Neighbours final episode – Hollywood A-lister joins cast for star-studded last EVER episode this week | The Sun

A HOLLYWOOD A-lister will be rejoining the cast of Neighbours for the last ever, star-studded, episode this week.

Margot Robbie is set to return to Neighbours for the long-running soap’s finale.

The news was revealed in a post from the official Neighbours UK Twitter account on Saturday, July 23.

Robbie’s return was announced alongside with those of other former stars including the House actor Jesse Spencer and the singer Delta Goodrem.

“Surprise! You didn’t think we were done did you?! We’re thrilled to share that Margot Robbie, Jesse Spencer, Delta Goodrem, Kym Valentine and Carla Bonner will all make an appearance in our finale!” the tweet said.

Read our Neighbours live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Not long to go now

    NEIGHBOURS will be airing its last ever episode on Friday, nearly four decades on our TV screens and now the final EVER trailer has been released.

    Neighbours has been wildly popular ever since its debut in 1985.

    The iconic has been pivotal in the careers of many A-list stars including Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Liam Hemsworth and Margot Robbie, with many of the big names set to return.

    The show currently airs on Network Ten in Australia, and Channel 5 here in the UK.

    It was announced back in February 2022 that the long-running soap had been cancelled.

    The soap will air the final episode on July 29, 2022 at 9 pm on Channel 5.

    Now, the trailer for the final ever episode has been released, and fans will be teary eyed for sure.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kylie and Jason return to Ramsey Street

    In a move which is sure to leave die-hard fans sobbing, The Sun revealed the final scene will show Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan returning to Ramsey Street – 34 years after they quit the soap.

    In an emotional moment, the pair turn to each other before beaming and declaring they are “home”.

    Kylie, 54, and Jason, 54, both saw they career skyrocket after playing Charlene and Scott Robinson on Neighbours.

    Kylie last appeared on the show in July 1988 while Jason stayed a year longer – not leaving until May 89.

    Since then they have both gone on to sell millions of albums around the world.

    Their 1988 single Especially For You debuted at number 2 in the UK charts and after a campaign by fans 2014 surpassed a million sales.

  • Louis Allwood

    What has Margot said about Neighbours ending?

    Margot is yet to comment on Neighbours coming to an end, but she has previously talked about how she holds the show close to her heart.

    In an exclusive interview with The Sun back in 2018 she said: “I had so much fun on the show.

    "A lot of people aren’t there any more though. A lot of people who I was on with aren’t there.”

    “Funnily enough I see Sam Clark in LA all the time, we still hang out. And Ashleigh who played my best friend on the show, she’s in LA, we hang out all the time.

    “I’ve kind of brought a bit of Ramsay Street with me."

  • Louis Allwood

    Will Margot Robbie return for the Neighbours finale?

    Margot Robbie is set to return to Neighbours for the long-running soap's finale.

    The news was revealed in a post from the official Neighbours UK Twitter account on Saturday, July 23.

    Robbie’s return was announced alongside with those of other former stars including the House actor Jesse Spencer and the singer Delta Goodrem.

    “Surprise! You didn’t think we were done did you?! We’re thrilled to share that Margot Robbie, Jesse Spencer, Delta Goodrem, Kym Valentine and Carla Bonner will all make an appearance in our finale!” the tweet said.

  • Louis Allwood

    When was Margot Robbie in Neighbours?

    Margot got her big break when she was cast as Donna Freedman in Neighbours.

    Even though her part in the popular soap was only minor initially, producers soon promoted her to a TV regular.

    Margot was on the show from 2008 until 2011.

    During her time on the show, her character's storylines included a relationship with Ringo Brown (Sam Clark) whom she later married, a same-sex kiss with Sunny Lee (Hany Lee), and an affair with Andrew Robinson (Jordan Patrick Smith).

  • Louis Allwood

    When is the last episode of Neighbours?

    Channel 5 will be sending the beloved soap off in style with a two-hour finale on Friday, July 29, 2022, at 9 pm.

    The bosses have also announced that the third-from-last episodes will also air that day in the usual timeslots of 1.45 pm and 6 pm.

    A spokesperson confirmed the sad news that Neighbours was coming to an end, saying: "It’s been a much-loved part of our schedule for more than a decade, and we’d like to thank the cast, Fremantle and all of the production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series."

  • Louis Allwood

    Who did he play in the soap?

    Jesse got his start on the soap in 1994 playing the role of teenager Billy Kennedy.

    His character was the son of long-term iconic Ramsay Street residents Dr Karl Kennedy (played by Alan Fletcher) and Susan Kennedy (played by Jackie Woodburne).

    The 43-year-old played the role up until 2000 when he decided to quit and move to the US.

    He later reprised his role in 2005, in an episode celebrating the show's 20th anniversary.

    Jesse went on to later appear in the medical drama House and the NBC drama Chicago Fire.

  • Louis Allwood

    Is Jesse Spencer returning to Neighbours?

    Jesse Spencer is among some of the biggest stars that are set to make an appearance in the Neighbours finale.

    The official Twitter page for the soap confirmed the news – revealing that Oscar winner Margot Robbie, who also got her start on the show – would also return.

    "SPOILER ALERT. We've got a few more familiar faces making an appearance in the finale," the Twitter account wrote alongside a collage of pictures of the stars from their time on the show.

    The tweet also revealed Delta Goodrum, Kym Valentine and Carla Bonner would all also appear.

  • Louis Allwood

    Neighbours left me in a ‘dark place’

    HE may have played nice guy Dr Karl Kennedy in Neighbours for 37 years, but Alan Fletcher has confessed that initially, the fame turned him into a monster.

    The Aussie actor was forced to turn to therapy to get him through.

    Alan said: ““I wasn’t a good person to be around. I became selfish and things became too much about me, me, me.

    “I needed therapy to get through this dark period.

    “My wife said to me: ‘You’re not in a good place, you require professional help’.”

    The challenge began when Alan tried to juggle long hours on Ramsay Street with maintaining his passion project – a photography business.

  • Louis Allwood

    How long has Neighbours been on our TVs?

    Neighbours is an iconic soap, capturing audiences across the globe for decades.

    But when did the show first air?

    The show first graced our screens in March 1985, and has captured our hearts ever since.

  • Louis Allwood

    One theory as to how the show will end involving Zara

    Channel 5 viewers know that Zara Selwyn has been blamed for the recent Erinsborough High fire drama.

    The character portrayed by Freya Van Dyke is the prime suspect, despite fans knowing that her classmates Aubrey Laing and Sadie Rodwell are actually responsible for the blaze.

    Zara was admitted to her other bad behaviour as she was interrogated by the police.

    This includes setting the fire alarm off at school and stealing a pendant bought by Hendrix Greyson for Mackenzie Hargreaves.

    But Zara is adamant on one thing: she has nothing to do with the blaze.

    With the recent string of fires and the mounting evidence against her, Zara was frustrated to see nobody believed her.

    As her mother Amy Greenwood prepared for the possibility of her being held in juvenile detention, Zara decided it was time for her to leave and vanished.

    With final episodes set to air during the summer of 2022, Zara's storyline will need an ending.

    What if she returned to Ramsay Street, clearing her name once and for all before moving away again altogether to start afresh with her family?

  • Louis Allwood

    Child snatch scandal

    One Neighbours star made international headlines 20 years after leaving the show.

    Eliza Szonert, who played troublemaker Danni Stark on Neighbours between 1993 and 1996, was held in Malaysia after snatching her son from her estranged partner in a restaurant.

    With the help of controversial group Child Recovery Australia, Szonert took her child from businessman Ashley Crick in 2015 during a custody battle.

    Cops arrested her when she refused to reveal her son's location — but was released when she allowed a doctor to examine the boy.

    They returned to Australia together and Szonert penned a Facebook post about her relief.

    "Thank you everyone for your love, support and assistance during this exhausting ordeal," she wrote at the time.

    "More than anything I’m just looking forward to getting home and spending time with my son again."

  • Louis Allwood

    Boob job offer

    Nicola Charles' character Sarah Beaumont is remembered for her scandalous affair with Karl Kennedy on Neighbours.

    But since leaving the show, which she starred in from 1995 to 2016, the Brit actor has made a slew of bleak allegations about the way she was treated.

    In 2020, she alleged that a producer offered to pay for a boob job and suggested she leak naked pictures.

    "I was patted on the knee in a very condescending way and told you can always leak photos of yourself after you wrap with the show to boost your image," the 51-year-old told the Herald Sun.

    "It's from days of old that one, naked photos leaked online. This is the same Neighbours' producer who said to me, 'Would you like me to buy you a set of t**s?'

    "I said no thank you, I plan on breastfeeding. He said, 'It's fine, I've done it for all the other girls,' and I said, 'Really, I'm okay, thank you'."

    And in her forthcoming memoir, Soap Star, Charles alleges that two of her Neighbours co-stars tried to have her deported from Australia.

    She says she found a handwritten note to the immigration department complaining that her employment was taking a potential job away from an Aussie actor.

    "I did know who they were, the individuals who did it, but I thought — who goes to that length, and what have I done to be disliked that much?" she writes.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Is Delta Goodrem returning to Neighbours?

    Delta Goodrem is among some of the international stars that are set to return for the Neighbours finale.

    The show’s official Twitter account revealed the news about Delta’s appearance early on Sunday morning (July 24).

    Her return was announced alongside that of former stars such as Wolf of Wall Street actor Margot Robbie and House actor Jesse Spencer.

    They are all set to return in Friday’s hour-long final outing.

  • Joseph Gamp

    When is the last episode of Neighbours?

    Neighbours has dominated our screens for almost four decades after kicking off back in 1985.

    The much-loved soap has been pivotal in the careers of many A-list stars including Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Liam Hemsworth and Margot Robbie.

    The show currently airs on Network Ten in Australia, and Channel 5 here in the UK.

    It was announced back in February 2022 that the long-running soap had been cancelled.

    Neighbours filmed its last scenes in June 2022.

    The soap will air the final episode on July 29, 2022 at 9 pm on Channel 5.

  • Lauren Lomas

    Neighbours spoiler: FINAL episode will feature return of Kylie and Jason

    For the last ever Neighbours episode on 29 July, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan will reprise their roles.

    Charlene and Scott will make a comeback for the very last episode!

    The trailer for the episode, features the two favourite characters, with a teaser: "Will they get their happy ever after?"

  • Louis Allwood

    Who did Delta Goodrem play in the soap?

    Delta played the role of Nina Tucker in the Aussie soap.

    In 2001, she was approached by producers after they saw her video for her debut single.

    The 37-year-old almost turned down the role of Nina as she felt the character did not suit her style of music.

    However, the role was rewritten for her and she joined the cast and made her first on-screen appearance on June 22, 2002. 

    A year later she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and had to leave the show for treatment.

    But once her health improved she managed to make a return to the show in 2004 to tie up Nina's storylines up until 2005. 

    She later reprised her role in 2015, as part of the show’s 30th anniversary.

  • Louis Allwood

    Is Delta Goodrem returning to Neighbours?

    Delta Goodrem is among some of the international stars that are set to return for the Neighbours finale.

    The show's official Twitter account revealed the news about Delta's appearance early on Sunday morning (July 24).

    Her return was announced alongside that of former stars such as Wolf of Wall Street actor Margot Robbie and House actor Jesse Spencer.

    They are all set to return in Friday’s hour-long final outing.

  • Louis Allwood

    Neighbours left me in a ‘dark place’

    HE may have played nice guy Dr Karl Kennedy in Neighbours for 37 years, but Alan Fletcher has confessed that initially, the fame turned him into a monster.

    The Aussie actor was forced to turn to therapy to get him through.

    Alan said: ““I wasn’t a good person to be around. I became selfish and things became too much about me, me, me.

    “I needed therapy to get through this dark period.

    “My wife said to me: ‘You’re not in a good place, you require professional help’.”

    The challenge began when Alan tried to juggle long hours on Ramsay Street with maintaining his passion project – a photography business.

  • Louis Allwood

    Fans share emotion after trailer drops

    Fans have shared their emotions on social media after the soap debuted its finale trailer ahead of its last ever episodes this week.

    The Channel 5 soap will end for good later this week after three decades on screen.

    A trailer teasing the final show hints at an emotional-filled hour for fans, as some bid farewell and others return to the iconic Ramsay Street.

    Neighbours fans petitioned for the show to be picked up by another broadcaster.

    However, no one else was found and so it was agreed the soap would end in the summer, with many famous faces from the show's past returning for one last time.

    The trailer begins with a shot of the iconic Ramsay Street sign as Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan appear as Scott and Charlene in an old photo and fans will no doubt be incredibly emotional.

    Watch the trailer here

  • Louis Allwood

    Guy Pearce to pay tribute to the show

    Guy, 54, will reprise his role as Mike Young to pay tribute to the show that put him on the map.

    The actor got his big break when he starred on the show between 1986 and 1989, and has not been back since.

    Guy said: "It is very exciting and surreal at the same time being back on set again, however it feels like coming home. 

    "It’s where it all started for me professionally.  I’ve been asked to come back on occasions over the years and wondered if it was the right thing to do, but once I knew the show was finishing, I knew I had to do it."

    Since Neighbours, Mike has since gone on to be a big screen sensation in Hollywood movies such as Momento, LA Confidential and Iron Man 3.

    Guy also starred in one of the most acclaimed shows of 2021, Mare of Easttown, alongside Kate Winslet.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kylie and Jason return to Ramsey Street

    In a move which is sure to leave die-hard fans sobbing, The Sun revealed the final scene will show Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan returning to Ramsey Street – 34 years after they quit the soap.

    In an emotional moment, the pair turn to each other before beaming and declaring they are "home".

    Kylie, 54, and Jason, 54, both saw they career skyrocket after playing Charlene and Scott Robinson on Neighbours.

    Kylie last appeared on the show in July 1988 while Jason stayed a year longer – not leaving until May 89.

    Since then they have both gone on to sell millions of albums around the world.

    Their 1988 single Especially For You debuted at number 2 in the UK charts and after a campaign by fans 2014 surpassed a million sales.

  • Louis Allwood

    Margot Robbie starred in Neighbours between 2008 and 2011

    Star of Barbie and The Wolf Wall Street, Margot Robbie will return to Ramsay Street for the finale.

    While the 32-year-old could not be there in person, she has recorded a special clip and sent 37 bottles of champagne for the cast to enjoy.

    Margot appeared on the show between 2008 and 2011 as Donna Freedman.

    During her time on the show, her character's storylines included a relationship with Ringo Brown (Sam Clark) whom she later married, a same-sex kiss with Sunny Lee (Hany Lee), and an affair with Andrew Robinson (Jordan Patrick Smith).

    Since Neighbours, Margot has skyrocketed to Hollywood fame much like other Ramsay Street alum, Russell Crowe (who is not returning for the episode).

    While Donna was a regular on the soap, Margot is now a regular in the DC Comics films portraying the fun and fabulous Harley Quinn in multiple films.

  • Louis Allwood

    Which former Neighbours stars are returning for the final episode? (2/2)

    • Lesley Baker who played Toadie Rebecchi’s mum will also be on the last episode
    • Natalie Bassingthwaighte who played manipulative minx Izzy Hoyland, was at the centre of some of the soap’s biggest storylines in the 00s makes a comeback .
    • Margot Robbie, star of Barbie and The Wolf Wall Street played Donna Freedman between 2008 and 2011.
    • Jesse Spencer, better known as Billy Kennedy to Neighbours fans and appeared on the show between 1994 and 2004, on and off.
    • Delta Goodrem will return as shy singer Nina Tucker, who she first played in 2002.
    • Daniel MacPherson who played Joel Samuels for four years from 1998.

    Which former Neighbours stars are returning for the final episode?

    The show has spawned some superstar actors, many of whom returned to Ramsay Street to film the last episode.

    The stars returning include:

    • Hollywood legend Guy Pearce who rose to fame playing Mike Young in the Australian TV series.
    • Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have also recorded a scene to go in the last episod.
    • Ian Smith – who played Harold Bishop – will delight fans with his return.
    • Ramsay Street hunk Daniel MacPherson who played Joel Samuels for four years from 1998, will be in the last episode.
    • Melissa Bell who played Scott and Paul Robinson’s little sister Lucy is back.
    • Benjamin McNair, the Kennedy’s eldest son Mal makes her return.

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