Now, this is a soap opera revival we weren’t prepared for! Prior to the show’s grand finale, Hollywood A-lister Margot Robbie makes a comeback to the Australian soap drama Neighbours.
A week before the final episode, the soap opera officially announced Robbie’s return, adding her to the list of returning actors that also includes Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue, Holly Valance, Guy Pearce, and Natalie Imbruglia.
Here is all you need to know about Margot Robbie’s tenure on Neighbours and her role, in case you needed a reminder.
In Neighbours, who did Margot Robbie portray?
In Neighbours, Margot Robbie played Donna Freedman.
Before becoming friends with Ramsay Street regulars Rachel Kinski (Caitlin Stasey) and Bridget Parker (Eloise Mignon) and enrolling at Erinsborough High, the character was presented as an outsider and an ardent follower of singer Ty Harper (Dean Geyer).
Donna quickly found a love interest in Ringo Brown (Sam Clark), and they started dating. Throughout their stay on the programme, they had an on-off romance.
Although Donna Freedman (Imogen Bailey) initially resided with her father Matt Freedman (Benjamin Mitchell), a hit-and-run plot that saw Donna knock Nicola West (Benjamin Mitchell) over resulted in Matt’s departure as he attempted to blame Lucas Fitzgerald (Scott Major) for Donna’s crime.
Following this, Elle Robinson (Pippa Black), who was now Donna’s legal guardian, took care of her.
For a while, Donna’s cunning mother Cassandra Freeman (Tottie Goldsmith) and brothers Simon (Mauricio Merino, Jr.) and Tegan also lived with her on Ramsay Street (Chelsea Jones).
After learning from Cassandra that Matt wasn’t Donna’s biological father, Donna pursued the truth about who was, eventually encountering him in the person of a restaurant owner named Nick Nixon (Brian Vriends).
Donna and Kate Ramsay became close after Bridget’s passing and Rachel’s departure (Ashleigh Brewer).
Ringo dumps Donna after discovering she cheated on him with Elle’s half-brother Andrew Robinson (Jordan Patrick Smith), and he momentarily leaves Ramsay Street.
Later, Donna discovers that Naomi, Ringo’s new girlfriend, is picking on her (Kate Bell).
We also observed Donna as she battled with seasoned fashion designer Saffron Jankievicz to realise her aspirations of becoming a fashion designer (Shanyn Asmar).
Donna needs to have life-saving surgery on her spleen after having a near-death experience involving sabotaged scaffolding. In the midst of this health crisis, Donna and Ringo make up and become engaged.
Donna and Ringo decide to be married and go to the United States of America together after experiencing a number of difficulties.
Ringo and Donna move in with the Kennedys in preparation for their impending transfer, but tragedy strikes one month after the wedding when Stephanie Scully (Carla Bonner) runs Ringo down and kills him on her motorcycle after pushing Kate out of the way.
Though she initially blames Kate, she quickly comes to forgive Kate and even Steph, telling the judge at Steph’s trial that she shouldn’t be imprisoned. Nevertheless, Steph is imprisoned for Ringo’s passing.
Margot Robbie’s time on Neighbours was when?
On June 2, 2008, Margot Robbie made her debut on Neighbours.
The Australian actress, 17, was hired as the schoolgirl Donna Freedman in a guest role but was soon elevated to the soap opera’s main cast.
She appeared in the show for slightly under two years, from January 26, 2010, till January 26, 2011.
Margot Robbie’s exit from Neighbours was how?
In September 2010, Margot Robbie made it official that she had decided not to extend her employment agreement with Neighbours and had left with plans to pursue a career in Hollywood.
“America is where I want to go since I’ve always wanted to work in Hollywood. It’s the only period of my life where there is nothing weighing me down “she stated at the time in a statement.
I have many of friends there, so I’ll have lots of couches to crash on, she continued.
She had no idea how prosperous she would become!
When Donna Freedman learned that her late husband Ringo had submitted an application on her behalf and been accepted to a New York design school, she left Ramsay Street in January 2011.
Then, with her biological father Nick by her side to support her during her first few weeks in the United States, Donna left for New York.
When will Margot Robbie make a comeback on Neighbours?
On Friday, July 29, 2022, Margot Robbie will return to the character of Donna Freedman.
The character is returning for the finale, but details about her reappearance won’t be revealed until the show airs.
Elle Robinson talked about meeting up with Donna in New York, where both characters dwell, a week before her return.