Found guilty, Paul is facing a long spell behind bars on Neighbours, and actor Stefan Dennis sat down to tell us here at Female First a little bit more about what to expect from the series going forward.

Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson

Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson

He also chatted about those spinoff rumours that he started, his favourite moments from the show's past and much more. Read on to find out what he had to say...

Can you tell us a little bit about a typical day on the set of Neighbours?

I wake up very early - NOT a morning person - and get to the studio to do wardrobe first and then makeup, where I shave first and then put my makeup on, and then go and get my morning coffee.

I then sit in the green room and learn my lines, but also have banter with the cast before we go on set.

Working hours are anything from 4-12 hours a day, Monday to Friday. I love to have some fun with the other cast members in between scenes. I love working with the Neighbours crew too.

We've just seen Paul be found guilty on the show and now facing many years in prison, but it doesn't feel like this story is over. What should we expect from it in the coming weeks and months?

From playing the character Paul Robinson for many years, I have been in contact with many on screen criminals who are eager to teach Paul a lesson, and he is faced with some of these people in prison. Paul will encounter a familiar face whilst in prison and lots of confrontation will occur. Watch this space...

The case and storyline has been a hugely emotional and dramatic one so far - how has it been to film all these great scenes?

When you are filming something as emotional and dramatic as these types of storylines, this is when the cast and crew joke around the most, which is necessary as it is a release mechanism, otherwise we would leave the studio emotionally drained. For example, when the verdict was read out in court it was one of the most harrowing scenes I've ever done on Neighbours.

Viewers were encouraged to get involved by tweeting #FreePaul or #PunishPaul depending on how they felt - what do you think of this new age where fans can really get involved with the show on so many levels?

I think it is great, it makes the fans part of the show compared to previous times where they could only watch it and not get involved via social media. It allows them to have a voice and become part of the brand. I think social media can be a great tool to connect people and share their views.

You've hinted at a spin-off series - is there anything in the works or is that more of something you're hoping for?

A male version of Wentworth? Haha, I was joking... But wouldn't that be great?

Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson
Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson

You're such an iconic character and I believe the sole remaining original cast member - how does it feel to be such a huge part of a show adored all over the world?

Wow am I? Didn't know I was adored all over the world... Wait until I tell my Mum, but she'll probably say, 'stop having tickets on yourself Stef.'

What are the fans like? Have you ever had any strange requests or gifts throughout your time on Neighbours?

I love the fans. I speak to them all the time on Twitter. I think it's great they guess the storylines and [say] what they think is going to happen. They also post funny social memes about Neighbours on Twitter which amuses me.

I have a fan called Claire who always sends a Lindt chocolate bunny at Easter and a Lindt chocolate reindeer at Christmas and a chocolate Yule log, which is really sweet and lovely.

Aside from this current storyline, which have been some of your favourites throughout the years?

Paul's loss of the leg hence having a wooden leg; the cancer storyline because it was so raw and we approached it as honestly as possible, which included shaving Paul's head for the storyline; Paul and Gail's love story; and the breaking up of the Bishop's marriage.

Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson
Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson

Neighbours airs on Channel 5, weekdays - 1.45pm & 5.30pm.


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