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'Neighbours' casts 'Prisoner' actress Glenda Linscott as new surgeon

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Neighbours bosses have today announced the casting of Glenda Linscott as a no-nonsense surgeon.

The actress, best known for her role as Rita 'The Beater' Connors in Prisoner, will star on the Ramsay Street soap for three months in the part of Jessica Girdwood.

Glenda Linscott as Jessica Garwood in Neighbours

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Jessica will cross paths with fan favourite Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher) and show newcomer Rhys Lawson (Ben Barber) at the Erinsborough Hospital as she makes her debut on the show.

Linscott's Neighbours role takes her back to the same Nunawading studio where she filmed Prisoner in the '80s.

Speaking of her new part, Linscott commented: "I just love being back and it's hilarious to still see bits and pieces of those days and I even visited the spot where I said my last lines on Prisoner.

"I also saw the stairs where I threw many an inmate down - luckily my Neighbours character is more gentle. The impact Prisoner has had on my life is truly amazing."

Along with her part on Prisoner - known as Prisoner: Cell Block H in the UK - Linscott has had guest roles on a number of other Australian dramas over the years. She has most recently appeared on Winners and Losers and is currently starring in her own theatre production Bad Blood Blues.

Neighbours will air Jessica's first scenes in March on Eleven in Australia. Her debut will be screened on Channel 5 in the UK a few weeks afterwards.

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