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Chris Hemsworth, Naomi Watts: Neighbours, Home and Away to Hollywood

Margot Robbie is the latest Aussie soap star to make the tricky transition to the silver screen following her breakthrough role in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated Wolf of Wall Street.

Filming of the 6000th episode of TV show 'Neighbours', Melbourne, Australia - 10 Jun 2010
Actress Margot Robbie (as Donna Freedman) on the set on the back of a 'ute' vehicle in a wedding dress
10 Jun 2010

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Margot Robbie in Neighbours

The rising star played Donna Freedman in Neighbours from 2008 to 2011 before landing a role in ABC series Pan Am alongside Christina Ricci.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'

Margot Robbie with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

We reminisce below over the humble Aussie acting beginnings of other Hollywood actors and actresses - and see which soaps spawned the most successful stars:

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Home and Away

Chris Hemsworth as Kim with Isabel Lucas

Chris Hemsworth played Jamie Kane in Neighbours back in 2002 and was in Home and Away as Kim Hyde from 2004 to 2007. The Aussie actor has since appeared in Hollywood blockbusters like Thor and The Avengers, and most recently played the late James Hunt in Ron Howard's Rush.

Isabel Lucas
Also pictured above, Isabel Lucas appeared in Home and Away as Tasha Andrews from 2003 to 2007. She has since gone on to star in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Daybreakers with Ethan Hawke, and Immortals alongside Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke.

Melissa George
Melissa George as Angel in Home and Away

Melissa George as Angel

Melissa George was always there for us at the end of the school day from 1993 to 1996, playing Angel Parrish in Home and Away. She has since starred most notably since in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, HBO's In Treatment alongside Gabriel Byrne, and Christopher Smith's Triangle. The actress was also the lead in BBC's spy drama Hunted. Those plaits take us back...

Ryan Kwanten

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Ryan Kwanten as Vinnie

It's Vinnie! Ryan Kwanten was the loveable Vinnie Patterson in Home and Away from 1992 to 2002. He hit the big time in HBO's sexy vampire show True Blood playing Jason Stackhouse, the brother to Anna Paquin's lead character Sookie.

Guy Pearce
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'Neighbours' Guy Pearce as Mike Young

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Guy Pearce as Mike

Guy Pearce appeared in Neighbours and Home and Away before becoming a critically-acclaimed Hollywood actor. Pearce played Mike Young from '86 to '89, before appearing in Home and Away as David Croft in 1991. The Emmy Award-winning actor has subsequently starred in Memento, LA Confidential, Animal Kingdom and The King's Speech.

Russell Crowe
'Neighbours' TV Soap Jason Donovan as Scott Robinson Russell Crowe as Kenny Larkin

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Russell Crowe as Kenny

Russell Crowe played Kenny Larkin in Neighbours (pictured here with Jason Donovan and a mighty mullet) back in 1987. The New Zealand-born actor went on to win an Academy Award for his role in Ridley Scott's Gladiator, and was also celebrated for his roles in LA Confidential, A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster and Les Miserables.

Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger, Kate Ritchie, Home & Away, 1997

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Heath Ledger as Scott

The late Heath Ledger starred as Scott Irwin in Home and Away in 1997. The star won a posthumous Oscar for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. Ledger also won critical acclaim for Brokeback Mountain and starred in cult teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

Kylie Minogue
'Neighbours' TV Programme.
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan

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Kylie Minogue as Charlene

Kylie Minogue played Charlene Robinson (née Mitchell) (we recently marked 25 years since Kylie and Jason Donovan's famous union on the soap) from 1986 to '88. The actress, singer and current The Voice coach went on to star in Street Fighter with Jean-Claude Van Damme - during which sparks flew apparently - Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! and Leos Carax's Holy Motors.

Holly Valance
'Neighbours' Holly Valance & Daniel MacPherson

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Holly Valance as Flic

Holly Valance hit the small screen as Felicity (or to us Flick) Scully in Neighbours from 1999 to 2000. The singer and actress went on to feature as Nika Volek in Fox's Prison Break and as Sheerah in Taken with Liam Neeson.

Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher, Home and Away

Isla Fisher as Shannon

Isla Fisher began her career as Shannon Reed in Home and Away from 1994 to '97. The actress, married to Sacha Baron Cohen, has since starred in I Heart Huckabees, Wedding Crashers and The Great Gatsby. She also recently guest-starred in Ron Howard's cult comedy TV show Arrested Development.

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts made a brief appearance in Home and Away as Julie Gibson in 1991. The British-born actress afterwards gained critical acclaim by starring in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive and has been nominated for two Academy Awards for her roles in 21 Grams and The Impossible.

Watch her early Summer Bay experience below:

Radha Mitchell
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'Neighbours' Radha Mitchell as Catherine Benje McNair as Mal

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Radha Mitchell

Radha Mitchell played Catherine O'Brien in Neighbours from 1994 to 1997. She later secured a role in Pitch Black with Vin Diesel, followed by parts in Phone Booth, Man on Fire, Finding Neverland and Silent Hill.

Julian McMahon

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Julian McMahon as Ben

We'd forgotten that Julian McMahon first appeared on our small screens in Home and Away as Ben Lucini for a year from 1990. He's since gone on to star in Fantastic Four and as the lead in Ryan Murphy's Emmy award-winning drama Nip/Tuck for seven years from 2003.

Alan Dale
PhotographerREX/FremantleMedia LtdGrundy TV'Neighbours' TV Soap Alan Dale as Jim Robinson Rachel Blakely as Gaby Willis.

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Alan Dale as Jim

Anyone who went to school between 1985 and 1993 knows Alan Dale as the much-loved Jim Robinson in Neighbours. Since then the actor has starred in films such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as putting together an impressive television CV that includes 24, The OC, Lost, Ugly Betty and the US remake of The Killing .

We have to say Home and Away wins!
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