Were there any of Melanie’s stories that you particularly enjoyed filming?
Definitely the weddings! I loved the storyline when Melanie turns up at Paul & Chrissie's wedding in a wedding dress then gets stuck on the cruise ship for their honeymoon. I loved Joe and Mel's wedding and courtship, thought they were a cute couple. Ummm, Harold trying to teach Melanie to sing was pretty funny, the pig cake at the church fete and a karaoke night with Henry, Bronwyn and the Rev Richards was also hilarious. Any scenes with Maggie Dence who played Dorothy Burke.
Did you prefer performing Melanie’s comedy moments or the more emotional scenes?
Gosh did she have emotional scenes...? Well not many anyway. I think when you do alot of comedy you look forward to something a bit deeper and visa versa.
Were there any cast members who you particularly enjoyed working with?
Yes! Mark Little is still one of my greatest mates - he lives around the corner from me and I spend a huge amount of time with him and his family. Mark was such a joy to work with, I had seen his stand-up material and admired his enormous talent from afar so was very pleased when our characters got together and think they both had a great spark. We always laughed a lot but always got finished early. Maggie Dence, Genevieve Lemon, Anne Charleston (who I just did a radio play with) Ian Smith, Guy Pearce, Fiona Corke, Ashley Paske, the delightful Beth Buchanan, and Richard Norton, who I have done alot of theatre with over here, just to name a few!
What led to your departure from the series in 1991?
I had been on the show for a while and wanted to spread my wings a bit and see what else was out there, Mark had already told me that he wasn't renewing his contract and I didn't want to mope around Ramsay Street without him so that helped me make the break.
How did your appearance in the anniversary special in 2005 come about?
The producers of the show contacted my agent over here and asked if I was interested in making a cameo appearance. Of course, I was flattered to be asked and agreed immediately.
When and where were your anniversary scenes filmed?
Think it was about this time last year, in London walking beside the Thames near the Houses of Parliament.
Have you had a chance to watch the finished anniversary episodes?
Yep it was a laugh. Funny to see everyone now.... haven't we all got old!
Would you ever consider bringing Melanie back to Erinsborough if the opportunity arose?
Dunno, maybe if the price was right....?
Are you still in touch with any of your former Neighbours castmates?
Mark, saw Anne Charleston the other day, Beth Buchanan via the email and Anthony Fletcher who played Rev Richards.
Melanie’s final months in Erinsborough saw her finally find true love with Joe, then marry him. Between 2003 and 2005, we have learnt, through Joe, Sky and Mel’s anniversary appearance, that the marriage didn’t last long. What are your thoughts on this?
Shocked and suprised! Thought they would last forever obviously the script writers didn't agree. Shame... don't think Lyn Scully is any good for him either!
Where has your career taken you since you left Neighbours?
Well to the UK... I have been here since 1993. I do a lot of theatre here and a lot of voice work, I voice characters in The Koala Brothers which i believe is shown here on the BBC and in Aus on the ABC and do a lot of radio work. I have also done some stand-up writing and performing in my own one woman show at the Edinburgh festival, been a regular guest with the Comedy Store Players as well as stints of tv presenting.
Your stint presenting Parallel 9 in the mid-nineties saw you interviewing several Neighbours actors – what was that like?
Weird... they were all bringing out bad singles...
Finally, with the show turning 21 this year, what do you think are the reasons for its enduring success?
I think it's light and bright and easily digestable. I don't really watch it any more these days but I think in the earlier days there wasn't so many daily soaps and I think the dailyness was part of the initial hype. But to be honest I think it's probably a very dedicated team of actors and crew that make it as good as it is in the time they have to do it.
by Steve. Added on 8th April 2006