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Guy Pearce is back as Neighbours brings back original forged during final week of filming

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Guy Pearce, Ian Smith, Lucinda Cowden and Paul Keane led the unique stars of Neighbours returning to the long-lasting soap for the ultimate week of filming in Melbourne on Monday.

It’s the tip of an era for the landmark Australian soap which is coming to an end after 38 years on the air, with the last episodes airing in August. 

Guy, who played Mike Young between 1986 and 1989, was spotted on set because the TV series began to film its final scenes.

Guy Pearce has forced a successful career in Hollywood, starring in films such as Memento and The Hurt Locker

After his stint on Neighbours as bad boy Mike Young (left) Guy Pearce has forced a successful profession in Hollywood, starring in movies reminiscent of Memento and The Hurt Locker 

In photos from the show’s Melbourne set, the Memento star might be seen slipping right into a Triumph motorcycle jacket while standing next to his character’s motorbike. 

Lucinda Cowden, who played Melanie Pearson from 1987 to 1991, looked in good spirits as she arrived for filming

The actress cut a glamorous figure for the day as she donned a vivid red dress with a floral detail and daring leg split.

Wrapping up in a black blazer, the soap star added height to her frame with an identical pair of trainers. 

Original: Paul Keane (right) , who plays Des Clarke, was one of Neighbours 12 original characters and has been back on the soap as a regular since 2020

Original: Paul Keane (right) , who plays Des Clarke, was one in all Neighbours 12 original characters and has been back on the soap as an everyday since 2020 

Legend: Paul appeared as Des in the very first episode of Neighbours which saw several characters attend his Stag Do Comeback: He also returned for Neighbours 35th anniversary in 2020

Legend: Paul appeared as Des within the very first episode of Neighbours which saw several characters attend his Stag Do 

Neighbours announced that production could be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March. 

‘We’re so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast now we have to substantiate that Neighbours will stop production in June,’ the show wrote. 

‘Following the lack of our key broadcast partner within the UK [Channel 5] and despite an in depth seek for alternative funding, we simply haven’t any option but to rest the show.

‘To our amazing, loyal fans, we all know this can be a huge disappointment, because it is to all of us on the team. We thanks for all of your messages and support and promise to finish the show on an incredible high. From here on, we’re celebrating Neighbours.’

Iconic: Guy, who played Mike Young between 1986 and 1989, was spotted on set as the TV series filmed its final scenes this week Casual: In photos from the show's Melbourne set, the Memento star could be seen slipping into a Triumph motorcycle jacket while standing next to his character's motorbike

Iconic: Guy, who played Mike Young between 1986 and 1989, was spotted on set because the TV series filmed its final scenes this week

Suave: Guy looked effortlessly cool as he sported a black leather jacket and matching skinny jeans while preparing to film a scene on a motorbike

Suave: Guy looked effortlessly cool as he sported a black leather jacket and matching skinny jeans while preparing to film a scene on a motorcycle 

Reunion: Guy appeared in good spirits as he chatted with Annie and other members of the crew between takes

Reunion: Guy appeared in good spirits as he chatted with Annie and other members of the crew between takes 

End of an era: Stefan Dennis (left), who played Paul Robinson, and Geoff Paine (right), who starred as Clive Gibbons, both looked thrilled to be back on set Return: Geoff joined Neighbours back in 1986 and returned to the show in 2017

End of an era: Stefan Dennis (left), who played Paul Robinson, and Geoff Paine (right), who starred as Clive Gibbons, each looked thrilled to be back on set 

Style: Lucinda cut a glamorous figure for the day as she donned a bright red dress with a floral detail

Style: Lucinda cut a glamorous figure for the day as she donned a vivid red dress with a floral detail

Show: Lucinda portrayed Melanie from 1987 to 1991 and made a cameo appearance for the 20th anniversary in 2005 Comeback: She returned to the show again last year

Show: Lucinda portrayed Melanie from 1987 to 1991 and made a cameo appearance for the twentieth anniversary in 2005 

Network 10 addressed the tip of the series in an announcement to Australian media in March, admitting it had been a ‘difficult decision’.

‘Today, Fremantle confirmed that Neighbours will stop production in June, after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes,’ a network spokesperson announced.

‘This difficult decision got here after the seek for an alternate UK broadcast partner proved unsuccessful.’

They added that the series would ‘not air on 10 Peach beyond September 2022’, marking the tip of its decades-long run.

Final days: Annie, Guy, Stefan and Paul were all brought back for the soap's final days of filming alongside Annie Jones right) who starred as 'Plane Jane' Harris

Final days: Annie, Guy, Stefan and Paul were all brought back for the soap’s final days of filming alongside Annie Jones right) who starred as ‘Plane Jane’ Harris 

Role: British-born Guy had a four-year stint as Mike in Neighbours before hitting the big time Success: The 54-year-old has appeared in hit films including L.A. Confidential and Memento and has been nominated for Golden Globe Awards

Role: British-born Guy had a four-year stint as Mike in Neighbours before hitting the massive time

Production: Neighbours announced that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March

Production: Neighbours announced that production could be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March

Mainstay: Stefan Dennis portrayed cold-hearted businessman Paul Robinson, appearing in the show's first episode back in 1985 History: He left the show in 1993 and returned 11 years later in 2004 and has stayed with the soap ever since

Mainstay: Stefan Dennis portrayed cold-hearted businessman Paul Robinson, appearing within the show’s first episode back in 1985

‘A much-loved stalwart of our program schedule for over 35 years it has been a staple of Australian television drama, and Australian cultural exports,’ they added.

‘Ramsay Street, Erinsborough, is a cul-de-sac recognised all around the world and has been home to Scott and Charlene, Des and Daphne, Dr Karl and Susan, Dee and Toadie, Aaron and David and lots of, many more neighbours.

‘Network 10 thanks the forged, crew, all of the production team and Fremantle for bringing the right mix of soap and sunshine to audiences in Australia and all over the world.’

Channel 10 also praised ‘the Australian fans and audiences for his or her continued support of the series’.

‘Their encouragement particularly previously few weeks has been incredible. It shows that our audience still want Australian scripted drama,’ continued the statement.

Snap: Lucinda was seen taking a photo of Geoff as he held up the iconic Ramsay St road sign

Snap: Lucinda was seen taking a photograph of Geoff as he held up the long-lasting Ramsay St road sign 

Decision: Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to come up with 'alternative funding' for the series which contributed to its ending

Decision: Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to provide you with ‘alternative funding’ for the series which contributed to its ending 

They said: 'It is with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we are confirming that Neighbours will cease production in June'

They said: ‘It’s with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we’re confirming that Neighbours will stop production in June’

Character: Ian made his Neighbours debut as Harold back in 1987 and stayed on the show until 1991 before returning in 1996 Run: The character appeared on screen for 12 years, making him one of the longest-running characters in the show's history

Character: Ian made his Neighbours debut as Harold back in 1987 and stayed on the show until 1991 before returning in 1996

‘Now we have listened to them and there are exciting latest local projects within the pipeline, which is great for our audience and for the local industry.

‘We’re confident that the forged, crew and writers will bring their distinctive warmth, style and humour to the Neighbours set as they embark on filming the ultimate episodes over the approaching months.’

Fremantle, the production company behind the soap, said it had been unable to provide you with ‘alternative funding’ for the series.

‘It’s with sadness that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we’re confirming that Neighbours will stop production in June,’ Fremantle said.

‘Following the lack of a key broadcast partner within the UK, and despite a seek for alternative funding, we currently haven’t any option but to rest the show.

Looking good: Lucinda sported a pair of eye-catching gold earrings while she wrapped up in a black coat

Looking good: Lucinda sported a pair of eye-catching gold earrings while she wrapped up in a black coat 

End of the road: Channel 5 confirmed the end of its 14-year deal with Neighbours in February

End of the road: Channel 5 confirmed the tip of its 14-year cope with Neighbours in February

Star: Annie Jones portrayed 'Plane Jane' Harris on Neighbours from 1986 to 1989 and won the Logie Award for Most Popular Actress Rerturn: She briefly returned to the soap in 2005 before returning again in 2018

Star: Annie Jones portrayed ‘Plane Jane’ Harris on Neighbours from 1986 to 1989 and won the Logie Award for Most Popular Actress

‘Everyone at Neighbours has been overwhelmed by the love and support from the audience for the reason that news got here out.

‘The show has brought a sunny slice of Australia into the homes of tens of millions of viewers all over the world launching the careers of dozens of household names along the best way.

‘But as this chapter of Ramsay Street involves a detailed, we promise to do all the pieces we will to provide the show the send-off it deserves.’  

Channel 5 confirmed the tip of its 14-year cope with Neighbours in February, with a spokesperson telling MailOnline that the choice to axe the soap comes because the channel’s ‘current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama’.

‘We recognise that there can be disappointment about this decision, nevertheless our current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama, which has strong appeal for our viewers,’ they said.

Last act: Last month, Neighbours released its final cast photo, depicting the show's beloved characters enjoying a picnic in a park

Last act: Last month, Neighbours released its final forged photo, depicting the show’s beloved characters having fun with a picnic in a park 

What did the Neighbours forged do next? As Guy Pearce leads the celebrities returning to Ramsay Street to film its final scenes, FEMAIL reveals how the Australian soap became a springboard to VERY successful careers

It was officially axed this spring after 37 years on-air – and Guy Pearce has led the celebrities returning to Australia’s long-running soap Neighbours to film a few of its final scenes this week.

Guy, who played Mike Young between 1986 and 1989, was spotted on set on Monday for the ultimate week of filming in Melbourne – alongside original forged members Ian Smith, Annie Jones and Paul Keane. 

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan are also set to feature within the grand finale of the soap, after Network 10 and Fremantle, the show’s producer, revealed it could be axed.

Since Kylie made the leap from soap sweetheart to popstar, this long-running series has produced top singers, Hollywood hunks, TV stars and world-renowned beauties.

But while some have used the show as a springboard to worldwide fame, others have opted to fade from the limelight after leaving Ramsay Street.

Here, FEMAIL reveals those that have turned their soap star beginnings into super stardom and people who have chosen a more sedate path. 

GUY PEARCE: MIKE YOUNG 

Guy Pearce joined the Neighbours cast as bad boy Mike Young in the 1980s Guy Pearce has forged a successful career in Hollywood, starring in films such as Memento and The Hurt Locker. Pictured on set this week

After his stint on Neighbours as bad boy Mike Young (left) Guy Pearce has forged a successful profession in Hollywood, starring in movies reminiscent of Memento and The Hurt Locker. Pictured right, on set this week

Guy Pearce (left) as Mike Young and his best mate in Erinsborough Scott Robinson aka Jason Donovan

British-born Guy, one other original forged member, had a four-year stint as Mike in Neighbours before hitting the massive time.

The 54-year-old has appeared in hit movies including L.A. Confidential, Memento and The Hurt Locker and has been nominated for Golden Globe Awards.  

In 2015, he split from his wife, psychologist Kate Mestitz – his childhood sweetheart who he married in 1997. He later welcomed a son, called Monte, in 2016 together with his partner Dutch actress Carice van Houten.

And while they keep details about their four-year-old’s upbringing in Carice’s home country of The Netherlands private, Guy has admitted that being a father in his 50s has its challenges.

He candidly told Who magazine in October: ‘Having a young child on the ripe old age of 53 is so much. But I’m focused on spending on a regular basis I can with him and being the perfect dad I will be.’

Meanwhile, the actor has described the experience of being back on the Neighbours set as ‘coming home’. 

Talking to Metro.co.uk, Guy said: ‘It is extremely exciting and surreal at the identical time being back on set again, nevertheless it appears like coming home.

‘It’s where it began for me professionally. I have been asked to return back on occasions through the years and wondered if it was the fitting thing to do, but once I knew the show was ending, I knew I needed to do it.’

PAUL KEANE:  DES

Des (left) and Daphne played by Paul Keane and Elaine Smith were Neighbours original happiest couple Paul Keane on set this week

Des (left) and Daphne played by Paul Keane and Elaine Smith were Neighbours original happiest couple. Pictured right, Paul Keane on set this week

Des and Daphne played by Paul Keane and Elaine Smith were Neighbours original happiest couple.

Daphne lent her name to the favored cafe for a time that was an everyday haunt of the characters while Des was her lovable husband they usually had a baby together on the show.

But as that is soapland, their blissful marriage was to not last as Daphne was killed off in a automotive crash in 1987 – the show’s first big tear-jerking departure.

Elaine went on to have small roles on other shows before stepping back from her profession to be a mother.

Paul stayed on the soap for just a few years and left in 1990. He quit acting altogether and as an alternative took a job in a pub, before scuffling with addiction and anxiety for over a decade.

He reprised his role as Des for the thirty fifth anniversary special in March 2020, making a transient return to Ramsay Street in a plotline involving Sheila Canning, played by Colette Mann.

Last 12 months, Paul told Digital Spy why he was not returning to Neighbours full time.

‘I live in Sydney, and Neighbours is filmed in Melbourne. Relocating is fantastic whenever you’re young, but I’m getting on a bit! I like the concept of popping back every once in a while for a visit though, that will be really cool,’ he explained.

IAN SMITH: HAROLD BISHOP

Ian Smith, left, has been a Neighbours stalwart as Harold Bishop after first appearing as Madge's (Anne Charleston) husband. He even came back from the dead when he was killed off in the Nineties Ian on the Neighbours set this week

Ian Smith, left, has been a Neighbours stalwart as Harold Bishop, left, after first appearing as Madge’s (Anne Charleston) husband. He even got here back from the dead when he was killed off within the Nineties

Ian, with co-star Tom Oliver as Lou Carpenter, have added comedy to the soap over the many years

As Harold Bishop, Ian Smith, 83, became one in all the show’s most legendary characters.

He was there from day one and his relationship with Madge Bishop was a spotlight of various plots while his friendship with Lou, who nicknamed him ‘jelly belly’, often added comedy to the show. 

He was notoriously killed off in 1991 – or so we thought – as he then made a miraculous return to seem within the show on and off from the Nineties until 2015.

Speaking on Network 10’s Studio 10 in 2018, the much-loved character admitted that he wished he would have quit the series sooner. 

While attempting to branch outside of his character into alternative acting roles, the star said he was turned down from various opportunities due to his long-standing association to Harold.

The famous face said that in an audition for a wholly dissimilar role, he was told: ‘Oh you were Harold. You could not possibly be a murdering paedophile.’

Following a series of attempts, Ian decided that he had had enough and desired to retire the role.  

When asked about his dream role, Ian admitted to wanting to play one as far-off from Harold as possible.

While he said he still loves Harold, he expressed the importance of venturing beyond those constricted territories for himself as an actor. 

‘I would love to go as removed from Harold as I can, to not prove it to other people, but to prove it to myself,’ he explained.

STEFAN DENNIS: PAUL ROBINSON

Neighbours icon Stefan Dennis has escaped the grim reaper as villain Paul Robinson many times on the soap since the show's inception in 1985 Stefan on the Neighbours set this week

Neighbours icon Stefan Dennis has escaped the grim reaper as villain Paul Robinson (left) again and again on the soap for the reason that show’s inception in 1985. Pictured, Stefan on the Neighbours set this week

Neighbours icon Stefan Dennis has escaped the grim reaper as villain Paul Robinson again and again on the soap for the reason that show’s inception in 1985.

He was left for dead in a vicious attack in the summertime of 2019, having been bludgeoned with a blunt object and his serial killer son Robert broke free from prison in December. He was also shot by girlfriend Terry back in 1986.

And Stefan told MailOnline: ‘Paul has done all the pieces now, been married six times, you may’t kill him, they’ve tried again and again.’

Stefan has little question seen all of it since appearing alongside Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce within the glory years of the soap within the 80s.

Asked what his favourite memory from his time with those stars, he laughs and says: ‘Seeing Cliff Richard s**tting himself.

‘He was so nervous backstage on the London Palladium in 1988 after we all appeared on the Royal Variety Show.

‘There was an inventory of giant showbiz names, people I used to be in total awe of and Cliff was standing across the hallway from me, waiting to go on stage.

‘He was saying “Oh my god, I’m so nervous”. But Smithy, Ian Smith, who played Harold Bishop couldn’t imagine it.

‘He was saying, “That is Cliff Richard, he cannot be nervous!” But it surely just goes to indicate that irrespective of how famous you get, you continue to get butterflies.’

ANNIE JONES: PLAIN JANE 

Annie Jones played 'Plain Jane Superbrain' from 1986- 1989 and shed her nerdy image by ditching her glasses Annie on the set of Neighbours this week

Annie Jones played ‘Plain Jane Superbrain’ from 1986- 1989 and shed her nerdy image by ditching her glasses. Pictured right, Annie on the set of Neighbours this week

Despite her popularity, Annie never became as successful as her co-stars like Guy Pearce, pictured along with her as Mike in 1986

Annie Jones, now 55, played ‘Plain Jane Superbrain’ from 1986 to 1989 and was love interest to Guy Pearce’s Mike. She reprised her role in 2018 and has been an everyday fixture on the show ever since.

She famously transformed from a nerd to a beauty by losing her glasses and letting her hair down and won the Logie Award for Most Popular Actress in 1989.

Despite her popularity then, Annie never went on to be as famous as her co-stars.

She had just a few small roles including in The Flying Doctors after leaving Neighbours but work took a back seat so she could look after her ailing mother. 

In February 2022, she admitted she’s ‘in a little bit of shock’ on the prospect that the series might film its final scenes in June.

‘I pray the show can be saved someway,’ the veteran actress told the Herald Sun. ‘We’d like Neighbours to proceed for the sake of our upcoming film and tv makers.’

KYLIE MINOGUE: CHARLENE ROBINSON

The marriage of Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charleen (Kylie Minogue) is one in all the best-loved moments from Neighbours history

Home sweet home: Kylie revealed last year that she was leaving London after 30 years to return to Melbourne after spending time there during the pandemic

Home sweet home: Kylie revealed last 12 months that she was leaving London after 30 years to return to Melbourne after spending time there throughout the pandemic 

The pint-sized songstress is arguably the show’s most famous export after finding worldwide fame as a singer when she left the soap.

She initially won hearts along with her on-screen romance with Scott Robinson, played by Jason Donovan.

The Kylie and Jason public obsession reached fever pitch when the couple got together in real life they usually had a success record together, Especially For You. 

But superstardom beckoned for Kylie, as she enjoyed hit after hit on the music charts.

Kylie recently relocated to her home city of Melbourne, Australia, after living within the UK for greater than three many years. 

The formerly London-based singer is believed to have quietly arrived back in Australia at the tip of January.

Kylie revealed she was leaving the British capital after 30 years to return to Melbourne after spending time there throughout the pandemic.

When asked in October about rumours she was returning to her home country permanently, Kylie confirmed it to BBC 2 radio.

Making a move: Her boyfriend, Paul Solomons (right), won't be joining her but they intend to continue a long-distance relationship

Making a move: Her boyfriend, Paul Solomons (right), won’t be joining her but they intend to proceed a long-distance relationship

‘It’s true, I can be basing myself in Australia,’ she said. ‘I can not imagine the response it’s had. I’ve had friends call me.’ I spent a whole lot of time with my family this 12 months in Australia and it felt really good… I have been talking about that for some time.’

Kylie reassured Brits she ‘won’t be a stranger’ and can still visit recurrently. ‘After all I’ve lived here for 30 years. I’m at all times going to be back,’ she said.

Kylie told friends she desired to live closer to her family, including her parents Carol and Ron, siblings Brendan and Dannii and nephew Ethan.

Her boyfriend, magazine executive Paul Solomons, won’t be joining her in Australia, but they intend to proceed a long-distance relationship. 

Kylie is one in all the celebrities returning for the grand finale, alongside Jason Donovan.

JASON DONOVAN: SCOTT ROBINSON 

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, much-loved characters Charlene and Scott, were a pair in real life

The actor has a regular DJ gig on Heart FM (pictured in London on February 23, 2022)

The actor has an everyday DJ gig on Heart FM (pictured in London on February 23, 2022)

Like his on-screen wife Kylie, Jason left the soap to pursue a pop profession and while he may not have been quite so lucky, lucky, lucky together with his recording profession he too topped the charts within the Eighties.

He’s starred in stage productions reminiscent of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.  

The actor hit a rough patch attributable to alcohol and drug abuse, suffering a cocaine-induced seizure at Kate Moss’s 21 celebration in 1995.

But he has since regained a picture befitting of his alter Neighbour’s ego Scott Robinson with an everyday DJ gig on Heart FM. 

And last 12 months, he made his pantomime debut in Goldilocks and the Three Bears on the Birmingham Hippodrome.

A 12 months ago, Jason revealed he would not ‘still be standing’ today without his long-term wife Angela Malloch. 

'She saved me': Jason previously revealed that he wouldn't 'still be standing' today without his wife Angela, who saved him from cocaine addiction (pictured in April 2018)

‘She saved me’: Jason previously revealed that he would not ‘still be standing’ today without his wife Angela, who saved him from cocaine addiction (pictured in April 2018)

In a candid interview, the singer – who once dated his Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue – gushed over his wife of over 13 years as he admitted that she ‘saved’ him from cocaine addiction.

He told The Mirror: ‘Had it not been for her [Angela], I doubt I’d still be standing. She was my saving grace and set to turn into the true love of my life.’

Jason went on to clarify that he believes Angela was sent to him ‘for a reason’, after the pair met in 1998 while Jason was starring within the Rocky Horror Show UK tour.

He continued: ‘Ange gave me my life back, made me see what love really was and to the day I die I can be grateful to her for that.’

The smitten couple tied the knot in 2008 and share three children together – Jemma, 21, Zac, 20, and Molly, ten.

AND… WHERE ARE THE REST OF THE STARS?

RUSSELL CROWE : KENNY LARKIN

Russell Crowe on screen with Jason Donovan as Scott Robinson in 1985 Russell Crowe, pictured in 2018, went on to win an Oscar for his role in Gladiator and his career shows no sign of slowing down

Russell Crowe on screen with Jason Donovan as Scott Robinson in 1985, left. Russell Crowe, pictured right in 2018, went on to win an Oscar for his role in Gladiator and his profession shows no sign of slowing down

One other Neighbour to hit the massive time is megastar Russell Crowe, 57, who won an Oscar for his role in Gladiator.

He’s one in all Hollywood’s leading male stars but before he was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ridley Scott, he played ex-con Kenny Larkin in 4 episodes within the Eighties.

His profession shows no sign of slowing down and he’s currently filming blockbuster thriller Poker Face, together with co-stars Liam Hemsworth and rapper RZA. 

The large budget motion flick was placed on pause last 12 months after a lot of crew members tested positive to Covid. 

Crowe is directing and starring within the high octane outing which is ready contained in the glamorous world of high-stakes poker and likewise contains a cameo from Hemsworth’s sister-in-law Elsa Pataky. 

The film can be produced by Australian actor Addam Bramich and Gary Hamilton.

Shot each at Fox Studios and across a lot of NSW landmarks, the film was originally attributable to wrap in September last 12 months.

LIAM AND CHRIS HEMSWORTH: JOSH TAYLOR AND JAMIE KANE

Liam Hemsworth Star of the Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth launched his career playing wheelchair-bound hunk Josh Taylor (pictured) on the street from 2007 to 2008

Star of the Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth (left) launched his profession playing wheelchair-bound hunk Josh Taylor (right) on the road from 2007 to 2008

Chris Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor, followed his brother Liam to Ramsay Street playing Jamie Kane in one episode (pictured) before heading for Hollywood

Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor, followed his brother Liam to Ramsay Street playing Jamie Kane in a single episode (pictured right) before heading for Hollywood

Star of the Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth launched his profession playing wheelchair-bound hunk Josh Taylor on the road from 2007 to 2008.

He’s since taken Hollywood by storm in his role as Gale Hawthorne and is currently filming for blockbuster thriller Poker Face. 

Liam’s brother Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor, also made a transient appearance in Neighbours as Jamie Kane before heading for Hollywood. 

He shot to fame for his role because the superhero within the 2011 Marvel Studios film Thor and sequels, including The Avengers.

Chris also starred opposite Kristen Stewart within the film Snow White and the Huntsman because the Huntsman and in 2014, was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.

He began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in early 2010 who he later married. They share three children: daughter India Rose and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha.

In 2015 they moved from their Los Angeles home to Byron Bay, where they now remain.

MARGOT ROBBIE: DONNA FREEMAN

Margot Robbie Margot Robbie (pictured in Neighbours) has since hit the big time starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street and was one of the stars of the Oscars red carpet

Margot Robbie (pictured in Neighbours, right) has since hit the massive time starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street and was one in all the celebrities of the Oscars red carpet (left)

Margot Robbie, who began her on screen life in Neighbours in 2008, has since hit the massive time starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street and Will Smith in Focus and Suicide Squad. 

She married British film producer Tom Ackerley in 2016 after meeting on the set of Suite Francaise and is in major demands for film roles. 

In addition to having starred as Harley Quinn in a Suicide Squad spin-off, she also portrayed the figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. 

Margot’s Birds Of Prey was the eighth instalment within the DC Prolonged Universe and servesd as a spin-off and sequel to Suicide Squad (2016). 

It grossed $201 million worldwide and was mostly well-received, with critics praising Margot’s performance as Harley. 

In total, Margot has made 4 appearances in her critically acclaimed role: Suicide Squad (2016), Birds Of Prey (2020), Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) and The Suicide Squad, a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2021).

Margot Robbie played Donna Freedman in Neighbours in 2008 (centre) a student at Erinsborough High

NATALIE IMBRUGLIA: BETH BRENNAN

Natalie Imbruglia Natalie Imbruglia, 47, left her role as Beth Brennan (pictured) and kissed goodbye to her onscreen surfer-dude husband Brad Willis to launch a singing career in 1997

Natalie Imbruglia, 47, left her role as Beth Brennan (pictured right) and kissed goodbye to her onscreen surfer-dude husband Brad Willis to launch a singing profession in 1997

Natalie Imbruglia, 47, left her role as Beth Brennan and kissed goodbye to her onscreen surfer-dude husband Brad Willis to launch a singing profession in 1997.

The album Left In The Middle sold seven million copies and her single Torn became an quick hit. Other albums followed although they weren’t as commercially successful as her first. 

In 2015, she made a comeback with the album Male, featuring cover versions of songs made famous my male lead singers, which reached number 20 within the UK album charts. 

She made her first film debut within the 2003 film Johnny English alongside Rowan Atkinson.

The singer has since appeared in movies Closed for Winter, Underdogs and Amongst Ravens in addition to continuing her music profession.

She appeared on The X Factor Australia as a judge in 2010 but didn’t return for the third season and in 2014 signed with Sony Masterworks for her first album in six years.

The London-based star divorced her Australian husband of 5 years, Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns in 2008 saying the space between them was an excessive amount of. 

More recently, she was crowned the winner of The Masked Singer 2022 earlier this month after being revealed as Panda.

Beth Brennan played by Natalie along with her onscreen surfer husband, Brad Willis at their 1993 TV wedding

The songstress beat Charlotte Church who was unmasked as Mushroom in second place and Westlife star Mark Feehily who was revealed to be Robobunny in third place. 

Natalie impressed judges Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Joss Stone on the night when she sang Taylor Swift’s hit Blank Space, before performing a duet with comedian Jason Manford, who was Hedgehog in series one.

Elsewhere, Natalie revealed she is ‘able to play the celebrity game again’ after winning The Masked Singer.

The star told The Sun she ‘just doesn’t care anymore’ and added: ‘It’s good to be in a spot where you may do a show like this and embrace the fun of it and never take yourself so seriously.’

DELTA GOODREM: NINA TUCKER

Delta Goodrem ... as Nina Tucker in Neighbours

She hasn’t aged a day! Delta Goodrem now and as Nina Tucker in Neighbours 

Delta Goodrem, 37, rose to fame in 2002 as school girl and aspiring singer Nina Tucker on the soap.

Her song Born to Try premiered on the show, re-launching her music profession and contributing to her 2003 Logie for Most Popular Recent Talent. 

In 2003, on the age of 18, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was forced to depart work for treatment, but after announcing her remission, soon began work on her second album.

In March 2005, Goodrem starred in Hating Alison Ashley, her first film role, nevertheless her acting profession was short-lived.

In November 2011, Goodrem was announced as a judge on The Voice Australia alongside Keith Urban, Joel Madden, and Seal.

She spent eight seasons as a coach on the Channel Nine version of the singing competition before stepping back in 2021. 

She’s had nine primary singles and five primary albums in Australia and sold over nine million albums worldwide. 

Nonetheless, she’s often hit the headlines for her love life because of relationships with a lot of high profile men.

In 2004, she dated Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis after which had a long-term relationship with former Westlife singer Brian McFadden.

They got engaged but split up in 2011 after which Deltra than had a year-long relationship with singer Nick Jonas of boy band the Jonas Brothers.

She’s since dated musician Matthew Copley, with the couple, who’re famously private, confirming their relationship in January 2018.

HOLLY CANDY: FLICK SCULLY

Holly Valance ... as Felicity 'Flick' Scully

Holly Valance (left) left her role as Felicity ‘Flick’ Scully in 2002 to pursue a music profession and scored a success with Kiss Kiss 

Holly Valance left her role as Felicity ‘Flick’ Scully in 2002 to pursue a music profession.

Her first album Footprints, in 2002, was a hit, along with her single Kiss Kiss peaking at primary and Naughty Girl at number three in Australia.

Her album State of Mind in 2003 didn’t do as well and he or she returned to acting in 2004 within the US but has not yet managed to crack America like Margot Robbie.

Valance appeared in CSI: Miami, Entourage and CSI: NY, in addition to guest-starring in Prison Break in 2006. In 2008, she had a job in Taken alongside Hollywood star Liam Neeson.

In 2012 Valance married billionaire property developer Nick Candy in Beverly Hills and in 2013 gave birth to their first child, Luka Candy, in London. 

Holly, 38, and her husband Nick Candy, 48, were seen enjoying a low-key date night as they joined a slew of stars for the VIP re-opening of Winter Wonderland in November 2021 in London

Holly, 38, and her husband Nick Candy, 48, were seen having fun with a low-key date night as they joined a slew of stars for the VIP re-opening of Winter Wonderland in November 2021 in London

JESSE SPENCER : BILLY KENNEDY

Jesse Spencer Jesse Spencer, 43, who become a teenage heart throb when he played Billy Kennedy (pictured) in the soap from 1994 to 2000, left the show with high hopes to crack Hollywood

Jesse Spencer, 43, who turn into a teenage heart throb when he played Billy Kennedy (pictured right) within the soap from 1994 to 2000, left the show with high hopes to crack Hollywood

Jesse Spencer, 43, who turn into a teenage heart throb when he played Billy Kennedy within the soap from 1994 to 2000, left the show with high hopes to crack Hollywood.

He went on to star in hit US series House alongside Hugh Laurie and played a number one role in Chicago Fire in addition to taking up film parts.

The star can be a keen musician and plays violin within the charity cover group Band From TV, together with his former co-star Hugh Laurie.

CRAIG MCLACHLAN: HENRY RAMSAY

Craig McLachlan Another original cast member, Craig McLachlan, 56, who played Mike's curly-haired buddy Henry Ramsay from 1987-89, had a brief singing career

One other original forged member, Craig McLachlan, 56, who played Mike’s curly-haired buddy Henry Ramsay from 1987-89, had a transient singing profession 

One other original forged member, Craig McLachlan, 51, who played Mike’s curly-haired buddy Henry Ramsay from 1987-89, had a transient singing profession. 

He had a Number Two hit, Mona, and appeared in Grease on the West End stage. 

But he went back to his past love of soap by playing school teacher Grant Mitchell on rival Oz show Home & Away and likewise stayed on TV screens down under in The Dr Blake Mysteries.

ALAN DALE: JIM ROBINSON

Alan Dale Alan Dale played Jim Robinson (pictured) from when the first show aired till his departure in 1993 when his character famously suffered from a heart attack

Alan Dale played Jim Robinson (pictured right) from when the primary show aired till his departure in 1993 when his character famously suffered from a heart attack 

Alan Dale played Jim Robinson from when the primary show aired till his departure in 1993 when his character famously suffered from a heart attack. 

He appeared in 869 episodes and was the top of one in all the show’s hottest families.

It took just a few years for him to place Jim behind him and resurrect his acting profession but in 2000 he found success within the US hit shows The OC after which Ugly Betty.

The 74-year-old also appeared in 24 and Lost and worked on Dominion and NCIS, in addition to The West Wing, Entourage and Once Upon a Time.

His film roles include Detective Isaksson in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Councilman Rockwell in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.   

Dale has been married to former Miss Australia Tracey Dale since 1990. 

ANNE CHARLESTON: MADGE BISHOP

Anne Charleston ... as Madge in Neighbours back in the Eighties with Kylie

Anne Charleston, left, and as Madge in Neighbours back within the Eighties with Kylie, right

Anne Charleston is one other Neighbours legend after playing Madge Bishop from 1985 to 1992.

Now 79, she has appeared in various other shows and stage productions since leaving the soap but because of her long-enduring appeal, she’ll at all times be now often known as Madge. 

Though leaving in 1992 to re-locate to Ireland, she later accepted the offer to return to Neighbours reprising her role from 1996. Her character Madge died in 2001 of pancreatic cancer. 

In 2013 Charleston played a job within the Prisoner remake, Wentworth, which saw her portray the mother-in-law of prisoner Lizzy Birdsworth.

In 2005, she had cosmetic surgery performed, survive British television for the show Cosmetic Surgery Live and late in 2014 she played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella on the Redditch Palace Theatre.

SIANOA SMIT-MCPHEE: BREE TIMMINS

Sianoa Smit-McPhee, 30, played the introverted, confused and briefly gothic character of Bree Timmins (pictured) from 2005 - 2007 From 2009 to 2011, she starred in the HBO series Hung as Darby Drecker and appeared in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2012

Sianoa Smit-McPhee, 30, played the introverted, confused and briefly gothic character of Bree Timmins (pictured left) from 2005 – 2007

Sianoa Smit-McPhee, 30, played the introverted, confused and briefly gothic character of Bree Timmins from 2005 – 2007. 

She later appeared in kid’s television series Because the Bell Rings as DJ, which aired on the Disney Channel and in 2008, appeared as Desma within the short film Hugo alongside Tessa James and Georgia Flood.

From 2009 to 2011, she starred within the HBO series Hung as Darby Drecker and appeared in It’s At all times Sunny in Philadelphia in 2012. 

Lately, it appears as if Sianoa calls Los Angeles home, where she spends a whole lot of her time working on her music within the recording studio. 

BRETT TUCKER: DANIEL FITZGERALD

Brett Tucker, 49, played the role of teacher Daniel Fitzgerald (pictured) from 1999–2000 - a role which he returned to in late 2007 Brett Tucker in the soap

Brett Tucker, 49, played the role of teacher Daniel Fitzgerald (pictured) from 1999–2000 – a job which he returned to in late 2007

Brett Tucker, 49, played the role of teacher Daniel Fitzgerald from 1999–2000 – a job which he returned to in late 2007.

In 2009 he left the show and moved to the US where he appeared in multiple high-profile shows including CSI: NY, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS. 

In 2013, Tucker briefly appeared in Thor: The Dark World as an Einherjar Guard. He then appeared as Harry Davis in Mistresses where he starred alongside Alyssa Milano until 2016.

More recently, he joined the forged of Fox’s dance dramedy The Big Leap in a recurring role.

He then appeared as Harry Davis in Mistresses where he starred alongside Alyssa Milano until 2016

He then appeared as Harry Davis in Mistresses where he starred alongside Alyssa Milano until 2016

DICHEN LACHMAN: KATYA KINSKI

Dichen Lachman, 40, played the role of Katya Kinski (pictured) on the show from 2005 to 2007, before heading to Los Angeles to advance her career Dichen Lachman

Dichen Lachman, 40, played the role of Katya Kinski (pictured left) on the show from 2005 to 2007, before heading to Los Angeles to advance her profession 

Dichen Lachman, 40, played the role of Katya Kinski on the show from 2005 to 2007, before heading to Los Angeles to advance her profession. 

Since, she has played the role of Sierra in television series Dollhouse, appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles and took up the role of Suren in TV series Being Human. 

She also played the role of Tani Tumrenjack in TV show Last Resort, Anya in The 100, Angela in Shameless and Jiaying in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Anya: Lachman starred on hit show The 100 in 2014

JANET ANDREWARTHA: LYNN SCULLY  

Janet Andrewartha, 69, is best known for her role as Lynn Scully on Neighbours, where she maintained the role from 1999 to 2011 Janet Andrewartha

Janet Andrewartha, 69, is best known for her role as Lynn Scully on Neighbours, where she maintained the role from 1999 to 2011

Janet Andrewartha, 69, is best known for her role as Lynn Scully on Neighbours, where she maintained the role from 1999 to 2011.

Though leaving the show in 2006 to pursue family life and other roles, she returned in 2008 for a transient stint and again in 2009, where she stayed until 2011. 

During that point, Andrewartha worked in London on theatre projects and as an ensemble member within the play All My Sons on the Melbourne Theatre Company. 

ANNE WILKINSON: PLAYED BY BROOKE SATCHWELL  

Brooke Satchwell played the role of Anne Wilkinson (pictured) from 1996 - 2000 Still acting: In 2013, she worked on the show Dirty Laundry Live as a panellist and later joined the cast of Wonderland as lawyer Grace Barnes

Brooke Satchwell played the role of Anne Wilkinson (pictured left) from 1996 – 2000

Brooke Satchwell played the role of Anne Wilkinson from 1996 – 2000 and went on for a transient stint as Sophie Ferguson in Water Rats before working on White Collar Blue until 2003.

She was later forged as a lead role within the film Subdivision and in 2012, joined the forged of television series Packed to the Rafters as Frankie.

In 2013, she worked on the show Dirty Laundry Live as a panellist and later joined the forged of Wonderland as lawyer Grace Barnes. 

ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS WHO TURNED THEIR BACK ON FAME 

Vivean Gray as Mrs Mangel

VIVEAN GRAY: MRS MANGEL

Vivean Gray was one other Neighour’s legend as gossipy old woman of Ramsay Street, Mrs Mangel.

She could at all times be trusted to break the young people’s fun and lay down the moral high ground. 

Before Neighbours, she had a long-running role in Australian soap The Sullivans but became rather more famous because of her time in Erinsborough.  

However the actress didn’t seem comfortable with the worldwide fame and devoted fans Neighbours brought and left in 1988 when she retired from acting.

Sadly, she died in Australia in July 2016 on the age of 92.  

MARISA SIKETA : SUMMER HOYLAND

Summer Hoyland: Marisa Siketa won the hearts of thousands in the role of Summer Hoyland from 2002 - 2007 Other priorities: While Siketa starred in various ads (pictured) following her departure, she is now an ambassador at Geelong Animal Welfare Society

Summer Hoyland: Marisa Siketa won the hearts of hundreds within the role of Summer Hoyland from 2002 – 2007, left

Marisa Siketa joined Neighbours as Summer Hoyland from 2002 – 2007 after playing Melanie Atwood on The Saddle Club. 

After departing the show, she appeared in various commercials before taking over DJ work at 95.5 K-ROCK radio station, where she remained until 2014. 

She then became an envoy at Geelong Animal Welfare Society.  

CAITLIN STASEY: RACHEL KINSKI

Rachel Kinski: Caitlin Stasey played Rachel (pictured) from 2005 - 2009 before becoming successful in the Australian film industry with Tomorrow, When the War Began Caitlin Stasey

Rachel Kinski: Caitlin Stasey (right in 2015) played Rachel (left) from 2005 – 2009 before becoming successful within the Australian film industry with Tomorrow, When the War Began

Caitlin Stasey was a part of at neighbours as Rachel Kinski from 2005 – 2009 before starring within the hit Australian film Tomorrow, When the War Began, as Ellie Linton.

After appearing in American television series Reign, as Kenna, Stasey was also in comedy-horror film All Chearleaders Die as Maddy. 

Recently, Stasey has made a reputation for herself in social activism after using social media to attract attention to the Free the Nipple movement.  

Taking a stand: Stasey has made a reputation for herself in social activism after using social media to attract attention to the Free the Nipple movement

DAN PARIS: DREW KIRK

Dan Paris Known for his long 'hippy' hair, Drew began a relationship with established character Libby Kennedy, which eventually saw them marry and have a child together

Known for his long ‘hippy’ hair, Drew began a relationship with established character Libby Kennedy, which eventually saw them marry and have a baby together

Dan Paris bagged his first acting role as Neighbours hunk Drew Kirk in 1998.

Known for his long ‘hippy’ hair, Drew began a relationship with established character Libby Kennedy, which eventually saw them marry and have a baby together.

Nonetheless, in 2002, Dan decided to depart the show and pursue latest challenges. His character was killed off but returned three years later within the dreams of Stephanie Scully.

Dan, 48, moved into television presenting, hosting various natural history and travel programmes. He then arrange an award-winning photography business.

Neighbours’ most memorable storylines

Scott and Charlene’s wedding 

Perhaps essentially the most famous Neighbours moment, 20million people tuned in to observe Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, get married in November 1988.

The pair’s friend and family were seen in floods of tears as Charlene walked down the aisle to Offended Anderson power ballad Suddenly, with neighbour Nell Mangel catching the bouquet.

Mark leaves Annalise on the alter

Mark Gottlieb and Annalise Hartman’s nuptials didn’t go to plan in 1994. While each parties were nervous on the day, Mark left Annalise on the alter, saying he couldn’t marry her. 

Nonetheless, it wasn’t totally right down to Annalise as he decided marriage wasn’t for him and decided to turn into a priest.

The death of Helen Daniels

Helen Daniels, played by the late Anne Haddy, established herself because the grandmother of Ramsay Street.

Embroiled in some gripping storylines, through the years she saw her life stolen by a conman, she had an affair along with her daughter’s fiancé, and he or she fell down some stairs before suffering a stroke.

In a bid to bring the warring Ramsay and Robinson families together, she gathered them round to observe Scott and Charlene’s wedding together but, as they bickered over their differences, she quietly passed away on the sofa in her sleep.

The Lou, Madge and Harold love triangle

Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith) and Lou Carpenter’s (Tom Oliver) lives were entangled before the show even hit screens, with the trio knowing each other from their school days.

Madge fell head over heels for ‘Jelly Belly’ Harold but was also strongly drawn to cheeky Lou. 

Nonetheless, Madge’s life took an unexpected turn for viewers when she married Fred Mitchell, with their relationship soon becoming troubled.

Madge and Harold later got back together and he proposed much to the distaste of Lou who attempted to win Madge over. Madge eventually married Harold in 1988.

After Harold’s death, Lou set his sights on Madge over again and the pair planned to marry but they called it off when he realised he wasn’t a match for Harold.

Harold returns from the dead 

Harold was killed off on the soap when he was swept out to sea when Madge’s back was turned, leaving nothing behind aside from his glasses.

Nonetheless, he made a shock return to Erinsborough five years later, declaring he’d suffered from amnesia, with Helen Daniels running into him by likelihood while browsing in a Salvation Army shop.

He returned to Ramsay Street to be reunited with Madge.

Madge’s death

Madge appeared on the show from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2001 as a much-loved character.

After Harold’s return, the pair renewed their marriage vows and fostered a baby but she was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Doctors told her she had just months to live but further tragedy struck when her life was shortened even further after she developed septicaemia after cutting her finger.

Before her death, Lou confessed his undying love for her and he or she died within the arms of Harold. 

Susan’s memory loss

In typical soap style, Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) totally lost her memory after slipping on the milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002.

She was convinced she was 16 years old again, a situation that left her incredibly confused when she found herself by likelihood at a 70s-themed celebration. 

Toady’s heartache

Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, found was first heartbroken just hours after his wedding to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost control of their automotive and drove it off a cliff, along with her body never being found.

In 2010 he left Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) on the alter when he realised she didn’t love him and through his third wedding to Sonya Mitchell (Eve Morey) in 2013, a gas bottle exploded throughout the reception, destroying their marquee and leaving Sonya with a fractured skull and no memory of the marriage. Characters Priya Kapoor and Rhys Lawson were also killed within the blast.

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