An icon of Australian acting, Russell Kiefel, has joined Neighbours to play the patriarch of the Brennan clan, who will be at the centre of a controversial domestic violence storyline.


Playing Russell Brennan, the estranged father of Mark (Scott McGregor), Aaron (Matt Wilson) and Tyler (Travis Burns) doesn’t receive a warm welcome when he arrives in Ramsey Street later this Summer.


Russell said: “He has a lot of ground to make up with his boys and the challenge is to convince them that he is a changed man…but is he?”


Travis Burns’ character Tyler has the most volatile relationship with his father resulting in some intensely heavy scenes with the seasoned performer.


“Such a great actor to work with, every scene you would learn something new from Russell. I’ve done some of the toughest emotionally driven scenes with Russell, and he has just been a great support, ” said Travis.

Russell’s no stranger to the world of Neighbours, though – he was a scriptwriter on the Aussie soap in the late Nineties.