Neighbours star Stefan Dennis has spoken about his “incredibly emotional” last day of filming the soap.
The actor has portrayed iconic villain Paul Robinson since the show’s inception in 1985, departing eight years later and then returning in 2004.
As a mainstay of the soap over much its run, the final day of production today (June 10) ahead of the soap’s finale this August was no doubt a big deal for the actor, who admitted he “surprised” himself with how emotional he felt.
“It’s a melancholy day for me,” Stefan told Studio 10. “I sort of closed the studio door behind me on my very last scene, my very last dialogue scene and, yeah, I suddenly surprised myself by getting incredibly emotional.
“I just kept to myself and went to my dressing room… I’m keeping a very low profile today. I think I’ll just be an absolute mess if I sort of hang around too long.”
The soap is coming to an end after UK broadcaster Channel 5 made the decision to drop the show from its schedules.
During the landmark final day, the Neighbours cast posed together for a group photo on the set of the Kennedy household.
Executive producer Jason Herbison has since said in a statement: “We all knew this day was coming but until we were here in this moment when the very last scene was filmed, it was hard to express how we would all feel.
“Of course, it is sad and tears were shed, but we’re also enormously proud. 37 years is an incredible achievement and that should be celebrated. We’ve also been incredibly touched by the response from our viewers all over the world.
“Neighbours is more than a TV show to many people. They see us as part of the family and we feel privileged to have been invited into their homes, and I know the legacy of Neighbours will live on for many years.”
As well as the current regulars, fans will also get to say goodbye to many past faces as well, including Kylie Minogue (Charlene Robinson) and Jason Donovan (Scott Robinson).
Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 and streams on My5. In Australia, the show airs Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach and streams on 10 Play.