Neighbours fans STUNNED by sudden Pierce Greyson change: 'It feels so weird'

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Pierce Greyson fans were left shocked today as actor Don Hany took over the role...

Pierce Greyson has been recast in Neighbours and fans are struggling to get used to the sudden turnaround of actors.

The news that Pierce was going to be recast was revealed earlier this year when original actor Tim Robards was forced to leave the role four weeks earlier than anticipated when Covid bought travel in Australia grinding to a halt.

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Tim Robards has left the role of Pierce Greyson in Neighbours (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: Channel 5)

Tim and his wife are expecting a baby this month, and when travel restrictions kicked in, Tim decided he needed to be at home with his wife in Sydney.

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The actor told us back in August: "My home’s in Sydney.

"Normally I’m away for four or five days a week and it means I get the weekends with my wife which was a challenge. It’s been a bit of a struggle."

Despite the fact Pierce is due to leave Neighbours in the not too distant future, soap bosses were forced to recast the role to play out the rest of the character's exit storyline.

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Fans were shocked to see Pierce looking complete different today (Picture: Channel 5)

A new look for Pierce Greyson 

Today's Neighbours saw new actor Don Hany stepping into the role for the first time in the UK (Australian fans first saw the new Pierce three weeks ago) and fans aren't too sure about the change.

Despite already knowing it the character was being recast, fans have joked they weren't prepared for the change being so sudden...

Earlier this week original Pierce was seen struggling with his marriage troubles with Chloe, while continuing his affair with Dipi Rebecchi. 

But today's episode saw Chloe arrive at work to talk to her husband, only to find a completely different version of Pierce sitting behind his desk.

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Soap recasts aren't uncommon, but often take a little getting used to! (Picture: Channel 5)

Pierce then went to meet Dipi, and even had a chat with Toadie Rebecchi (Ryan Maloney) in Harolds... all with his new look.

But with the drama for the character set to continue, how will his exit play out?

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Don Hany has taken on the role of Pierce Greyson (Picture: Channel 5)

It's no secret that Don has only taken on the role for a short time... but just how will Pierce leave Ramsay Street?

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.