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Elaine Smith - Daphne Lawrence / Clarke (1985-1988)
1988/89 Mother Goose - Davenport Theatre, Stockport
 
Daphne became the first main/original character to be killed off in the series.
Show bosses had initially wanted actress Rebecca Gibney for the role of Daphne.
Elaine Smith dated her co-star Peter O'Brien (Shane) and they appeared in the 1988 panto together

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Peter O'Brien - Shane Ramsay (1985-1987, 2022)
1988/89 Mother Goose - Davenport Theatre, Stockport

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Stefan Dennis - Paul Robinson
(1985-1992, 1993, 2004-2022)

1990/91 Robin Hood & The Babes in the Wood - Liverpool Empire

1991/92 Aladdin - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

1992/93 Cinderella - Bournemouth Pavilion

1993/94 Jack and the Beanstalk - Wimbledon Theatre

1994/95 Peter Pan - Blackpool Grand 

1998/99 Aladdin - Weston Super Mare Playhouse

2007/08 Aladdin - His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen

2009/10 Cinderella - Grand Theatre Wolverhampton

Fun fact: Stefan Dennis originally auditioned for the parts of Shane Ramsay and Des Clarke

Below: Stefan backstage at the Liverpool Empire during Robin Hood in 1990

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Anne Charleston - Madge Mitchell/Ramsay/ Bishop
(1986-1992, 1996-2001, 2015, 2022)

Click here for Anne's panto history

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Jason Donovan - Scott Robinson
(1986 - 1989, 2022)

2020/21 Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Birmingham Hippodrome)

2021/22 Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Southampton Mayflower)

Jason was the 2nd actor to pay Scott, he took over from Darius Perkins.
Apart from appearing as onscreen couple Scott & Charlene, Jason also dated Kylie Minogue off screen

Jason's Father, Daughter and Step Sister have all had main roles in Neighbours
 

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Kate Gorman - Sue Parker/Warley
(1986-1987, 2014, 2015, 2018)

1992/98 Dick Whittington - Civic Centre Halifax
1993/94 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

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Guy Pearce - Mike Young (1986-1989, 2022)
1989/90 Cinderella - Charter Theatre, Preston
1991/92 Cinderella - Oxford Apollo

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Rowena Mohr - Sally Wells (1987-1988)
1989/90 Babes in the Wood - Theatre Royal Hanley

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Ian Smith - Harold Bishop
(1987-1991, 1996-2009, 2011, 2015, 2022)

1989/90 Dick Whittington - Davenport Theatre, Stockport

1990/91 Dick Whittington - Brighton Dome

1991/92 Cinderella - Birmingham Hippodrome

1992/93 Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal, Hanley

1993/94  Cinderella - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

1999/00 Jack & the Beanstalk - Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

2000/01 Cinderella - Princess Theatre, Torquay

2005/06 Aladdin - White Rock in Hastings

2007/08 Cinderella -  Grand Opera House York

Ian also worked as Script Editor on Neighbours

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Fiona Corke - Gail Lewis/Robinson
(1987-1989, 2005-2007, 2019)

1990/91 Peter Pan - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

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Lucinda Cowden - Melanie Pearson/Mangel
(1987-1991, 2005, 2021 - 2022)

1991/92 Dick Whittington - Beck Theatre, Hayes
1992/93 Aladdin - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
1993 (March/April) Peter Pan - Touring
1993/94 Jack and the Beanstalk - White Rock Hastings
1994/95 Dick Whittington - Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

1995/96 Aladdin - Little Theatre Middlesborough
1997/98 Babes in the Wood - Norwich
1998/99 Peter Pan - Porthcawl Grand Pavilion
2004/05 Peter Pan - Civic Hall in Bedworth
2005/06 Aladdin - Civic Theatre in Darlington
2006/07 Peter Pan-  Gala Theatre Durham
2007/08 Aladdin -  Library Theatre Luton

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Nick Carrafa - Tony Romeo (1987-1988)
1989/90 Jack and the Beanstalk - Ashton Tameside Theatre
1990/91 Peter Pan - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


Nick dated his co-star Fiona Corke in real life and the pair appeared together in panto

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Craig McLachlan - Henry Mitchell/Ramsay
(1987-1989)

2008/09 Cinderella - Southampton Mayflower

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Rachel Friend - Bronwyn Davies
(1988-1990)

1990/91 Aladdin - Davenport Theatre Stockport

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Mark Stevens - Nick Page (1988-1990)
1990/91 Aladdin - Davenport Theatre Stockport

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Kristian Schmid - Todd Landers (1988-1992)
1990/91 Mother Goose - Charter Theatre, Preston
1991/92 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Leicester
1992/93  Peter Pan - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
1993/94 Jack and the Beanstalk -  Orchard Theatre Dartford
1994/95 Dick Whittington - Wycombe Swan High Wycombe
1995/96 Dick Whittington -  Brighton Dome

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Jessica Muschamp - Sharon Davies (1988-1990, 2022)
1990/91 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs -Hanley
1992/93 Aladdin - Harlequin Redhill
1993/94 Old King Cole - Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

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Matt Stevenson - Skinner (1988-1989)
1991/92 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Leicester

Matt would become better known for his role as Adam Cameron in rival soap Home and Away

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Mark Little - Joe Mangel (1988-1991,2005, 2022)
1991/92 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Sunderland Empire
1992/93 Cinderella - Sunderland Empire
1998/99 Aladdin - Connaught Theatre Worthing
1999/00  Beauty and the Beast - Komedia Brighton
2001/02  Jack and the Beanstalk - Worthing 
2004/05  Wind in the Willows -  Sevenoaks Playhouse
2006/07  Aladdin -  Grand Theatre Swansea
2007/08 Aladdin - Pavilion Worthing

2008/09  Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs - Pavilion Theatre Worthing
2014/15 Jack & the Beanstalk- Queens Theatre  North Devon
2015/16 Jack & the Beanstalk - Anvil Theatre Hampshire
2016/17 Peter Pan - Rhyl Pavilion
2017/18 Jack & the Beanstalk - Palace Theatre Mansfield
2018/19 Beauty and the Beast - Grimsby Auditorium
2019/20 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Grimsby Auditorium
2020/21 No panto due to Covid-19

2021/22 Peter Pan - Middlesbrough Theatre
2022/23 Jack and the Beanstalk - Middlesbrough Theatre

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Tom Oliver - Lou Carpenter (1988, 1992-2016)
1998/98 Robinson Crusoe - Worthing Pavilion
1999/00 Cinderella - White Rock Theatre Hastings

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Colin Handley - Mark Grainger (1988-1989)
1990/92 Cinderella - Civic Theatre, Halifax

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Amelia Frid - Cody Willis (1989-1991)
1992/93 Aladdin - Oxford Apollo

When Amelia left the series the role of Cody was recast to Peta Brady

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Linda Hartley - Kerry Bishop/Mangel (1989-1990)
& Gabrielle Walker (2005)

1990/91 Mother Goose - Charter Theatre, Preston
1991/92 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Leicester

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Ashley Paske - Matt Robinson (1989-1991)
1991/92 Cinderella - Kings Theatre, Southsea
1992/93 Aladdin - Oxford Apollo
1993/94 Jack & the Beanstalk- Charter Theatre Preston

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Jeremy Angerson - Josh Anderson
(1990-1992)

1993/4 Aladdin - Sunderland Empire

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Gillian Blakeney - Caroline Alessi
(1990-1992, 2019)

1992/93 Dick Whittington - Liverpool Empire
1993/94 Cinderella - Pavilion Theatre Rhyl
1994/95  Dick Whittington - Derngate Theatre Northampton
1995/96 Cinderella - Darlington Civic


Below: Gillian between scenes at the Liverpool Empire during Dick Whittington 1990

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Maggie Dence - Dorothy Burke (1990-1993)
1992/93 Cinderella - Princess Theatre, Torquay
1994/95  Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Stevenage

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Gayle Blakeney - Christina Alessi / Robinson
(1990-1992, 2019)

1992/93 Dick Whittington - Liverpool Empire
1993/94 Cinderella - Pavilion Theatre Rhyl
1994/95 Cinderella - Anvil Theatre Basingstoke
1995/96 Cinderella - Darlington Civic


Below: Gayle at the Liverpool Empire between scenes for Dick Whittington 1992

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Richard Norton - Ryan McLachlan
(1990-1991)

1992/93 Snow White - Alban Arena, St Albans
1994/95 Dick Whittington - Barnsley Civic
1997/98 Cinderella - Towngate Theatre Poole
1998/99 Dick Whittington - Crewe Lyceum


Richard would go on to appear in rival soap Home and Away

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Beth Buchanan - Gemma Ramsay/Willis
(1990-1991, 2019, 2022)

1990/91 Jack and the Beanstalk - Guild Hall, Guildford
1992/93 Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal, Billingham


Before appearing in Neighbours Beth had a recurring minor role in rival soap Home and Away

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Terence Donovan - Doug Willis
(1990-1994, 2005, 2014-2016, 2022)

1994/95 Peter Pan - Weymouth Pavilion
1995/96 Mother Goose - Theatre Royal Plymouth

Terence appeared in rival soap Home and Away as villain Al Simpson before taking on the role in Neighbours
Terence is the father of Jason Donovan who also appeared in Neighbours

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Ian Williams - Malcolm Bliss (1989), Adam Willis (1990-1991)
1991/92 Aladdin - Brighton Dome

1992/93 Snow White - Charter Theatre Preston 
1993/94 Cinderella - Brighton Dome
1995/96 Aladdin - Leeds City Varieties
1996/97 Snow White- Theatre Royal Brighton
2001/02 Snow White  - Shaw Theatre

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Richard Huggett - Glen Donnelly (1990 - 1992, 2021 - 2022)
1999/00 Sleeping Beauty - City Varieties, Leeds

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Andrew Williams - Guy Carpenter (1991 - 1992, 2015)
1992/93 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Sands Centre, Carlise

1993/94 Aladdin - De Montfort Hall Leicester

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Melissa Bell - Lucy Robinson (1991-1993, 1995, 2013-2016, 2020, 2022)
1992/93 Cinderella - Princess Theatre, Torquay

1994/95 Peter Pan - Weston Super Mare Playhouse
1995/96 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs -  Palace Theatre Mansfield

Melissa was the 3rd actress to play the part of Lucy

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Simone Robertson - Phoebe Bright / Gottlieb (1991-1993)
1993/94 Aladdin - Tameside Hippodrome
1994/95 Cinderella - Corn Exchange in Cambridge

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Natalie Imbruglia - Beth Brennan / Willis (1992-1994, 2022)
1993/94 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

Natalie Imbruglia had been due to appear in Cinderella in Dartford and appeared on posters but a work permit issue meant she could not appear

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Benjamin Mitchell - Brad Willis (1989), Cameron Hudson (1992-1993), Matt Freedman (2008)
1993/94 Aladdin - Sunderland Empire
1994/95 
Cinderella -  Charter Theatre  Preston

 

Benjamin originally appeared as Brad Willis in 1989 before the part was re-cast

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Julie Mullins - Julie Martin (1992-1994)
1994/95 Babes in the Wood - Sadlers Wells
1995/96 Sleeping Beauty - Theatre Royal Bath


Julie was the 2nd actress to play the role of Julie

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Dan Falzon - Rick Alessi (1992-1995)
1995/96 Jack & The Beanstalk - Swansea Grand

 

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Felice Arena - Marco Alessi (1992)
1995/96 Cinderella - Weston Super Mare Playhouse
1996/97 Aladdin - Theatre Royal Newcastle

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Ian Rawlings - Phillip Martin (1992-1999, 2005, 2022)
1999/00 Aladdin - Beck Theatre, Hayes

Ian was well known as villain Wayne Hamilton in Sons & Daughters before taking on the role of Phillip.
In was the 2nd actor to play this role

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Rebecca Ritters - Hannah Martin
(1992-1999, 2005)

2002/03 The Wizard of Oz - Maidstone

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Sarah Vandenbergh - Lauren Carpenter (1993-1994)
1996/97 Robin Hood - Swansea Grand
1997/98 Jack & The Beanstalk - Harlequin Theatre Redhill
1999/00 Dick Whittington - Arts Link in Camberley

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Eliza Szonert - Danni Stark (1993-1996 & 2005)
1995/96 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Grimsby Auditorium

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Kimberley Davies - Annalise Hartman
(1993-1996, 2005)

1995/96 Goldilocks & the Three Bears - Wolverhampton Grand

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Bruce Samazon - Mark Gottlieb (1993-1995, 2020)
1994/95 Snow White - Kings Theatre Southsea
1995/96 Snow White - Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

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Kym Valentine - Libby Kennedy/Kirk
(1994-2005, 2007-11, 2014, 2022)

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1996/97 Cinderella - Llandudno
1998/99 Snow White - Beck Theatre Hayes
2000/01 Cinderella - Hexagon Theatre Reading
2002/03 Peter Pan - Hawth Theatre Crawley

In 2003 Kym Valentine was due to  star as Peter Pan at the Wolverhampton Grand However, during the year she became pregnant and so her place in the panto was taken by 911s Lee Brennan 

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Anthony Engleman - Stonefish Rebecchi
(1994-1996, 2003, 2007, 2015-2018)

1996/97 Dick Whittington - Charter Theatre Preston
1997/98 Aladdin - Wolverhampton Grand

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Richard Grieve - Sam Kratz (1994-1996, 2005)
1996/97 Dick Whittington - Oakengates Theatre Telford
2003/04 Beauty and the Beast - Grand Pavilion Porthcawl
2004/05 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs-  Harlequin Theatre Redhill
2005/06  Dick Whittington-  Oakengates Theatre Telford
2006/07 Cinderella - Broadway Theatre in Catford
2008/09 Jack and the Beanstalk - Camberley Theatre 
2009/10  Snow White - Watersmeet Theatre Rickmansworth

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Jesse Spencer - Billy Kennedy
(1994-2000, 2005, 2022)

1998/99 Peter Pan - White Rock Hastings
1999/00 Jack and the Beanstalk - Wolverhampton Grand

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Alan Fletcher - Karl Kennedy (1994-2022)
1999/00 Aladdin - Llandudno
2001/02 Peter Pan - Lyceum Theatre Sheffield
2002/03 Jack and the Beanstalk - Alban Arena St.Albans
2004/05 Aladdin -  Festival Theatre Malvern
2008/09 Peter Pan - His Majestys Theatre Aberdeen
2013/14 Robin Hood - Stag Theatre Sevenoaks
2014/15 Robin Hood - Grove Theatre Dunstable

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Benji McNair - Mal Kennedy
(1994-1997, 2002, 2004-2005, 2011, 2014, 2022)

1997/98 Cinderella - Sunderland Empire
1999/00  Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs - Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells