Shortland Street

Weeknights, 7.00pm

When Kieran Mitchell (Adam Rickitt) first arrived in Ferndale he was an international man of mystery, bringing with him the demons from his dodgy past.

More recently, Shortland Street fans have gotten to know the native Englishman, and his bad-boy persona has faded to the background. On screen Kieran Mitchell is the suave inner-city IV Bar owner with nothing more on his mind than making an honest living for himself – and possibly making an honest woman out of on-again-off-again girlfriend Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville).
“Kieran is a character with true depth,” says Rickitt. “He has so many layers which are yet to be uncovered. When he first arrived on the show he was dark and troubled and dangerous and it was a truly awesome role to play. But to give a character longevity you can’t portray him purely on one level. We needed to show a softer side to Kieran so the audience could like him as a person.”

But like most bad boys turned good, actor Adam Rickitt tells us it’s only a matter of time before we see that Kieran’s darker side has always been a part of him.

“Kieran may have been behaving all sweetness-and-light in the last six months, but he’s always been a passionate and ambitious man, and when he wants something he’s not one to let anything get in his way,” says Rickitt. “You saw signs of his dark side returning when he was on the rooftop with Joey Henderson and he nearly strangled him [pictured]. If Detective Lara Wade hadn’t arrived on the scene things could have gone a lot differently.”

As for Kieran’s future plans, like his character, Adam Rickitt likes to keep things close to his chest.

“Let’s just say that Kieran’s looking to expand the business,” says Rickitt. “Of course this involves a significant financial investment, so Kieran’s looking to save money any way he can. Sometimes the most cost effective solutions aren’t always the legal ones. While Kieran will always stand by his friends, he may not stand on the right side of the law”

If Kieran is led down the wrong path, it seems Adam Rickitt will be quietly cheering him on from the sidelines. “I would love to see that side of Kieran reappear, because playing that balance of the rough diamond is really challenging,” says Rickitt. “It’s great playing somebody who has such high standards of loyalty, but at the same time, can be so ruthless and combative when betrayed”

Kieran is dangerously close to reverting back to his crooked ways – but will he really take the leap? Shortland Street, weeknights at 7.00pm on TV2.

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