“Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours…”
Neighbours is making history by casting an actor with a cochlear implant, something no other Aussie television series has done.
Nathan Borg plays Curtis Perkins, a teacher at Erinsborough High who’s described as “far tougher than he lets on”.
The 24-year-old took to Instagram to announce the news, writing:
“With today being ‘International Day of People with Disability’ it’s only fitting I can finally announce my one year secret!
I have arrived in Erinsborough! @neighbours Let’s give a warm welcome to Curtis Perkins! He is the youngest teacher at Erinsborough High ever! He is passionate about his dreams, a bit of a jokester and always up for a challenge!
This role isn’t just a role for me, it’s a role that represents people who are deaf, hard of hearing and people with disabilities. I am here to prove as an actor that I can portray any character and storyline. I am beyond thrilled to be Australia’s first actor with a cochlear implant! Let’s fight for diversity!
Curtis is a perfect example of why we should employ more people with disabilities in the workforce because they will not disappoint!
Will Curtis bring drama to Ramsay St?
I don’t know, your [sic] gonna have to tune into @10peachau and @channel5_tv in the new year!”
The young actor was born six weeks premature, and at three months contracted meningitis leaving him permanently deaf. At two-years-old, he got a cochlear implant in his right ear allowing him to hear for the first time.
We don’t know about you but we can’t wait to see Nathan in action!
Bring on 2021.