Kylie Minogue says return to 'Neighbours' was 'lovely and emotional'

Kylie Minogue has spoken out about her return to 'Neighbours' credit:Bang Showbiz
Kylie Minogue has spoken out about her return to 'Neighbours' credit:Bang Showbiz

Kylie Minogue has revealed her return to 'Neighbours' was "lovely and emotional" as all her Ramsay Street memories "came flooding back".

The actress-turned-pop star played Charlene Mitchell in the Australian soap from 1986 until 1988 and recently returned to the set for the first time in 34 years to film the show's last ever episode.

Kylie has now opened up about her big comeback, admitting it felt wonderful to reunite with her former castmates, telling Today Extra: "It was lovely and emotional."

When asked what she was thinking when she stepped foot back on Ramsay Street, Kylie replied: "Firstly, where's all that time gone? Secondly, everything looks exactly the same.

"Thirdly, Scott, Charlene, Jane, Harold – it all just came flooding back ... There was a lot of talking about memories and going back in time."

Kylie was joined for the reunion by Jason Donovan, who played Charlene's love interest Scott Robinson.

The pair left the soap after Charlene and Scott got married and moved to Brisbane.

Neighbours' executive producer Jason Herbison recently admitted he was thrilled Kylie and Jason were able to return to say goodbye to the much-loved TV show.

He said: "Both Kylie and Jason needed very little persuading at all. They both appreciate the show and the special role that it has played in their careers.

"It's a lovely show of respect to Neighbours, and I was thrilled when they said yes. It didn't feel right to end the show without them."

Other stars returning for the final episode include Ian Smith, 83, who played beloved character Harold Bishop and he admitted he was thrilled to return to the soap.

Ian said: "It’s an absolute pleasure to be back. I'm the biggest sook under the sun. I'm going to be shocking on the last night that 'Neighbours' airs. It really will be an end of an era and I am so proud to have been a part of it.”

Joining Kylie and Jason in representing the 1980s are Mark Little, Paul Keane, and Peter O'Brien, who played Joe Mangle, Des Clarke and Shane Ramsay, while Daniel MacPherson will be back as hunk Joel Samuels to represent the 1990s era alongside Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson), Benjamin McNair (Mal Kennedy), and Leslie Baker (Angie Rebecchi).

Daniel said: “Joining 'Neighbours' at age 17, little did I know, was going to kick start a career that continues to be the adventure of a lifetime. To go back and play Joel one more time, was a small way to show my enormous gratitude to cast, crew and fans of the show.”

Other returnees include Olympia Valance as Paige Smith, James Mason as Chris Pappas, Jodi Gordon as Elly Conway, Zoe Cramond as Amy Williams, Kate Kendall as Lauren Turner, Ben Hall as Ned Willis, and Olivia Junkeer as Yashvi Rebecchi. The soap's Executive Producer, Jason Herbison, said: “Whether the eighties, nineties, noughties or teens is your favourite decade, we will be delivering something for everyone as 'Neighbours' draws to a close. Alongside the current cast we will be celebrating the most memorable characters from across many eras, with a few surprises up our sleeve.” The final episode will air on 1 August.