Georgie Stone will become a series regular on Australian soap Neighbours after finishing a guest stint this year.
The teenager played transgender character Mackenzie Hargreaves, in a historic first for the show. Georgie worked with writers and producers to create the storyline for her character, drawing on Georgie’s own personal experiences transitioning at a young age.
Now the character will head back to Ramsay Street full-time for the show’s 2020 season.
“I am so excited to be joining Neighbours full-time,” Georgie said.
“I love the character of Mackenzie so much and to have the opportunity to go back and continue her story is a dream come true.
“I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her!”
Executive producer Jason Herbison added, “I think with most people who are marginalised in society, everyone just wants to be visible and treated the same as everyone else.
“And that’s what you will see with Mackenzie.
“I look forward to the day when the fact that she is transgender doesn’t even warrant the batting of an eyelid.
“That day will come very soon in Erinsborough, and that alone is very powerful for anyone going through the experience in real life.”
Mackenzie will also appear in the five-episode Neighbours spinoff Erinsborough High. The series will premiere in November.
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It has been so hard to keep this a secret the past two months… I’m so excited to be returning to Neighbours as a permanent cast member!!! I can’t wait to get back on set with these lovely humans 💖 I love Mackenzie so much – I’m grateful I get the opportunity to play her again. There is so much yet to come! Stay tuned everyone!!!
— Neighbours (@neighbours) October 19, 2019
Georgie Stone slams Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s trans comments
Earlier this month, Georgie Stone was appointed new ambassador for mental health organisation headspace.
Speaking about the role, Georgie took Prime Minister Scott Morrison to task for his commentary on transgender issues.
She said the Prime Minister’s “really disappointing” comments are impacting his government’s efforts to reduce Australia’s suicide rate.
She said all adults must change their tone so young people in distress would feel safe enough to ask for help.
“What needs to be done is creating an environment where young people feel supported in reaching out,” she said.
“So they can talk to someone about what they’re feeling and not get rejected because of it.”
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