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Ada Nicodemou and James Stewart discuss their on-screen romance and love of the festive season

In this together.

Despite facing numerous obstacles, Justin and Leah have persevered and grown to become adored by their followers since 2019.

Ada Nicodemou’s Leah’s boyfriend, Justin Stewart, says TV WEEK, “I think they’re currently the longest-running couple on Australian TV, so we’ve created a pretty solid fan base.”

“Husbands and wives at home can identify themselves in them and stick up for their respective points of view.”

The dramatic storylines this year, which included an attempt on their lives, have been incredible to watch, but came at a cost.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to sink my teeth into the story, but it was very draining,” Ada, 46, who has played Leah since 2000, says. “By the end of it I was physically and mentally exhausted. It was tough subject matter, but I wanted to do it justice.”

James, 48, says his colleague “knocked it out of the park”.

“It amazes me that Ada has been doing this for a while and still finds performances like she does,” he continues.

This Christmas, both stars hope to spend some time relaxing with their families.

“At Christmas, there’s always food,” Ada remarks about her gathering. “We’re also very lucky that this year we’re going to be welcoming a new baby for Christmas – my brother and sister-in-law are having a second child.”

Ada is excited to spend time with her partner Adam Rigby and 11-year-old son Johnas after a health scare last year that resulted in a back injury that needed surgery. She also has a busy schedule because she is nominated for a TV WEEK Logie Award in June.

“We just want to hang out,” she states.

Meanwhile, James, who was also nominated for a Logie in 2023, is enjoying the best gift of all: his 11-year-old daughter Scout’s curiosity about life.

“A highlight is watching how intelligent Scout has become,” he says. “She’s just a sponge. Also, I’m a sucker for performance gifts – recently, she drew me a whale in grey pencil and I was absolutely stunned. She’s amazing!”

Much like his character, James won’t be far from the sand this summer: “It’s all about family, beach, barbecues, surfing, guitars, laughs, siestas, books, love and sunshine!” he says.

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