Neighbours star Matt Wilson on huge new Nicolette baby twist

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Neighbours spoilers follow for UK viewers.

Neighbours couple Aaron Brennan and David Tanaka are left stunned on UK screens next week as they seemingly meet their baby daughter Isla for the first time.

David's father Paul Robinson returns from his trip to Canberra with a newborn child after striking a deal with Nicolette Stone. Aaron and David are shocked but overjoyed that their dreams have finally become a reality.

However, as seen in Friday's cliffhanger, Nicolette has tricked Paul and the baby she handed over is not David and Aaron's daughter. The Aussie soap's biggest story of the year looks set to get a whole lot more complicated.

Digital Spy recently caught up with Matt Wilson, who plays Aaron, to hear more about what's in store.

Did you always know that David and Aaron's baby storyline would get so messy?

"Every now and again, we'll get a story update and sometimes it's really far in advance, going ahead by 12 months. With this one, we had a meeting with Jason Herbison, the executive producer of Neighbours.

"Jason is a writer himself and writes some of the episodes of Neighbours. That means his memory on storylines is brilliant. Whether it's moment by moment, or line by line – he can recall it for every character on the show and what's going to happen for them in the next six months.

"Jason gave us a rundown and explained what would happen, so we had a bit of a heads-up for this one. But we didn't know how it would pan out afterwards. We just knew that Nicolette would disappear close to the due date and we would have no idea where she'd gone."

We've seen David and Aaron's marriage tested in the aftermath. Have you enjoyed exploring a storyline where they're pushed to their limits?

"Yeah, I think lately we've been getting a lot of storylines where they are pushed to their limits. Aaron and David seem to have a lot more altercations now – maybe it's because we're three years into being married!

"It is really good because sometimes you can be quite dormant as a character. When you've got juicy and meaty storylines like this, it's fun because you can really go for it.

"What's good is that this story doesn't back off for a while. It's quite intense for some time, so it's lots of fun."

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

Can you tell us what happens next week when Paul arrives back to Erinsborough with the wrong baby?

"Well, I don't know what happened in Canberra because Aaron wasn't there and I didn't read those scripts! But Paul arrives back with a baby and it's a big, dramatic scenario. Terese warns David and Aaron that there's some news. Then Paul just walks in and says: 'Meet your daughter'.

"Paul presents David and Aaron with a baby. They fall in love with that baby for some time, but is it theirs?

"They still don't know where Nicolette is, as they can't get in touch with her. She's just left David and Aaron these really lacklustre letters, containing poor apologies."

How does everyone feel about the fact that Nicolette hasn't returned?

"Jane is freaking out because she doesn't know where Nicolette is. Chloe is upset because she didn't get a letter. She still thinks that she caused the whole thing.

"But David couldn't care less. He thinks that if Nicolette comes back, it's just going to blow everything up again, when right now they've got everything they want. They've got the baby, so David thinks they shouldn't poke the bear.

"Aaron takes a weaker stance on this, but he's not going to upset David because David has been put through the wringer emotionally. Aaron stands by David and goes with him on this one, so they don't want to know where Nicolette is.

"But is it their baby? I wish I could tell you more!"

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

Does the baby's arrival help to mend the tensions between David and Aaron?

"I think David and Aaron are in a bit of a wonderland at first. They really do have everything they've ever wanted. Babies are so demanding that they don't really get a lot of time to think about anything else.

"There's a bit of tension with the characters around Aaron and David, who are still trying to track down Nicolette. There's a lot of suspicion that there is something suss going on, because Paul is being a bit coy in his descriptions of what happened.

"Aaron and David don't really want to investigate any further, because why would you ruin a good thing? Although I think Aaron does care for Nicolette and is concerned."

As Matt, do you want to see Nicolette back in the show?

"Yeah, I think you can't have a story with open ends – that's just cruel! It's like any film or television show, you've got to tie those ends up. I think the story demands it, but thus far nobody knows where she is except for Paul.

"Paul does give away clues to different characters – to Leo, to Terese, to Jane. I think there might be some scenes with him and his private investigator too about what actually happened."

Could Aaron forgive Nicolette if she did return?

"Yeah, I think Aaron is a bit of a softy in that way. He always gives everybody the benefit of the doubt. Previously there was a character called Tom who did some terrible things, then only a few months later, Aaron was trying to pick him up in a bar!

"So I think Aaron's got a lot of room for forgiveness in his heart, so he'd definitely go for that, I reckon."

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

We've seen a lot of comments online recently from fans who are praising how much you've progressed as an actor over the years...

"I wasn't aware of that but it's good to hear, thank you! I think it's a weird thing. I was a tradie before I joined Neighbours – a carpenter, where the harder you work, the better the results.

"This isn't like that, because hard work does pay off in some instances, but in other instances, if you try too hard it actually looks desperate.

"I think just getting into a groove on the show – as well as growing up and starting a family and everything – it makes you relax a little bit more. The more you relax, the easier it becomes and your work gets better."

Do you want to stick with the show, or do you have other ambitions?

"There's always ambitions to do everything. That's just me, I can't really sit still! But I think the best possible place to be right now is on Neighbours. I've been saying that for years, but it's just so good.

"There's a reason why I've been there for so long. I think in Easter, it's going to be seven years. It started as a six-week contract and it's become seven years. It's just such a welcoming workspace and a really great creative space to do whatever you want, and make mistakes.

"You know that everyone around you is going to support you and you can always make it up in the next scene, or the one after that. It's not like a film where you've only got nine scenes to make your mark and that's it. It's a good playground – a really good playground. And they call it a job!"

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

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