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James Ste­wart – or Jimmy, as his close friends call him – re­veals how im­por­tant the com­pany you keep is. Work­ing on a show that airs through­out the year, with only a few short breaks, your cast and crew be­come fam­ily.

‘On set, we are a team. When you’re work­ing 10 to 12 hours a day, and on the odd oc­ca­sion, 20-hour days, you need to be sur­rounded by peo­ple who are “match fit” as I like to call it,’ the fa­ther-of-one adds. ‘Jake and Ro­han are two ex­am­ples of the cal­i­bre of tal­ent on this show. They set the bench­mark for ev­ery­one else – they’re just ab­so­lute leg­ends.

‘Ro­han and I are the same age, we have such sim­i­lar taste, and the same goes with Jake. We’re just that bit more grown up than some of the other mem­bers of the cast, so it’s nice to have that com­mon ground.’

Ad­mit­ting that this is ‘the best gig in the world’, Jimmy also notes that with the de­mand­ing sched­ule, it can be tricky to take care of your­self.

‘There’s no show like this. No other show in the world shoots as much as this, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant to take care of your­self,’ Jimmy ad­mits. ‘I try to go for a dip ev­ery now and then. I’ve no­ticed in this gig it’s im­por­tant to look good, but I think of my brain as a big mus­cle and that’s the one that mat­ters most.’

Work­ing with your friends is some­thing the ac­tor doesn’t take for granted, and of­ten when the di­rec­tor calls ‘Cut’, the Sum­mer Bay gang can be found at a lo­cal haunt.

‘Af­ter a long day... we all love to have a beer and chill out,’ the 41-year-old says. ‘We have so much fun spend­ing time to­gether.’

James smoul­ders in the turquoise ute aptly named ‘Scout’ – his daugh­ter’s name.

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