Exclusive: Neighbours star Tim Kano discusses Leo Tanaka return

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Neighbours star Tim Kano has spoken for the first time about Leo Tanaka's upcoming return to Ramsay Street.

The actor has been back on set since mid-March after agreeing to play Leo for another stint.

In an exclusive chat with Digital Spy, Tim has now revealed that there's a big story lined up for Leo's comeback.

Revealing how his return came about, Tim told us: "My agent called me and said Neighbours had a storyline and they'd be interested in bringing Leo back. So that was fantastic.

Photo credit: Fremantle / Jane Zhang
Photo credit: Fremantle / Jane Zhang

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"I was really stoked and excited. I've still got a lot of friends on the show, and I was excited to see the crew and everyone else.

"I wasn't too sure what the storyline would be, but they gave me hints and it sounded awesome. It's a really good storyline that I haven't seen done before. I couldn't say no. It was just so appealing to go back."

He continued: "I'm back there until the end of the year. I started back in March and it's been so nice being back. It's so nice to see everyone, but also to be part of this crazy storyline. It's going to be really good."

Tim originally played the role of Leo as a show regular between 2016 and 2019. He later returned as a guest for episodes airing in December 2019 and January 2020.

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

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Reflecting on his original exit, Tim continued: "It was the end of my contract, as when I first joined, I signed on for three years. I was definitely keen to try out some new roles and work on some different projects.

"I really liked the way that Leo was in love with Terese. He proposed to her but she got back with Leo's dad Paul. It was quite a sad and melancholy way to leave the Street.

"Leo decided that he needed to go on a self-searching mission and he left a note for his twin brother David, just saying that he needed to find himself. I thought it was really interesting. It was not like the usual 'jump in a cab' departures where everyone waves off the character from Ramsay Street.

"This was a lot darker and heavier and more profound in terms of the character. So it all worked out really well."

Since leaving Neighbours, Tim has filmed a role in the survival horror film Great White, which is out now on DVD and digital platforms.

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and weekdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

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