British actress, singer and presenter Amanda Holden is set to join the cast of much-loved Australian soap Neighbours.
Holden, who has played roles in television shows such as Wild at Heart, Cutting It and Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as numerous successful West End roles, will feature in the new London-based episodes which is set to air in both the UK and Australia in the spring of 2022.
A statement made today by Channel 5 revealed that Holden will be taking on the character of Harlow Robinson’s aunt Harriet. She and her niece are set to reunite in London with the purpose of solving a family mystery concerning real mother and Harriet’s late sister, Prue, who was last played by Denise van Outen in 2019.
Channel 5 has also disclosed that Harlow’s arrival in London is set to come as a shock to Harriet, who is surprised to find her estranged niece on her doorstep.
Jemma Donovan, who has played Harlow on the Aussie soap since July 2019 and happens to be real life daughter of Neighbours alumni Jason Donavan, joined Holden for the initial filming of the London series.
Having been a long-term fan of the series since it first aired in the 80s, Holden described her first day filming in her new role: “My first day on set was such a fun and surreal experience. If I’d told my 12/13 year-old self I would one-day appear in Neighbours I’d have never believed it!
“So many people were beeping in their cars and passers-by assumed that Jemma was my real daughter because we look quite similar! I can’t wait to continue the journey of my character Harriet.”
Channel 5 also released some first-look pictures which depict Holden and Donovan filming their first scenes together in the Waterloo area of London.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge and Heart Radio presenter took to Twitter to express her excitement about the prospect of featuring on the show. She posted a video of herself on a telephone call saying, “Oh, hello operator, Ramsey Street please!”
Channel 5 air Neighbours every weekday at 1.45pm.
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