Neighbours announces new regular cast member for 2022

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Neighbours will introduce a brand-new character named Freya next year, portrayed by Phoebe Roberts.

An official announcement was posted on the Australian soap's Twitter yesterday (October 30), reading: "Here's something exciting for you [star emoji] The very talented Phoebe Roberts is joining our regular cast! Keep your eyes peeled for Freya early next year #Neighbours."

Photo credit: Neighbours
Photo credit: Neighbours

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Nothing is known about this Ramsay Street newcomer, and the fact the character's surname is unspecified has inspired fans to come up with a number of theories.

One responder on social media suggested Freya could be Nicolette Stone's ex-partner, as "she loves a leather jacket too".

"I'm guessing relation to Sheila....... Or... Amy..." and "Ex of Nicolette's?" read two more tweets.

Some readers may recognise Roberts from her time on Channel 5's Lie With Me, where she played Becky Hart opposite EastEnders favourite Charlie Brooks' protagonist Anna Fallmont.

Photo credit: FremantleMedia Australia Pty Limited/Ben King - Apple
Photo credit: FremantleMedia Australia Pty Limited/Ben King - Apple

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In other news, back in July, Chloe Brennan star April Rose Pengilly was forced to reject reports that Neighbours was close to cancellation.

"It's all baloney," she said. "The same articles say that we're not working right now and won't be until August. If you watch my [Instagram] Stories, you'll know that that's absolutely not the case."

The article in question was published by an Australian magazine, claiming the future of this TV institution was up in the air and could even be ending. It reported that Channel 5 wasn't pleased and that various cast and crew were growing "anxious".

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

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