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Home and Away: Star reveals Britney Spears in casting conversation


A former cast member has dished on the huge star who was set to appear as a ‘beautiful girl’.

An ex-Home and Away performer opened up about the famous person who once had a casting discussion with the producers.

Britney Spears was reportedly scheduled to appear on the show, according to Christie Hayes, who portrayed Kirsty Sutherland for more than ten years.

When Hayes was in England, she enjoyed watching Home and Away, she revealed on her breakfast radio programme on Hit100.9 in Hobart.

She was given the character name “beautiful girl” and was placed into this brief scene in which she dashed into the diner.


Although Ray Meagher, who plays the iconic Alf Stewart, allegedly questioned whether the casting would harm the “illusion” of the production, Hayes claimed the cast of the show was unanimously in favour of the inclusion.

Britney Spears wants to appear on Home and Away; does anyone object?, our producer Russel announced at a cast meeting. “Yes,” everyone said, Hayes laughed.

Nevertheless, the singer cancelled her scheduled engagement after the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center terrorist attacks raised worries about travel and security.


The surprising impacts of Home and Away

Home and Away has graced screens since 1988 and continues to be an integral part of the Australian television landscape.

In fact, it has had some surprising economic impacts viewers may have considered.

Home and Away is a phenomenon overseas, exported to more than 145 countries.

In particular, the show resonates with UK audiences, who can watch on free-to-air TV five days a week.


Its success has brought $7.5 billion to the Australian economy across 33 years to 2021, or an average of $221 million each year.

According to the statistics, the soap is one of Australia’s top media exports.

For aspiring Australian performers, it has also served as a crucial launching pad, assisting many of them in finding success in Hollywood.

A few former cast members that found future work on the international stage include Isabel Lucas, Dannii Minogue, Chris Hemsworth, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger, and Isla Fisher.

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