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Carla Bonner to leave 'Neighbours'

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Steph Scully in Neighbours

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Neighbours star Carla Bonner has quit the soap after nearly 11 years in the role of Steph Scully.

The actress, who is one of the Ramsay Street serial's longest-serving cast members, will bow out to pursue new projects when her current contract expires in September.

Responding to the news, Neighbours' executive producer Susan Bower told the Herald Sun: "I'm very sad that Carla is leaving us and she knows the door is always open for Steph to return to Ramsay Street.

"The storylines on air and coming up showcase what an exceptional talent Carla is and while fans will be disappointed, I promise Steph's farewell will be long remembered and will do the character proud."

Meanwhile, Bonner's manager Jacinta Waters said: "Carla has had an amazing time on Neighbours, but after 11 incredible years has decided the time for a change has come. She will miss her all her colleagues in Erinsborough dearly."

It is understood that Bonner has a series of meetings and acting workshops lined up in Los Angeles. However, the mother-of-two intends to remain based in her home city of Melbourne in the long-term. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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