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Neighbours’ Stingray actor looks almost unrecognisable 15 years after leaving the soap


After 15 years, the Stingray belonging to the neighbours is hardly recognisable. 2007 saw Ben Nicholas leave the Australian soap drama.

He made his television debut in 2004 as the disobedient teen Scott Timmins, also known as Stingray, and is now 34 years old. Dylan Timmins was one of Stingray’s many siblings. Stingray was the son of Janelle and Kim Timmins.

Throughout his tenure on Ramsay Street, Ben participated in a number of plotlines, and his character’s relationship with Serena Bishop was tumultuous. He has remained in the entertainment business since quitting the serial opera and has just became a father.

While staying with his cousin Toadie, who wanted to make him fit in, Scott picked up the moniker “Scotty Fish.” Serena ended up dating Stingray intermittently until she tragically perished in an aeroplane tragedy. Others might recall his tale of receiving an ADHD diagnosis.


He even had a relationship with Dylan’s ex-girlfriend Sky Mangel, who became pregnant, despite having a criminal record. Stingray started having drinking issues and eventually checked himself into AA. Kerry Mangel Jr., Sky’s infant, was later abducted by him, and it was later discovered that she was Dylan’s daughter. However, Stingray and Sky went on another date, and he even agreed to donate his organs to Kerry before he tragically passed away in March 2007 due to a brain aneurysm, bringing an end to Ben’s role in the soap opera.

Ben started starring in UK Christmas pantomimes before leaving Neighbours during the 2006 holiday season at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. This was his first acting gig after Neighbours. Between then and 2009, he appeared in Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk multiple times in several British theatres. Even in the theatrical production of High School Musical in London in 2008, the Australian actor played Jack Scott.

Ben co-created and featured in the Australian satirical game show Footballer Wants A Wife in 2015. In order to continue working in the field, the Australian currently oversees Wedid Productions, a content development company in one of Melbourne’s suburbs.

He doesn’t resemble the disobedient teen who repeatedly troubled the Ramsay Street residents. After growing up for more than 15 years, he has traded in his short, spiky hair for a quiff and facial hair that is more relaxed and mature.


Jesse, a son, was just born to the former Neighbours actor and his partner Stephanie Lilja on June 23, 2022. Fans adore the sweet photos of Stingray and his “forever wingman,” commenting: “Stingray is a literally father now I’m crying.”

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