Ben, 16, is the only child of Libby Kennedy and as a result is doted upon. Always a quiet, reflective child, the product of many an upheaval in his very young life. Too young to really know his father Drew before he died, when his mother started dating Dan Fitzgerald and they were subsequently married, Ben became very close to him, viewing Dan as a father. When Libby and Dan split up, Ben understandably took it hard.
He turned to writing stories as a way to escape and it quickly came to the attention of his teacher just how vivid and moving they were. He was accepted at prestigious arts school in the country. In recent times he has struggled with the culture of the school. When Libby takes up a teaching position overseas, it provides an opportunity for Ben to try some new surroundings. Karl and Susan’s empty nesting phase is short lived when he moves into their spare room with no intention of leaving.
Playing Ben Kirk, the grandson of one of Neighbours; most revered couples, Karl and Susan Kennedy provided an auspicious acting debut for newcomer Felix Mallard. Felix was introduced to the Ramsay Street neighbourhood in 2014 in a three-week guest appearance and after completing Year 12 at the end of 2015, became a regular cast member in earlier this year.
As well as a passion for acting, Felix is an accomplished musician having played the guitar and bass since the age of eight. He added piano to his repertoire when he was ten and then drums at twelve. The talented 18-year-old fronts his own band Enemies Alike and is currently working on an EP. He has his own YouTube channel showcasing his extraordinary guitar skills which will also be featured in upcoming Neighbours story lines. Felix is signed with the prestigious Vivien Model Management and has featured in numerous campaigns including an editorial spread in Yves Magazine. He has worked with respected photographers Bonnie Hansen and Ed Purnomo.
As well as his artistic pursuits, Felix began fencing at the age of ten, competing at both state and national levels, taking out u15, u17 and u20 Victorian state sabre championships in 2013. He went as far as 5th place in the u15 National Sabre Championships in the same year.