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Neighbours’ Sheila Canning to make surprise exit from Erinsborough

Is it the last we’ll see of her? – Neighbours spoilers follow.

Neighbours matriarch Sheila Canning heads out of Erinsborough next week following a family emergency.

Sheila rushes off to Los Angeles to support her daughter Naomi after some worrying news.

In upcoming scenes, Sheila’s grandsons Kyle (Chris Milligan) and Levi (Richie Morris) are told that she’s planning to travel to the US as Naomi’s boyfriend has fallen ill.

When Sheila lands in LA, word reaches Ramsay Street that Naomi’s boyfriend has passed away.

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As Naomi now has her partner’s three children to look after and she feels out of her depth, Sheila pledges to stay to support them.

While viewers will see Sheila on screen as normal in the next few days, all of next week’s “exit” scenes take place with her remaining off screen and her family members discussing her decision to leave.

Insertions.us reached out to Neighbours last week to clarify whether Sheila’s departure is temporary or permanent, and will update fans if the show responds.

Colette Mann, who plays Sheila, recently hinted that she wasn’t currently on set when a fan asked why she wasn’t in some behind-the-scenes pictures with her Canning family co-stars.

She replied: “Not there… it seems!”

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Fans also became curious over possible changes ahead for the Canning family set-up when their shot was one of the only ones not updated in the new Neighbours opening titles.

Sheila joined Neighbours in 2012 and has been central to many of the Ramsay Street dramas in recent years, often meddling in her family’s love lives.

Prior to playing Sheila, Colette had appeared in Neighbours before, taking over the role of Cheryl Stark for eight weeks in 1995 when Caroline Gillmer became unwell.

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).

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