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Kieren Hutchison


In the early 90s actor Kieren Hutchison was part of Shortland Street’s first generation, as Jonathan McKenna, the medical student who broke ground on Kiwi television as a gay character. Starring roles in locally made adaptations of William Tell and Swiss Family Robinson were a springboard to his move to Los Angeles in 2004. Hutchison scored recurring roles in the second seasons of One Tree Hill (as professor Andy Hargrove) and Wildfire, plus guest roles in Charmed, Grimm and Castle. In 2009 he starred as the love interest in Hallmark cable TV movie Flower Girl. He married US actor Nicole Tubiola in 2003.

The fact that Jonathan is gay is secondary. He's just one of the gang. I enjoyed playing him like that because it breaks down stereotypes. Kieren Hutchison on playing Jonathan McKenna on Shortland Street, The Evening Post, 9 September 1996