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Former Neighbours star Dan Paris reflects on his time on the iconic soap

Former Neighbours star Dan Paris has spoken out about his time on long-running soap, where he played the hunky mechanic Drew Kirk who married Libby Kennedy. 

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia this month, Dan, 47, recalled the show fondly and even said that he recently heard from former co-star Alan Fletcher, despite not being on the show for more than 20 years. 

Dan, who is now working on his booming market garden in Esperance, Western Australia, after a bit of a career change, even admitted that he ‘never wanted to be an actor.’

EXCLUSIVE: Former Neighbours star Dan Paris has reflected on his time on the iconic soap when speaking to Daily Mail Australia recently. Pictured in a promotional photo for the show

Dan appeared on Neigbours from 1998 to 2002, when his character was killed off. 

He went on to appear on the likes of shows including McLeod’s Daughters and travel programs including Postcards. He more recently has appeared in the ABC program, The Heights. 

But Dan said he ‘never wanted to be an actor’ and always struggled learning his lines. 

Looking back: Dan, who is now working on his booming market garden in Esperance, Western Australia, after a bit of a career change, admitted that he 'never wanted to be an actor.' He's pictured recently with a fan

Looking back: Dan, who is now working on his booming market garden in Esperance, Western Australia, after a bit of a career change, admitted that he ‘never wanted to be an actor.’ He’s pictured recently with a fan

‘I never wanted to be an actor,’ he said, when asked about a possible full time return to acting. 

‘I think if you want to be actor… you have to want to be an actor and I’ve met some great actors and actresses and I’m just not like them,’ he said with a laugh. 

‘I just don’t try hard enough and I’m not very good at learning lines either.’

He added that he prefers working on his booming market garden now, saying: ‘I’d rather be out getting my hands dirty and growing carrots. Not to say I wouldn’t, I do love it, and the people it attracts.’ 

He added that despite only being on Neighbours for four years, people remember him from the show all those years ago.  

'It's a big institution': He added that despite only being on Neighbours for four years, people remember him from the show all those years ago. Pictured with former co-star Kym Valentine

‘It’s a big institution’: He added that despite only being on Neighbours for four years, people remember him from the show all those years ago. Pictured with former co-star Kym Valentine

‘It was four years of my life, but it seems what most people remember me for, it’s a big institution,’ he said. 

Dan said that he recently heard from former co-star Alan Fletcher, who plays Dr. Karl Kennedy on the long-running show, and it was ‘really nice.’

Dan now runs his booming market garden from his property in Esperance in Western Australia. 

Dan, a successful actor, photographer and videographer, said he first really looked into market gardening when his two children expressed an interest in growing vegetables earlier this year. 

Familiar face: Dan said that he recently heard from former co-star Alan Fletcher (pictured), who plays Dr. Karl Kennedy on the long-running show, and it was 'really nice'

Familiar face: Dan said that he recently heard from former co-star Alan Fletcher (pictured), who plays Dr. Karl Kennedy on the long-running show, and it was ‘really nice’

After his photography work diminished due to the coronavirus pandemic, he threw himself into growing some produce and it took off.

Dan studied regenerative agriculture and the idea of holistic growing, and quickly discovered community-supported agriculture (CSA).

He and his partner Tanya Jenkyn work together on their property Mystwood Harvest, and focus on ‘developing the soil and without using chemicals or toxins’.

Dan reflected on his mix of chosen career paths, being acting, photography and the market garden, and said he thrives doing things that are creative.   

‘Maybe I just can’t sit still very long,’ he said. 

‘But life is all about experiences. I want to learn as much as I can as I go.’

He added: ‘It’s all about giving it a go and not being afraid to dive in… they’re all creative. I don’t think I’d do anything unless they are creative.’ 

'I don't think I'd do anything unless they are creative': Dan reflected on his mix of chosen career paths, being acting, photography and the market garden, and said he thrives doing things that are creative. Pictured on the soap

‘I don’t think I’d do anything unless they are creative’: Dan reflected on his mix of chosen career paths, being acting, photography and the market garden, and said he thrives doing things that are creative. Pictured on the soap


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