'Neighbours' welcomes singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the cast for a cameo role

Neighbours star Sophie Ellis-Bextor on the Graham Norton Show in September 2021
Sophie Ellis-Bextor has joined the cast of 'Neighbours' for a cameo role. (Image credit: PA)

Neighbours fans are in for a treat as Take Me Home singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor joins the cast for a special cameo role. 

Fans of the soap will already know that the Australian show has been in London this week, filming very special scenes focusing on Harlow Robinson, played by Jemma Donovan. 

It has now been revealed that Sophie has already started filming with Jemma at The Queens Walk, a scenic stretch along the Southbank of the River Thames at the foot of iconic London landmark, The London Eye.

Amanda Holden in Neighbours

Amanda Holden has also joined the cast of 'Neighbours'.  (Image credit: Channel 5)

The news of Sophie's new role comes after it was announced last week that Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has also joined the Neighbours cast for a short stint while filming takes place in London.

Amanda is playing Harlow's aunt Harriet, the sister of Harlow's mother, Prue, who was played by actress Denise van Outen until the character was killed off last year.

Pictures of Amanda on location with Jemma were released yesterday, and today it has been revealed that after meeting her aunt, Harlow Robinson is set to be taken by surprise when Sophie provides some pearls of wisdom around some of her late mother Prue’s actions.


Amanda and Sophie have been filming with 'Neighbours' favourite, Jemma Donovan, who plays Ramsay Street's Harlow Robinson.  (Image credit: Fremantle)

On joining the cast of Neighbours for the London filming, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, said: “Neighbours was a huge part of my school days.

"We all watched it, loved it, talked about it. It’s a joy to now be able to say I’ve been in it! Thanks to everyone from the cast and crew for being so lovely. I loved it!” 

On Sophie’s casting, Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ Executive Producer, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with how filming has gone with the wonderful Amanda Holden and Jemma Donovan, to have Sophie Ellis-Bextor join us is the absolute icing on the cake and we can’t wait to share the storyline with our UK audience next year.”

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 whattowatch.com 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.