Neighbours star Annie Jones is returning to Ramsay Street after taking a 20 year career break.
The 52-year-old actress starred in the Aussie soap opera as schoolgirl ‘Plain Jane Superbrain’ Harris back in the 1980s, alongside Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Guy Pierce.
Jones left the show in 1989 and put her acting career on hold for 20 years to care for her mother Elizabeth after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“I left just after Kylie and Jason, it was my decision. I just wanted to do other things, join other shows and do other jobs. A great number of actors had gone on to do amazing things after Neighbours,” she told the Daily Mirror.
“I don’t regret it. It’s probably made me a better person in many ways. I think you learn from the stuff that life throws at you, that’s what it’s all about, life experiences.
“Anyone who has had anything to do with Alzheimer's or dementia will know what it's like. It's heartbreaking, seeing someone disappear before your eyes.”
Jones’ mother sadly passed away in 2016 and after making a guest appearance as part of Neighbours’ 35th anniversary celebrations in March, the actress is set to return to the Channel 5 soap as a fulltime cast member.
One of our much loved heritage characters, Jane Harris played by Annie Jones, is returning to Neighbours as a regular cast member and she isn’t alone!— Neighbours (@NeighboursTV) June 27, 2020
Also residing in Erinsborough is her estranged daughter, Nicolette Stone played by Charlotte Chimes. pic.twitter.com/uvSwH35U1P
Jane famously left Ramsay Street to care for Mrs Mangel, her grandmother, played by Vivean Gray.
She is returning to Erinsborough with her grown-up daughter Nicolette, played by Charlotte Chimes.
Neighbours was one of the first shows to resume filming amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Stefan Dennis - who has played Ramsay Street’s Paul Robinson since the show’s first episode in 1985 - has revealed the set is a very different place to how it used to be, with temperature checks, colour coded teams, a strict no touching policy and crew members clad in gloves and masks.
Words by Albertina Lloyd