Veteran neighbor Alan Fletcher is the third longest-serving actor in Australian soap opera history, having starred in iconic soaps for nearly three decades.
And after last week’s emotional finale, which saw viewers bid farewell to the residents of Ramsay Street after 37 years on the air, the 65-year-old actor is considering a major career change.
Fletcher, who has played Dr Karl Kennedy since 1994, told Magic Radio’s Breakfast Event: “Now I’m done NeighborI was thinking about actually getting into medicine.”
The Perth-born TV star added that he had always tried to keep his personal life separate from his on-screen personality, but has now changed his mind.
“While I was already in NeighborI religiously don’t give medical advice, because I’m really worried that the authorities are tracking me down,” he joked.
It came after Fletcher co-star Ryan Moloney, who has played Jarrod “Toadie” Rebecchi on the show since 1995, revealed his own big career away from the small screen.
The 42-year-old actor said he plans to settle down post-Neighbor life as a simple tradition.
“I’m not ruling anything out,” said Moloney Daily Telegraph. “I am taking a civil construction course which is about driving an excavator and building roads.”
Moloney added: “I love playing with machines like that. I like to do earthwork, all kinds of manual work.
“That’s where I am, but who knows where this will all end?”
After 37 years and 8903 episodes, Neighbor finally ended up in a tear-jerking final last week.
The nostalgic episode saw the return of some of Australia’s brightest names who had major breakthroughs in soap opera, including Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Holly Valance, Natalie Imbruglia, Delta Goodrem and the show’s most famous alumni, Margot Robbie.
Up to 3 million people watched the final in England, while nearly 900,000 viewers watched in Australia.
It was announced in March that Neighbor is being fired after Australian production company Fremantle Media failed to find a new broadcast partner, following British network Channel 5’s decision to withdraw its partnership.
Channel 5 has covered most of the production bill.