Neighbours welcomes back Ian Smith, Melissa Bell and Annie Jones for reboot

Ian Smith, Melissa Bell and Annie Jones will return to Neighbours. (Amazon)
Ian Smith, Melissa Bell and Annie Jones will return to Neighbours. (Amazon)

Neighbours is set to welcome some big names back to Ramsay Street for the soap's reboot, with Ian Smith, Melissa Bell and Annie Jones all joining the cast.

The Australian soap is set to make a comeback on Amazon Freevee, with filming beginning this spring.

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Its cast will be bolstered by the return of some well-loved stars, including Smith as Harold Bishop, Bell as Lucy Robinson, and Jones as Jane Harris.

Jones has signed up as a regular cast member alongside returning colleagues Rebekah Elmaloglou as Terese Willis, Georgie Stone as Mackenzie Hargreaves, and Tim Kano as Leo Tanaka.

Tim Kano, Georgie Stone, Rebekah Elmaloglou and Annie Jones are back. (Amazon)
Tim Kano, Georgie Stone, Rebekah Elmaloglou and Annie Jones are back. (Amazon)

Meanwhile, Smith and Bell will make guest appearances along with April Rose Pengilly as Chloe Brennan.

They will join some iconic Erinsborough stars already confirmed for the cast, including Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson, Alan Fletcher as Karl Kennedy, Ryan Moloney as Toadie, and Jackie Woodburne as Susan Kennedy.

Neighbours, which had run for more than three decades, was previously cancelled after being dropped from Channel 5's schedules and aired its finale in summer 2022.

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But Amazon announced plans to revive the series, which will air on Prime Video and will be available to view for free in the UK and US on Amazon Freevee, slated to begin streaming this autumn.

Amazon Freevee and Fremantle have announced the iconic series Neighbours will be returning to television with a brand-new series to begin filming in Australia next year.
Ryan Moloney, Alan Fletcher and Susan Woodburne had already announced their return. (Amazon)

The platform has also made classic episodes of the Melbourne-set soap available, as well as related shows Neighbours - Looking Back which begins today, and Best of Neighbours on 7 March.

Many well-known stars began their careers at Neighbours, including Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce, Natalie Imbruglia and Russell Crowe.

Neighbours' finale last year welcomed back many of its former stars, including Pearce, Minogue and Donovan, although they have not been tempted back for regular roles in the soap.

Margot Robbie in Neighbours
Classic episodes featuring stars such as Margot Robbie are streaming now. (Amazon)

Hollywood star Pearce said at the time: "Jason and I see each other all the time, and we still call each other Scott and Mike, which is a bit sad!

"Whenever I’m in London I’ll see Jason most times and I’ll see Kylie as well if she’s around.

"There are a few others I catch up with when I’m in Melbourne like Stefan (Dennis) and Annie (Jones) of course, she’s been on (crime drama series) Jack Irish with me."