Kylie turns down request for Charlene return

Kylie turns down request for Charlene return

Kylie Minogue has turned down a return to 'Neighbours' as her original character Charlene.

The 'All The Lovers' singer - who played mechanic Charlene Robinson in the Australian soap until 1988, when she left to launch her pop career - will not make a one-off appearance in the show.

The 42-year-old star was top of show bosses wish list to make a guest appearance to mark the soap's 6,000th episode later this year.

However, Kylie revealed she thinks she is too old to play her former character.

She explained to gossip website Absolute Now: "There was a request. I know it's the 25th year of the show but I don't think I could go back as Charlene. Maybe Charlene's mother!"

Kylie's decision will surprise show bosses, because she had talked about making a return to the show earlier this year.

She said: "I don't watch it any more. I can see why Aussies would, it's like a comfort thing. But it would be amazing if Charlene rocked up on Ramsay Street in a shiny new Mini, and I jumped out, flicked my hair and said: 'Hey, what's going on?'"

'Neighbours' actor Alan Fletcher, who plays Dr Karl Kennedy in the show, recently revealed bosses were pulling out all the stops to tempt Kylie back to the soap

He said: "Characters from the past will emerge. They should be going hell for leather in getting Kylie. It would be quite extraordinary."

In 1987, Kylie won Most Popular Actress in Australia and Most Popular New Talent for her role in the soap.

More in this Section

Bill Nighy explains why he doesn’t watch himself on screenBill Nighy explains why he doesn’t watch himself on screen

Two Love Islanders to be dumped from the villaTwo Love Islanders to be dumped from the villa

James Norton responds to ‘crazy’ James Bond speculationJames Norton responds to ‘crazy’ James Bond speculation

Freddie Flintoff terrified in ‘horrific’ Top Gear bungee jump car stuntFreddie Flintoff terrified in ‘horrific’ Top Gear bungee jump car stunt


Lifestyle

Orlagh Kelly owns The Reading Room bookshop on Main Street in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.We sell books: The Reading Room - ‘Small bookshops, curated by people who care, make a difference’

As Stockton’s Wing release a retrospective album, Mike Hanrahan tells Donal O’Keeffe about getting back on the road, and his love of cookingStill a beautiful affair: Mike Hanrahan talks about getting back on the road with Stockton's Wing

An ongoing cull is resulting in a major reduction in the deer population in one of the country’s most visited natural attractions.Donal Hickey: Deer birth patterns evolving

A Courtmacsherry neighbour, Kathy Gannon tells me that when the tide is out, the vast acres of clean, grey mud of the bay reflect the sun in splendour in the clear, sharp air.Damien Enright: ‘How enchanting for humanity that we have birds’

More From The Irish Examiner