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'Neighbours' Poppy to cause "mischief"

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Neighbours Generic Susan Bower Executive Producer

Susan Bower

Neighbours' executive producer Susan Bower has promised that new character Poppy Rogers will bring "fun" and "mischief" to Ramsay Street.

Poppy - a friend of Karl and Susan Kennedy's son Malcolm - is to arrive in Erinsborough later this year for a one-month guest stint. Show bosses have described her as a "free-spirited young woman in her early 20s".

Earlier this year, Neighbours launched a UK talent hunt in order to find a budding female actress who will play the role. More than 1,500 people applied for the opportunity and five finalists have now been chosen.

Speaking to Holy Soap about what fans can expect from Poppy, Bower revealed: "Obviously [she's a visitor] from the UK. Because of the perceived meddling in a storyline, [her] part in that storyline is misunderstood by a couple of the teens. That's all I can say. So vague I know, but it's good. It's very interesting, and it's a lot of fun basically. It's a fun storyline, so there's mischief!"

Neighbours fans have been voting online for their favourite potential Poppys over the past week. Once the poll closes later this month, the two with the most votes will fly out to Australia, where the soap's team are to pick a winner.

Asked what the producers will be looking for, Bower replied: "Once they get to Neighbours we are looking for their professional attitude - we are looking to see how they approach the work. It is work - it's great, it's lovely - but it's work, and that's terribly important to us, because they can't hold up the shoot.

"Obviously their ability. The third thing would be how they camera test. The fourth thing would be how their acting ability and how their personality reacts with the characters who they will be working with on screen."

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