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Inside James Stewart and Ada Nicodemou’s real life romance

Home – or in this case Home and Away – definitely seems to be where the heart is!

Home – or in this case Home and Away – definitely seems to be where the heart is. On screen, James Stewart, 48, and Ada Nicodemou, 46, have seen their characters, Justin and Leah in Seven’s long-running soap, navigate a rocky road, which eventually leads them down the aisle in one of Summer Bay’s most memorable weddings.

“Everyone loves a happy ending … and finally, that’s exactly what they’re getting with Justin and Leah,” Nicodemou told WHO just before the episode aired on April 9.

Now the co-stars are on their own real-life romantic path together, having fallen for each other after the cameras stopped rolling.

Ada Nicodemou and James Stewart

On Anzac Day, the enamoured pair caught up in a pub in Sydney’s eastern suburbs before heading out on a dinner date, which led to them passionately kissing and cuddling on the street afterwards.  

Seemingly smitten away from Summer Bay, it’s understood this is not the first time the pair have been out together as more than just friends. A source close to both confirmed they have “recently been on a few dates”, describing them as “singles mingling”.

Ada Nicodemou and James Stewart
Nicodemou and Stewart share a laugh after a dinner date.

Nicodemou is understood to have split with her partner, Adam Rigby, towards the end of last year, although neither has made any public comment about the status of their relationship. They had been together since 2018. Nicodemou has a son Johnas, 11, who she shares with ex-partner Chrys Xipolitas. 

Stewart’s four-year marriage to Sarah Roberts, 39, who he also met on the set of Home and Away in 2017, has come to an end. Roberts, a DJ, revealed the news in an interview last month, saying “sometimes people just grow apart and that’s OK”.

Stewart has a daughter Scout, 12, who he shares with his former partner and former Packed to the Rafters co-star Jessica Marais. They became engaged in October 2010 but split in 2015.

Ada Nicodemou and James Stewart
From the moment producers floated the idea that Leah and Justin would marry on Home and Away, “I’ve had nothing but joy in my heart and a skip in my step,” Stewart posted on Instagram (Credit: Jeremy Greive) (Credit: Jeremy Greive)

In July 2024, Nicodemou finally opened up about her fledgling relationship after months of speculation.

‘’Look, you know, whether (the romance) is out there or not, it doesn’t really change our relationship,’’ Nicodemou told Sunrise on July 22.

‘’We’re happy. We’re together,’’ she added, breaking into a wide smile.

‘’James is such an amazing actor. I love working with him. That’s not changed as well.

‘’Yeah, so whether it’s out there or not doesn’t really change anything for us.’’

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