James Rolleston will make his television debut on Shortland Street in late July.

The 21-year-old actor, best-known for his big-screen roles in the likes of BoyPork Pie and The Breaker Upperers, will play a “bad boy trying to be good” on the long-running Kiwi soap. Shortland Street producer Maxine Fleming said they were thrilled Rolleston had agreed to play the part of Kawe.

Praising his “enormous star power”, Fleming said the character draws on Rolleston’s own life-experience and will form part of, “one of the biggest dramatic stories of the year”.

“He comes in for a brief period initially to establish his connection with Esther [a young doctor played by Ngahuia Piripi] and his dramatic history with her.”

For his own part, Rolleston told the NZ Herald that he was delighted to be a part of the iconic series.

Shortland Street has been around longer than I have. There have been some huge Kiwi names on the show, so it’s awesome to have a chance to have this experience.”



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