Neighbours will be saying goodbye to Bea Nilsson later this year, as actress Bonnie Anderson has confirmed that she is leaving the soap after three years in the role.
Bonnie has told Australian newspaper the Sunday Herald Sun that she will soon be departing Ramsay Street, with Bea's final scenes expected to air in mid-2021. No details about her exit plot have yet been revealed.
"I was like a pig in mud at that place," she said of her time on the soap. "Neighbours really changed my life for the better in so, so many ways. I feel like at the age I was, 23, when I joined the show it has really shaped me into the person that I am today.
"I have overcome a lot, I have grown and I am proud of the way I live my life. It was really good to have that structure and now after 3½ years on that show I have decided it is time for me to continue challenging myself and create space to focus on my music and songwriting and more acting."
Bonnie, who rose to fame at the age of 12 after winning Australia's Got Talent in 2007, also gave fans a hint about what she'll be getting up to after leaving Erinsborough, saying that she wants to "try different things" in her career.
"I don't want to stick with just one thing," she said. "I am ready to spread my wings. I am ready to fly. First up, it is going to be nice to get into the studio and write some songs and put them out there."
During her time on Neighbours Bonnie had the opportunity to sing the soap's iconic theme song and secured a Logie Award nomination for Most Popular New Talent, while she has also been involved in a number of big storylines as Bea.
Bea's latest plot has seen her being put in serious danger after she was accidentally poisoned by a pie containing death cap mushrooms made by Roxy Willis (Zima Anderson), who had been unaware that she was using a toxic ingredient in her cooking.
Having eaten a whole pie containing the dangerous mushrooms, Bea collapsed and was taken to hospital. After finding out about Bea's condition Roxy and Kyle Canning (Chris Milligan), who thought they had got rid of all the dangerous pies, were guilt-stricken and vowed to confess the truth.
But when Bea regained consciousness, her words stopped Roxy and Kyle from revealing the truth...
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and weekdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).
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