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Jess Molyneux

Neighbours: Russell Crowe and 29 stars Erinsborough gave to the world

After more than 30 years on British televisions, Australian soap Neighbours is coming to an end this week.

The show has dominated screens for decades, originally airing twice a day on BBC 1, before moving to Channel 5 in later years. We were first welcomed to Erinsborough back in 1985 and 20 years later, the iconic programme made the Logie hall of fame as the longest standing Australian drama series in 2005.

Over the years, we've seen the highs and lows of the Ramsay Street residents and some incredible storylines. But we've also seen former soap regulars hit the big time in Hollywood or make history in the music industry.

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From Oscar-winning Russell Crowe and critically-acclaimed Margot Robbie to all three Hemsworth brothers and chart toppers Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, many have been catapulted to stardom thanks to Neighbours.

As the final episode airs this week after 37 years on our screens, we take a brief look back at a number of celebrities who starred in Neighbours through the decades and what they did next. From soap regulars to cameos, they may not have all started out on the show, but they all played their part in making it as loved as it was.

Margot Robbie - Donna Freedman

Margot Robbie attends the Chanel Spring/Summer 2022 show (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)

Before her breakout role in The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo Di Caprio in 2013, Margot Robbie made her first screen appearance on Neighbours in June 2008. Initially a guest character before becoming a Ramsay Street regular, Robbie played Donna Freedman, later Brown, on the show until 2011.

Originally portrayed as an obsessive fan of musician Ty Harper, Donna went on to marry boyfriend Ringo, but their love story was cut short when Ringo was tragically killed. After his death, Donna decided to follow her dream of working in fashion, heading for a design school in New York.

Margot Robbie in Australian soap Neighbours (Neighbours/Grundy Television/Freemantle/Youtube)

After flying the Neighbours nest, Margot arrived in America and landed the role of Laura Cameron in the period drama series Pan Am. Hitting the big time in Hollywood, she has since enjoyed a stellar film career.

With starring roles in The Legend of Tarzan, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and her critically acclaimed role in I, Tonya, Margot has had numerous Golden Globe Award, BAFTA and Academy Award nominations. The 32-year-old is currently starring as the lead in Greta Gerwig's highly anticipated film Barbie, alongside Ryan Gosling.

Kylie Minogue - Charlene Mitchell

Kylie Minogue is seen on the Upper East Side, 2022 (Photo by THE HAPA BLONDE/GC Images)

Possibly Neighbours’ most famous export, Kylie Minogue shot to fame as tom boy mechanic Charlene Mitchell on the soap in 1986. Charlene was introduced to the show along with several other new characters, as part of a revamp by Network Ten to increase ratings.

Although only appearing on the show for two years before hitting international fame as a pop star, Kylie's character and on-screen romance with Scott Robinson, played by Jason Donovan, captured many hearts. Charlene and Scott's wedding episode was watched by 20 million viewers worldwide when it aired.

Actress and singer Kylie Minogue with her co-star in the Australian soap-opera Neighbours, Jason Donovan, circa 1987 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Whilst on Neighbours, Kylie signed a record deal - and the rest is history. Becoming the highest-selling female Australian artist of all time, Kylie has had hit after hit, from I Should Be So Lucky to Spinning Around to All The Lovers and Especially For You with Neighbours co-star Jason.

In 2008, she was appointed an OBE in the UK's New Years Honours list. In 2019, she also played the Glastonbury legends slot.

Jason Donovan - Scott Robinson

Jason Donovan, February 23, 2022 (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Wylde Moon)

The other half of Ramsay Street's great love story, Jason Donovan took over the role of Scott Robinson, originally played by Darius Perkins, in 1985. Also leaving to launch his music career, Jason went on to have the highest-selling album in the UK in 1989, as well as four UK No. 1 singles, including "Especially for You" - his 1988 duet with Kylie.

Jason Donovan’s appearance at Liverpool club Quadrant Park in 1989 caused mass hysteria among the young women of Merseyside – and the St John Ambulance staff had their hands full dealing with an overdose of adoration. Jason later became a star of musical theatre, becoming well known for playing the role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Actor and singer Jason Donovan, then playing the character of Scott Robinson in Neighbours, circa 1988 (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)

He also starred in The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, War of the Worlds and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With a few stints on reality TV, Jason reached the finals of I’m a Celebrity and Strictly Come Dancing.

Jason's daughter, Jemma, also got her big break in Neighbours as Scott’s great niece, Harlow. Kylie and Jason also appear in the teaser final trailer for Neighbours and can be seen pulling up in a green Mini.

Natalie Imbruglia - Beth Brennan

Natalie Imbruglia performs on the main stage during Mighty Hoopla Festival at Brockwell Park on June 3, 2022 (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

Before her pop career, Natalie Imbruglia made her debut on Neighbours in 1992. Playing the role of Beth Brennan, Natalie's character is well remembered for her romance with Brad Willis, played by Scott Michaelson.

After leaving Erinsborough in 1994, Natalie released her record breaking single Torn, which topped the charts in 1998. Her music career boasts many accolades, from a Billboard Music Award to two Brit Awards and three Grammy nominations.

Natalie Imbruglia as Beth Brennan (Neighbours/Grundy Television/Freemantle/Youtube)

She has also dipped into the world of film. Natalie has starred in several films, from Johnny English to Australian indie film, Closed for Winter.

As the Panda, she also won the third series of The Masked Singer UK. Natalie recently performed at Flackstock Festival in memory of the late Caroline Flack.

Alan Dale - Jim Robinson

Alan Dale, January 4, 2019 ((Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for AF)

One of Neighbours' 12 original characters, Alan Dale played Jim, the patriarch of the Robinson family. He arrived on the scene in 1985, along with his four kids and mother-in-law Helen Daniels.

But by 1993, Alan's character was killed off, suffering a heart attack. But in 2018, many will remember Jim Robinson returning from the dead for a Christmas episode dream sequence.

Alan Dale, as Jim Robinson in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Australia, October 20, 1988 ((Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

After leaving the show, Alan forged a successful career stateside. Moving to the US in the late nineties, Alan has starred in massive hit shows such as 24, The O.C, The West Wing, Lost and Ugly Betty.

From 2017 to 2021, he also starred in the revamped Dynasty as Joseph Anders. In film, Alan has also appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Russell Crowe - Kenny Larkin

New Zealand actor Russell Crowe attends the Showtime limited series premiere of "The Loudest Voice" on June 24, 2019 (ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Starting back in 1987, Russell Crowe starred in four episodes of Neighbours as Kenny Larkin. Playing former cellmate of Henry Ramsay, Russell's character left for good after a bust-up outside hotel bar, Lassiter's.

After working in the Australian film industry, Russell, like many of his Neighbour alumni, headed to the US. His big breakout role was in 2000 when he won an Oscar for playing Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in Box Office smash Gladiator.

Russell Crowe with Jason Donovan in a scene from Neighbours (Neighbours/Grundy Television/Freemantle/Youtube)

Russell went on to star in major films such as Robin Hood, A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster and more. He also had a major role in musical drama Les Miserables.

Accolades to his name also include winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Russell Crowe also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Holly Valance - Felicity Scully

Holly Valance attends "The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson" photo call during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

From 1999 till 2002, Holly Valance played Felicity 'Flick' Scully on the Australian soap. But like some of her co-stars, Holly left Neighbours to concentrate on her music career.

After she left Erinsborough, Holly pursued music and released her first single Kiss Kiss. The hit reached number one in the UK and Australia.

Holly Valance as Flick in Neighbours (Neighbours/Grundy Television/Freemantle/YouTube)

She later moved to the US to further her career, bagging roles in Prison Break, CSI: Miami and Entourage. Holly was later cast in hit film Taken, playing a singer and starring alongside Liam Neeson.

She competed in series nine of Strictly in 2011 and now is settled in the UK. In her career, Holly has also won an MTV Music Award.

Liam Hemsworth - Josh Taylor

Liam Hemsworth attends the 2019 Met Gala celebrating "Camp: Notes on Fashion" (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Before becoming a household name, Liam Hemsworth starred in Neighbours from 2007 till 2008. Playing Josh Taylor, who was left paralysed following a surfing accident, it wasn't long before Liam left the soap for Hollywood.

Liam auditioned for the role of Marvel's Thor, but lost out to older brother Chris. But he eventually hit the big time when he was cast opposite ex-partner Miley Cyrus in The Last Song in 2010, his American film debut.

Liam Hemsworth in Australian soap Neighbours (Neighbours/Grundy Television/Freemantle/IMBD)

The pair enjoyed an on-and-off romance that included two engagements and tying the knot once, but divorced in August 2019. Liam has starred as Gale in The Hunger Games trilogy alongside Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Independence Day: Resurgence and The Duel.

He has also appeared in The Expendables 2 and Paranoia. Over the years, he has won a People's Choice Award and also a Primetime Emmy nomination amongst many others.

Chris Hemsworth - Jamie Kane

Chris Hemsworth attends the Sydney premiere of Thor: Love And Thunder (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Best known for his role as Thor, Chris isn't the only Hemsworth to head to Erinsborough. In 2002, he appeared in one Neighbours episode as Steph’s employee.

When it comes to Australian soap's, Chris is more remembered for his role as Kim Hyde in rival show Home and Away from 2004. The following year, he placed fifth on Australian celebrity dance competition Dancing with the Stars.

Chris Hemsworth in soap Neighbours (Neighbours/Grundy Television/Freemantle/Youtube)

In 2009, he made his first Hollywood appearance in the sci-fi blockbuster Star Trek But Chris is perhaps most recognisable for starring in huge Marvel franchises from Thor to The Avengers.

Other films under his belt include Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Dawn, Ghostbusters and Men in Black: International. He has also hosted Saturday Night Live.

Luke Hemsworth - Nathan Tyson

Luke Hemsworth attends the premiere of HBO's "Westworld" Season 4 (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Alongside younger brothers Liam and Chris, Luke Hemsworth has also had a stint on Ramsay Street. with Luke having played Nathan Tyson for ten episodes from 2001 till 2002.

Luke reappeared on Neighbours in 2008, playing the role of John Carter for three episodes. Like his famous family members, Luke has also enjoyed success in Hollywood.

He is best known for his role as Ashley Stubbs in HBO series, Westworld. Throughout his career, he has also had cameos in the Thor franchise and starred in films like Crypto and Death of Me.

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Guy Pearce - Mike Young

Guy Pearce attends the Build Series to discuss 'A Christmas Carol' on December 17, 2019 (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)

Many know Guy Pearce as the household name he is today. But before he was a Hollywood heavyweight he played Mike Young on Neighbours.

Best friends with Charlene Mitchell and Scott Robinson, Guy's character left Erinsborough in 1989 after nearly three years on the show. He also played David Croft on rival soap Home and Away from 1991 to 1992 and since then has become an international star.

Guy Pearce, then playing the character of Mike Young in Australian TV soap opera 'Neighbours', circa 1988 (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)

His first major motion picture role was in the Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He has also appeared in big movies like LA Confidential, Memento, The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech to name a few.

More recently, he has starred in Iron Man 3 and Mary Queen of Scots. As for TV, Guy also played Scrooge in BBC1’s modern take on A Christmas Carol, as well as appearing in a Radiohead music video.

Delta Goodrem - Nina Tucker

Delta Goodrem performs on Day 2 of BottleRock Napa Valley on May 28, 2022 (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)

Arriving on the show in 2002, Delta Goodrem played Nina Tucker until 2005. But Delta has always been known for her musical talent.

As a teen, she was signed to Sony Records and after leaving the show she launched her international music career. But in 2015, she did return to Ramsay Street for three episodes to celebrate Neighbours' 30th anniversary.

Singer Delta Goodrem as Nina Tucker in Neighbours (Neighbours/Grundy Television/Freemantle/Youtube)

Over the years, Delta has released hits such as Born to Try and Lost Without You. She also became a regular judge on The Voice Australia.

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Jesse Spencer - Billy Kennedy

Jesse Spencer of Chicago Fire attends Entertainment Weekly & People New York Upfronts at 849 6th Ave on May 15, 2017 (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

Playing Bill Kennedy from 1994 till 2000, Jesse Spencer's character took off with the love of his life Anne to start a family elsewhere, departing the show over two decades ago. But like many others, Jesse did return to Neighbours for a cameo for the show's 20th anniversary episode in 2005.

After leaving the Aussie soap, Jesse went on to star alongside Hugh Laurie for all eight seasons of US TV medical drama House. He is also well-known for playing Captain Matthew Casey in Chicago Fire from 2012 to 2021.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte - Izzy Hoyland

Natalie Bassingthwaighte attends the 62nd TV Week Logie Awards (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

From 2003 to 2006, Natalie Bassingthwaighte played Izzy Hoyland, the character viewers loved to hate and who stole Karl Kennedy from Susan. Post Neighbours, Natalie launched her music careers as lead singer for the band Rogue Traders.

The band had an international hit with Voodoo Child. Natalie later became an X Factor judge in Australia and New Zealand.

Eliza Taylor - Janae Timmins

Eliza Taylor attends the 'The 100' press line during WonderCon 2019 (Photo by Paul Butterfield/Getty Images)

In 2005, Eliza Taylor arrived in Erinsborough as Janae, part of the Timmins’ family. Remaining on the show until 2008, Eliza's character had many dramatic story lines, from facing an underage marriage to a HIV scare and the sudden death of her brother, Stingray.

Eliza left the Australian soap and later became known for her role as Clarke Griffin in post-apocalyptic drama, The 100. The show aired multiple series from 2014 to 2020, seeing Eliza nominated for a Teen Choice award in 2015.

Bob Morley - Aidan Foster

Actor Bob Morley at "The 100" Press Line during Comic-Con International 2017 (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Eliza's other half and fellow The 100 co-star Bob Morley also starred in Neighbours. In 2011, he played Aidan Foster, a nurse who worked at the local hospital.

Earlier in his career, Bob played Drew Curtis in Home and Away, before landing the role in Neighbours and later playing Bellamy Blake in The 100. The breakout role also earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination in 2015.

Ben Mendelsohn - Warren Murphy

Ben Mendelsohn arrives the screening of "Babyteeth" at 2020 Mostly British Film Festival at Vogue Theatre on February 15, 2020 (Photo by Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images)

For 19 episodes, Ben Mendelsohn played Warren Murphy on Neighbours" from 1986 to 1987. In his career spanning over 30 years, Ben has appeared in major films such as Rogue One, The Dark Knight Rises and Readu Player One.

He also starred in the Netflix original series Bloodline for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award. In 2020, he also starred in the HBO crime miniseries The Outsider.

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Luke Mitchell - Chris Knight

Luke Mitchell attends the Build Series to discuss "The Code" at Build Studio on April 9, 2019 in New York City (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

In 2008, Luke Mitchell starred in Neighbours playing Chris Knight for 11 episodes. But this wasn't his only stint on a popular Australian TV show. He starred in H2o: Just Add Water before joining the cast of Home and Away, playing Romeo Smith.

Since then, Luke has been in many TV series' such as The Tomorrow People, Agents of SHIELD, and "Blindspot. He also had a recurring role in Vampire Diaries spin off Legacies, playing the role of Ken.

Adelaide Kane - Lolly Allen

Adelaide Kane attends the Shiatzy Chen show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on March 5, 2018 in Paris (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)

After winning a magazine competition, Adelaide Kane was cast as Lolly Allen on Neighbours in 2007. She played Lolly for 45 episodes before departing the show.

Since her time on the soap, she has appeared in The Purge and Teen Wolf. She also starred as Cora Hale in MTV series Teen Wolf and Drizella in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.

Brett Tucker - Daniel Fitzgerald

Brett Tucker arrives at "Angel of Mine" Special Screening at Raleigh Studios on August 28, 2019 (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Lionsgate Entertainment)

From a decade, Brett Tucker played Daniel Fitzgerald on Neighbours between 1999 and 2009. He is known for his roles in The Saddle Club, McLeod's Daughters, and Mistresses, as well as Dynasty.

Bella Heathcote - Amanda Fowler

Bella Heathcote in Madrid (Photo by Borja B. Hojas/Getty Images for Zimmermann)

Bella Heathcote played Amanda Fowler on the show in 2009. Starring in eight episodes, she later went on to star in a number of Hollywood films, from Dark Shadows and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to Fifty Shades Darker and series' such as Man in the High Castle.

Caitlin Stasey - Rachel Kinski

Caitlin Stasey attends the 2017 FOX All-Star Party at Langham Hotel on January 11, 2017 (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

From 2005 to 2009, Caitlin Stasey played Rachel Kinski on Neighbours. Previously playing Francesca Thomas in The Sleepover Club, she is perhaps best known for starring in American series Reign, as well as All Cheerleaders Die.

Sianoa Smit-McPhee - Bree Timmins

Sianoa Smit-McPhee arrives ahead of the 6th AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel | Industry Dinner (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for AFI)

From 2005 to 2007, Sianoa Smit-McPhee starred in Neighbours as Bree Timmins. She later had roles in Disney Channel's As the Bell Rings, as well as All Cheerleaders Die alongside fellow Neighbours alumni Caitlin Stasey.

Peter O'Brien - Shane Ramsey

Peter O'Brien arrives for the 2009 Kodak Inside Film Awards at Luna Park on November 18, 2009 (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

An original Neighbours cast member, Peter O'Brien starred as Shane Ramsey from 1985 to 1987. Known for notable roles on British telly, from Queer As Folk to Doctor Who and Casualty, he also played Wolverine's dad in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Ben Lawson - Frazer Yeats

Ben Lawson attends Australians In Film's 5th Annual Awards Gala at NeueHouse Hollywood on October 19, 2016 (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

From 2006 to 2008, Ben Lawson played Frazer Yeats on the popular Australian soap. he has since starred in various sitcoms such as Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls, as well as starring opposite Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in the film No Strings Attached.

Nicky Whelan - Pepper Steiger

Nicky Whelan attends MPTF's "100 Years of Hollywood: A Celebration of Service" (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

Neighbours fans will remember Nicky Whelan as Pepper Steiger on the show in the early noughties. But Nicky also made it to Hollywood, known for her recurring role in the final series of Scrubs and comedy House Of Lies to name a few.

Jay Bunyan - The 2nd Jack Scully

Jay Ryan attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures "It Chapter Two" (Photo by Emma McIntyre/FilmMagic)

Jay Bunyan, later known as Jay Ryan took on the role of Jack Scully from 2002 to 2005. Like many of his Neighbours colleagues, he moved to Hollywood and has since starred in American series Beauty & the Beast, as well as Terra Nova and Mary Kills People.

Dichen Lachman - Katya Kinski

Dichen Lachman speaks onstage at the Inside "Severence" Panel, 2022 Comic-Con International (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Earning recognition as Katya Kinski, Dichen Lachman was a Neighbours regular from 2005 till 2007. She has since had roles in TV shows such as The 100, Dollhouse and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, as well as films like Aquamarine and Jurassic World Domination.

Mark Little - Joe Mangel

Mark Little attends the premiere of "Blackball" at the Odeon West End on September 4, 2003 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Australian actor, television presenter and comedian Mark Little is still best known by some for playing as Joe Mangel for three years. In 2019, he took part in Dancing on Ice and has also performed regularly at the Edinburgh Festival.

Dave Bautista - Himself

Dave Bautista at the 78 Venice International Film Festival 2021 (Photo by Rocco Spaziani/Archivio Spaziani/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

A fun one to end with - does anyone remember when Dave Bautista popped up in Erinsborough as himself? It's not a fever dream - that did in fact happen.

The wrestler turned actor, now known for roles in Guardians Of The Galaxy and Spectre did make a cameo on Neighbours in 2009. In the episode, wrestling fans Toadie and Callum spotted him out and about.

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