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Sunday 19 November 2017

Neighbours to cast Scott and Charlene's son in regular role

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan pictured, left, in their days on Australian soap Neighbours and reunited in 2007
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan pictured, left, in their days on Australian soap Neighbours and reunited in 2007

The offspring of Neighbours' most celebrated couple, played by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, is to be cast as a new series regular Rachel Ward.

The producers of Australian drama Neighbours are in the process of casting the part of Daniel Robinson, one of their most significant roles in recent years. Daniel will be the son of the show’s most iconic couple, Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who left the show in the late Eighties.

Over the intervening years, the character of their son Daniel has been referred to in dialogue but never seen on screen. Neighbours' series producer, Jason Herbison, said: “Charlene and Scott are the quintessential love story who have the happy ending. More than 25 years on, they are still remembered worldwide. It is fantastic that we can re-open this chapter of Neighbours' history for a new generation of viewers."

Referring to whether the new character could open the doors for a welcome return to the show by Minogue and Donovan, Herbison said: "I would love to see Kylie and Jason return to Ramsay Street. They were part of such an iconic period for the show and fans remember them with such affection. We do ask [former actors to return] from time to time and with the 30th anniversary looming, it would be a perfect opportunity for them to do that."

Now in his early 20s, Daniel will return to Erinsborough to see where his parents fell in love. He will be introduced to his infamous uncle, Paul Robinson, played by Neighbours stalwart Stefan Dennis. Dennis is the only remaining cast member to have shared the screen with Minogue and Donovan.

“It really is a significant piece of Neighbours' colourful past and let’s face it, the kid could not have come from a better gene pool,” he joked.

Irish Independent

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