Stars who started out on Neighbours

Take a look back at the Aussie stars that got their big break on the iconic soap.

Alan Dale

Though he first had a role in The Young Doctors, Alan’s big break came in the form of loveable dad Jim Robinson, who he played for the first eight years of Neighbours.

Alan Dale – Now

He has since gone on to conquer Hollywood, scoring roles in hit TV shows including The O.C., Lost, NCIS, 24, Once Upon A Time, and most recently, Dynasty.

Ashleigh Brewer

While Ashleigh may be a familiar face from kids show The Sleepover Club, she truly won hearts as Kate Ramsay, a teen who is thrust into adulthood after the death of her mother.

Ashleigh Brewer – Now

The brunette stunner then jumped soap – and continent – to star as The Bold And The Beautiful’s Ivy Forrester.

Chris Hemsworth

We bet you don’t remember this one! Before Chris was Kim Hyde in Home And Away, the actor landed a role in Neighbours as Jamie Kane for one episode. We count it! (Yes, we know it’s grainy but we promise it’s him!)

Chris Hemsworth – Now

He shot to stardom in 2011 as the lusciously locked Thor and has been doing Aussies proud since.

Craig McLachlan

Craig McLachlan played joker Henry Ramsay on Neighbours from 1987-1989 and the role earned him three Logies!

Craig McLachlan – Now

Sticking to the Aussie scene, Craig went on to star in a multitude of Aussie television, including Home And Away, McLeod’s Daughters, Packed To The Rafters, House Husbands, The Doctor Blake Mysteries and The Wrong Girl.

Daniel MacPherson

Dan had the role of Joel Samuels created specifically for him! The heartthrob triathlete arrived in Ramsay Street on a whim and stuck around for four years, always sending hearts aflutter.

Daniel MacPherson – Now

The actor has since starred in The Bill and City Homicide, as well as hosting Dancing With The Stars. He also starred in The Shannara Chronicles and Strike Back.

Delta Goodrem

The character of Nina Tucker launched girl-next-door Delta to stardom.

Delta Goodrem – Now

During her time on the show, Delta topped the charts with her first album ‘Innocent Eyes’ and has been an Aussie fave since. She is currently a judge on The Voice, starred in House Husbands, and will play Olivia Newton John in a new biopic.

Dichen Lachman

Dichen’s first big role was as Katya Kinski, the older sister to Susan Kennedy’s (Jackie Woodburne) adopted kids, Rachel (Caitlin Stasey) and Zeke (Matthew Werkmeister).

Dichen Lachman – Now

She made the move to Hollywood after finishing up on Neighbours where she scored roles in Joss Whedon sci-fi series Dollhouse, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D and The 100.

Eliza Taylor

Though she had starred in hit kids’ shows The Sleepover Club and Pirate Islands, it was her role as “bogan” Janae Timmins that gained her fame in Australia.

Eliza Taylor – Now

After Neighbours, Janae scored a few small roles in Australia before making it big in the States as Clarke in cult hit The 100. She also played Sarah in The November Man, an American thriller movie.

Guy Pearce

Guy’s first acting role was as troubled teen Mike Young in Neighbours. He remained in Erinsborough for almost four years.

Guy Pearce – Now

After his time on Neighbours, Guy made an impact in both Australia and America. He has starred in everything from hit Marvel movie Iron Man 3 to Australian crime drama Jack Irish.

Holly Valance

Holly played Scully sister, Flick, for three years.

Holly Valance – Now

Holly gave up her Neighbours career to become a singer (releasing hit album ‘Footprints’) and has continued to pursue acting. Her younger sister Olympia Valance now stars on Neighbours as Paige Smith!

Jesse Spencer

Jesse played the youngest son of Ramsay Street stalwarts Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan (Jackie Woodburne) Kennedy. He left the role of Billy after five years on the show.

Jesse Spencer

Upon leaving Erinsborough, Jesse found fame overseas in medical drama House and is currently starring in Chicago Fire.

Kylie Minogue

Can we call Kylie the most iconic Neighbours alum? Because we might just do that. Charlene (and Scott!) has gone down in history as one of the most recognised Neighbours stars of all time.

Kylie Minogue

The pop princess really doesn’t need much explaining. She is world-wide superstar!

Liam Hemsworth

This one might make you do a double-take! Who else forgot that before he was a Hollywood megastar, Liam played wheelchair-bound troublemaker Josh Taylor?

Liam Hemsworth

Since his brief stint on Neighbours, Liam has landed huge Hollywood roles, most notably as Hunger Games’ Gale, and most recently as Jake in Independence Day: Resurgence.

Margot Robbie

Margot played loveable teen Donna Freedman on Neighbours for three years, during which time the character faced family problems and the death of her husband, Ringo (Sam Clark).

Margot Robbie

Margot has been killing it in Hollywood since her days as Donna. She has starred in blockbusters, The Wolf Of Wall Street alongside Leonardo Di Caprio, Focus with Will Smith, and Suicide Squad with Cara Delevingne, and plays Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. A Harley Quinn spin-off movie has also been confirmed.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Natalie’s first major acting role was as bad-girl Izzy Hoyland. The character had no qualms about doing whatever it took to get what she wanted and even had a child with Karl Kennedy!

Natalie Bassingthwaighte – Now

Nat went on to become a judge on The X Factor, starred in the Peter Brock biopic Brock, and also joined the cast of The Wrong Girl this year. She’ll be making a return to Neighbours in 2018.

Natalie Imbruglia

The ‘Torn’ singer played Beth Willis (nee Brennan) on Ramsay Street in the early 90s.

Natalie Imbruglia

She later went on to be a chart-topping artist and starred in the 2015 movie Little Loopers.

Nicky Whelan

Nicky started her acting career as Pepper Steiger on Neighbours. She was introduced in 2006 along with Frazer, Rosie and Will.

Nicky Whelan – Now

The actress made the move to Hollywood after her short stint in Erinsborough, with roles in Scrubs and House Of Lies. Nicky has also landed roles in movies, including Hall Pass, The Wedding Ringer, and most recently Inconceivable.

Peter O’Brien

Peter played an original Neighbours character and teen hottie Shane Ramsay. He appeared in the first ever episode of the soap.

Peter O’Brien

He has since had a prolific acting career, most recently starring alongside Rebecca Gibney in crime drama Winter.

Pia Miranda

Pia’s first TV role was as Karen Oldman, who is remembered as Toadie’s first big romance and first big heartbreak – aww!

Pia Miranda – Now

The actress has become well-known for her role in the award-winning Aussie movie Looking For Alibrandi. Recently, Pia starred in hit Australian prison drama Wentworth.

Russell Crowe

Even Russell Crowe, one of our biggest Hollywood exports, has had a stint on Neighbours. In the late 80s he played Kenny Larkin in four episodes.

Russell Crowe

Ol’ Rusty is now a Hollywood megastar starring in everything from Gladiator to A Beautiful Mind. He even sings!

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