As previously reported, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” began searching for a “legitimate” native Australian actor to portray the new 13-week minimum contract role of Finn, a doctor doing his residency in Salem, specifically looking to gain skills as a surgeon, under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian). In partnership with Australia’s Arena TV, a division of Foxtel, the daytime drama series announced today that it has narrowed its search down to three finalists: Sydney actor Alexander Bruszt, Sydney actor/musician Andrew Steel and Gold Coast actor Tom Dalzell, who is already Los Angeles based.
“The number of submissions and the calibre of talent we were introduced to through this partnership with Arena far exceeded our expectations, and we’re thrilled about testing the top three finalists next week,” said Greg Meng, “DAYS” co-executive producer, in a statement.
Steel and Bruszt will be flown to LA at the end of this week where they’ll join Dalzell for the physical screen test set for next week at the Burbank Studios where the soap opera is filmed.
Whichever actor chosen for the role will first air sometime in late October/early November to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration for the daytime drama series, which premiered November 8, 1965 on NBC.
In a mini-interview with Australia’s TV Week, Bruszt told the publication, “May the best man win.”