Former Neighbours star Kate Kendall to become show producer

Rianne Houghton

From Digital Spy

Former Neighbours star Kate Kendall is returning to Ramsay Street – but this time, she'll be behind the cameras.

Kate, who played Lauren Turner from 2013 until her final appearance in 2018, will be joining the Aussie soap as a producer, stepping in for series producer Natalie Lynch as she begins maternity leave.

This isn't the first time Kate has worked behind-the-scenes in Erinsborough, with the actress also previously directing for the show. Unsurprisingly, then, Neighbours' executive producer Jason Herbison has called the move a "natural choice".

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Speaking to TV Tonight, Herbison reassured fans that the show will remain in "very safe hands" while Kate covers for Lynch.

"Kate was a natural choice to step up to producing having extensive experience both sides of the camera, and along with Andrew Thompson, I'm confident the show is in very safe hands going forward," he explained.

Opening up about her latest Neighbours role, the actress admitted that she was happy to get involved with "storytelling, no matter from what perspective".

She also revealed how the soap will reference the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, explaining that any nod to the outbreak will be subtle: "We've kind of found our feet with it, and we're trying to ensure the integrity of the editorial content as much as possible.

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"There will probably be a hangover from it with things like hygiene. People will be going into Harold's coffee shop and sanitising their hands," Kate explained.

"So we're filling things like that into the fabric of the show."

Perhaps we'll see a comeback for Lauren and Brad Willis woven into the fabric of the show one day, too...

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

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