Pop culture icon and O.C. star Mischa Barton is to join the cast of Ramsay St.
Neighbours announced that Barton would be joining the hit Aussie soap on Twitter this morning.
In the Tweet, Neighbours said “we are excited to announce Mischa Barton will be joining the #Neighbours cast as a guest star, playing the character Reece, an an American new to Erinsborough who’s not quite as she appears to be..”
We are excited to announce Mischa Barton will be joining the #Neighbours cast as a guest star, playing the character Reece, an American new to Erinsborough who’s not quite who she appears to be… pic.twitter.com/Ys0iHnYKCA
— Neighbours (@neighbours) April 17, 2023
Barton became a 2000s icon after playing Marissa Cooper in teen drama the O.C.
The news has been announced on the same day that the soap has re-commenced filming at its home in Melbourne. Cast favourites such as Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl Kennedy), Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) and Annie Jones (Plain Jane Superbrain) were seen celebrating the return to set.
Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ executive producer, told The Guardian: “We are beyond excited to have an actor of Mischa’s calibre join us for 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.”
The show was axed last year after more than 30 years, with its final episode going live in July 2022. Responsible for the careers of global superstars such as Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie and Jason Donovan, the show was particularly popular in the UK.
However, its UK distributor Channel 5 axed the show after slumping views. Just three months after it got the chop, Amazon Freevee resurrected the show.
Its set to return to screens in the second half of this year.