Channel 5 Neighbours will be axed after it was dropped by Channel 5 and failed to secure funding from fellow networks. The soap will end production in June after nearly 40 years on screen.
The show has created stars including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan and lots of it’s former stars have been approached to return ahead of the finale.
The Australian soap released a statement yesterday which confirmed the news of the soap’s axe. It said that after “extensive search for alternative funding” it would be ceasing production later this year.
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While the finale is sure to bring some much-loved characters, getting some of its former stars back might be trickier after the show propelled them to fame and they’re now making millions.
Here are the biggest earners from Channel 5 Neighbours:
Holly Valance – $1.1billion (£822.7million)
Holly played the role of Felicity ‘Flick’ Scully in 2002 but left in order to pursue a music career. She then went on to appear on BBC Strictly Come Dancing in 2011.
She’s now living the life of a billionaire after marrying Nick Candy – a British property mogul – in 2013.
She has £15million of her own money thanks to her acting and music, but the majority of her wealth comes from her husband Nick Candy, a British property mogul she married in 2013.
Holly has £15million of her own money with her husband last year treating her to a £26million luxury yacht and roped in hypnotist Paul McKenna to cure her of her seasickness.
Chris Hemsworth – £97.2million
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Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth is best known for playing the role of Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He previously starred as Jamie Kane in Neighbours before finding fame on the big screen.
The Australian actor came second on Forbes’ Highest Paid Actors list in 2019.
Kylie Minogue – £89.7million
Kylie is one half of Neighbours’ most famous couple after playing Charlene Mitchell. She was originally paid £150 an episode as Charlene but she is now worth an estimated £89.7million thanks to her music career.
She even released a hit record with her on-screen husband Jason Donovan – who played Scott Robinson – with their duet Especially For You.
Kylie also has her own successful wine brand which has been the UK’s number one Rose since it first launched in 2020.
Russell Crowe – £89.7million
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Oscar-winning actor Russel appeared in Neighbours for four episodes as Kenny Larkin in Neighbours in the 80’s. After his stint in Neighbours, his acting career went from strength to strength.
He later won an Oscar for his leading role in 2000 film Gladiator and has also appeared in Les Miserables, Robin Hood and Justice League. He is also set to join the MCU as Zeus in the upcoming Thor film.
Liam Hemsworth – £21million
The younger brother of Chris Hemsowrth, Liam started his career on Neighbours as wheelchair bound Josh Taylor from 2007 until 2008.
He went on to star in all four films in The Hunger Games franchise playing Gale. He later went on to marry American singer Miley Cyrus however the pair divorced in 2020.
Margot Robbie – £19.4million
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Margot appeared briefly in Neighbours in 2008 and has since propelled to Hollywood fame. Her first major film role saw her star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Since then, she starred as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad with her performance eventually earning her a spin-off film based on the character.
She is now said to be worth £19.4million with her acting work still coming.
Guy Pearce – £18.7million
British-born actor Guy was one of the original cast members of Neighbours and went on to stay on the soap for five years. He has since appeared in multiple films including Memento and The Hurt Locker – which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
Guy is now reportedly worth £18.7million and he has got four films set to be released this year, including Memory.
Delta Goodrem – £12million
Delta played the role of Nina Tucker on Neighbours from 2002 to 2005 and returned briefly in 2015. Since leaving, she has had a successful music career with five Top 5 singles in the UK.
She then went on to become a coach on Australia’s The Voice but left the role last year. She was also previously engaged to Brian McFadden and is worth £12million.
Natalie Imbruglia – £10.5million
Natalie started her career as Beth Brennan before she left to launch her own music career in 1997. Her album Left In The Middle sold seven million copies and her song Torn became an instant hit.
Most recently, she won The Masked Singer UK beating fellow singer Charlotte Church. She is worth £10.5million.
Jason Donovan – £7.5million
Jason was the other half of Neighbours’ golden couple playing the role of Scott Robinson. After Neighbours, he launched a solo singing career in the 80’s but has since moved to stage and theatre work.
He has previously starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. Last year he also competed on ITV Dancing on Ice but was forced to quit halfway through the series.
Alan Fletcher – £6.7million
Alan has played Dr Karl in Neighbours for the last 28 years making him one of the longest-serving cast members. He has bagged a huge £6.7million form the soap.
Speaking on the soaps axe, Alan said it was “a sad day.”
He added: “It has provided me with enormous artistic satisfaction and deep, everlasting friendships that I will treasure forever.”
Stefan Dennis – £3.7million
Stefan has played businessman Paul Robinson in Neighbours since its very first episode in March 1985. He has also dabbled with a career in music.
In 1989, he released Don’t It Make You Feel Good which reached Number 16 in the UK charts. He now has a net worth of £3.7million after staying with the show.
Ryan Moloney – £3million
Although not an original cast member, Ryan has played the role of Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi – also known as Toady – in Neighbours since 1995.
The actor – who previously came third on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 – is worth £3million.
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