Former Bachelor Tim Robards is set to become a regular cast member on Neighbours, Network Ten has announced.
Robards, who recently wed his Bachelor love-mate Anna Heinrich, will play Pierce Greyson, a wealthy investor with a "super suave nature and good looks".
"[Pierce] has more on his mind than just making money in Erinsborough, romance is also on the cards and hearts could be broken," a Ten press release said.
Robards, a chiropractor, describes the character as a "hybrid" of Harvey Specter, Christian Grey and Robert Redford.
An unexpected employment line has opened up for former Bachelor contestants on Aussie soaps, with Sam Frost also having joined Seven's Home and Away last year.
The reality star-turned-radio host-turned-actress even scored a Logie nomination for Best New Talent this year, alongside fellow Bachelor alum-turned-TV presenter Matty J. The pair lost out to comedian Dilruk Jayasinha.
Perhaps anticipating criticism around stunt-casting, Neighbours executive producer Jason Herbison explained that "Tim went through a lengthy audition process and impressed us with his take on the character".
In the announcement, Robards said: "At the start of this year I made the decision to make acting the top of my priority list and I've been putting in the work behind closed doors with different coaches – pushing myself out of my comfort zone and then this role came up so I'm super excited."
Almost five years since his TV turn as Australia's first Bachelor, Robards made headlines in June after marrying his Bachelor pick Anna Heinrich in a lavish wedding in Italy – the first official marriage for Ten's dating series.
Robards will appear in Neighbours episodes from October.