Neighbours

Neighbours newcomer set to cook up a storm

Promising drama for one of Ramsay Street's male residents, Alin Sumarwata is set to join Neighbours' regular cast as professional chef Vanessa Villante.

Neighbours newcomer set to cook up a storm

It may be tradition for a new year in Ramsay Street to herald even bigger and better drama, and as we look ahead to early 2012 we can also look forward to meeting a fresh face, with news that Sydney actress Alin Sumarwata will be joining the regular cast as professional chef Vanessa Vilante.

Anything but a wallflower, it seems that Vanessa will cook up a storm in more than one sense of the word, embracing life to the full and turning the world on its head for one of Ramsay Street's male residents.

Alin, who together with her husband and their two-month-old daughter Tilda has relocated to Melbourne for the role, says: 'I’m very excited about joining Neighbours. This caps off a busy year for us.'

The Iranian-born actress - who appeared in Sea Patrol, East West 101 and, more recently, Tangle - was instantly drawn to her character’s passion for cooking. 'The fact she is always eating mirrors my life,' jokes Alin. 'I adore food!'

Alin filmed her first scene last week and will be seen onscreen in Australia from March, and in the UK later in Spring.