Australia, meet Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan’s TV love child Tim Phillipps and Kylie and Jason, meet your boy.
he 26-year-old Adelaide-born actor has scored the biggest headline role on Neighbours since Bouncer was a pup — playing Daniel Robinson, the never-before-seen son of Scott and Charlene.
Set to make his first appearance on the Channel 10 soap next Tuesday (April 29), Phillipps admits he was too young to remember when his character’s parents wed — in an epic episode which made local TV ratings history and launched the UK careers of Minogue and Donovan.
But thanks to YouTube, the Animal Kingdom star has been getting a crash course on his grease monkey mum Charlene, while taking a closer look at father Scott’s sensational 80s hairstyle.
When that TV pairing drove off into the sunset in 1989, leaving Erinsborough for a life unknown in Queensland, the show had reached its zenith of popularity — with Minogue and Donovan building on the exposure to chase musical and acting stardom in London.
Now their TV son, Daniel will return on a roadtrip south, dropping in on his uncle Paul (Stefan Dennis) and reacquainting himself with the place his parents first found love.
“He’s just your happy-go-lucky, hippie-at-heart nature boy,” Phillipps says of his new role.
“He’s not coming in with dark secrets, he’s not coming in with baggage, he’s just happy to be alive and soaking up life.”
After trying his luck in Hollywood for two years, Phillipps has returned — along with his Kiwi actor girlfriend Jessica Rose — to take up the nice guy gig.
“He’s a super loving guy and sure to fall in love with someone,” Phillipps said. “I know due to the history and popularity of Scott and Charlene, I’m sure the writers are excited to find him a beautiful love affair.”
And once he’s grown out his hair, Phillipps said there should be no stopping his alter ego, joking: “the mullets always get the girls.”