Neighbours‘ Erin Mullally says his portrayal of Declan Napier is different from that of his predecessor.

Erin has taken over from popular actor James Sorenson in the part of the young widower.

The newcomer said: “We are two different people, James is his own person, so naturally how we feel about situations and people isn’t going to be the same in every circumstance.”

He went on: “One of the writers said to me in a meeting the other day that the changeover between James and me can be best described as James playing Declan as very strong, macho. He liked to get into things and was very proactive.

“The new Declan is more grown up, quite mature and savvy. He thinks with his head and knows what he wants and doesn’t have to use brute force to get it.”

James left the Aussie soap after three years to join the army, but soap producers felt the character was too important to write out of the show.

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