As the popular Australian drama Neighbours comes to an end, Daily Star looks back at its former performers and the levels of wealth they have attained since leaving the programme.
After 40 years on our television screens, the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours will air its final episode. Channel 5 cancelled the show, and it was unable to find sponsorship from other networks.
After a “extensive hunt for alternative funding,” Neighbours said it will be stopping production in a statement back in March.
Some of our favourite celebrities, including Jason Donavon and Kylie Minogue, who have been asked to appear in the finale, got their start as Neighbours.
Nevertheless, compiling a list of every celebrity Neighbour’s has produced may prove difficult given that some have gone on to become billionaires, Hollywood actresses, and even superheroes as a result of their fame on the programme.
The top soap opera incomes are listed below, along with their net worth:
Holly Valance: £823,000,000
Felicity “Flick” Scully was Holly’s character on the show until she left in 2002 to pursue a music career. The UK Official Singles Chart’s number one position was taken by her song Kiss Kiss.
Returning to acting, Holly starred in Taken with Liam Neeson and appeared in a number of American TV series, including Entourage, CSI: Miami, and CSI: New York.
She competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 and placed fourth after reaching the semifinals.
Although Holly has £15 million of her own money, the majority of her riches comes from her 2013 marriage to British millionaire and real estate entrepreneur Nick Candy.
She received a £26 million luxury yacht from Nick last year, and he hired hypnotist Paul McKenna to help her overcome her motion sickness.
£97 million Chris Hemsworth
In 2002, the Hollywood actor Chris had a brief appearance on the programme as Jamie Kane, a garage employee who collaborated with Steph Scully.
His performance landed him a significant role as Kim Hyde in the competing Australian serial, Home and Away.
Hemsworth, who is most known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has also appeared in hit movies including Rush, The Cabin in the Woods, Men In Black International, and Spiderhead.
Chris was ranked number two on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid actors in 2019. It was revealed that the Hollywood actor would co-star with Anya Taylor-Joy in the Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off film Furiosa in 2020.
Kylie Minogue: £100,000,000
The most well-known celebrity Neighbor’s has produced is without a doubt Kylie. She has sold more than 80 million records globally, making her the best-selling female Australian artist of all time.
In 1986, Kylie was chosen for the role of Charlene Mitchell in Neighbours. In 1987, 20 million people watched the wedding of her and Scott Robinson, played by Jason Donavan.
Due to their off-screen romance, Kylie and Jason were able to collaborate on the number one single Especially For You. She had big songs including “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” “Spinning Around,” and “I Should Be So Lucky” during her illustrious music career.
Outside of music, Kylie debuted a wine line in 2020 that was named after her and quickly rose to the top in the UK.
Crowe earned £89.7 million.
Russell, a second megastar to emerge from Neighbours, has established himself as an A List Hollywood actor since leaving the programme.
In four episodes from the 1980s, the actor portrayed Kenny Larkin, an ex-con.
He appeared in the best picture nominee L.A. Confidential over the six-year period between 1997 and 2003 before appearing in Gladiator, for which he won an Oscar.
Russell returned to acting after taking a year off, appearing in the musical drama Les Misérables alongside actors like Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway as well as Christopher Nolan’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
Alongside Chris Hemsworth, another former star of Neighbours, he just played Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder, undoubtedly adding millions to his already considerable wealth.
£19.4 million for Margot Robbie
From 2008 through 2011, Margot began her career in Neighbours.
After co-starring with Leonardo Di Caprio in the dark comedy The Wolf of Wall Street, she achieved success in the acting world. Margot later gained more notoriety for her portrayal of Harley Quinn in DC’s Suicide Squad and its spin-off, Birds Of Prey.
Margot received praise from critics and was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of figure skater Tonya Harding in the biopic I. She received even more praise for the role of Sharon Tate in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which she shared alongside Brad Pitt.
Her acting prowess and the production firm she co-founded with her husband Toby Ackerley, which produced Carey Mulligan’s upcoming film Promising Young Woman, have contributed to her income.
£18.7 million Guy Pearce
Guy, an actor of British descent, played Mick Young in Neighbours for a number of seasons beginning in 1986.
Guy attracted the attention of the global film business and soon achieved his first significant screen success in 1994 as a drag queen in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
He acted in the neo-noir movies Memento and The Hurt Locker, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
Guy appeared in Iron Man 3 alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow as the fiery villainous Aldrich Killian during his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
£12 million for Delta Goodrem
At the age of 15, Delta began a career in music by getting a record deal with Sony. Due to the failure of her debut song, I Don’t Care, and the subsequent uncertainty surrounding her musical future, her second single and album were put on hold.
She started acting in 2002, and her role as Nina Tucker in Neighbours helped her revive her music career.
Born To Try, a piano-based ballad by the artist, peaked at number one in Australia and third in the UK.
Her original album, Innocent Eyes, spent 29 weeks at the top of the charts. With 1.2 million copies sold, it was the best-selling album in Australia for the year 2003.
In addition to portraying Olivia Newton-John in the 2018 movie Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, Delta served as a judge on Australia’s The Voice from 2012 to 2015.
£7.5m Jason Donovan
In Neighbours, Jason played Scott Robinson with Kylie Minogue. After their on-screen characters got married in 1987, the couple dated for two years before going on to become one of the most well-known couples in the world.
Jason went on to top the charts in 1988 and sold three million records in the UK after leaving the programme. He participated in the 1989 rendition of Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid II.
Jason had his appearance on the hit game show I’m A Celebrity. After placing third in the 2006 film Get Me Out Of Here, the actor pursued a career on the stage, appearing in shows including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.
He began his appearance on Dancing on Ice in 2021 but left after six weeks because of a back ailment.