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Meet Daniel Robinson
Apr 23 2014

Late last year, it was announced that Daniel Robinson, the son of original Neighbours Golden Couple Scott and Charlene, would be arriving in Erinsborough. This week, it's been revealed that 26-year-old Tim Phillipps has won the role.

Tim, who was born in Adelaide, has previously appeared in Neighbours back in 2007 as Fox, who turned out to be a figment of Paul's imagination when he was suffering from a brain tumour. Tim has described his character as 'a happy-go-lucky, hippie at heart nature boy' who enjoys life and sees everything in a positive light.

Whilst Tim has spent the last couple of years trying his luck out in Hollywood, Daniel will be seen arriving in Erinsborough as part of a road trip down from Queensland. He'll make a stop on Ramsay Street to see the place where his parents first fell in love, and to catch up with his Uncle Paul, but it remains to be seen what, or who, will cause him to stick around in the area.

Daniel will first appear on Australian screens next week, on Tuesday 29th April, and on UK screens from Tuesday 13th May.

Pam Willis Return Confirmed
Apr 11 2014

It's been confirmed, after much speculation, that Sue Jones will be reprising her role as Pam Willis next month. Back in February, fans were teased with the news that a couple of characters from the 1992 cast would be returning, closely followed by the announcement that Terence Donovan would be back as Doug Willis. It's now been revealed that Pam will be joining Doug back in Erinsborough, as she learns that he's about to face the biggest challenge of his life.

Pam's return to Ramsay Street will air in Australia on Monday 5th May, and two weeks later for fans in the UK.

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Morgan Baker To Leave
Apr 02 2014

It's been announced that Morgan Baker has left the Neighbours cast. 16-year-old Morgan recently filmed his final scenes after six years as Callum Rebecchi, having decided to leave the show to concentrate on his final couple of years at school.

Morgan's final scenes as Callum will air in June.

Paula Abdul Films Cameo
Mar 18 2014

Singer Paula Abdul has filmed a cameo appearance for Neighbours, in a story involving Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan (Jackie Woodburne), in which Karl will reveal a long-time crush on Paula.

Paula is currently a judge on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and her Neighbours appearance will be on screen in June.

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Terence Donovan Returns
Mar 14 2014

A few weeks ago, we were teased with a 1992 cast photograph, and the news that two of the characters in it would be returning to Ramsay Street. It's been confirmed today that one of those characters is Doug Willis, played by Terence Donovan. A regular face in Erinsborough between 1990 and 1994, Doug last appeared for a guest appearance back in 2005, for the show's 20th anniversary celebrations.

Doug will be seen visiting son Brad, daughter-in-law Terese and grandchildren Josh and Imogen, and is back on Australian screens for four weeks from Wednesday 9th April, and on UK screens a couple of weeks later. The other returning face from 1992, thought to be Doug's wife, Pam (Sue Jones) is yet to be confirmed.

Also today, a video teasing the next few weeks of Neighbours has been released, featuring brief glimpses of Doug's return, as well as Naomi Canning's arrival, and Brennan proposing to Kate. The video can be viewed here.

The Kennedy Comeback
Mar 11 2014

The official Neighbours website has revealed that Kym Valentine is the latest old face to make a return to Neighbours. Kym will reprise her role as Libby for three weeks, as one of several comebacks this year, marking 20 years since Karl and Susan Kennedy first moved to Ramsay Street. Kym starts filming from today and will appear on screen in June, and she will be joined by Felix Mallard, who takes over the role of Libby's son Ben, from previous actor Blake O'Leary.

Libby isn't the only Kennedy offspring making a return in 2014 - it's already been reported that Matthew Werkmeister will reprise his role as Kennedy stepson Zeke Kinski, and it's now been revealed that Benjie McNair, who plays eldest Kennedy son Malcolm, and Lucinda Armstrong-Hall, who made a guest appearance last year as Holly Hoyland - Karl's daughter with Izzy - will also be back this year.

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Olympia Valance Joins Cast
Mar 09 2014

News.com.au reports that Olympia Valance, the half-sister of former Neighbours actress Holly Valance, is set to join the Neighbours cast. 21-year-old Olympia will play Paige Novak, who will first appear on screens at the beginning of June. Paige is described by Olympia as 'cool and sexy and a bit edgy', with producer Jason Herbison adding that Paige will 'arrive with a delicious secret that will rock the neighbourhood'.

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The Waterhole Refreshed
Feb 28 2014

Following on from the confirmation from Series Producer, Jason Herbison, in our interview last week that Charlie's bar was to revert back to the The Waterhole name after 20 years, Neighbours has today unveiled the new set:

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Discussing the changes and the reason behind them, Jason explained: "After the appearance of Jack Lassiter last year, we felt it was a natural time for Paul to feel inspired to revert to the old name. It's always been my favourite - it's timeless, evocative of the nearby lake and very Australian. Our brilliant Production Designer, Peta Lawson, has created a modern take on a local pub. I was very keen to get natural light in the space, which she has achieved in a clever way."

The new set will make its debut on screen in May.

Two More Returnees
Feb 20 2014

The returnees are coming thick and fast in 2014, as the Neighbours Facebook page has revealed that another pair of past characters will shortly be returning - and this time, they were part of the 1992 cast, with both characters featuring in the photo shown below.

The list of eligible characters this time is a little shorter, as several characters in this shot are dead or already part of the current cast, but the possible returnees are Doug, Pam and Gaby Willis, Rick and Marco Alessi, Cameron Hudson, Dorothy Burke, Christina and Andrew Robinson, Toby Mangel, Phoebe Gottlieb and Beth Brennan.

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Zeke and Sophie Back In The Neighbourhood
Feb 11 2014

A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that two characters from the 2010 Neighbours cast would be returning in the coming months and yesterday, the official Neighbours website announced that Matthew Werkmeister (Zeke Kinski) and Kaiya Jones (Sophie Ramsay) will be paying a return visit to Ramsay Street. The pair will reportedly be back for 'a special celebration episode' that will air in April.

It's been three years since Susan and Karl's stepson Zeke was last seen on Ramsay Street, after he moved to London in 2011. Sophie, the younger sister of Kate and niece of Paul, meanwhile, left Erinsborough just last year, to study music in Sydney.

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Brennan On The Run Webisodes
Feb 06 2014

Following the success of last year's webisodes, which saw Steph Scully revealing details of her time away in prison, The Neighbours YouTube Page has debuted a new series, Brennan On The Run. The series follows Mark Brennan's time in witness protection, and at the end of each video, the viewer can choose the direction in which the story goes.

The character of Mark Brennan appeared between 2010 and 2011, before going into witness protection. He appeared again briefly in May 2013, and returned to Australian screens this week for another stint in the show. Brennan will return to UK screens from Wednesday 19th February.

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More Old Faces To Return
Feb 01 2014

The Neighbours Facebook page has revealed that two more old faces will be back later in 2014 - and they were both part of the 2010 cast photo (pictured below)! Fans already know that Jane Hall will be reprising her role as Rebecca Robinson on screen in the next few weeks, but now it seems that two more characters from that era will be returning.

The list of eligible characters includes Steph and Lyn Scully, Summer and Charlie Hoyland, Natasha and Michael Williams, Andrew Robinson, Donna Freedman, Declan and India Napier, Sophie Ramsay, Libby Kennedy, Lucas and Ben Fitzgerald, and Zeke Kinski.

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2014 Teasers
Jan 06 2014

A TV Week interview with Neighbours producer Jason Herbison has given fans some hints about what to expect in 2014:

- A big wedding is planned for one couple later in the year

- Chris will be tempted when a 'hunky newcomer' enters his life

- A bush camping trip, involving Josh, Amber, Imogen and Mason, will end with one of the boys being seriously injured

- Charlie's bar is set to get a complete overhaul, and a new name

- Lucy and Hudson will continue to appear, and four other old faces will be returning

- Kate finds herself caught between Kyle and her returning ex, Brennan

- Kathy Carpenter will visit, and deliver some news that will rock the Willis and Turner families

- Several faces from the past will pop up throughout the year, to mark the Kennedys' 20th year on Ramsay Street, and Susan will continue to face problems with her MS

- Toadie and Sonya's marriage will be challenged

- A disaster will hit Erinsborough in the second half of the year

Morgana O'Reilly Joins Cast
Jan 06 2014

Back in October, Colette Mann revealed that her character, Sheila Canning, would be receiving a visit from her estranged daughter in 2014. Digital Spy has now revealed that New Zealand actress Morgana O'Reilly has been cast in the role of Sheila's youngest child, Naomi Canning.

Naomi will first appear on Australian screens in March 2014, returning unexpectedly for a family reunion, and the character is described as a 'vixen'. Naomi will be a new permanent addition to the cast, and will reportedly have a lot of secrets, which she will go to great lengths to keep hidden from her mum.

Taylor Glockner To Leave
Dec 04 2013

Digital Spy reports that Taylor Glockner is the latest face to depart the Neighbours cast. Taylor first appeared on screen as the troubled Mason Turner in February 2013, and has been at the centre of several big stories, including his difficult relationship with Kate Ramsay, and bringing criminal Robbo Slade to Erinsborough. In a statement to Digital Spy, Taylor said that, after discussions with producers, it was felt that both the character and actor needed a rest after such an intense year. He went on to say that "[My year with Neighbours] has been the time of my life. I've made lifelong friends and worked with some of the most creative people in the Australian industry. I've laughed, cried, learned and grown - as a human being and an actor."

Mason will make his final appearance on screen during 2014.

Daniel Robinson To Arrive In 2014
Dec 03 2013

It has been announced that Daniel Robinson will arrive in Erinsborough in 2014, with the character currently being cast. Daniel, the son of Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue), was born off-screen in 1992, and will come to Erinsborough to stay with his Uncle Paul, and to visit the place where his parents fell in love.

Neighbours producer Jason Herbison has stated that "it is fantastic that we can re-open this chapter of Neighbours' history for a new generation of viewers." He added that they're looking to cast a 'Liam Hemsworth type' in the role of Daniel, who is in his early 20s, has grown up in the Queensland beach culture and will come to Erinsborough unexpectedly 'to begin the next chapter of his life'. The character will debut on screen in 2014.

Tina Bursill Joins Cast
Nov 23 2013

Digital Spy reports that Tina Bursill has been cast as Lou's ex-wife, and Lauren's mother, Kathy Carpenter. Though Kathy has been mentioned a few times over the past 20 years, this will be the first time that she's been seen on screen. It is currently unknown whether Kathy will be a guest or a regular character, but Tina will begin filming the role at the beginning of next year, and debut on Australian screens later in 2014.

Tina has had regular and recurring roles in numerous Australian series over the last 40 years, including Skyways, A Country Practice, Hey Dad! and Heartbreak High, but is probably most fondly remembered by Australian soap fans as 'Ice Queen' Sonia Stevens in Prisoner.

Ashleigh Brewer To Leave
Nov 11 2013

TV Week magazine reports that Ashleigh Brewer has quit her role as Kate Ramsay, after five years. Exact details of when Ashleigh will last appear as Kate are being kept under wraps for now, to avoid spoiling her exit storyline.

Kate arrived back in 2009, one of three Ramsay siblings, who moved in next-door to their uncle, Paul Robinson. Kate's younger brother and sister Harry and Sophie have since departed, but Kate remains close to Paul. 2013 has seen Kate struggle to hide the secret that she slept with Kyle, her housemate and the boyfriend of her best friend, Georgia. That secret is set to be exposed in episodes airing in Australia later this month, but it remains to be seen whether that will be a contributing factor in her exit. It looks like Kate could get a happy ending, however, as it was recently announced that Scott McGregor, who played Kate's boyfriend Mark Brennan, has reprised the role for another guest stint.

Brennan's Back Again
Oct 28 2013

The official Neighbours website reports that Scott McGregor will be making another return as Mark Brennan early next year. Scott originally played Detective Brennan between 2010 and 2011, before the character was taken into witness protection, and later reported to have died. But it was all a cover-up, and earlier this year, Scott reprised the role of Brennan for four episodes, as he turned up to give ex-girlfriend Kate the shock of her life. Brennan will be back for a longer guest stint this time, and Scott has already started filming his new scenes, which will air in Australia from February 2014, and on UK screens from March 2014.

A recent interview with executive producer Richard Jasek hinted that Brennan's latest return will involve some scenes filmed in the bush, which will leave one character seriously injured and have repercussions for a lot of other Erinsborough residents.

Jane Hall Returns To Neighbours
Oct 21 2013

The official Neighbours website reports that Jane Hall is reprising her role as Rebecca Robinson. Rebecca was Paul's fifth wife, and was last seen on screen back in March 2011, when she left for Europe, having pushed Paul from the Lassiter's mezzanine, and unable to deal with his blackmail any longer. Jane will return to filming next month for a four-week guest stint, which will see Rebecca reunited with Paul 'in unusual circumstances'.

Rebecca's return will air on Australian screens in February 2014, and on UK screens the following month.

Richard Jasek Interview
Sep 25 2013

A new interview with executive producer Richard Jasek in this week's Inside Soap magazine in the UK has given some hints about what to expect for the residents of Ramsay Street in the coming months:

- The history between Lauren and Brad will be explored on screen early next year, with the return of one of Lauren's relatives being the catalyst that will 'blow something wide open'

- Ned and Piper Willis will arrive eventually, but there are no plans for them to be cast at the moment. Other new actors will shortly join the cast, however, including 'some children, and relatives of some established characters'

- Some big storylines involving Chris and his family are planned for 2014

- Karl will visit Holly again early next year 'and will return home with a very big surprise'. Karl, Susan and Paul will also become involved in Erinsborough's mayoral race

- 24 Ramsay Street, the Kapoor house, will remain unoccupied for the moment, but people will move into the house 'in due course'

- Kate and Kyle's one-night-stand will remain a secret for the time being, and a relative of Georgia will come to visit and 'cause absolute merry hell for everyone'

- A big stunt will be filmed in the next few months that will leave someone badly hurt and cause long-term ramifications for many people. It is also hinted that Scott McGregor (Mark Brennan) will be involved in this story

The full interview is available in this week's Inside Soap magazine, dated Sept 28- Oct 4 2013.

Gloria Ajenstat Makes Guest Appearance
Sep 06 2013

Another face from the 80s has made a brief guest appearance in Neighbours this week in Australia, but, like Darius Perkins, she's playing a different character. Episode 6725 sees Gloria Ajenstat appear as Margaret Leeds, a client of Toadie's. Gloria previously appeared in 1985 as Nurse Stevens, before taking on the regular role of Susan Cole between 1986 and 1987. Susan was the young girlfriend of Fred Mitchell, Madge's ex-husband, who turned up with Fred's baby son, Sam. Susan ended up staying for several months, found herself falling for Paul Robinson and broke the heart of poor Clive Gibbons in the process.

Gloria will appear as Margaret on UK screens in early October.

Lolly Pops Back UPDATED
Aug 22 2013

It appears that Lolly Allen (previously Carpenter) may be making a return visit to Erinsborough, with former actress Jiordan Tolli , who played the character between 1994 and 2001 returning for a guest stint according to her resume on the Catherine Poulton Management website.

Lolly was last seen in 2007 when she was played by Adelaide Kane who is now filming new US drama Reign. Jiordan has recently been seen auditioning in front of former Neighbours' star turned judge, Natalie Bassingthwaighe, for The X Factor Australia. Watch a clip of her audition here.

Thanks to NeighboursStar09 on our Message Board for the information.

UPDATE: It has now been confirmed that Jiordan Tolli will return to Neighbours for one episode, which will see Lolly back in Erinsborough for a party celebrating Lou's 70th birthday.

Another One Bites The Dust
Aug 11 2013

An interview with Sachin Joab (Ajay Kapoor) has revealed that Alin Sumarwata is the latest actor to leave Neighbours. Speculation has been rife about Vanessa's future, since last month's announcement that Scott Major had been axed from his role as her partner, Lucas. It now seems likely that Lucas and Vanessa will leave together. Vanessa now becomes the tenth character to be written out of the show this year.

Sachin's interview also reveals that he, Alin, Menik Gooneratne (Priya) and Coco Cherian (Rani) had their contracts terminated, with none of them making the choice to leave. The full interview, including Sachin's thoughts on his character's exit, and whether the current production team is racist, can be read here.

Jack Lassiter To Return
Aug 09 2013

Alan Hopgood has returned to the Neighbours set, stepping back into the shoes of his 1986 character Jack Lassiter. Jack was the original owner of the Lassiter's complex, which still features in the show today, and lived in a caravan by Lassiter's lake. He appeared on screen for three months in 1986, before leaving to marry single mum Andrea Townsend.

Jack will reportedly return "to reconcile with his past actions by dispensing some of his wealth which will have the local scrambling for a piece of the action." He'll be back on Australian screens from August 27th, and on UK screens from September 24th. To read a full biography of Jack and what he got up to in the 80s, click here.

It has also been confirmed that Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson) and Teressa Liane (Rhiannon Bates) will both be returning for further guest stints later in the year, and this time, Rhiannon will be bringing her son, Jackson, along with her.

Scott Major Leaves Neighbours
Jul 01 2013

UK website Digital Spy reports that Scott Major has filmed his final scenes as Erinsborough's Lucas Fitzgerald. Lucas first appeared five years ago, though Scott's involvement with Neighbours goes back even further, as he was the first actor to play Darren Stark, back in 1993. Lucas has survived temporary paralysis, a gambling addiction and cancer, and is currently settled in a happy family unit with Vanessa Villante and their baby son, Patrick. It is currently unknown whether Alin Sumarwata, who plays Vanessa, will be leaving with him.

With Lucas and Vanessa about to learn that they have another baby on the way, it seems unlikely that he'll leave alone - but could the couple's current financial problems lead him back to his old gambling habits, facing time in jail or with his life in danger? Or, with their wedding due to take place in September, could we see a happy ending for Lucas and Vanessa, heading off into the sunset together?

Scott's final scenes were filmed last week, and will air in Australia in September.

Coco Cherian Finishes Filming
May 02 2013

Following last months's on-screen departure of her screen mum Menik Gooneratne (Priya) and the news that her screen dad Sachin Joab (Ajay) would shortly be finishing filming, it was widely believed that Coco Cherian (Rani Kapoor) would be staying with Neighbours, but this week, a tweet from Coco revealed that Tuesday 30th April was her last filming day. She said: "Just got so spoilt by the most incredible bunch of people in the world! I love you all so very much and miss you already." In addition, Sachin Joab will film his final scenes today, Thursday 2nd May, making it likely that the remaining Kapoors will move out of Ramsay Street together. Ajay first appeared on screen in July 2011, and Rani following in February 2012 and both characters will be on Australian screens until June 2013.

Steph Scully Webisodes
Apr 15 2013

Episode 6621, screened today in Australia, saw Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) return to Erinsborough, after two and a half years in prison, for running down and killing Ringo Brown. As part of the storyline, Neighbours has produced six webisodes, which will show Steph in prison and her reasons for returning to Erinsborough. The webisodes were directed by Neighbours actor Scott Major, who plays Lucas. The first of the six webisodes sees Steph talking to her prison counsellor, discussing her options now that she's being released on parole, and it can be viewed on YouTube.

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New Opening Sequence Debuts
Apr 15 2013

Neighbours has today unveiled its new opening title sequence and theme tune. The bright new opening features the Neighbours staples of cricket and swimming pools, with the characters all gathering for a street party. The new theme tune, with vocals by Daniel Boys and Stephanie Angelini, is the finished result of the Neighbours Remixed competition that has been running for the last few months. Although UK viewers will also get to hear the new theme from today, they'll have to wait a few weeks to see the accompanying titles, as they contain spoilers regarding departing characters.

Below we have included a couple of pictures from the new opening, along with an image each of the new ad bumpers and closing credits. To see a full gallery of the new opening, click here.

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Neighbours Gets 10pm Screening In UK
Mar 28 2013

Channel Five has announced that it will be giving Neighbours a special, one-off, hour-long screening at 10pm on Tuesday April 16th, entitled Neighbours: The Explosion, to give more viewers the opportunity to see the dramatic events that conclude Toadie and Sonya's wedding day. The schedule will run as follows:

Tuesday April 16th:
1.45pm - Episode 6602 - Toadie and Sonya's wedding day concludes in dramatic fashion
5.30pm - Episode 6602 (repeat)
10.00pm - Episode 6602 (repeat)
10.30pm - Episode 6603 - The aftermath of the Explosion

Wednesday April 17th:
1.45pm - Episode 6603 (repeat)
5.30pm - Episode 6603 (repeat)

This marks the first time in Neighbours' history that it will be receiving a late evening slot. Five is hoping that the screening will attract new and returning viewers at a time that when the show is beginning some exciting new stories and welcoming back several old characters, including Steph Scully, Brad Willis and Lucy Robinson.

As well as the primetime slot, Five has also been working with FremantleMedia to help improve Neighbours' stories, sets and production values as it celebrates 28 years on Australian television.

Lucy Robinson Returns
Mar 14 2013

2013 looks set to be the year that Neighbours embraces its past, as another old face is making a comeback; Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson) is returning to Erinsborough for a two-week guest appearance.

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Lucy, an original Neighbours character, and the younger sister of Paul Robinson, has been played by three different actresses since 1985, with Melissa Bell taking over the role in 1991. She remained a regular member of the cast until 1992, and after a guest appearance in 1993, she became a regular again for a few months in 1995. Lucy last appeared eight years ago, when she returned to town during the show's 20th anniversary celebrations, to help Paul cope with having his leg amputated.

Melissa was back on set recently to film her scenes, and said at the time, "I'm very pleased that on-screen Stefan is exactly the same, always up to something which always makes for an interesting story, and off-screen he hasn't changed either, just as much fun and lovely as ever". Lucy's return will air on Australian screens in May and for UK viewers in June.

End Of The Kapoors
Mar 13 2013

After only a year as part of the regular cast, Sachin Joab (Ajay Kapoor) will soon film his final scenes with Neighbours. Originally a recurring character, Ajay became a permanent fixture on Ramsay Street last year, moving into number 24 with wife Priya (Menik Gooneratne) and their daughter Rani (Coco Cherian). Joab now plans to move to Los Angeles to find new roles.

Menik Gooneratne, who this week revealed on Twitter that she is pregnant, also completed filming earlier this year, and it is widely believed that her character will be a victim of the upcoming disaster set to befall Toadie and Sonya's wedding reception. It is expected that Coco Cherian will remain a member of the Neighbours cast following the departures of her on-screen parents.

The Willis Family Returns
Feb 19 2013

23 years after the first Willis family moved into the old Clarke house, another Willis clan is set to arrive on Ramsay Street. Back in 1990, Pam, Doug and their children Adam and Cody made 28 Ramsay Street their home, and were later joined by two other kids, Brad and Gaby. Brad went on to marry Beth Brennan and together they moved to Perth, but now he's back with a new wife and two teenagers of his own.

Previously played by Scott Michaelson between 1991 and 1993, Brad will now be played by former Home & Away and Casualty actor Kip Gamblin, whilst his new wife Terese will be played by another Home & Away refugee, Rebekah Elmaloglou. Their two teenaged children will be named Joshua and Imogen. Imogen will be played by Ariel Kaplan, whilst the role of Joshua has been given to Harley Bonner, the son of Neighbours favourite, and recent returnee, Carla Bonner (Steph Scully).

What brings Brad back to Erinsborough is currently unknown, as is the fate of Beth. But with Lou's daughter Lauren, with whom Brad famously had an affair in 1992, now back in town too, things seem like they're going to be far from dull in Ramsay Street in 2013.

The Willis family will first appear on Australian screens in late May.

Spoilers And Speculation
Jun 13 2012

New Ramsay Street resident Troy Miller (Dieter Brummer) will die after being discharged from hospital having been admitted following injuries inflicted by his ex-girlfriend Jade Mitchell (Gemma Pranita) whilst trying to escape from an upcoming siege situation along with her sister, Sonya (Eve Morey), and nephew, Callum (Morgan Baker).

The fallout from Troy's death remains to be seen, but with Dr Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher) having overseen his release hours earlier, could Erinsborough's favourite doctor's career be on the line yet again?

Meanwhile, with news that Gemma Pranita is departing in August, could Jade find herself facing a manslaughter charge? Gemma recently hinted that "hearts will be broken and lots tears will be shed" as Jade says goodbye, could she be headed to jail?

Returnees And Departees
Jun 09 2012

Speculation has been rife that Nicola Charles is returning to Neighbours since a Twitter account appearing to belong to the actress announced it. A source at the show has since confirmed to us that there are definitely no plans to bring back Sarah Beaumont, however there will be a character from the past returning to Erinsborough very soon.

Meanwhile, Gemma Pranita (Jade Mitchell) will be waving farewell to Ramsay Street in August after two years with a view to find work in Los Angeles.

"The decision was made with a heavy heart as I love this job but I just felt that two years was long enough to play one character, " explained Gemma. "I became an actor to play lots of different characters and while Jade has been an amazing role, I feel I want to challenge myself to do other things."

When she wraps on Neighbours, Gemma will return to Sydney to work on a project with her theatre company, Cry Havoc, but is tight-lipped about how her character exits Erinsborough, hinting that, "hearts will be broken and lots tears will be shed." Her final scenes will air in November.

The Canning Dynasty?
Jun 09 2012

The Canning family is set to expand with the arrival of Kyle's cousin, Harley, played by 15-year-old Justin Holborow.

Harley is set to break hearts on Ramsay Street and is described by Producers as not having 'the same moral compass' as his older cousin.

Despite his age, Justin has had a busy time of late, starring in the yet to air Australian series Reef Doctors.
He has also filmed a role in Conspiracy 365 which features Neighbours alumni James Sorensen (Declan Napier), Andrew Curry (Larry 'Woody' Woodhouse), Mauricio Merino Jr (Simon Freedman) and current star Sachin Joab (Ajay Kapoor).

Speaking of the casting, Executive Producer, Richard Jasek said, "Justin is a star on the rise in Australia and we're delighted to have him join us."
He added, "Harley is a charmer and a schemer so it's going to be an interesting time on Ramsay Street."

Asked if the Cannings the next Neighbours dynasty, Richard commented, "The Cannings certainly add colour to the neighbourhood and as they say 'build it and they will come' so we'll just have to wait and see."

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The four-month guest role begins in episode 6481, on screen from September in Australia and October for UK audiences.

In The Ka-poor House
May 30 2012

Neighbours' newest family, the Kapoors have at last moved into Ramsay Street and after much speculation, here is a sneek peek of them in their new home, a newly decorated Number 24.

Exactly how they become the new owners will be revealed in upcoming episodes, as will what this means for the house's current residents, Lou, Lucas, Vanessa and Kate.

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To create a homely feeling, Menik Gooneratne (Priya) brought in some of her own family photos to decorate the set.

"Although I'm officially at work, having photos of my parents and grandparents taken when they lived in Sri Lanka makes it feel more like home," said Menik, who was born in England and settled in Australia when she was eight-years-old.

Menik, who was recently married in real life, joined the cast of Neighbours last year, along with her on-screen husband, Sachin Joab (Ajay) and teen daughter Rani (Coco-Jacinta Cherian).

"I love the way the family have been introduced to Ramsay Street and there is a lot in store for them which I'm very excited about."

Summer Of Love
May 20 2012

From our sneak peek shots of upcoming episodes, it's a summer of love on Neighbours with some of the Ramsay Street regulars locking lips with each other and with other Erinsborough residents...

Will Kate and Kyle finally get together? It seems like Kate's dreams are about to come true, but will they become someone else's nightmare?

Summer strikes a chord with Red Cotton lead singer Griffin O'Donahue (William Ewing) but how will Andrew react?

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Meanwhile, Paul Robinson's new public relations consultant, Zoe Alexander (Simone Jade Mackinnon), takes an interesting approach in her attempts to give her client a image make-over.

Finally, Vanessa seems to enjoy a check-up from Dr Love, Rhys Lawson, however we suspect that Lucas, the father of her baby, may want a second opinion. Let's hope it's not from Karl...

New Addition
Apr 10 2012

Actor and musician Sebastian Gregory has signed up to play a guest role in Neighbours. The 22 year old who currently divides his time between his hometown of Melbourne and Los Angeles will plays Ed Lee, a mathematical genius who will become an unlikely ally of Natasha Williams (Valentina Novakovic).

Sebastian was applauded for his portrayal of a solitary teenager in the 2009 film Beautiful which also starred Asher Keddie, but longtime viewers of Neighbours may recognize Sebastian as Garrett Burns who briefly dated Rachel Kinski (Caitlin Stasey) in 2006.

In his latest role, which currently runs for four months, Sebastian is set to have
more of a memorable impact on Ramsay Street as his character introduces Tash to some of his unusual pastimes.

"He is very different but also likable, I'm really enjoying playing him," said Sebastian who debuts on screen in June.

This Sheila Looks Familiar
Feb 08 2012

Former Prisoner star, Colette Mann has been cast as Sheila Canning, the grandmother of Ramsay Street's handyman, Kyle (Chris Milligan). Opinionated, but much-loved, Sheila will make a surprise visit to see her favourite grandson, however sparks will immediately fly between the matriarch and Kyle's girlfriend, Jade Mitchell (Gemma Pranita).

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Fans have been calling for a new regular matriarch since the death of Madge Bishop (Anne Charleston) in 2001 and the axing of Maggie Millar as Reverend Rosie Hoyland in 2003. Plans to retain Joan Sydney on a regular basis as Valda Sheergold in 2007 did not come into fruition when the actress chose to return to the theatre, reportedly due to the schedule.

Long time viewers will know that this is not Colette's first time on Ramsay Street, having briefly stepped into the role of Cheryl Stark in 1995 after actress Caroline Gillmer was forced to take time off filming due to an unexpected illness.

Extreme Makeover: Neighbours Edition
Dec 18 2011

30 Ramsay Street, home to Toadie Rebecchi, Sonya Mitchell and Callum Jones, has had a major revamp for 2012.

Viewers have already seen the seeds planted for the storyline as Sonya and Toadie recently broke their sofa, however in coming weeks the storyline will develop, leading Sonya to insist on a brighter, more retro look.

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"Clearly having a woman around has made a huge difference to Toadie's life and while he loved the brown, he loves Sonya more so will grow to love the aqua," teased Ryan Moloney who has played Jarrod 'Toadfish' Rebecchi since 1995.

Fans of the former House of Trouser need not worry though, it's past will be revisited before the big reveal on-air in Australia from March.

Meet The Kapoors
Dec 18 2011

A new family has moved into television's most sought after suburb, Erinsborough. Councillor Ajay Kapoor (Sachin Joab) is to be joined in Erinsborough by his daughter, Rani, played by newcomer, Coco-Jacinta Cherian. Viewers have already met his wife and Rani's mother, Priya (Menik Gooneratne) who made her first appearance in September and has since taken over as Principal of Erinsborough High from Michael Williams (Sandy Winton) who is due to depart next year.

"I'm delighted by how the Kapoors have been introduced," said Susan Bower, the departing Executive Producer of Neighbours. "Viewers already know them because of their role in the community and link with other characters, and their cultural background is secondary."

"We have had many individual characters who have been representative of Australia's diverse cultural landscape, however to have a family of Indian and Sri Lankan heritage join the neighbourhood, is very exciting."

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Sadly the news has induced racism towards the family from a minority of fans, leading Bower to take out a column in the Herald Sun to express her disappointment in the comments, stating that "for every for every negative comment about the Kapoor family there were 10 or 15 positive ones."

She also commented that plans to introduce a Muslim family from Lebanon to Neighbours' have now been put on hold.

New Neighbour
Dec 18 2011

Ramsay Street will have a new resident in 2012 as Alin Sumarwata joins the regular cast as professional chef, Vanessa Villante.

Described as someone who embraces life to the fullest, Vanessa is no wall-flower who is set to turn the world of one of Neighbours' favourite sons upside down.

Alin, who has relocated to Melbourne with her actor husband, Don Hany, and their daughter, Tilda, for the role explained "I'm very excited about joining Neighbours, this caps off a very busy year for us" and laughed about her own similarities to the character, joking "the fact she is always eating mirrors my life, I adore food."

Australian viewers will see Vanessa in Erinsborough from March 2012.

G'days And Goodbyes
Oct 08 2011

Former Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis has joined the cast for a four week guest role, filmed in Port Douglas, Northern Queensland. He will play Dominic Emmerson, a marine biologist who meets Erinsborough locals including Kate Ramsay (Ashleigh Brewer).

"I've wanted to be on Neighbours since I was a little kid and finally it has happened, and I get to film in beautiful Port Douglas." said Lincoln. "It doesn't get any better."

The pair previously worked together in Australian children's television series, The Sleepover Club when they were just 12 years old.

Meanwhile Melbourne indie band William and the Tells have won a month-long guest role starring as on-screen band, Red Cotton, who will be managed by Andrew Robinson (Jordan Patrick Smith) as part of a new storyline.

Fronted by brothers William and Peter Ewing, along with friends Ben Callaghan and Sam Walsh the band will be headlining at Erinsborough's number one venue, Charlie's on air in Australia and the UK from early next year.

Finally, Christopher Milligan (Kyle Canning) is back on set having recovered from his Achilles tendon injury in time to shoot the final episodes for 2011.

Speaking of his return, Chris explained "After a month of virtually sitting on the couch I'm rapt to be back at work, I just have to pace myself a bit."

Chris's return means the departure of Luke Pegler who, after a brief crossover, has filmed his final scenes as Kyle's cousin, Dane.

Dial-A-Dane
Aug 29 2011

With Christopher Milligan (Kyle Canning) out of action having undergone emergency surgery after tearing an Achilles tendon, actor Luke Pegler has been called in to play the part of Kyle's cousin, Dane Canning after some rapid re-writing from Neighbours' script department.

Dane will move into 26 Ramsay Street, taking over Kyle's room whilst he is away tending to his sick mother as well as a pre-planned storyline.

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Executive Producer, Susan Bower explained "In these situations, you go to plan B super quickly because the show must go on and the beauty of Neighbours is we're about families so we can pull in a cousin or sibling in these very unusual situations."

Luke, who recently starred in Australian drama, Special Rescue Ops, filmed his first scene on 16 August 2011 and will be on-air for six weeks from late October on Australian screen (on UK screens from late November).

New Arrivals
Aug 29 2011

Aussie drama veteran, Zoe Bertram, has signed-up for a four week guest role as Paul Robinson's outspoken cleaner, Lorraine Dowski.

Having appeared on dozens of Australian series including The Restless Years, Prisoner, A Country Practice and Home & Away, Zoe has had to perfect a Polish accent for the role, describing Lorraine as unlike "any of the characters I've played before and the accent was fun."

Meanwhile, Freya Stafford has signed a six month contract to play Emilia, the aunt of Natasha Williams (Valentina Novakovic). Their reunion exposes a myriad of secrets and lies which will set the tongues wagging on Ramsay Street as we learn more about Natasha's mother. Freya, 33, is best known for her roles in White Collar Blue and Small Claims and has made guest appearances in Sea Patrol and Underbelly.

Benjie's Back
May 11 2011

Holy Soap have reported that Benjie McNair is to reprise his role as Malcolm Kennedy, the eldest of Karl and Susan's children for a four month guest stint.

Seen briefly in the 20th Anniversary documentary, Mal last returned to Ramsay Street in 2004 attempting to stop the breakdown of his parents' marriage, a situation Mal will reportedly find himself again after "Susan becomes emotionally involved with another man."

The End Of An Era
Apr 13 2011

Erinsborough is to bid farewell to the last of the Scully family, 12 years after they first arrived. Janet Andrewartha has filmed her final scenes as Lyn Scully, having played the Ramsay Street regular from 1999-2006 and again from 2009, with a guest stint in 2008.

Also bidding farewell is Jacob Brito who plays Lyn's grandson, Charlie Hoyland. Charlie will join Lyn as she moves to live with her youngest child, Oscar and to be nearer to her recently imprisoned daughter, Stephanie. Charlie's half-sister, Summer (Jordy Lucas) will remain on the street, being taken in by the Kennedy family.

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