Neighbours casting director Jan Russ who discovered Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Margot Robbie reveals why they had to return to Ramsay Street ahead of finale: ‘If they hadn’t been on the show, would they be where they are now?’
Long-time Neighbours casting director Jan Russ made a bold claim on Tuesday when she discussed the show ending after 37 years.
Jan’s keen eye for spotting talent also helped launch the careers of Guy Pearce, Delta Goodrem and Natalie Imbruglia.
Long-time Neighbours casting director Jan Russ (pictured) spoke on Tuesday about her experiences finding talent for the series
The 82-year-old spoke to TV Tonight about her experience being the hit series’ primary casting agent for almost three decades.
‘It’s quite something to have started the whole thing off, I do feel proud,’ she said.
The starmaker said working on the show for so long was ‘amazing’ and she was thrilled to see so many former cast members, including Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue and Margot Robbie, return for the finale.
Jan Russ discussed what it was like being the primary casting agent on Neighbours for almost three decades. Pictured: Jan with Neighbours cast
She said: ‘It’s fabulous so many of them have come back. And I think ‘Well they should have come back’ because the show set them up. If they hadn’t been on Neighbours would they be where they are now?’
There has been an outpouring of public support for the beleaguered soap opera after it was axed in March, with many former cast members expressing interest in coming back for the finale.
Neighbours ended after the UK’s Channel 5 decided in March not to renew its contract with production company Fremantle to finance and broadcast the series.
In the 90 minute finale special, the cast will gather for the wedding of Toadie Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney (pictured)
In the 90 minute finale special, the cast will gather for the wedding of Toadie Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, and Melanie Pearson, played by Lucinda Cowden.
Returning cast members include Delta Goodrem, Olympia Valance, Kylie Minogue, Ian Smith, Paul Keane, Bonnie Anderson, Daniel MacPherson and Jodi Gordon.
The Neighbours finale will air Thursday, July 28 at 7.30pm on Channel 10 and 10Peach
Jan Russ helped launch the careers of a host of Neighbours actors including Hollywood star Margot Robbie (pictured)
Originally posted 2022-07-26 14:25:05.