Shortland Street will welcome back a blast from the past later this month with the return of Rachel McKenna’s brother, Jonathan.
The character of Jonathan, played by Kieran Hutchison, was last seen on the soap in 1996, departing due to an aids scare after dating Shortland Street’s first gay character Jamie Forrest (Karl Urban).
Upon Rachel’s (Angela Bloomfield) return to the show last year, she mentioned a serious car crash involving Jonathan.
Hutchison, who lives in Los Angeles, says the call to return to the show after so long “came out of the blue”.
“I had heard from friends that my character had been mentioned in storylines after Rachel came back and I heard through Facebook that I was in a car crash,” he said.
Hutchison says he has enjoyed returning to the set with the likes of Bloomfield and Michael Galvin, who plays Chris Warner.
“It’s really nice to see the consistency. These guys met me when I was 18 and fresh out of school, so it’s been fun to come back. I’m in my mid-30s now and I’m a dad and married. It’s like a school reunion, almost.”
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Hutchison was had numerous appearance on CSI, One Tree Hill and Castle.
He will return to Shortland Street on the May 23 episode.