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Former Shortland Street star Frankie Adams in US space drama

Watch the Kiwi actress in the hit new sci-fi drama, The Expanse.

Former Shortland Street star Frankie Adams has secured her first big Hollywood role, starring in the sci-fi television show, The Expanse.

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Frankie, who played troubled teen Ula Levi on the Kiwi soap, moved to LA less than a year ago and quickly scored the role of Bobby Draper in the show that come critics are calling the new Game of Thrones.

The Expanse, which is about to start its second season, is based on the popular book series by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham. Set hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonised the solar system and there are rising tensions between Earth and Mars.

The writing duo have said Frankie was the perfect choice to play Bobby, who is two-metres tall and Polynesian in the books.

"New Zealand-born actress Frankie Adams, athlete, amateur boxer, standing a healthy six feet tall, and with all the acting chops to nail the role, and with a look that says she has zero time for your bullshit," Franck wrote online.

"She’s awesome and we couldn’t be more delighted to have her on the show," showrunner, Naren Shankar, told Entertainment Weekly.

Frankie is currently on New Zealand screens in the Australian prison drama, Wentworth.

Watch the first trailer for season two of The Expanse here: