Neighbours' Alan Fletcher reveals his favourite celebrity fan moment

Alan Fletcher says Motorhead's Phil Campbell is a big Neighbours fan. (Fremantle/Getty)
Alan Fletcher says Motorhead's Phil Campbell is a big Neighbours fan. (Fremantle/Getty)

Neighbours' Alan Fletcher has spent nearly 30 years as Ramsay Street doctor Karl Kennedy and during that time has built up a huge fan base - including some celebrity admirers.

The Australian soap is due to end on 29 July after 37 years on screen and Fletcher has shared his favourite moment meeting a celebrity fan of the show.

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Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell made a surprise visit to the Neighbours set in 2007, ahead of a concert with his heavy metal band in Melbourne.

Fletcher said of meeting the Welsh musician: “Probably my favourite fan interaction between somebody in music and Neighbours is Phil Campbell from Motorhead.

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Jackie Woodburne and Alan Fletcher are bidding goodbye to Neighbours. (C5/Fremantle Media)

“Phil’s a great mate and he loves Neighbours. So, when he came to Australia on tour, he asked if he could come to set.

“He sat in as an extra in one of Tony’s weddings. I’m not sure if he ever made it to air, but he was with us the whole day.

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“And then we all rushed off to the Motorhead gig that night and met Lemmy backstage, which was marvellous. Phil’s remained a firm friend who I correspond with regularly since then.

“He goes on stage and shreds the guitar, playing heavy metal music, and then comes out and expresses his love of Neighbours. It’s always been a wonderful, wonderful dichotomy!”

Phil Campbell and Lemmy Kilmister (R) of Motorhead perform at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 26, 2015 in Glastonbury, England.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images)
Motorhead's Phil Campbell is a big fan of the soap. (Redferns via Getty Images)

Fletcher added that he'd found fans of the soap all over the world - including on a trip to Iceland, where he found the show had a dedicated following.

He said of visiting the country: “I’ve enjoyed some great fun there. I remember once I walked into a petrol station in the middle of nowhere, it was freezing cold. It’s very icy and dark, of course.

“We got ourselves a hot dog and fries, sat down at the table, looked up and Neighbours was on the telly.”

Neighbours airs its finale as a double bill on 29 July at 9pm on Channel 5.

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