Jesse Rosenfeld (Neighbours' Marco Silvani) Interview

Jesse Rosenfeld plays Italian heartthrob Marco Silvani, who’s been brought in to spice up Carmella’s love life. “A triangle of friction develops between Carmella, Oliver and Marco,” he says. "Basically Oliver becomes territorial about Carmella because she’s expecting his child. He doesn’t like Marco at all, he’s jealous, which causes all kinds of tension."

“Meanwhile Marco is withholding a secret that could bring into question his motives for dating Carmella. This leads to a big punch-up at baby Chloe’s christening.”

Jesse has been an actor for most of his life. At the age of 13, he landed the role of Danny Tippler in the film Paradise Road alongside Glenn Close, Pauline Collins and Cate Blanchett.

“I remember playing backgammon with Glenn Close,” he says. “I also had a huge crush on Cate Blanchett.”

Jesse trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and was admitted to the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts.

Since then he has been in demand for commercials, voiceovers and corporate work. He also earned critical praise for his portrayal of the composer Bernard Herrmann in David Knijnenburg's stage production Hitchcock & Herrmann at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

His TV roles include: The Secret Life Of Us and his theatrical work includes roles in Women Beware Women; The Cherry Orchard; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Absurd Person Singular and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Neighbours makes its debut on Five on Monday 11th February 2008 in its traditional slots of 1.45pm and 5.30pm every weekday.