Actors Takaya Honda and Tim Kano are joining the cast of Neighbours as twin brothers who arrive in Erinsborough to solve a family mystery.
Described as starkly dissimilar in personality, David (Takaya Honda) is a medical doctor with a social conscience while Leo Tanaka (Tim Kano) is a shameless opportunist when it comes to both business and women.
Takaya Honda (pictured left) has appeared in A Gurls World, The Code, Skin Deep, The Family Law, The Great Big Adventure and Play School. New Zealand-born Tim Kano (pictured right) featured in Reservoir Hill, Holding The Man, Berlin Syndrome and Winners and Losers.
TEN Executive Producer, Claire Tonkin, said: “When Neighbours first pitched this storyline and these characters, we couldn’t wait to hear more. Seeing Takaya and Tim’s take on these compelling and charming brothers has been a real treat. We can’t wait for the audience to get to know them.”
Neighbours Executive Producer, Jason Herbison, said: “I’ve been excited about the Tanaka twins from when we first plotted their story six months ago. To see them brought to life by Takaya and Tim is very thrilling and I’m delighted to have them join the Neighbours family.”
Takaya Honda said: “I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to join the regular cast of Neighbours. To learn from such prominent and long-standing Australian talent is truly seeing my dreams fulfilled.”
Tim Kano added: “I’m loving the role of Leo, who is such a great character to play. Despite the superficial facade, he has a good heart. He is fun and cheeky with a genuine love and respect for his brother.”
Both will debut on screen in September.