Margot Robbie, Alan Dale, Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia, Holly Valance. Those are just a few of the names that started on Neighbours and ended up forging careers in Hollywood.
Suffice it to say that for any Australian actor or actress, now known throughout the world, you can bet your bottom dollar that they probably cut their teeth on the Australian soap opera.
Many actors have come and gone from Ramsey Street, with many different levels of success being enjoyed by all of them. But back in the 90s, Neighbours could boast that they had some of the most beautiful women on TV working for their show.
It’s been almost 20 years since we said goodbye to the final decade of the last millennium, and though the hit Aussie soap has moved forward, we can’t forget some of the girls that made Neighbours one of the biggest soaps on TV in the 90s.
Let’s take a look and see what they are up to now.
Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy)
Whatever anti-aging cream Kym Valentine has been using, I think we could all do with a little.
While some people tend to age better than others, usually it’s the case where people, 20 years further down the road of life, tend to look like a slightly less spritely version of their younger selves. That is not the case for Kym however, who looks like she could be walking onto Ramsey Street as her character Libby Kennedy for the first time.
It’s been 21 years since Kym Valentine had her first outing in the famous cul-de-sac at the age of 17 in 1994. A few births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and swapped heads (remember that time she went under water as one Libby and came up as another?!), it’s like nothing has changed.
There is some kind of Neighbours paradox going on.
She’s now 38 and apart from a slight hair colour change, she could still be that 17-year-old rocking up in Erinsborough.
She’s had several stints as Libby on Neighbours over the years, with her most recent run coming to an end in 2014. In between her work on Neighbours she’s worked on stage, most notably as the lead role of Baby in Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage.
Rebecca Ritters (Hannah Martin)
She found fame aged just eight when she made her debut as Hannah Martin on Neighbours. Now, nearly 25 years on, former actress Rebecca Ritters is leading a very different life. After leaving the world of soap stardom behind her, the 32-year-old now works as a broadcast journalist and producer for Deutsche Welle in Berlin.
Prior to working for Deutsche Welle, the former child star worked on ABC News Breakfast having taken on a job at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Fans will remember Rebecca as the young daughter of Philip and Julie Martin. She was an integral part of the hit soap for seven years, and after leaving in 1999, she returned to make a cameo appearance when Neighbours celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2005.
Her character first appeared in Erinsborough in 1992 when her family arrived for the funeral of Todd Landers – and she certainly had a lot to contend with during her time on the soap, from a foiled abduction, to the deaths of her granddad Jim Robinson and her mother Julie, who was tragically killed when she fell from a balcony. Hannah also had her heart broken when crush Billy Kennedy (Jesse Spencer) turned her down.
After leaving the soap, Rebecca did try her hand at acting in the UK and toured with the British Shakespeare Company before enjoying a brief role as backpacker Jules Robinson on Coronation Street.
She then turned her hand to modelling before going to university in 2011 to study for a BA in Politics and International Relations, and has never looked back.
Brooke Satchwell (Ann Wilkinson)
First bursting onto our screens in 1996, Brooke Satchwell played Ann Wilkinson for four years until 2000, and in that time she had audiences captivated with her on-again-off-again relationship with Ramsey Street stud Billy Kennedy.
Their on-screen relationship was likened to Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue), and one memorable scene saw them in fits of giggles while skinny dipping.
Brooke won a Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent in 1998 and the following year was nominated for Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards.
In 2000, she won the people’s Choice Award for Favourite Teen Idol.
Much to the upset of fans, Brooke decided to quit the show later that year and told Australian TV news that she “never intended to stay more than three years”.
Now 36 and looking as stunning as ever, Brooke has continued to act in her native Melbourne, appearing as Donna McCarthy in Dangerous, as Frankie in Packed to the Rafters and starring in Wonderland as lawyer Grace Barns.
Brooke has also modelled for Pantene and is a regular panellist on celebrity gossip show, Dirty Laundry Live.
Brooke was in a high-profile five-year relationship with controversial actor Matthew Newton.
It ended in 2006 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault against her, but the conviction was later dropped.
In October 2012 she became engaged to Sydney film editor David Gross.
Nicola Charles (Sarah Beaumont)
Sarah Beaumont will always be remembered by soap fans as the receptionist who broke up Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) after an illicit affair with the local doctor.
The 46-year-old star played the role of Sarah for nearly three years between 1996 and 1999.
Her biggest storyline was the romance with Karl, which caused controversy for Neighbours’ golden couple and saw Susan unleash her fury on her husband after finding out about his infidelity.
However, it seemed that Sarah finally got a happy ending when she tied the knot with doctor Peter Hannay (Nick Carrafa) as she accompanied him as he travelled the world and treated patients across the globe.
The couple eventually moved to London, where they had two children. Sadly, it did not last and she and the doctor ended up getting divorced.
Prior to winning the role of Sarah in the show, soap star Natalie did a lot of modelling despite training to be an actress and a dancer.
Since leaving Ramsay Street, actress Natalie appears to have stayed out of the spotlight with a couple of roles in Muggers and daytime soap Doctors.
However, Nicola made a return to the long-running series in 2016 as her alter-ego descended on Erinsborough, causing much suspicion about why she was back and what her agenda was.
She returned for the big Neighbours storyline several months ago, involving the big hotel explosion that claimed a number of residents.
Speaking about going back to Neighbours after nearly two decades away, Nicola said: It was fantastic. I’d left the entertainment business, so it was a real surprise to get the phone call. I was jumping around like a bunny.
“But then when I got the scripts and sat down with the scriptwriters, I just literally fell apart emotionally. I think I cried for about two days in my husband’s arms like a baby,” she told Digital Spy in an interview earlier this year.
Kimberly Davies (Annalise Hartman)
She was dubbed both a “man-magnet” and a “blonde bombshell” after first stepping foot on Ramsay Street as Annalise Hartman back in 1993, and it seems that Kimberley Davies’ sexy Neighbours alter-ego remains her biggest role to date, despite it being 20 years since the actress left the Australian soap behind.
However, it is for the beauty’s many on-screen relationships that she is most remembered, including a dalliance with her landlord, Lou Carpenter (Tom Oliver), just weeks after her initial appearance.
After dropping out of school, Annalise got involved with Lassiter’s head chef Mark Gottlieb (Bruce Samazan), and soon after her terrifying ordeal mid-flight, he popped the question.
When it came to their big day, he dramatically stopped the ceremony and told the bride he couldn’t marry her because he wanted to be a priest.
Annalise’s initial exit from Erinsborough saw her pack up after her public relations company was conned out of money.
Kimberley, who is now 43, hosted Australian series Just Kidding! after leaving, before moving to the US to play Laura Sinclair in Pacific Palisades.
As well as guest appearances in Ally McBeal, The Next Best Thing and Early Edition, Kimberley also turned heads in an episode of Friends as Adrienne Turner in 2004. A year later, Kimberley returned to Neighbours to mark its 20th anniversary, when it was revealed Annalise had married Sam Kratz (Richard Grieve) off-screen.
Since then, the stunner has taken part in Celebrity Circus and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! alongside the likes of David Dickinson, Sid Owen, Sheree Murphy and eventual winner Carol Thatcher.
Viewers would be forgiven for forgetting her as a contestant on the ITV series, after she left 11 days in due to a shoulder injury, before later going on to make the Dancing With The Stars 2007 final.
Kimberley’s own love life has been much less turbulent than Annalise’s, after she wed former model turned doctor Jason Harvey, with whom she has three children.
Holly Valance (Felicity Scully)
Holly Valance first made an appearance on Neighbours back in 1999 in the role of Felicity Scully, otherwise known as ‘Flick’.
She only had a brief four year stint in the though though, as Holly wished to change careers and make it big in the music industry. Her first single ‘Kiss Kiss’ became a hit instantly and was released in 2002. The following year thought, admitted that music just wasn’t for her anymore and found ‘no fun’ in it.
In an interview with Men’s Style Magazine, she said: “I do something until it’s not fun any more and then move on. Music wasn’t fun any more”.
In 2013, Holly tried her hand at judging in the fashion competition show Shopaholic Showdown.
If you’re a Neighbours fan this news is going to leave you jumping for joy – rumour has it that Holly may be making a return to the soap this year, so keep your eyes peeled!