Margot Robbie sent champagne to her former Neighbours colleagues on the last day of filming. The iconic Australian soap is coming to an end after 37 years and cast and crew wrapped the last scene on Friday.
A number of stars have reprised their roles for the finale including Guy Pearce, who started his career playing Mike Young, Ian Smith, who played Harold Bishop and of course, Jason Dononvan and Kylie Minogue.
Margot - who started her career playing Donna Freedman on the soap - was missing from the list of returnees. But it appears she still has a soft spot for the show and apparently sent champagne to her former colleagues on set in Melbourne.
Neighbours star April Rose Pengilly, who plays Chloe Brennan, shared a picture of a champagne glass on Instagram. She tagged the A-lister and wrote: “Thx for the champagne”.
A final photo of the Neighbours cast and crew was shared this morning as filming wrapped on the last scene. Executive producer Jason Herbison revealed tears were shed on the final day of filming, but feels its 37-year run is an ‘incredible achievement’ which should be celebrated.
“We all knew this day was coming but until we were here in this moment when the very last scene was filmed, it was hard to express how we would all feel,” he said. “Of course, it is sad and tears were shed, but we’re also enormously proud. 37 years is an incredible achievement and that should be celebrated.
“We’ve also been incredibly touched by the response from our viewers all over the world. Neighbours is more than a TV show to many people. They see us as part of the family and we feel privileged to have been invited into their homes, and I know the legacy of Neighbours will live on for many years.”
The globally-recognised soap opera first aired in 1985 and followed the lives of those living and working in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough.
Stefan Dennis, who has played the villainous Paul Robinson on and off throughout the show’s 37-year history, described the last day of filming as “a melancholy day” to the Australian breakfast programme Studio 10 on Friday. The actor said he ‘surprised himself’ by becoming incredibly emotional while shooting the last scenes, admitting that he had to keep a ‘very low profile’ in order to avoid becoming ‘an absolute mess’.
He also revealed that Diana, Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother had both been big fans of Neighbours and would specifically request tapes from the BBC in order to catch up on episodes missed during royal engagements.
The final episode, due to broadcast on August 1, will see fan favourites from throughout the years return to the cul-de-sac community of Ramsay Street to bid the soap farewell. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who starred as power couple Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson in the 1980s, were previously announced as returning to the show.
Kylie credited the show with her enormous success as a musician during an appearance on the Late Night With Seth Meyers show this week. “We’re finishing the show and there was quite a bit of pressure for me to go back, so I shot my scenes back in Australia,” she said.
She added: “I was only in the show for two and a half years, but it's when the show exploded. England just went crazy about it, so it’s been with me ever since. You’re in people’s households, the show was played twice a day. People would bunk off school, change their office hours, because who ever knew how to set the VHS.”
Mentioning her fellow Neighbours alum Guy Pearce, she said: “Another friend you may have had on this show, Guy Pearce, he's in the same show, so he's just filmed his little return as well. We’re all going to cry.”
Joining them in the final scenes will be Peter O’Brien, who appeared in the show’s first episode as Shane Ramsay, as well as Ian Smith who played Harold Bishop, Mark Little who played Joe Mangel and Paul Keane who played Des Clarke. Among those returning from the 2000s era are Chris Milligan who played Kyle Canning, Morgan Baker as Callum Rebecchi, Natalie Bassingthwaighte who played Izzy Hoyland and James Mason as Chris Pappas.
Pippa Black who played Elle Robinson and her on-screen brother Jordan Patrick Smith who played Andrew Robinson will also return. Olympia Valance who starred as Paige Smith in the latest era of the show will be back, alongside Jodi Anasta as Elly Conway, Zoe Cramond who played Amy Williams and Kate Kendall as Lauren Turner.
Ben Hall as Ned Willis, Olivia Junkeer who played Yashvi Rebecchi and Zima Anderson as Roxy Willis were also announced as returning.
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