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Essay On My New Neighbours Characters

Since first airing in 1985, Neighbours has grown to be the longest running drama series in Australian television. 

The iconic soap opera has been one of the country's most successful international shows, with loyal fans around the world following the characters' dramatic story lines and elaborate departures from start to finish.

30 years since it all began, FEMAIL has taken a look back at the most memorable characters and followed up on what they've been up to since their departure from Ramsay Street.

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Where are they now? FEMAIL takes a look back at the most adored and memorable characters from Neighbours, 30 years after it all began 

MADGE BISHOP: PLAYED BY ANNE CHARLESTON

Anne Charleston, 72, is known for her role as Madge Bishop which she started in 1986 at 44 and became internationally recognised for, winning a Penguin Award in 1987 for best actress.

Though leaving in 1992 to re-locate to Ireland, she later accepted the offer to return to Neighbours reprising her role from 1996.

Her character Madge died in 2001 of pancreatic cancer.

Madge Bishop: Anne Charleston (right), 72, played the role of Madge Bishop (left) from 1986 - 2001, but had a brief break from 1992 - 1996 when she relocated to Ireland 

Memorable: In 2013 Charleston (pictured left as Madge) played a role in the Prisoner remake, Wentworth, which saw her portray the mother-in-law of prisoner Lizzy Birdsworth

In 2013 Charleston played a role in the Prisoner remake, Wentworth, which saw her portray the mother-in-law of prisoner Lizzy Birdsworth.

In 2005, she had cosmetic surgery performed, live on British television for the show Cosmetic Surgery Live and late in 2014 she played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Redditch Palace Theatre at the end of 2014.

NINA TUCKER: PLAYED BY DELTA GOODREM 

Delta Goodrem, 31, rose to fame in 2002 as school girl and aspiring singer Nina Tucker.

Her song Born to Try premiered on the show, re-launching her music career and contributing to her 2003 Logie for Most Popular New Talent.

In 2003, at the age of 18, Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and was forced to leave work for treatment, but after announcing her remission, soon began work on her second album.

Nina Tucker: Delta Goodrem (pictured right as a judge on The Voice Australia) played the role of Nina Tucker (left) from 2002 - 2003 

Shooting to fame: Goodrem's song Born to Try premiered on the show, re-launching her music career and contributing to her 2003 Logie for Most Popular New Talent

In March 2005, Goodrem starred in Hating Alison Ashley, her first film role, however her film (and acting) career was short-lived. 

In November 2011, Goodrem was announced as a judge on The Voice Australia alongside Keith Urban, Joel Madden, and Seal.

Though relatively private in terms of her personal life, her high-profile relationships have included Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis, singer Brian McFadden and singer Nick Jonas. 

Tough times: In 2003, at the age of 18, Goodrem, (pictured left at the ARIAS in 2003 and right in 2014)  was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and was forced to leave work for treatment

CHARLENE ROBINSON: PLAYED BY KYLIE MINOGUE

Kylie Minogue, 47, is one of the most well-known former Neighbours stars, playing the role of outspoken teenager Charlene Mitchell from 1986 - 1988.

After departing the show, Minogue focused on her music career, with her first single The Loco-Motion spending seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles charts. 

Throughout her successful music career, Minogue appeared in various films including Moulin Rouge as the Green Fairy. 

Charlene Robinson: Kylie Minogue (right) is one of the most well known former Neighbour stars after playing the role of Charlene (left) from 1986 - 1988

Off to bigger things: After departing the show, Minogue (pictured as Charlene) focused on her music career, with her first single The Loco-Motion spending seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles charts

Minogue's personal life has always been in the spotlight, with the singer dating INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence from 1989 - 1991, French actor Olivier Martinez from 2003 - 2007, model Andrés Velencoso from 2008 - 2013.

Minogue is currently in a relationship with British actor Joshua Sasse.

The popular singer released her first Christmas album, Kylie Christmas, in November. 

Superstar: Minogue is currently in a relationship with British actor Joshua Sasse and released her first Christmas album, Kylie Christmas, in November.

FELICITY 'FLICK' SCULLY: PLAYED BY HOLLY VALANCE 

Holly Valance, 32, played the fiesty Flick Scully from 1999 - 2002, before leaving to pursue her music career. 

Her first album Footprints, in 2002, was a success, with her single Kiss Kiss peaking at number one and Naughty Girl at number three in Australia.

Her album State of Mind in 2003 didn't do as well and she returned to acting in 2004 in the United States.

Flick Scully: Holly Valance (right), 32, played the fiesty Flick Scully (left) from 1999 - 2002, before leaving to pursue her music career

Moving on: Valance's first album Footprints, in 2002, was a success, with her single Kiss Kiss peaking at number one and Naughty Girl at number three in Australia 

Valance appeared in CSI: Miami, Entourage and CSI: NY, as well as guest-starring in Prison Break in 2006.

In 2008, she had a role in Taken alongside Hollywood star Liam Neeson.

In 2012 Valance married billionaire property developer Nick Candy in Beverly Hills and in 2013 gave birth to their first child, Luka Candy, in London.

Big names: Valance scored a minor role in the 2008 film Taken alongside Hollywood star Liam Neeson (left)

All grown up: In 2012 Valance married billionaire property developer Nick Candy in Beverly Hills and in 2013 gave birth to their first child, Luka Candy, in London

MIKE YOUNG: PLAYED BY GUY PEARCE

Guy Pearce, 48, left Neighbours in 1989 after playing the role of the troubled Mike Young since 1986. 

He later joined rival soap Home and Away in 1991, before starring in TV series Snowy River: The McGregor Saga from 1994 - 1996. 

After appearing in a string of Australian films and US productions, he appeared as King Edward Vlll in award-winning film The King's Speech and stars in Australian miniseries Jack Irish, as Jack Irish. 

Mike Young: Guy Pearce (right) played the role of the troubled Mike Young (left) from 1986 - 1989

Moving on: After appearing in a string of Australian films and US productions, Pearce (left) appeared as King Edward Vlll in award-winning film The King's Speech and stars in Australian miniseries Jack Irish, as Jack Irish

Pearce recently starred alongside Hollywood heavyweight Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3, as villain Aldrich Killian.

He is also set to star in upcoming 2016 thriller Brimstone with stars Dakota Fanning and Kit Harington.

Pearce split with his wife of 18 years, Kate Mestitz, in January, and the pair do not share any children together.

A-lister: Pearce recently starred alongside Gwyneth Paltrow (left) and Hollywood heavyweight Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3, as villain Aldrich Killian (right)

BREE TIMMINS: PLAYED BY SIANOA SMIT-MCPHEE

Sianoa Smit-McPhee, 23, played the introverted, confused and briefly gothic character of Bree Timmins from 2005 - 2007. 

She later appeared in children's television series As the Bell Rings as DJ, which aired on the Disney Channel and in 2008, appeared as Desma in the short film Hugo alongside Tessa James and Georgia Flood.

From 2009 to 2011, she starred in the HBO series Hung as Darby Drecker, appeared in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2012 and will appear in upcoming film Fallen. 

Smit-McPhee is now focusing on her singer/songwriter career, and on November 12 released her new single, I Feel U.

Bree Timmins: Sianoa Smit-McPhee played the role of Bree from 2005 - 2007

Short-lived: She later appeared in children's television series As the Bell Rings as DJ, which aired on the Disney Channel and in 2008, appeared as Desma in the short film Hugo alongside Tessa James and Georgia Flood

Transformation: Smit-McPhee is now focusing on her singer/songwriter career, and on November 12 released her new single, I Feel U

JAMIE KANE: PLAYED BY CHRIS HEMSWORTH 

Chris Hemsworth, 32, briefly appeared as Jamie Kane in the series in 2002 before moving to rival soap Home and Away in 2004. 

He shot to fame for his role as the superhero Thor in the 2011 Marvel Studios film Thor and sequels, including The Avengers.

Hemsworth also starred opposite Kristen Stewart in the film Snow White and the Huntsman as the Huntsman and in 2014, was named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

Jamie Kane: Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth played the role of Jamie Kane briefly in 2002 before moving to Home and Away in 2004

Sea change: Hemsworth (right) shot to fame for his role as the superhero Thor (left) in the 2011 Marvel Studios film Thor and sequels, including The Avengers

Hemsworth began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in early 2010 who he later married. 

They share three children: daughter India Rose and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha.

In 2015 they moved from their Los Angeles home to Byron Bay, where they now remain, and Hemsworth will appear in the Ghostbusters remake and Thor: Ragnarok in 2016.

Settled: Hemsworth began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky (left) in early 2010 who he later married

DANIEL FITZGERALD: PLAYED BY BRETT TUCKER 

Brett Tucker, 43, played the role of teacher Daniel Fitzgerald from 1999–2000 - a role which he returned to in late 2007.

In 2009 he left the show and moved to the United States where he has appeared in multiple high-profile shows including CSI: NY, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS. 

In 2013, Tucker briefly appeared in Thor: The Dark World as an Einherjar Guard.

He currently appears as Harry Davis in Mistresses where he stars alongside Alyssa Milano.

Daniel Fitzgerald: Brett Tucker played the role of Daniel from 1999 - 2000 and returned again in 2007

Now: Tucker is now best-known for his role as heart throb Harry in the TV show Mistresses with Alyssa Milano

KENNY LARKIN: PLAYED BY RUSSELL CROWE

In 1987, Russell Crowe, 51, briefly played the minor role of Kenny Larkin, and is the only Ramsay Street actor to later win an Oscar. 

After appearing in Neighbours, Crowe was cast in The Crossing in 1990 and then jetted to America where he appeared in many popular films including Virtuosity with Denzel Washington.

Crowe won the Academy Award as Best Actor in 2000 for Gladiator and is best known for his roles in A Beautiful Mind, Les Misérables and The Next Three Days. 

Kenny Larkin: Russell Crowe (pictured right in 2014 film, The Water Diviner) played the minor role of Kenny (left) in 1987 before heading overseas to act

Big time: Crowe won the Academy Award as Best Actor in 2000 for Gladiator (pictured) and is best known for his roles in A Beautiful Mind, Les Misérables and The Next Three Days

LOLLY CARPENTER: PLAYED BY JIORDAN TOLLI

Jiordan Tolli, 21, spent most of her childhood on Neighbours after being cast in the role of Louise 'Lolly' Carpenter when she was just two months old. 

Tolli left Neighbours in 2001, after seven years, to focus on school and in 2013, auditioned for the fifth season of The X Factor Australia where she placed fifth overall in the competition.

She has since been working on a series of alternative anthems and in late 2014, uploaded two new original songs, Further and Hesitate, onto Triple J Unearthed.

Tolli is set to star in parody TV series Footballer Wants a Wife as character Candy alongside fellow former Neighbours star Brooke Satchwell.

Lolly Carpenter: Jiordan Tolli (right) played the role of little girl Lolly for most of her childhood 

When it comes to apartment living, you’ll soon discover the tell-tale signs of good neighbors. Ironically, those signs will likely come forth after dealing with your share of bad neighbors. Unsure where your neighbors stand? Here is a list of characteristics that make good neighbors:

1. Good Neighbors Are Friendly

A good neighbor is someone who is nice and approachable. No one says you have to be best friends with the person across the hall, but you should at least be able to smile and say hello to the person and receive some sort of friendly response, as opposed to a glare or simply being ignored. While the fact that someone is unfriendly or shy doesn’t automatically make him or her a bad neighbor, unapproachable neighbors make for a more uncomfortable and awkward living environment.

2. Good Neighbors Are Quiet

Anyone who has ever lived next to noisy neighbors can attest to this. Good neighbors are aware that there are other people living in the building and keep noise to a minimum. They don’t scream or blare music or throw parties until late hours in the evening. They don’t slam doors and yell in the hallways. They show some respect for those around them.

3. Good Neighbors Respect the Building

Anyone who leaves garbage or junk in the hallways, in the parking lot or in other common areas is not a good neighbor. A neighbor who allows his or her junk to accumulate in shared spaces shows disrespect for you and for everyone else in the building. Good neighbors show common courtesy and regularly take out their trash and keep shared and public areas clean.

4. Good Neighbors Handle Situations Maturely

If a good neighbor ever had a problem with you or something you were doing (say your dog has been barking a lot recently), he or she would kindly approach you about the matter. Likewise, if you ever had a problem with your neighbor, he or she would take into account your concerns. Everyone gets along better and problems are solved faster when people behave like mature adults. Bad neighbors don’t handle situations maturely. They ignore you, respond rudely or turn to passive aggressive retaliation methods. Good neighbors never behave that way.

5. Good Neighbors Help When and Where They Can

There isn’t a rule stating that good neighbors should lend a helping hand, but in general, they do. Good neighbors let you borrow a key to the downstairs laundry room when you’ve misplaced yours. Good neighbors will team up with you to speak with the landlord about a maintenance issue in the common stairwell. Ultimately, they’re looking to reside in a pleasant, friendly and safe environment, too.

6. Good Neighbors Are Trustworthy

You want to feel safe knowing packages, mail and items left behind in the laundry room will not be stolen. With good neighbors, you shouldn’t have to worry.

Ultimately, while you can choose where to live, you can’t choose your neighbors. Do your research before moving into a new apartment. Talk to current residents to get a sense of what the neighbors are like. Good neighbors will make a world of difference in how much you enjoy apartment living.

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Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.