Not since Martin Henderson and Greer Robson dated in the 90s have we been able to enjoy a real-life Shortland Street romance. But that’s all changing when the show’s winter season kicks off on July 11.
Tane Williams-Accra — who plays ambulance driver Ali Karim — will be joined on set by his real-life girlfriend, Lucy Barclay.
Barclay’s role is being kept under wraps but she told Spy she was "stoked" to join New Zealand’s most-loved soap.
"Shortland Street is such an iconic part of New Zealand television. I am thrilled to be a part of it," she said.
"It’s a great storyline and I can’t wait to see where my character goes, but it is also great to now understand how it all works as I have heard so much from Tane since he has been there. It’s been really interesting and a steep learning curve."
Barclay met Williams-Accra when they attended Whitireia Performance Centre in Wellington. She is used to treading the theatre boards and has appeared in Ophelia, Monsters & Aliens and Me/You/Us/Them.
Shortland Street will be her first major TV role.
The pair appeared together in a production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.
Away from acting, Williams-Accra has also been a part of the high-energy, talented Wellington hip-hop duo Kid’n’Rei. The duo released their first video, Holes in my Chucks, in December 2012, followed by their first EP, Duos Dynamic, in 2013.
Expect to see a rebirth of the hip-hop side of him before the end of the year.