Neighbours newcomer Gabriella Darlington is sure to be a massive hit in one particular household – her grandad’s.

The Essex teenager, who was picked from over 1,500 hopefuls in the show’s Be A Star contestant to play free-spirited British backpacker Poppy Rogers, said he never misses an episode of the Aussie show.

She told This Morning: “Literally, my grandad watches it every day and he knows everything that’s going on.”

Gabriella, who filmed a four-week stint on the show, described the experience as ‘amazing’, particularly as it was the first time she had even thought about acting as a career.

“I hadn’t ever considered acting properly before, but I saw the competition being advertised and mum said ‘go on, give it a go.’ I entered not thinking much would happen and then I’m going on it.”

Gabriella’s scenes will screen in the UK in November.

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