Actress Vivean Gray, who played the much loved busybody Nell Mangel on Neighbours has died at the age of 92.
Britsh born Vivean retired from acting nearly three decades ago in 1988. She was best known for her roles as Ida Jessup in The Sullivans and Mrs. Mangel on Neighbours (1986-1988).
Network Ten’s Head of Drama Rick Maier said: “Mrs Mangel and Mrs Jessup were two of our most iconic characters from one our very best character actors.
Ramsay Street changed forever, and certainly no secret was ever safe, with Mrs. Mangel on the lookout. Vivean’s contribution to Australian drama will never be forgotten. It is a very sad day for the Neighbours’ family.”
Mrs. Mangel was the moral compass of Ramsay street and was known for meddling into everyone’s business. So good was she in fact that sometimes the public had difficulty separating her from her character. Vivian received so much abuse from fans of the show that she left acting for good in 1988. Speaking in 1989, the actress said: “I loved Neighbours and the rest of the cast were marvellous. But because it was so successful I could barely set foot outside my own door without someone screaming abuse at horrid old ‘Mrs Mangel’. People didn’t seem to appreciate it was acting. So I decided to take a break.”
Neighbours’ executive producer, says: “Mrs Mangel was the ultimate busybody, remembered for her conservatism and her caustic wit. She was a true soap legend and we thank her for all the wonderful memories.”
RIP Vivean Gray- you will always be remembered.
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