Neighbors reveal the famous faces who will join Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan in the last episode of history | Ents & Arts News


We already know the return of King and Queen Scott and Charlene from Neighbors – and now Channel 5 has revealed the other beloved characters who are set to return to Ramsay Street for the series finale.

The last episode of Neighborswhich airs in August, will see the fan favorites return to Australia’s most famous cul-de-sac to bid farewell after 37 years on screen.

The soap opera, which first aired in 1985, follows the lives of those who live and work in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough – and has helped launch the careers of stars including Margot RobbieRussell Crowe, Natalie Imbruglia, Guy Pearce, Liam Hemsworth, Holly Valance and of course, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue will return as Scott and Charlene

After much speculation, the announcement in April that Minogue and Donovan would reprise their roles as beloved Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson sent the internet into a frenzy.

Dr Karl Kennedy star Alan Fletcher – the show’s longest-serving actor – told Sky News in a recent interview that it would be an “emotional” final day on set.

Now Channel 5 has announced the other stars who will be taking part, saying the soap opera’s series finale will celebrate “the most memorable characters from all eras”.

So what other names will be in the credits of the latest Neighbors?

Joining Minogue and Donovan from those who joined in the 1980s will be Peter O’Brien, who appeared in the show’s first episode as Shane Ramsay, Ian Smith who played Harold Bishop, Mark Little as Joe Mangel and Paul Keane, who played Des Clarke.

Smith – who, as Harold, came back from the dead in one storyline – said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be back.”

Referring to himself as a “sook” – Australian slang for crybaby – he said: “I’m the biggest sook under the sun. I’m going to be shocking the last night Neighbors airs.

Kylie Minogue as Charlene Mitchell, Craig Mclachlan as Henry, Anne Charleston as Madge Bishop and Ian Smith as Harold Bishop in Neighbors
Ian Smith (right), who played Harold Bishop, will make another Neighbors return
Guy Pearce as Mike, Elaine Smith as Daphne and Paul Keane as Des in Neighbors
Guy Pearce as Mike, Elaine Smith as Daphne and Paul Keane as Des – Keane is among those who appear in the final episode

“It will truly be the end of an era and I’m so proud to have been a part of it.”

Stars of the 1990s include Daniel MacPherson who played Joel Samuels, Benjamin McNair as Malcolm Kennedy, Melissa Bell who played Lucy Robinson and Lesley Baker as Angie Rebecchi.

“Little did I know joining Neighbors at 17 was going to launch a career that continues to be the adventure of a lifetime,” MacPherson said.

“Returning and playing Joel once again was a small way to show my immense gratitude to the cast, crew and fans of the show.”

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Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne as Karl and Susan Kennedy in Neighbors
Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne are Neighbors’ oldest stars, having played Karl and Susan Kennedy for 28 years

And among those returning from the 2000s era are Chris Milligan who played Kyle Canning, Morgan Baker as Callum Rebecchi, Natalie Bassingthwaighte who played Izzy Hoyland, and James Mason as Chris Pappas.

Pippa Black who played Elle Robinson and her on-screen brother Jordan Patrick Smith, who played Andrew Robinson, will also return.

From the latest era of the series, Olympia Valance will return as Paige Smith alongside Jodi Anasta as Elly Conway, Zoe Cramond who played Amy Williams and Kate Kendall as Lauren Turner.

Ben Hall as Ned Willis, Olivia Junkeer as Yashvi Rebecchi, and Zima Anderson as Roxy Willis will also participate.

Jason Donovan as Scott Robinson and Russell Crowe as Kenny Larkin in Neighbors in the 1980s
Neighbors helped launch the careers of Hollywood stars Russell Crowe and Margot Robbie (below)
Margot Robbie as Donna Freedman, Jackie Woodburne as Susan Kennedy in Neighbors in 2009

Neighbors executive producer Jason Herbison said: “Whether the 80s, 90s, 2000s or teens are your favorite decade, we’ll be delivering something for everyone as Neighbors draws to a close.

“Alongside the current cast, we’ll be celebrating the most memorable characters from all eras, with a few surprises up our sleeve.”

It was announced earlier this year that Neighbors will cease production in June after failing to secure new funding since being abandoned by its broadcaster.

Filming has begun for the final month of the program, with the final episode airing August 1.

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