It has been confirmed that three major Neighbours characters are to exit the show next year.

Jane Hall and Erin Mullally who play Rebecca Robinson and Declan Napier will film their final scenes at the same time Natalie Blair and David Hoflin return to reprise their roles as Carmella Cammeniti and Oliver Barnes. They will all will flee Erinsborough together and the fall out will have “explosive repercussions.” Their final scenes will air in April 2011 in Australia.

Speaking on his decision to leave, Erin Mullally said “I’ve had an absolute ball playing Declan, the guy has been through so much, he needs a rest,” laughed Mullally. “ I’ve made so many new friends but it will be my ‘daughters’ Alia and Gabriella (de Vercelli) I’ll really miss, it has been wonderful to watch them grow and develop and be apart of their lives,”

It has also been confirmed that Matthew Werkmeister who plays Zeke Kinski is leaving after five and a half years on the soap. “When I started on Neighbours I was only thirteen, I didn’t shave or drive a car so I really have grown up on the show,” said Werkmeister. “I’ve learnt so much, worked with some great people who are now some of my closest friends.”

“Jane is among this industry’s most accomplished actors and it has been a privilege working with her, and Matt and Erin have also proven themselves fine performers and I know there will be exciting things ahead for them both,” says Neighbours executive producer Susan Bower.

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5

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