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Bert bags a beauty

Author: with Amy Edwards and Michael Gadd
Date: 02/09/2005
Words: 258
Source: NCH
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: News
Page: 12
ZAC Garred can't stay away from the sun and surf when it comes to TV roles.

The Newcastle actor and communications student (pictured) got his first big acting break last year when he starred as a 15-year-old Aussie surfer in the NBN children's drama Foreign Exchange.

Now he is mixing it again with the surfers and bikini babes in Summer Bay.

Garred will have a six-week guest role on Home and Away with his first episode screening on Monday, September 19.

He plays a hospital lab assistant named Bert who is charmed by the show's resident vixen, Amanda Vale (played by Holly Brisley).

The 18-year-old, who has already filmed many of his episodes, joked that the highlight of his stint on the show was "getting a kiss from Holly".

"I got lots of autographs for my mates," he added.

Garred has been continuing to juggle his uni work with travelling down to Sydney weekly to film Home and Away.

"I'm a student first [but] I'm still doing things at the last minute as always," he said.

Garred said he was initially intimidated when he arrived on the Home and Away set and saw "half of TV Week" staring back at him, but before long he was joking with his fellow actors in the green room.

Garred won the Hunter Crack The Big Time competition in 2003 and gained a top Sydney agent.

He recently played the delivery guy in a Domino's "flavour explosion" pizza commercial and has also appeared in Coca-Cola and KFC commercials.

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