Actress April Rose Pengilly is Neighbours’ newest resident, joining the regular cast of the much-loved soap in the role of Chloe Brennan.
Her free-spirited character is set to shake up the Brennan family. Chloe arrives unexpectedly later this month, much to the surprise of her brothers Mark and Aaron, played by Scott McGregor and Matt Wilson.
April said: “I am so excited to be joining the Neighbours family. Chloe Brennan is one of the most fun, interesting roles I’ve ever been offered and I’m already having a ball playing her. The cast and crew have all been so welcoming and my on-screen brothers already feel like the siblings I never had.”
While Chloe is April’s first ongoing role in a series, she has appeared in numerous guest roles including the AACTA Award-winning Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, Network Ten’s mini-series Brock, the feature film LBF and short films including Jinxed, Duffy and Object, which featured at the Cannes and St Tropez Film Festivals, and at Australians in Film showcases in Los Angeles in both 2014 and 2015.
April began her career as a highly successful international model, living and working in New York, London and Tokyo, and shooting with renowned photographers such as Rankin and Steven Chee. She was selected for many prestigious roles, including ambassador for leading Australian department store David Jones and the face of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (now Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival).
The Brennan family has expanded in recent years, with Mark Brennan first taking residence in 2011. Younger brothers Tyler (Travis Burns) and Aaron joined him in 2014 and 2015 respectively, and their mother Fay (Zoe Bertram) and late father Russell have also made appearances.
Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said: “We have hinted at a Brennan sister for a while now and we’re delighted that she has finally arrived, and even more thrilled to have April playing her. She has brought a fantastic energy to the character and we have a lot in store for young Chloe, who will certainly keep her brothers on their toes.”
April makes her Neighbours debut on Tuesday, 27 March at 6.30pm.