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'Neighbours' Sandy Winton chats Williams family secrets and more

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Sandy Winton (Michael Williams)

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Neighbours actor Sandy Winton recently had a chat with Digital Spy about the drama for Michael and Tash that's about to hit screens in the UK.

For Sandy's thoughts on the raunchy photo plot, Tash's graffiti madness and Michael rejecting all responsibility for his daughter, make sure to read the main interview.

Here, though, Soap Scoop asks Sandy for some teasers on the long-term future for Michael and Tash following the recent announcement that her long-lost aunt is on the way to Erinsborough and confirmation that we'll be learning all about Tash's dead mum later this year...

Freya Stafford has recently started filming at Neighbours as Tash's long-lost aunt Emilia. Are you enjoying working with her?
"Absolutely and I've been lucky enough to work with her in the past on White Collar Blue. I'm very excited to have her on board."

Neighbours newcomer Freya Stafford
We've heard that Freya's character Emilia will bring up a lot of baggage for Michael! What can we expect from their interactions?
"Emilia certainly knows a lot more about Michael and his late wife than anyone else, and he is scared about what she will reveal to Tash. Michael has never really spoken to Tash about her mother. What happened in the past has been left in the past, so I think bringing her aunt in opens up a lot of baggage that Michael has put to one side - he has happily let that happen."

We've also been promised that Neighbours will be exploring what happened to Tash's mum and we'll find out all the secrets. Are you excited about where this storyline is heading?
"Yes, absolutely. This is really going to uncover some deep, dark secrets and it happens in stages, building up to a monumental reveal… I can't wait."

Would you like to see a new love interest for Michael now that Rebecca has gone?
"I think Michael could do with someone to talk to, poor guy. Portugal is a long way and Rebecca never calls. Just pick up the phone if you're listening, Bec!"

There's been lots of new guest castings announced for Neighbours recently. Does that make it an exciting time for the show?
"Yeah, it's always exciting to have new energy on board and there has been a big changing of the guard in the last 12 months or so, but it doesn't take long for people to feel like they have been here forever. And having Freya on board, I'm very excited about what this character will bring to the table."

Sandy Winton (Michael Williams)
Are there more rivalry scenes coming up for Michael and Paul?
"The rivalry sort of disappeared when Rebecca left. Paul, being the small-minded person that he is, has got himself involved with the school to sort of maintain some rivalry, but I think Michael's focus is much more on his daughter than what Paul Robinson is plotting next."

Finally, if you could give us one last cryptic teaser on what's coming up for Michael and Tash, what would it be?
"I have a funny feeling that the status might be turned on its head when Tash realises some of the things from the past that Michael has kept from her..."

> Read more Neighbours spoilers and news

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 in the UK and weekdays at 6.30pm on Eleven in Australia. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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