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Neighbours Weekend: Interviews - Melissa Bell

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Digital Spy chats with Neighbours actress Melissa Bell, who reprises her role of Lucy Robinson for the 20th anniversary episodes.

How has Lucy changed since we last saw her?

"I started in 1990 and I've come back many times, the last about eight years ago. Now I'd describe Lucy as a centred woman with her life together, very focused on her business. But she probably yearns for a family and for love.

"Just growing up does that to people. She's grown from her early twenties to her late twenties, and she's very different to when she was at earlier stages of her life."

What was it like replacing someone as Lucy?

"It was really easy because I took over the character when she left boarding school and was grown up. I started when I was 18, and looked at old tapes to see her character and her relationships."

How was it to see the old gang again?

"It's been really good to see them again [Alan, Jackie, Ian, Tom, Mark Little, Stefan, Kimberley.] It's so strange, it feels like I've never left. People say, 'It must be a lot different in the studios now', but it's exactly the same! Especially because I started here when I was so young, it's like a second home."

How does Neighbours compare to some of the other shows you've worked on?

"I think people can really relate to it and identify with the life the characters lead. With a lot of American shows, people like them, but you can't connect with people who live in palaces!"

Tell us a bit about Lucy's return.

"My character comes back with Rosemary. Lucy works for Rosemary in New York. I'm here to see Paul and try to help him reconnect with his family and get him back on track. He feels like he can't trust anyone."

How would you describe Lucy's relationship with Paul?

"Lucy and Paul have always been really fond of each other, Lucy even worked for Paul as a receptionist. Lucy and Paul are quite similar - she has a few Robinson qualities and can be a bit ruthless! She's always looked up to Paul." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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