Neighbours' April Rose Pengilly says Bonnie Anderson nearly played Chloe

Jess Lee
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From Digital Spy

Neighbours' April Rose Pengilly is known for portraying Chloe Brennan, but the star has revealed which of her castmates came very close to playing her role.

In a new Instagram post, April paid tribute to co-star Bonnie Anderson, who is leaving the role of Bea Nilsson later this year, and slipped in a fun fact that Bonnie auditioned for Chloe before she was offered another character.

"If you have not yet heard, Ramsay Street is losing its little Bonza @bonnieandersonmusic!" she wrote.

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

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"Fun fact: it was actually down to Bonnie and I for the role of Chloe! I remember seeing her waiting to do her final audition as I was on the way out after doing mine.

"In the end, they decided that I was more of a Chloe, but they wrote a new role just for her because they loved her so much – and it isn't hard to see why!"

Addressing the photo itself, April added: "The snap is from our last scene together, which will air in about 3 months.

"We didn't get much time together for the past year as we were divided due to COVID, but it still won't be the same without her."

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Bonnie recently finished filming her final scenes, describing it as an "end of an era" at the time.

"The decision was a little bit difficult, but I knew I made the right decision for myself and my future," she said on co-star Sharon Johal's We Are the Real Ones podcast.

"I feel like I've always been somebody that wants to challenge myself, somebody who wants to take risks, and I feel like that's the way I grow."

No details for Bea's exit storyline have been revealed so far.

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

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