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One of Australia's best-loved actresses, Lorraine Bayly played Faye Hudson, the infuriating sister of Doug Willis in 1992. Lorraine's career has seen many exciting roles and she has won numerous awards. Here, she chats to us about her time with Neighbours and her thoughts on the show.

Could you give us some background on your career before your role in Neighbours?
I've been performing for approximately 60 years - 45 as an actress. Mostly theatre work - from Fairytales of New York to Death of a Salesman, although I also did two drama series, The Sullivans and Carson's Law. I did three years on the former, playing Grace Sullivan and two years on the latter. Also a few mini-series and a few movies, including The Man From Snowy River, but mainly theatre.

How did the role of Faye come about? How would you describe the character?
I only did Neighbours for about six months, so it wasn't really a major part of my career. I went into it because I had friends in it and had not seen much of it beforehand. I found Faye good fun to play in contrast to so many serious roles I had done. She was girly, shallow, self-absorbed but also a little pathetic.

Were there any of Faye's storylines that you remember especially fondly?
I'm afraid I can't remember any storylines - it was 13 years ago - I vaguely remember her singing "Red River Valley" in a talent quest, and I also remember her in a big wedding dress being jilted and heartbroken.

Which members of the cast did you particularly enjoy working with? Are you still in touch with any of them?
Most of the cast were lovely to work with - I don't know where some of them are now, the current cast is quite different. Also it is shot in Melbourne and I live in Sydney. I saw Terence Donovan (Doug Willis) recently when he was up in Sydney doing a show, and I was very fond of Anne Haddy (Helen Daniels) who has now sadly passed away. Tom Oliver (Lou Carpenter) was also a favourite and a friend, and I found the young actors a delight.

Could you ever envisage a return to Ramsay Street for Faye? What do you think she might be up to these days?
I don't see Faye returning. She's probably happily married to someone she could twist around her little finger - but would totally dote on him. She would have a cat. Or she is totally alone, sad, withdrawn, living in her own little fantasy world. She would have a cat.

Do you watch Neighbours now, and if so, what do you think of it?
I don't watch the show, but my niece-in-law does, and has for years and I'm sure will continue to do so.

Where has your career taken you since your stint on Neighbours?
Mainly theatre, most recently Birthrights, a play at the Sydney Opera House. I was awarded an A.M (Member of the Order of Australia) in the Australia Day Honour's List 2001, and I officially retired on the 2nd August - the closing night of Birthrights.

After more than 18 years on Australian screens, what do you think accounts for the enormous success Neighbours has seen?
From what I remember, I think the show sets good moral guidelines, and the characters and storylines are easy for a viewer to identify with. I see no reason why it can't go on and on.

To read a full character biography of Faye Hudson, click here

Interview by Steve. Added on 11th October 2003