Nic Westaway. Picture: Seven

Since being revealed as the long-lost half-brother to surf gang the River Boys on Home and Away, WA actor Nic Westaway has wasted no time in bonding with his on-screen family.

Though he has been floating around Summer Bay since August as the ominous Kyle, it was only last month that the character's true connection to the Braxton brothers, played by Steve Peacocke, Dan Ewing and Lincoln Younes, came to light.

Westaway told Access All Areas he felt daunted to meet the actors at first due to the close bond the three already shared.

"It was something I was incredibly nervous about until my first day on set when I met all three of them and just found out that they are all top blokes," he said. "They have a sort of brotherly energy both onscreen and off and I felt welcome in that straightaway."

The Margaret River-raised hunk, who graduated from WAAPA last year, has had to quickly adjust to the newfound fame that comes with having a role on one of the country's longest-running soaps.

He was recently snapped looking cosy with former X Factor contestant Briden Starr at a basketball game, sending the rumour mill into overdrive on the status of their relationship. Westaway said while the two were just friends, he had been taken aback by the sudden interest in his personal life.

"It's a bit confronting but it's not going to change who I am," he said. "I guess I hang around with Briden because she kind of understands (the fame) from her experience on X Factor. She's dealt with it before me."

With news this week that Luke Mitchell and Axle Whitehead are leaving the series, having filmed their final scenes which go to air next year, Westaway's role on the show looks set to become even more significant.

Back in WA, the actor's family is eagerly awaiting his return home after not having seen him in almost a year due to his filming commitments. Westaway will be back sooner than expected with an appearance at Telethon set for the weekend.

Home and Away airs today at 7pm on Seven/GWN.

The West Australian

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