At the ripe old age of 23, Wellington-born Ari Boyland is already considered somewhat of a veteran of the acting industry, having worked in the industry since he was 10 years old.
Boyland spent three years working on the cult hit series The Tribe, alongside fellow Shorty alumni's Beth Allen (Brooke), Fleur Saville (Libby) and Lee Donoghue (Hunter).
After The Tribe, Boyland quickly picked up roles in well known productions Power Rangers, Revelations and Go Girls.
Having studied at New York's Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre in 2009, Boyland first appeared on Shortland Street in March 2010.
But it wasn't long until his popular character, Brodie Kemp, was brought back in a more permanent role.
Boyland shares his character's love of life, and desire for others to get in on having a good time.
In December 2010, Boyland will appear in Toys, a festive monologue-style play with a rotating cast of 40 local actors, including two other Shorty Street stars.
Boyland's other theatre credits include Nick Sampson's play, Idiots.
Boyland's favourite place to spend his time is at the beach, whether it be surfing, or learning his lines in the dunes.