Sophie Dillman doesnt know what Neighbours axe means for Home and Away

Home and Away star Sophie Dillman has admitted she "doesn't know" what the axing of rival soap Neighbours will mean for the programme.

The news broke last month that iconic Australian soap Neighbours had been axed after almost 40 years on the airwaves, as UK network Channel 5 could no longer budget for the show.

Its Australian network Fremantle Media attempted to find alternate ways of funding the show, but after extensive negotiations failed to find a new home for Neighbours.

A statement from Channel 5 announced at the time: "Neighbours will no longer air on Channel 5 beyond this summer. It’s been a much-loved part of our schedule for more than a decade, and we’d like to thank the cast, Fremantle and all of the production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series.

"We recognise that there will be disappointment about this decision, however our current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama, which has strong appeal for our viewers."

Channel 5 also thanked loyal fans for their support.

Numerous cast members have shared their devastation as the long-running show comes to a close later this year, and Home and Away's Sophie also shared her upset at hearing the news alongside her co-stars.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star, she explained: "I’m devastated that Neighbours is gone. It was such an iconic Australian television show.

"I knew so many people working on it and it’s heartbreaking to see.

"It was such a great starting ground for not only actors but cast, crew and directors. So we’re heartbroken to know that it’s gone."

The star went on: "I don’t know what that means for Home and Away but it’s certainly… when we heard we were all very, very sad."

Though both Home and Away and Neighbours are currently shown on Channel 5 in the UK, Home and Away's home production company falls under Seven Network – meaning they aren't facing the same problems.

So Home and Away fans can rest assured they're in store for plenty more Summer Bay drama.

However, many Australian actors have appeared on both Home and Away and Neighbours – much like UK soaps including Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders.

Actors including Guy Pearce, Rebekah Elmaloglou and Isabella Giovinazzo have appeared in both Channel 5 soaps.

Home and Away airs weekdays from 1:15pm on Channel 5.

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