WALL SET TO SHINE AS ALF’S SON

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By Tif­fany Dunk

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

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