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Exclusive: Sam Clark praises shock 'Neighbours' exit

By and Daniel Kilkelly
Sam Clark aka 'Ringo Brown'

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Sam Clark has revealed that he was thrilled with his dramatic Neighbours departure storyline.

In an episode which transmitted in the UK yesterday, the actor's character Ringo Brown died in hospital after being knocked down by Steph Scully's (Carla Bonner) motorbike in a tragic accident.

Ringo's shock death came just a few weeks after his fairytale wedding to girlfriend Donna Freedman (Margot Robbie). In real life, meanwhile, Clark chose to quit the soap in order to concentrate on his music career.

Speaking to Digital Spy at a recent photo shoot for Gay Times's Naked Issue, Clark said of his exit plot: "To be perfectly honest, it was a lot of fun!

"I got to do completely different stuff than what I had been doing in my time at Neighbours, and to spend four years somewhere and then to be doing something new right up until the day that you leave is a pretty awesome way to leave a job.

"I got to do my own stunt and narrowly, in real life, just missed a motorbike coming at me! It's an exciting way to leave a show."

The 23-year-old added that - as filming on Neighbours takes place out of sequence - the last scene he shot for the programme was a humorous one.

He said: "I was lucky that I had quite a funny scene to finish on, so that made life a lot easier in terms of the emotional side of leaving the show. [I] left on a high - a lot of characters leave and they have to do teary scenes and farewells and stuff like that."

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