

Rob Mills joins cast of Neighbours and heads back to TV after success on stage

Ebony Bowden
November 17 2016
After roles in some of the world’s most famous musicals, Rob Mills is joining the cast of Neighbours.

The 34-year-old actor becomes a resident of Ramsay Street from March 2017, playing Finn Kelly, a progressive and respected teacher appointed to Erinsborough High by Susan Kennedy.

“It’s nice to have a good story that lasts throughout the next four or five months,” Mills told TV Week. “I’m happy to just be part of something that is just so iconic.”

Mills shot to fame after finishing fifth on the inaugural 2003 season of Australian Idol and has had a mixture of roles on television and stage since, including a major role on the 2015 Seven miniseries,  Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door.

But the actors’ greatest success has come from local productions of musicals such as Grease, Hair, Legally Blonde and Wicked.

Mills also played Patrick Swayze’s famous character Sam in Ghost the Musical earlier this year.

While the Melbourne-born star has had smaller guest roles on television shows such as Winners and Losers and Underbelly: Razor, his stint on Neighbours marks a pivot away from musicals and back to traditional small screen roles.

Neighbours however is still an important launch pad for local actors hoping to crack the big time in Hollywood. Recent notable exports include Margot Robbie, Liam and Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Spencer and Caitlin Stasey.

In an interview with News Corp Australia following the announcement, Mills said screen work was always the plan.

“This has always been the end goal, doing more TV and film,” he said.

“I turned down a few auditions for musicals because I wanted to give this a real go.”

He heads to work this week ahead of his March 2017 debut.

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