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Off­spring fans can look for­ward to more buoy­ant sto­ry­lines when the drama re­turns for its sev­enth sea­son next week.

After a two-year hia­tus, the Proud­mans re­united for a sixth sea­son last year with one no­table ab­sence – fam­ily pa­tri­arch, Darcy.

“Last se­ries started with Darcy’s death, which was re­ally pow­er­ful, but this se­ries we re­ally take off and there’s a lot more buoy­ancy and fun,” Kat Ste­wart, who plays Bil­lie, says.

“I love just go­ing along for the ride in the wash­ing ma­chine and the great thing about Bil­lie is that she’s so gutsy and so brave; she’ll give any­thing a go.”

After 18 months tour­ing Europe with her musician hus­band Mick (Ed­die Per­fect), Bil­lie faces a tough choice.

Does she stay at home with her sis­ter and soul­mate Nina (Asher Ked­die), or fly to the other side of the world to be with Mick? “He’s the love of her life and they’re not liv­ing a life to­gether and that’s re­ally hard,” Kat says.

“When she was away from the fam­ily his­tor­i­cally she was a mess.

“She’s meant to be with her fam­ily and Mick un­der­stands that. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how that plays out.

“The great thing about Off­spring is you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

Since re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne, Bil­lie has also be­come a sur­ro­gate mum and guardian to teenager Brody and her new­born baby.

“Part of the jeop­ardy for Bil­lie is Brody can do what she wants. She’s a teenager and she’s been un­pre­dictable,” Kat says.

When the se­ries re­turns, Nina is jug­gling life as a sin­gle mum to Zoe with her new re­la­tion­ship with Harry (Alexan­der Eng­land) while tak­ing on a chal­leng­ing new role as the act­ing head of ob­stet­rics at the hospi­tal.

“Harry is re­ally good for Nina, so Bil­lie’s on Team Harry,” Kat says.

“It could have been played that she was threat­ened by Harry be­cause she con­sid­ers her­self Zoe’s other par­ent but she’s al­ways been sup­port­ive of Nina find­ing some­one.”

New­comer TJ Power plays Will – Bil­lie, Nina and Jimmy’s half-brother. He also set­tles into the fold this sea­son. “He’s so open and vul­ner­a­ble and wants to be a part of the Proud­man clan,” Kat says.

“This se­ries you re­ally feel like there are four sib­lings.”

Off­spring sea­son seven pre­mieres June 28 at 8.30pm on Chan­nel 10

Off­spring’s Kat Ste­wart, Asher Ked­die and Is­abella Mon­aghan.

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