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A FORMER Redditch schoolgirl who starred in the hit Australian television soap Neighbours has made a return to the screen.

Nicola Charles, who played sexy Sarah Beaumont between 1996 and 2000, has starred in a special one-off show to celebrate the soap's 20th birthday.

Although Nicola, aged 35, was thrilled to be asked to be part of the anniversary special, she was also horrified at the prospect. "I'd literally not long given birth to my daughter and was about four stone overweight," she grimaced. And not wanting to be far away from daughter Freya, now nine months old, she was delighted when makers of the programme suggested shooting her scenes in her back garden. "The storyline saw an old character, Annalise Hartman, making a video documentary about all the old Neighbours characters and what they are up to now," she explained.

"A lot of us have moved to London so it made sense to film it here.

"It was very exciting and it was great to be part of such good show again. It made me very nostalgic."

Nicola, who was born in Bromsgrove and raised in Redditch, attending the former Bridley Moor High School, stumbled into acting by mistake.

She left Worcestershire for the bright lights of London when she was 17 and became a successful model. She fell in love with an Australian and moved down under with him in the early 1990s.

Seeking some television modelling work, she turned up at recording studios in Melbourne and was talent spotted by a Neighbours producer

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