Neighbours actor Christopher Milligan (Kyle Canning) is to take a break from the show for at least five weeks after snapping an Achilles tendon while playing football last week, but producers will replace his storylines by introducing Luke Pegler (pictured) to play his cousin.
Producer Susan Bower said accidents and sickness were part of the business.
“The show must go on. The beauty of Neighbours is we’re about families, so we can pull in a cousin or sibling in these very unusual situations,” she said.
Pegler has previously appeared in Packed to the Rafters, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Cops LAC, and Rescue Special Ops.
Viewers will now see ‘Dane’ (Pegler) arrive on the street and take over Kyle’s room and board in the share house while the handyman visits his sick mother.
‘Dane’ will make his arrival on screen in October and appear for a six-week stint.
Neighbours has previously replaced actors, including Kym Valentine, when illness forces them to take sudden leave from shooting.
Source: Digital Spy