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Soap 'Neighbours'

Soap 'Neighbours'

Australian soap opera "Neighbours" - consistently more popular in Britain than in its homeland - has handed a new role to a UK competition winner, British broadcaster Five said Friday.
The show, which launched the careers of Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Natalie Imbruglia and Jason Donovan, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and offered female British fans the chance to appear as a character for a month. Gabriella Darlington, 18, from Chelmsford, northeast of London, beat off competition from more than 1,600 hopefuls in Five's "Be A Star" contest.
She will guest star as Poppy Rogers, described as a "free-spirited" backpacker who makes an impression on the local bachelors.