Amanda Holden has joined the cast of Neighbours for an upcoming storyline, it has been revealed.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge will portray Harlow Robinson’s aunt Harriet on the popular serial, and will film scenes alongside actress Jemma Donovan in London.
Harriet will meet up with Harlow for the first time in years, and together they will set about solving a family mystery centring on Harlow’s mother and Harriet’s late sister Prue, who was played by Denise van Outen.
The production is filming around London landmarks over the next week, and viewers will be able to see these scenes next Spring in the UK and Australia.
‘Like most people in the UK who were around in the late 80’s/early 90’s, I grew up watching Neighbours every single day of the week,’ said Amanda, discussing her casting in the Channel 5 soap.
‘I was glued to our TV for the wedding of Kylie and Jason (Scott & Charlene) while cursing Mrs Mangle and praying that Mike and Jane would eventually get together! Not to mention all the other greats over the years.
‘To now have the opportunity to be a part of such an iconic Australian show is simply fabulous! I can’t wait to work with Jemma in London, this feels like a joyous occasion for everyone.’
Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison added: ‘Neighbours has a rich tradition of filming in the UK and we’re thrilled to have Amanda joining for our next adventure. We’ve created a great character for her and can’t wait to see the dynamic between her and Jemma Donovan.
‘The shoot has been in the works for some time and will serve as the launch of a huge new storyline for 2022.’
Jemma, who is the real-life daughter of Neighbours alum Jason Donovan, said: ‘I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to film Neighbours in London, it’s a brilliant opportunity to be able to film in my home city and do what I love, for a show that I hold close to my heart.
‘The producers have been wanting to do this for a while, so it feels so surreal having it all come to life, not to mention working alongside Amanda.
‘I’m beyond excited to create this relationship with our characters, dive into the storyline and shoot all over London, it’s going to be so much fun and I hope the viewers enjoy it just as much as we do!’
We can’t wait to see Amanda in action!
The Cutting It star previously appeared in popular soap EastEnders back in 1994 as Bridge Street market’s Carmen.
Neighbours airs Mondays – Fridays at 1:45pm and 5:30pm on Channel 5.
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