Neighbours

Toadie's cousin Georgie hits Ramsay Street

After an audition with a twist, Neighbours newcomer Saskia Hampele is set to make her Erinsborough debut as a member of Toadie's already growing family.

When Neighbours’ latest recruit Saskia Hampele received a frantic call from her agent about a regular role on the soap, the budding actress was in the wilderness of Kakadu.

The stunning blonde was tagging along with her boyfriend, Aussie TV presenter Kayne Tremills, while he was filming in the Northern Territory when she was invited to record an impromptu audition for the Neighbours producers.

'Yeah, it was really funny. The backdrop of the audition is outback Australia, a far cry from Ramsay Street,' laughs Saskia.

A qualified social worker, Saskia has been a counsellor at the Reach Foundation and Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital cancer ward in between acting jobs, which have so far included support roles in films and drama series such as City Homicide.

As the cousin of longtime favourite Toadie (Ryan Moloney), Saskia's Erinsborough alter ego Georgie Brookes already has an established bloodline - and the beginnings of the character have left the star in no doubt that the role was simply meant to be.

'The character was originally called Daisy, the nickname Kayne and my friends call me, which is a little bizarre but obviously a good omen,' Saskia explains.

Saskia's first scenes as Georgie will air in early October in Australia and in November on Channel 5.