Neighbours star Ben Nicholas and wife Stephanie Lilja have announced that they are expecting their second child.
The couple welcomed their son into the world last year, and have now confirmed via Instagram that they are expecting another baby boy.
“We’re having another baby boy!!” wrote Nicholas in the caption, accompanying a mock-up film poster which references the news. @stlilj has been incredible and can’t wait to meet the little dude in January!”
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The post was greeted by supportive messages, with former Neighbours star April Rose Pengilly writing: “Congratulations! 🥰”
Nicholas played Scott ‘Stingray’ Timmins on the Australian soap for three years before departing in 2007. Whilst he won’t be returning to Freevee’s revival of the soap, there are plenty of big stars reprising their roles for the reboot, which premieres next month.
The series will boast an all-new theme tune, with former star Jason Donovan recently revealing that he had been asked to lend vocals to the re-recorded song.
The actor, who played Scott Robinson on the soap, confirmed that he had turned down the offer, saying the moment had passed.
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“They asked me about recording the Neighbours theme for the new version, and I declined, because I felt the moment had happened. I don’t know what [the new version] is,” he said, before paying tribute to co-star Kylie Minogue, who returned alongside him for the previous ‘finale.’
“Kylie is incredibly hard-working. She’s a wonderful family person, [has] a wonderful sense of humour. She just keeps coming back. Her passion, her love. It was [always] evident to see she had a gift,” he said.
Neighbours returns on September 18, with new episodes streaming on Mondays to Thursdays for free on Amazon Freevee in the UK and US. Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new series.
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