With Dannii Minogue saying she'd return to Home and Away, we reveal the 6 biggest soap transformations including her overnight change from goth to goody-two-shoes

With Dannii Minogue saying she'd return to Home and Away, we reveal the 6 biggest soap transformations including her overnight change from goth to goody-two-shoes
(Image credit: Michelle Day/REX/Shutterstock)

Emma Jackson ditching her goth look, Plain Jane Superbrain turning supermodel...

Dannii Minogue recently revealed she'd consider returning to Home and Away for the show's 30th anniversary and it got WOTV thinking about the biggest soap transformations in TV history...

1. Emma Jackson in Home and Away waving goodbye to her goth look

Dannii Minogue, who could be heading back to Summer Bay, helped create her punk rebel character Emma Jackson, Ailsa Stewart’s niece, but one look from hunky teacher Grant Mitchell was all it took to get her to slip into her bikini.

2. Jane Harris in Neighbours - there once was an ugly duckling...

After being given a makeover by Helen Daniels to go to the Erinsborough High dance, Mrs Mangel’s dowdy granddaughter (played by Annie Jones, who recently returned to Neighbours) turned out to be a bonza beauty and a career in modelling beckoned.

3. Little Mo Slater in EastEnders - she finally fought back!

A deleted voicemail pushed the silent sufferer of domestic abuse over the edge and Little Mo Slater saw in New Year 2002 by swinging an iron at the head of wife-beater Trevor Morgan, saying never again.

4. Jai Sharma in Emmerdale turns evil entrepreneur!

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The factory owner went from charmer to conniver, taking over brother Nikhil Sharma’s dodgy-dealing mantle – and then some – probably because he spent too much time with Cain Dingle.

5. Dutiful Mike Barnes in Hollyoaks turning Chester Lothario!

TONY HIRST PLAYS MIKE BARNES

The only drama involving the dull dad (played by Tony Hirst) seemed to revolve around his wife and daughters, but then student Zoe Lister moved in and an unlikely cradle snatcher was born.

6. Corrie's Nick Tisley suddenly ageing!

Nick's anxious about uncontrollably lashing out at Carla, the way he did with Leanne

Nick's anxious about uncontrollably lashing out at Carla, the way he did with Leanne

Although never acknowledged on screen, when Ben Price took over the role in 2009, five years after Adam Rickitt had played Nick, fans debated why the businessman seemed to have aged nearly a decade!

Pic credits: Home and Away pic: Michelle Day/REX/Shutterstock; Neighbours pics: FremantleMedia Ltd/REX/Shutterstock.

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