Mrs Mangel Vivean
Nell Worthington (previously Mangel) 1986-1988
Marital Status: Len Mangel (divorced 1987), John Worthington
Children: Amanda and Joe
Family Tree: Mangel
Occupation: Retired Hotel Housekeeper
nosey and self-righteous, Nell Mangel was a woman who infuriated
nearly everyone she came across. If ever there was an opportunity
to put a dampener on something, she seized it with relish,
and if ever there was a wrong deed committed, Mrs. Mangel
would be promptly on the phone to
report it to the police, the school or the parent concerned.
Mrs. Mangel gave her husband, Len, a terrible time throughout
their 30 year marriage as she constantly tried to interfere
in other people's business. Nell's eldest child, Amanda, was
the successful one of her two children. Amanda grew up with
a good education and married businessman Peter Harris resulting
in Nell becoming the proud grandmother of little Jane.
But her other child, Joe was a big disappointment for his
overbearing mother. Always a bit of a rogue, Joe left home
at the age of 16 and lost contact.
the children grown up and gone, Nell and Len decided to sell
their house and retire. Not wanting to leave Erinsborough,
they bought a more suitable house in Ramsay Street. Nell loved
living at No. 32 because it was here that she began to really
interfere in her neighbours' business and pry into their pasts.
She soon became friends with Eileen
Clarke and Helen Daniels
- the only people she allowed call her by her Christian name
- and gained an arch-enemy in the form of brash Madge
Ramsay, who lived across the street in No. 24. Nell thought
Madge was pompous, gossipy and beneath her. The two women
became sworn enemies and competed viciously at every level
- be it for a job or at a cake baking competition. Not long
after arriving in Ramsay Street, Mrs. Mangel was joined by
her granddaughter, Jane, while Amanda and Peter went overseas.
Mrs. Mangel kept a firm eye on her precious granddaughter
and did everything in her power to prevent the romance that
blossomed between Jane and Mike Young
from No. 28. She vehemently disapproved Jane engaging in any
kind of a relationship while she was still at school and matters
were made worse when the school bitch, Sue Parker, sent poison
pen letters about Mike's 'reputation' with girls to Mrs. Mangel.
However, it was soon revealed that Sue had invented the stories
about Mike just because she was jealous of his relationship
with Jane and Mrs. Mangel had no alternative but to let Jane
was well known that Len had always been a bit of a philanderer
but Mrs. Mangel naturally always denied that their marriage
was anything other than perfect. Nonetheless, it still came
as a shock to her when Len left her for another woman. Mrs.
Mangel tried to avoid telling the neighbours for as long as
possible but eventually admitted Len had left as she was forced
to seek employment in order to support herself and Jane. She
soon got a job as head of housekeeping at Lassiter's Hotel,
much to the dismay of Madge who had also applied for the position.
Nell loved her job at the hotel - she had finally found a
good use for her meticulous, by-the-book nature and she was
still able to keep an eye on Jane since she, too, had started
working for the company as Paul Robinson's secretary. Mrs.
Mangel also found some new company at home in the form of
Mike's pet Labrador, Bouncer, who she spoilt rotten and was
ardent churchgoer, Nell was delighted when fellow Christian
Harold Bishop came to lodge
with her and Jane at No. 32. She and Harold had an enormous
amount in common and Nell always held a soft spot for him.
But there was one aspect of Harold's life Nell could never
come to terms with - his genuine devotion and love for his
old flame - Madge Ramsay. Nell constantly tried to make Harold
see Madge was an unsuitable woman for a man of his high moral
standing but nothing could dissuade him. And Harold finally
stood up to Nell's snide remarks about 'that Ramsay woman'
on the morning of his wedding to Madge, when he told her that
no matter what Mrs. Mangel thought about the union, he loved
Madge with every fibre in his being. A little dismayed at
his proclamation, Mrs. Mangel was careful to play down her
dislike of Madge in the future where Harold was concerned
but managed to let her distaste for his choice of wife be
known by purposely playing the church organ badly at the wedding
Mrs. Mangel insisted on helping her heavily pregnant neighbour
Daphne Clarke decorate the
nursery at No. 28, she was knocked off a ladder when an excited
Bouncer came running in. It resulted in Mrs. Mangel suffering
partial memory loss and she couldn't remember anything that
had occurred since she moved into Ramsay Street, meaning she
still thought she was married to Len. When she asked Jane
why Len was late home for tea, Jane thought it better to tell
her nan that Len was away on business in order to avoid upsetting
her nan with the truth. But when Mrs. Mangel went to Len's
wardrobe and noticed all her husband's clothes were gone,
she confronted Jane and assumed Len had died. Jane, stunned
by her nan's belief, went along with the story but things
got more complicated when Mrs. Mangel asked to see his grave.
Before she could pluck up the courage to tell her the truth,
Jane told her that Len had been cremated and that his ashes
were scattered under the rosebush in the garden. She began
talking to Len via the rosebush and even once went to her
old house, forgetting that they had moved to No. 32. After
her memory returned, Mrs. Mangel was back to her usual ways
when she decided to sue the Clarkes for her suffering. But
Des Clarke persuaded her to settle for an out-of-court settlement
problems soon began to plague Mrs. Mangel resulting in a massive
heart attack, which put her in hospital for several weeks.
While she was there, her daughter Amanda returned to visit
her and take care of the house while she was out of action.
But it was soon discovered that the real reason Amanda had
returned from Hong Kong was because she was on the run for
insurance fraud. When Mrs. Mangel and Jane discovered this,
they told her to leave and she returned to Peter in Hong Kong.
drama followed for Mrs.Mangel when Len filed for divorce and
told her he wanted to sell No. 32 and split the proceeds between
them. Nell, determined not to let her ex-husband get away
with taking her home from her, blackmailed him into letting
her keep No. 32 by threatening to follow him wherever he moved
to if she lost the house.
blossomed for Mrs. Mangel when she and Eileen joined the local
bowls team. It was here that Nell met a widowed British gentleman,
John Worthington, who had plenty of regard for Nell's high-minded
ways. Quite overwhelmed by his love for her, Nell was delighted
when he asked her to marry him and accepted. John, a retired
dentist, also asked Nell if she would consider retiring back
to England with him so he could be near his daughter, Caroline.
Although a little sad at the idea of leaving Jane and Bouncer
behind in Erinsborough, she agreed and they made plans for
their nuptials. Shortly before the wedding, Jane tracked down
Nell's long-lost son, Joe, and tried to get him to heal the
rift with his mother before she left for Britain.
both Mrs. Mangel and Joe were stubborn when they were initially
reunited, they did manage to put the past behind them and
Nell was delighted when Joe agreed to walk her up the aisle
on her wedding day. After her dear friend Reverend Sampson
pronounced her and John man and wife, Mrs. Mangel bid a tearful
farewell to Jane and Joe, and her beloved Bouncer, and after
one final set-to with her old nemesis Madge, she set sail
for her new life as Mrs.Worthington in England with John,
leaving No.32 in the hands of Jane and Joe.
more health worries plagued Mrs. Mangel once she had settled
in England. She had another heart attack just as she was on
her way back to Australia for Joe's wedding to Harold's daughter,
Kerry. Jane flew out to England
to be with her grandmother and after helping her recover,
decided to stay with her for good. Mrs. Mangel was struck
down with another heart attack a year later and had to undergo
a major heart bypass operation. After her recovery, she faced
huge medical expenses and was forced to sell No. 32. But she
was consoled by the fact that it was bought by her friend,
Helen Daniels and was delighted when herself, Jane and John
were paid a visit by Joe and his family to their home in Hertfordshire.
And Mrs. Mangel still managed to keep in touch with events
on Ramsay Street for many more years via letters to Helen,
thus ensuring that she was kept well informed with what was
happening around the neighbourhood.
• Vivean Gray suffered an astonishing amount of abuse from members
of the general public, so convincing was her protrayal of
the waspish Mrs. Mangel. Sadly, this reaction played a large
role in her decision to leave Neighbours
• 25 years after Mrs Mangel had last appeared, baby
Nell Rebecchi was named after her, when Sonya found an old photograph
of Ramsay Street's most famous battleaxe, and loved the name