800 Words star finds Kiwi love

Ricardo Simich,
Spy News,
Publish Date
Saturday, 25 February 2017, 3:01PM
Melina Vidler and Gareth Williams.
Melina Vidler and Gareth Williams.

Logie Award-winning 800 Words’ break-out star, Aussie actress Melina Vidler — who plays star Erik Thomson’s daughter Shay Roberts — is back in New Zealand for the third season of the hit transtasman show, which starts filming tomorrow. The drama has had an important real-life influence on the actress: she is now dating Kiwi actor Gareth Williams, 32.

The pair spent New Year together here, and this week Vidler celebrated her 24th birthday with Williams.

“Happy birthday to this beautiful gal. I’m not so old now, eh? Love ya,” the actor posted to social media.

Williams broke up with Westside star Antonia Prebble last year, after a seven-year relationship, and Spy understands Prebble wishes the couple well. Prebble, who is the ambassador for Smith & Caughey’s, recently finished filming the third season of Westside and is currently auditioning for pilot season in Hollywood.