The 23 Neighbors actors return for the star-studded finale of the popular soap opera

The popular Australian soap opera Neighbors comes to an end this week after 37 years with a top-class finale.

Over the years the show has proven to be a stepping stone for young Australian actors on their way to superstardom – read here how Scott and Charlene from Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue were the original Ross and Rachel.

The Independent has compiled a list of cast members from years past returning for the show’s anticipated departure.

Kylie Minogue Charlene Robinson

Minogue played Charlene Robinson from 1986 to 1988 before leaving to focus on her singing career. While it’s safe to say Minogue’s decision paid off, she did Neighbors to thank for beginning their fame.

Jason Donovan Scott Robinson

Donovan appeared as Scott Robinson from 1985 to 1989. The actor’s heartthrob was married to Minogue’s Charlene and formed a firm fan-favorite couple. In real life, Donovan followed in Minogue’s footsteps and launched a singing career before returning to acting in the 1990s.

Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue as Scott and Charlene

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Natalie Imbruglia Beth Brennan

Imbruglia played Beth Brennan from 1992 to 1996. Imbruglia reunites with London-based Australian Holly Vance for a brief scene in the finale, showing their characters meeting in London and reminiscing about their time on Ramsay Street.

Guy Pearce mike young

Pearce is another global star whose career was launched by the Australian soap opera. He won the role of Mike Young straight out of high school with no professional acting experience. Mike was abused by his father, David Young (Stewart Faichney), leading to a flood of fans who had also been abused by their fathers.

Margot Robbie Donna Freedman

Perhaps the most famous star to emerge from the epic soap opera, Robbie played Donna Freedman from 2008 to 2011. Her character was originally an obsessive fan of musician Ty Harper (Dean Geyer) before being inducted into a full-time cast member on the series. Network 10 confirmed Robbie’s return Neighbors will be a “small cameo role”.

Margot Robbie in Neighbors (Left)


Delta Goodrem Nina Tucker

Singer Goodrem played Nina Tucker from 2002 to 2005. She was approached by producers after seeing her video for her debut single, “Born To Try.” The show helped launch her music career when she performed the single during one episode, sending it straight to the top of the Australian charts.

Holly Valance Flick Scully

Valance played Felicity “Flick” Scully from 1999 to 2002. Valance launched a singing career and performed Be sure to come dance in 2011. She is currently married to British property developer Nick Candy, one of the UK’s richest men, with whom she shares two children.

Daniel McPherson Joel Samuels

MacPherson played Joel Samuels from 1998 to 2002 after joining the cast when he was just 17. His character was Toadie Rebecchi’s (Ryan Maloney) roommate and returns in the finale to celebrate Rebecchi’s marriage to Melanie Pearson.

Jan Smith Harold Bishop

Smith initially played Harold Bishop from 1987 to 1991 before returning to the role from 1996 to 2009 and briefly in 2011. The character was one of the longest-serving in soap history, being linked to two dead wives, two dead children, a dead grandchild, and a dead daughter-in-law.

Harold Bishop gets a surprise visit from his wife as the Aussie soap celebrates three decades

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Peter O’Brien Shane Ramsay

O’Brien played Shane Ramsay from 1985 to 1987. Shane has had a number of dramatic storylines, including training to be an Olympic swimmer and being involved in two car accidents, the second of which killed Jean Richards (Margot Knight).

Melissa bell Lucy Robinson

Bell was the third actor to portray Lucy Robinson, starting in 1991. The stereotypical “ditzy blonde” character was involved in incest, drugs, alcoholism and battled a brain tumor to name a few trials she faced.

Paul Keane Des Clarke

Keane played Des from 1985 to 1990 and appeared in the first episode of the series. The show took its toll on Clarke; He later revealed he was delighted when it was briefly canceled by Channel Seven. “Neighbors was my first job. I couldn’t believe how hard it was. I was exhausted. When it ended on Channel Seven, I thought, ‘Thank God I can go home.’ But then Ten picked it up. I was devastated,” he said.

Markus Klein Joe Lack

Little portrayed Joe Mangel from 1988 to 1991. Joe is a caricature of a hard-drinking worker and will make his cameo for the finale during a video call with Harold Bishop (Ian Smith).

Natalie Bassingthwaighte Izzy Hoyland

Bassingthwaight portrayed Izzy Hoyland from 2003 to 2007. She played the younger sister of Max Hoyland (Stephen Lovatt) until she decided to leave the series to focus on her singing career.

Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue return in the very final episode of Neighbors

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Olympic Volant Paige Smith

Valance played Paige Smith from 2014 to 2018. She was already a successful model before appearing on the show as the biological daughter of Brad Willis (Kip Gamblin) and Lauren Carpenter (Kate Kendall).

Kym Valentine Libby Kennedy

Valentine portrayed Libby Kennedy from 1994 to 2005 and 2007 to 2011. Libby was notably involved in a motorcycle accident before losing her husband, Drew Kirk, who died after being thrown from a horse.

Jess Spencer Billy Kennedy

Spencer played Kennedy from 1994 to 2000. After leaving the show, Spencer moved to the United States, where he played the lead role a house and then Chicago fire.

Benji McNair Mal Kennedy

McNair played Kennedy from 1994 to 1997 and has had a few brief returns over the years. McNair joined the cast as the eldest sibling of the Kennedy family.

Pippa Black Elle Robinson

Black played Elle Robinson from 2005 to 2009. Her character was manipulative: she carried out deceptions and plots against other characters.

Jordan PatrickSmith Andrew Robinson

Smith played Andrew Robinson from 1991 to 1992 before returning in 2009 to 2013. His backstory was subsequently changed to explain his Scottish accent.

Karl Bonner Stephen Scully

Bonner played Steph Scully from 1999 to 2010 before reprising her role from 2015 to 2018. Steph is the eldest daughter of Joe (Shane Connor) and Lyn Scully (Janet Andrewartha).

Morgan Baker Callum Rebecchi

Baker played Callum Rebechhi from 2008 to 2015. It was revealed during the show that Toadie’s partner Sonya Mitchell (Eve Morey) was Callum’s birth mother.

Lesley Baker Angie Rebecchi

Baker first played Angie Rebecchi from 1995 to 1996 before reprising her role on numerous occasions over the years.

The very last episode of Neighbors will be broadcast on Channel 5 on Friday 29 July at 9pm.

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