The recent news that Malcolm Kennedy would be returning to Erinsborough for the final episodes of the serial opera Neighbours thrilled viewers.
Izzy Hoyland, the ex-girlfriend of Malcolm’s father, was revealed to be his new girlfriend, which caused shock and amazement.
Neighbours is still full of surprises as the season finale draws near, and many viewers are wondering if they will also see Malcolm’s sister and brother return to Ramsay Street.
Since their debut in 1994, The Kennedys have quickly become fan favourites, with the actors portraying the Kennedy children enjoying active lives outside of the soap opera.
The Daily Star looks at the current whereabouts of the Kennedy children as viewers get their tissues ready.
Kym Valentine (Libby Kennedy)
As Libby Kennedy, Karl and Susan’s daughter, Kym Valentine shot to prominence and quickly won over the hearts of the audience.
She engaged in a love triangle with lover Darren Starke while living in Erinsborough, and she also left viewers in tears when her husband Drew Kirk passed away.
However, Kym made the decision to leave the serial opera in 2004, more than ten years later, purportedly because she wanted to go back on stage.
Since then, she has returned to Neighbours several times, notably for the storylines involving her failed second romance with Darren Starke, her marriage to Daniel Fitzgerald, and her surrogate pregnancy.
After leaving the drama in 2010, she returned as a guest star in 2014 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Karl and Susan Kennedy’s on-screen parents.
The actress struggled with her health throughout her stint on the drama, including struggles with pneumonia in 2008 and a collapsed lung one year later on a journey from the US to Melbourne.
She was sent to the hospital immediately after learning that she had a blood clot on her lung in 2010, which was two years later.
At the time, Susan Bower, the show’s executive producer, told The Daily Telegraph: “Unfortunately, it is the time of year when people are most susceptible to disease. We hope Kym a quick recovery and anticipate seeing her when we resume production the following week.
Away from Neighbours, Kym has acted in short films like Harvey and Junk Mail, which just wrapped up filming, as well as the movie The Choir Girl. She also played Baby in a stage performance of Dirty Dancing at the Theatre Royal in Sydney.
She also had a daughter named Millana with Fabian Tolli, with whom she was married from 2001 until 2007.
The celebrity also has a kid named Phoenix with Trent Croad, with whom she was romantically involved from 2015 to 2017.
Jesse Spencer (Billy Kennedy)
Billy Kennedy, the youngest of the three Kennedy children, was portrayed by Jesse Spencer for more than six years in the television series Neighbours.
Though he had the audience swooning throughout his time on the serial, Jesse made the decision to depart in 2000 after saying in an interview at the time that “the plots were boring and I wasn’t enjoying it any longer.”
However, that was not Jesse’s final appearance; from 2004 until 2012, he played the pivotal character of Dr. Robert Chase alongside British superstar Hugh Laurie in the hit drama series House.
Since then, he has also portrayed Matthew Casey in Chicago Fire from 2012 to 2021, becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognisable TV faces. However, his exit from the series devastated fans.
I realised I’d been doing TV for a long time, so I added it up,” he stated in a statement to the media at the time, quoting Hello Magazine. I called showrunner Derek Hass to inform him that it was time for me to depart the show as we approached the 200th episode.
“I’ve always enjoyed the show, but there are other things I’d like to do in the future, so it was a hard decision to make. I have a family to support, and 18 years is a long time.
Fans won’t have to wait long, though, since Jesse will also soon be a part of a brand-new Disney+ series called Last Days Of The Space Age.
With such a successful career, it is not surprising that the actor is thought to have a staggering net worth of over £8 million.
The fact that he is married to Kali Woodruff Carr is known, despite the fact that he prefers to keep his private life secret.
Benjamin McNair (Malcolm Kennedy)
Between 1994 and 1997, Benjamin McNair portrayed Malcolm, the oldest of the Kennedy children.
Ben left Erinsborough after three years, but from 2002 to 2014, he continued to make regular appearances in the serial opera.
The star was also confirmed by Neighbours producers to return for the show’s final episodes, which will air in the UK next week.
One year prior to his Neighbours début, Benjamin not only played Malcolm Kennedy but also Alan in the rival television drama Home And Away.
Additionally, he has had appearances in several TV shows, such as Sea Patrol, Blue Heelers, Satisfaction, and The Secret Life Of Us.
Ben’s personal life is largely unknown, but it is said that the actor is the father of three kids.