Neighbours star Nicola Charles slams soap’s finale as ‘unwatchable’ and ‘theatre school level’


Nicola Charles has shared her explosive thoughts on the finale episode of Neighbours. 

The actress, 52, who was not invited to take part in the soap’s final hurrah, has called the 90-minute special ‘unwatchable’.   

‘There was zero suspension of disbelief and no attempt to round off storylines or drag even theatre school level performances from the “actors”’ she told The Herald Sun on Saturday. 

Nicola Charles (pictured) has shared her explosive thoughts on the finale episode of Neighbours. The actress, 52, who was not invited to take part in the soap’s final hurrah, has called the 90-minute special ‘unwatchable’

‘Guy Pearce excepted. Without his appearance it would have been unwatchable’ she added. 

‘As it were, Kylie [Minogue] may as well have bounced around and grinned on Zoom and it was heartbreaking to see Terry Donovan, a true gent and character of old, stuck on a BBQ chain only in a wide shot’ she added. 

Nicola rose to fame after debuting as Karl Kennedy’s saucy mistress Sarah Beaumont on Neighbours in 1995. 

'There was zero suspension of disbelief and no attempt to round off storylines or drag even theatre school level performances from the "actors''' she told The Herald Sun on Saturday. Pictured is a scene from the finale

‘There was zero suspension of disbelief and no attempt to round off storylines or drag even theatre school level performances from the “actors”’ she told The Herald Sun on Saturday. Pictured is a scene from the finale 

'Guy Pearce excepted. Without his appearance it would have been unwatchable' she added. Guy is pictured on the set of Neighbours with co-star Henrietta Graham

‘Guy Pearce excepted. Without his appearance it would have been unwatchable’ she added. Guy is pictured on the set of Neighbours with co-star Henrietta Graham

She kept a reoccurring role until 1999, and returned twice from 2012 to 2013, and then again in 2016. 

On Friday, the star said that she was ultimately relieved not to have been invited back.  

‘In the end I felt relief that Sarah Beaumont had not been part of the shambles offered up as the last episode of Neighbours’ she told The Daily Telegraph.

'As it were, Kylie [Minogue] may as well have bounced around and grinned on Zoom and it was heartbreaking to see Terry Donovan, a true gent and character of old, stuck on a BBQ chain only in a wide shot' she added. Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue are pictured in the finale

‘As it were, Kylie [Minogue] may as well have bounced around and grinned on Zoom and it was heartbreaking to see Terry Donovan, a true gent and character of old, stuck on a BBQ chain only in a wide shot’ she added. Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue are pictured in the finale 

Nicola rose to fame after debuting as Karl Kennedy's saucy mistress Sarah Beaumont on Neighbours in 1995. She kept a reoccurring role until 1999, and returned twice from 2012 to 2013, and then again in 2016. Pictured on the show

Nicola rose to fame after debuting as Karl Kennedy’s saucy mistress Sarah Beaumont on Neighbours in 1995. She kept a reoccurring role until 1999, and returned twice from 2012 to 2013, and then again in 2016. Pictured on the show

Nicola also claimed claimed that she was not invited to appear in the  Neighbours finale episode because of her stance on Covid-19

‘I’ve been cancelled because I am unvaccinated,’ she told the publication, adding she’s been ‘universally cancelled for speaking her truth’ about Covid and vaccines. 

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Channel Ten for comment. 

In 2020, Nicola spoke out about her battle with coronavirus in a candid interview. 

'In the end I felt relief that Sarah Beaumont had not been part of the shambles offered up as the last episode of Neighbours' she told The Daily Telegraph on Friday

‘In the end I felt relief that Sarah Beaumont had not been part of the shambles offered up as the last episode of Neighbours’ she told The Daily Telegraph on Friday 

Nicola also claimed claimed that she was not invited to appear in the Neighbours finale episode because of her stance on Covid-19. 'I've been cancelled because I am unvaccinated,' she told the publication

Nicola also claimed claimed that she was not invited to appear in the Neighbours finale episode because of her stance on Covid-19. ‘I’ve been cancelled because I am unvaccinated,’ she told the publication

At the time, the actress-turned-author said she’s ‘still not over’ COVID-19 and it ‘took her down’ for over six weeks back in March 2020.

Describing her experience on Studio 10, she said: ‘I felt a really strange fluttering in my veins.

‘I consider myself quite spiritual, and I had this overwhelming feeling that what was inside me wasn’t human.’

In 2020, Nicola spoke out about her battle with coronavirus in a candid interview

In 2020, Nicola spoke out about her battle with coronavirus in a candid interview

'I consider myself quite spiritual, and I had this overwhelming feeling that what was inside me wasn't human' she said of the illness

‘I consider myself quite spiritual, and I had this overwhelming feeling that what was inside me wasn’t human’ she said of the illness

She also shared a photo of her self-named ‘zombie eye’ on Instagram, explaining that one of the symptoms is that her eye turned ‘totally red and zombified’.

The mother-of-three added that during the lowest point of her illness, she found herself ‘gasping for breath’ on the floor on her hands and knees.

Fitness fanatic Nicola – who usually runs 26 kilometres a week – added: ‘I’m still not over it. When it hits you, it’s harder than anything else that’s ever happened.’

She also shared a photo of her self-named 'zombie eye' on Instagram, explaining that one of the symptoms is that her eye turned 'totally red and zombified'

 She also shared a photo of her self-named ‘zombie eye’ on Instagram, explaining that one of the symptoms is that her eye turned ‘totally red and zombified’

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