WALL SET TO SHINE AS ALF’S SON
DUNCAN Stewart is all grown up. Oh, and he’s got a slight Kiwi accent to boot.
The formerly delinquent teenage son of Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher) is returning to Home and Away, and this time he’s played by New Zealander Benedict Wall.
The 32-year-old actor admits he finds it amusing to play an Australian TV icon’s child. But having lived in Australia for seven years – dating recently departed Summer Bay resident Jessica Grace Smith for several of those – he’s confident he can pull it off.
Duncan returns after Alf’s stroke. While he’s there to reconcile with his dad, Wall says Duncan will bring the requisite soap secrets along with him.
While his trip to the bay isn’t set to be permanent, he’s open to the possibility of returning in the future if he’s asked. “I love the show. You get paid to go the beach and work with nice people. It’s nothing to sniff at,” he says.
Plus, he’s got firm friends in the cast. In addition to dating Smith, Wall has collaborated with Home and Away’s Tai Hara on a short film that is doing the festival circuit. And fellow Kiwi George Mason is also a familiar face.
“George and I have worked together in New Zealand as well – we were both on Shortland St at the same time,” Wall says.
“I auditioned for Ash (on Home and Away) and George got that role. I also auditioned for the role he got on Shortland St and then I came in afterwards – so that happened twice.” HOME AND AWAY MONDAY TO THURSDAY, 7PM, SCT