Eddie McGuire is an Australian businessman, journalist, reporter, TV show host, and presenter whose acting resume includes a 2017 voice-over on ‘The Fox’ and the role of football commentator on 2011’s ‘The Cup’. He’s not the actor of the family though, his son Xander is!
Eddie McGuire’s son, Xander McGuire, has been playing the role of Charlie Hoyland in the iconic Australian soap opera ‘Neighbours’ since 2015. After landing the role on ‘Neighbours’, Xander has appeared in other productions such as ‘Backtrack’ and ‘The Principal’.
Not much is known about Xander McGuire, but what is known can be found in this article. Read on to find out who Xander McGuire is, how he feels about being on ‘Neighbours’, and whether Eddie McGuire has any other children.
Who is Xander McGuire?
On 16 November 2002, Eddie McGuire and his wife Carla welcomed their first child to the world. Their baby was a bouncing baby boy who they named Alexander.
Little is known about Alexander’s upbringing, other than the fact that he goes by ‘Xander’. According to 10Play, Xander’s interest in acting developed after he performed in a musical production at his school, Melbourne Grammar School.
Eddie McGuire famously began working at the tender age of 14 when he worked at the Melbourne Herald Sun as a junior AFL statistician.
But his son Xander has gotten an even earlier start in his career as when was 12 years old, he was cast in the role of Charlie Hoyland in ‘Neighbours’.
What started as a guest appearance in October 2015 turned into a recurring job and has solidified Xander as a young Australian actor to watch.
What is ‘Neighbours’?
‘Neighbours’ is an Australian television soap opera that has been on air since 1985. After a rocky start that involved low viewership and changing networks, production companies, and air slots, the show would become Australia’s most loved and long-running shows.
The show focuses on the lives of the residents of Erinsborough, a fictional suburb of Melbourne. There is no set storyline in place that the show centers around.
Over the years, the storyline of ‘Neighbours’ has covered topics including intergenerational issues, teenage pregnancy, eating disorders, adultery, hit-and-runs, stalking, and a variety of health issues.
‘Neighbours’ isn’t just popular in Australia, but in places like the UK, Belgium, Canada, America, and Kenya. The show catapulted the careers of stars like Kylie Minogue, Chris Hemsworth, and Margot Robbie. This fact is not lost on Xander.
Xander told The Sydney Morning Herald, “It’s an amazing first job in the industry. ‘Neighbours’ is such a big part of Australian television and has launched so many careers. I’m really excited.”
He continued, “I’m looking forward to working with them all and learning from the best in the business. It’s a great honour to be part of such a legendary show. It all happened pretty fast, but I cannot wait.”
Eddie is supportive of his son’s decision to become an actor and said “We wish Xander all the best in this opportunity to begin his working life with such wonderful and talented people as the ‘Neighbours’ cast and crew.”
Does Eddie McGuire Have Any Other Children?
Eddie and his wife Carla have two children, both of whom are sons. His sons are named Joseph and, as you know, Xander.
As is the case with Xander, not much is known about his big brother Joseph. All that’s really known about him is that he goes by Joe, he’s a big fan of football, and he plays cricket.
Joe may also have a career in media ahead of him. Eddie told Adelaide Now, “Joe was on the radio the other day doing some interviews for his media project. Not being the proud father, but they thought he shot the lights out. He did well.”
Perhaps all of the McGuire men will appear on the screens, or radio waves, of Australian networks one day.