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Former Neighbours star Ben Nicholas welcomes first baby and shares sweet name

The first child of Ben Nicholas and Stephanie Lilja has been born.

With a cute Instagram photo, the former Neighbours actor revealed that they had become parents.

With a photo of the infant draped in a blanket, he wrote, “Jesse Lilja Nicholas!”

“We welcomed our tiny bundle of faeces and lack of sleep into the world on June 23rd!

“My superhero wife was a fierce individual who couldn’t have been more thrilled or amazed! Get ready for photobombs!”

Along with a photo of her infant yawning, Stephanie also announced the news on Instagram, writing: “23/06/22. What an incredible journey it was to welcome this tiny one into the world.”

Ben played Scott “Stingray” Timmins in the Australian soap opera from 2004 to 2007. The endearing figure died tragically after donating his brain to save the life of his niece Kerry Mangel Jr.

His favourite skate park was the location of his ashes.

In a previous interview with Digital Spy, Nicholas talked about the potential for a comeback because soap opera deaths are frequently not final.

I don’t think there’s much prospect of me coming back, he said, “apart from waking up from a dream… I did unfortunately die and my body was burned.”

He also expressed his feelings over Stingray’s passing, saying: “I believe my immediate reaction was something along the lines of, “Yeah, that’s awesome, I’ll go out with a bang, have a good death!”

“I was enthralled, but after six months, I believe my bank account would have argued otherwise! You then realise that you won’t be returning! That weekly salary is a rare find for actors and the holy grail if you can get your hands on it.”

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