Neighbours’ greatest celebrity cameos including Loose Women star, girl band favourite and chat show legend – The Sun | The Sun

NEIGHBOURS was the springboard for some of Australia's biggest stars – but it also served up a few surprise celebrity cameos.

From comedians to a Loose Women panelist, the beloved soap became well-known for featuring British talent that happened to be passing through Oz.

Now as the final episode of Neighbours airs this week, after 36 years on our screens, we look back at the surprising names who visited the residents of Ramsay Street.

Russell Brand

Comedian and Hollywood star Russell Brand appeared on Neighbours two years ago.

In true wordy fashion, Russ, 47, tells Toadfish Rebecchi he was "touring the world, spreading the message – life, love, limitless. I'm a writer and I enjoy festivities… synchronicity".

Toadie didn't seem quite so chatty, replying simply: "That's awesome."

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Michael Parkinson appeared as himself in a 2007 episode set in LondonCredit: Rex Features

Back in 2007, chat show legend Michael Parkinson appeared on the long-running soap.

However, the 87-year-old was such a big draw the stars came to him, with his scenes being shot on Susan and Karl Kennedy's holiday to London.

Starstruck Susan asks for his autograph, with Michael replying: "Give my regards to Dame Edna." Of course.

Emma Bunton

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As chance would have it, the pair also ran into Baby Spice herself, Emma Bunton in 2007.

The 46-year-old singer had a ringside seat at their engagement – after a classic moment of Neighbours comedy when Karl dropped the ring off the side of an open-top bus.

Luckily, there was a Spice Girl on hand to find it.

Janet Street-Porter

Loose Women star Janet might not look thrilled at being on the soap – but it was actually on her lifetime wish-list.

The 75-year-old flew to Melbourne three years ago for the special scenes, which saw her walking around Erinsborough telling off characters and causing chaos.

She even got a guided tour by Paul Robinson star Stefan Dennis who, in true Janet style, she berated for not knowing enough about Neighbours.

Jess Glynne

In 2019, singer Jess famously was used to headlining shows including the Isle of Wight festival  – but she also got booked to headline the Lassier's Music Fest.

The 32-year-old singer played herself in the soap alongside Stefan Dennis, Bonnie Anderson and 90s boyband Hanson.

She said: "I've been watching Neighbours since I was a little kid, I grew up with up it, it was always there so it's a very surreal experience to be here on the set and be actually acting."

David Walliams & Matt Lucas

Not only did Little Britain's David, 50, and Matt, 48, turn up on the soap in 2007, but they also did it in the guise of two of their most famous characters – and didn't say a word.

Playing wheelchair-bound Andy and his carer Lou, the pair appeared in the back of a shot at Scarlet Bar – as it was then known.

Matt's character Andy jumped out of his wheelchair the moment David's Lou went to chat to Harold Bishop – and was even shown clambering onto a motorbike to play a video game.

Neil Morrissey

There was a rather unlikely cameo during Karl and Susan's star-studded wedding episode – with Neil Morrissey turning up as a priest.

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Everything was going surprisingly smoothly as the 60-year-old Men Behaving Badly actor married them on a Thames cruiser back in 2007.

But, in true soap fashion, Karl's ex turned up, said she was pregnant with his baby – and then promptly went into labour. Now that's a cameo.

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