Exclusive: Neighbours' Jacinta Stapleton confirms Amy as regular cast

Daniel Kilkelly, Sam Warner
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Jacinta Stapleton has confirmed that she will be back as a regular on Neighbours following her recent guest return.

The actress reprised her role as Amy Greenwood after 20 years away from the soap last year (15 if you count a one-off appearance in 2005) in Australia and earlier this year in the UK.

However, we'll be seeing a lot more of the star on our screens going forward, Jacinta telling Digital Spy exclusively that she couldn't be more "excited" to be a regular.

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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"So, originally I was supposed to be back there for only six weeks in 2020, then in my first week it got extended to eleven," she explained.

"It was completely stressful to be honest, coming back after 20 years, and I am sure the producers needed to see that I still had it in me! After six weeks I wanted to discuss script with them and it was then that they asked me if I would stay.

"I wanted to, for sure, so instead of the usual protocol of 'you speak to my people', I told them personally, I'd stay… for a bit!"

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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Asked whether she hoped for a regular slot on the soap when she filmed her guest return last year, Jacinta admitted: "I never in a million years – or 20 to be exact – thought I'd be back on Neighbours at all.

"When I was gently coerced by the very fabulous Jackie Woodburne, Anne Charleston and Jan Russ to come back, I had to really think about it. Did that fast-paced, frenetic, absolute machine of a show suit me right now? I loved that character, and still do.

"So to be able to bring Amy back with wisdom and experience is truly a gift. Also, I was really glad to observe the culture of the working environment had progressed to a more inclusive and diverse one, so the answer was a 'hell yes!'"

Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5
Photo credit: Fremantle - Channel 5

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As for who she would like Amy to interact with, especially after Shane Rebecchi's exit from Ramsay Street, the star said: "My favourite person to work with was [Shane actor] Nick Coghlan, the consummate professional that he is.

"We were definitely of the same ilk and I hope to work with him again. I also love the dynamic between Amy and Terése, played by Rebekah Elmaloglou, so I hope that continues for a long time."

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

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