A host of stars are not back for Neighbours’ final hurrah (Picture: Channel 5/Fremantle)
After weeks of speculation as to whether Australian acting royalty Guy Pearce would be joining the prestigious honour roll of Neighbours legends returning for the series’ finale on August 1, Metro.co.uk can finally confirm.
Mike Young is back on his old stomping ground, Ramsay Street.
Pearce will join a prestigious list of the show’s most revered actors playing much-loved characters including Kyle Minogue (Charlene Robinson), Jason Donovan (Scott Robinson), Ian Smith (Harold Bishop), Paul Keane (Des Clarke), Peter O’Brien (Shane Ramsay), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland), Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuel), Melissa Bell (Lucy Robinson), Mark Little (Joe Mangel), Olympia Valance (Paige Smith) and many more, returning to celebrate 37 years of Neighbours.
Guy Pearce, said: “It is very exciting and surreal at the same time being back on set again, however it feels like coming home.
‘It’s where it all started for me professionally. I’ve been asked to come back on occasions over the years and wondered if it was the right thing to do, but once I knew the show was finishing, I knew I had to do it.
‘While I’ve caught up with many of the cast I worked with on the show over the years, there is nothing like being here all together again.’
Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ Executive Producer, said: ‘I’m incredibly honoured that Guy is returning to the show for a very special story arc.
‘Having him back on set has been poignant for him and for us. He’s been very involved in the storyline, and I can’t wait to finally answer the question for viewers – who is Mike Young today?’.
The actor will be reunited with co-stars still part of the show’s regular cast including Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson), Annie Jones (Jane Harris), Geoff Paine (Clive Robinson), Lucinda Cowden (Melanie Pearson) and Richard Huggett (Glen Donnelly).
Since leaving Neighbours, Guy has had many major roles in films including LA Confidential, Memento and The King’s Speech.
He recently played Richard Ryan in the award winning drama Mare Of Easttown.