Jane Hall quits Neighbours

By David Knox on October 11, 2010 / Filed Under News 56

Actress Jane Hall has quit Neighbours, after playing Rebecca Napier for almost four years.

“I’ve decided its time to say ‘au revoir’ to Erinsborough,” Jane, 39, told TV Week.

“It’s sad to be leaving … but I’m looking forward to the future and new and exciting acting
adventures.”

Hall is one of three new resignations.

Matt Werkmeister, 18, has also quit after five and a half years of playing teenager Zeke Kinski.

Meanwhile, Erin Mullally, 20, will also exit only six months after being cast as single dad Declan Napier. Mullally was cast as the character after actor James Sorenson quit the show. Hall plays his on-screen mother in the long-running soap.

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  1. Joey February 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm -

    Neighbours really do need to bring some familar faces back to boost ratings. Max and Boyd Hoyland should come back to make the Scully household more interesting as well as characters Stuart Parker and Dylan Timmens. A good move was bringing the characters of Lyn Scully and Summer Hoyland back. On another note why is Scott McGregor’s character Mark Brennan leaving?? He was a really good actor who brought something to the show.

  2. Lexie February 1, 2011 at 5:27 am -

    There are some brilliant characters leaving will be a shame. I love jane hall as rebecca, zeke is okay but he wasnt my favourite character and when it was james sorensen as declan i really liked him but now the whole rebecca pushed paul fight between paul and declan is getting boring. I hope its gonna be a really explosive ending though after all this wait it should be!xxxxxxxxxx

  3. tinks November 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm -

    Jane Hall is amazing as Rebecca Robinson in neighbours, she really is. It’s kinda really sad she’s leaving, but hopefully this isn’t the last we’ll see of her. She’s an amazing actor, and she’s by far the best character on the show :)
    All the best Jane xx

  4. chuppachup November 28, 2010 at 11:45 am -

    OMG!! Janr Hall can not leave neighbours!! gaahhh I adore her! She has become one of my favs…enough so that I googled her to find out about neighbours spoilers revolving around her character…and this is what i got…i am gobsmacked!! Don’t leave becca!! lol.

  5. Wandsworther November 13, 2010 at 4:49 am -

    Sorry to hear Jane is leaving, I remember seeing her on Home and Away as the first Rebecca Fisher.

  6. beverley November 6, 2010 at 3:59 am -

    what i do know is jane halls contract does not expire until april 2011 and as australia viewers are two months ahead she will be on our screen until at least july next year . carla bonners contract expires in december austrailian time and will be on screen until at least feb next year so who knows but i think steph runs down ringo think donna is in the car as well she is also leaving early next year and so is sam clark who plays ringo looks like steph will bare the brunt and go to prison thats the goss anyway ::)))

  7. Bloke from the Sticks October 12, 2010 at 8:35 am -

    Jane Hall was one really good thing about the show in recent years. Margot Robbie was another one. Sadly, they’re both going now. That only leaves Scott Major as a reason for me watching the show.

  8. Rhys October 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm -

    @Ronnie – puts me in mind of the Split Enz classic, or in Jane’s case with Neighbours, “I just spent four years in a leaky boat, lucky just to keep afloat”. Could it be the ‘enz of an era’ approaching?

  9. franz chong October 11, 2010 at 11:23 pm -

    We all remember Jane Hall from All Together Now.I still kind of remember the Jon English Jokes about Doc Marten Shoes.

    Off the topic a little whose ever dumb idea was it over at channel 10 was to replace it with a news bulletin at 6:30pm?

  10. Pete October 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm -

    I really don’t get the hating directed at digital channels – ‘eleven’ in this case and the others in other stories David’s posted.

    It’s another channel and surely this is cause for celebration for people who like tv. Yes? No?

    I look forward to watching Neighbours on eleven next year with an ever-evolving and ever-revolving cast as has been the case for over 20 years.

  11. Justin October 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm -

    Thanks David for including the characters names in your article – the small article in the HS today only had the actors names of Erin and Matt, and I spent all day trying to work out what female character Erin played…oops!

    Kate won’t have any other characters her age in the show soon…hmm, probably means they will have to introduce someone specially to be her boyfriend?

    Personally hipping this means the exit gives more chance of the Chris Pappas character being developed in the PG timeslot next year. They will need something fresh if they want people to follow it over to Eleven.

  12. John October 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm -

    Agreed Declan 2.0 leaving is great news, sorry Mr. Mullally if you’re reading this but it’ll teach you not to google yourself… and to stop acting, conversely sad news about Jane and Matt.

  13. DavidT October 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm -

    It’s kind of funny that so many popular actors have left or decide to retire when a certain producer took over (Ian Smith, Carla Bonner, Tom Oliver and now Jane Hall). I hope that with the move to Eleven they get a new producer on board. Pete McTighe certainly knows lots about the show. Maybe he can restore the show to its best?

  14. Louise October 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm -

    I am not watching Neighbours anymore. Zeke was my favourite character!

  15. Lyn October 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm -

    Very sad to see Jane leave.

  16. ray October 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm -

    Sad to see that Jane is leaving – I so remember her as Regina in “The Henderson Kids”……………… :)

  17. Shazza October 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm -

    Rebecca will be a great loss for the show. Zeke, not so much and Declan 2.0, not at all. It’s a shame that Jane Hall is leaving.

  18. Fail Whale October 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm -

    Oh No!! Jane Hall is one of the best actors on Neighbours.

  19. gary October 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm -

    Still remember Jane Hall and Steve Jacobs from All Together Now.

  20. Goonies October 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm -

    Devo’d that Jane is leaving, bit unhappy about Zeke but I am throwing a party over the fact Declan 2.0 is out.

    Worst. Actor. Ever.

  21. Redbullboy October 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm -

    Really sad to see Jane Hall leaving – she’s really grown into the role of Rebecca Napier and is one of the better actors on the show. Her experience and talent will be sorely and noticeably missed from Neighbours.

  22. Matt October 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm -

    If Stefan Dennis leaves, I will never watch neighbours again! I can’t beleive all the good characters will be leaving Donna, Ringo, Zeke, Rebecca, Harold. however i’m happy Steph and Bad Declan are going, when the original declan left, they should of killed him off, now is image has been ever tarnished by Erin whats his name

  23. Chris October 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm -

    So what will neighbours even be like next year? surely there is to be another “revamp” David? Any Inside news on this?

    6 Characters gone with the rest past thier use by dates, im guessing alot of hunks and babes and edgier storys?

  24. KLFH October 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm -

    The boy with a girls name is just an awful performer and I will be glad to see the back of him. Jane Hall impressed me when I thought she would not.

  25. ryan October 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm -

    Bring back rosie and frasier!!!!
    Also forgot to add zeke into that post:)

  26. ryan October 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm -

    so ringo, steph, declan, rebecca and donna are all leaving!! This isn’t good news for neighbours, i wonder if it has anything to do with the crap figures it has been getting in the past yr€??

  27. alfagirl October 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm -

    I love Jane Hall as Rebecca. Sorry to see her leave. I feel sorry for the poor boy who plays Declan. It’s always hard to step into an established role. I hope he can get some acting lessons and salvage his career. Sadly, I love this show. It has been particularly frustrating this year with bad acting and bad stories. If it does get the chop for Australian viewers it would be a real shame. Somebody needs to fix it.

  28. Hannah October 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm -

    Thank gosh new Dec is going! I find him irritating. I wish the old Declan wouldve stayed until the end of the storyline :(

    It’s sad that Rebecca and Zeke are leaving though. They’re both very talented. Hopefully their actors will go onto to do much better things.

  29. KFed October 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm -

    @pete Both Blankeney sisters (Chrissie and Caroline on the show) have ruled out coming back.

    I think the best way to combat the mass exodus would to mine the show’s history and try and get some oldies back, and get them to bring in their new kids.

    Jane will be missed.

  30. Tim October 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm -

    Wasn’t there word a few weeks back that David Hoflin (who played Oliver, Rebecca’s son) will be returning for a guest stint? Guess that’s when Rebecca and Declan will be leaving

  31. David Knox October 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm -

    Even if TEN parted company, it would remain in production for Five in the UK.

  32. bonrad October 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm -

    Pretty sure Neighbours will be cancelled at some stage next year. Just can’t see it lasting. They really should have cancelled it at the end of this year actually – that way it could have finished with dignity instead of a slow drawn out death.

  33. stevie g October 11, 2010 at 11:47 am -

    Jane’s a terrific talent and a big loss to the stability of the adult cast. I found her character a bit dubious at first. She had apparently had an affair with Paul when he was an airline stewart, when I knew she was only a kid on the Henderson Kids at the time. Plus the story line with the father of her two boys was handled really badly. But her true character shined through and she was a perfect fit for Ramsay St.
    As for Erin, he was set with a monumental task of replacing a popular actor. A difficul task for even an experienced actor. There have been worse actors, like those who played Sunny and the second Lucy Robinson and the guy from Aus idol, whose name escapes me.
    As for Zeke, he’s had a good run, hopefully he’ll turn up in future if there is a Kennedy wedding/funeral etc.

  34. Leigh October 11, 2010 at 11:43 am -

    @Stuart, lol, I agree. I am very sad that Jane Hall is leaving, she (as Rebecca) quickly became one of my favourite Neighbours characters :(

  35. Anthony Mai October 11, 2010 at 11:31 am -

    Well maybe it’s good that the core cast is a smaller-knit group.

    I just hope that instead of bringing in new characters (I still count Andrew, Natasha and Michael as ‘new’), they should just stick with that group and bring back old characters, who are already established.

  36. Bruce Banner October 11, 2010 at 11:24 am -

    Sad to see Jane go… the other two – good riddance, especially Erin… such a bad, bad actor!

  37. Bazza October 11, 2010 at 11:08 am -

    I’m willing to bet the move to 11 will be the final nail…
    Even my missus, a diehard fan, is getting fed up lately. Once the move happens the chance of missing eps will increase, which isn’t going to impress her more. The long drawn out death of The Bill wasn’t all that dissimilar either.

  38. John Jackson October 11, 2010 at 11:07 am -

    Wow.. wonder what happened with Erin Mullally leaving? Was it in the writers plans, or did he just become annoyed at having to play an already established character? I don’t think they should have ever introduced him as Declan. I still can’t convince myself that he is who he is supposed to be.

  39. francis October 11, 2010 at 10:40 am -

    how will these characters exit the show??

    a plane crash in the ocean?? a fire at charlie’s??? a car accident??? lost at sea???

    why doesn’t someone just commit suicide??

    i know the show is not that dramatic but it would add some needed drama to a show the barely calls itself a drama

    and i’m glad the zeke character is leaving…come on karl and susan…he is caught kissing a girl and you overreact like you’ve caught him doing something far worse. i mean, the actor is 18 himself…it’s about time you treat him like his character is 18 too

  40. Ronnie October 11, 2010 at 10:33 am -

    Neighbours feels like a sinking ship.

  41. Guy October 11, 2010 at 10:16 am -

    Budget cuts anyone? Could this be a budget problem and not the actors? Just putting it out there because its strange that a group of them are leaving the show not just a couple of them

  42. J Bar October 11, 2010 at 9:55 am -

    It’s terrible that Jane Hall is going.

  43. J Bar October 11, 2010 at 9:54 am -

    It’s like a mass exodus following on from Carla Bonner, Sam Clark and Margot Robbie.

  44. Jenny October 11, 2010 at 9:45 am -

    Jane made me cry in “Mum’s the Word” and she was the stand-out in Marshall Law (if anyone can remember that). I can’t wait to see what she does next; I just pray she doesn’t end up as a gangster moll or similar on some 9 show.

  45. tomothy October 11, 2010 at 9:08 am -

    Jane Hall was a great addition to Neighbours, and I have always enjoyed her on screen. As the show is going from bad to worse under the helm of Susan Bower, it is no wonder Jane wants to get out and find somewhere where she can show her range.
    Good luck to her, would be good to see her in something like Rafters. She is great at both drama and comedy.

  46. Monica October 11, 2010 at 9:07 am -

    It’s a shame Jane is leaving as she plays a good character really well.
    Thankfully the plank of wood that is Erin Doolally is also leaving and the series might now have a chance to reclaim some of its lost viewers.He really is an awful actor and must rank as the worst actor ever to appear on tv anywhere!
    Zeke was a pretty good character but won’t be missed too much.

  47. Stuart October 11, 2010 at 9:01 am -

    Meh, the new Declan was horrible, and Zeke’s been 15 for like 6 years.

  48. Anthony Mai October 11, 2010 at 8:28 am -

    This is so sad!! Jane Hall is a terrific actress and we need people like her, Alan Fletcher, Jackie Woodburne and Stefan Dennis on the show!!

    Matthew Werkmeister’s exit is even sadder! Watched him grow up on screen and he’s a great part of the teen group. I wish the writers had done more for his character over the past few years.

    All the best to Erin Mullally too

  49. andrew October 11, 2010 at 8:20 am -

    why do i get the feeling all three are going to die together horribly in a tragic car accident?

  50. Switching channels is dangerous October 11, 2010 at 8:06 am -

    Leaving because of the switch to Eleven, surely. Who’s next?

  51. Jenny October 11, 2010 at 8:05 am -

    Jane Hall is fantastic so it’s good she’s moving on to bigger challenges.

  52. bob October 11, 2010 at 7:37 am -

    I don’t watch Neigbours but…Jane Hall is hot.

  53. pete October 11, 2010 at 7:23 am -

    Shame for Janr Hall and Matt leaving

    I hope the Producers bring back Christina, Paul Robinson 3rd wife? (I think) now that her son is in Neighbours.

  54. Louise October 11, 2010 at 7:19 am -

    Only one thing to say – gutted.

  55. wamdue October 11, 2010 at 6:56 am -

    I hope Neighbours will still be able to recurit despite only airing on ELEVEN in 2011.

  56. Jade October 11, 2010 at 6:55 am -

    I’m so sad that Jane is leaving, she has been wonderful as Rebecca.

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