Harold quits Neighbours
Actor Ian Smith, who has played the Neighbours role on and off since 1987, is retiring from the series and a 30 year career in show business.
Smith films his final scenes this month and will depart the show next year, but producers have managed to get him to agree to some special appearances during his semi-retirement.
“Harold” is an iconic Australian TV character, whose “fuddy-duddy” ways and that infamous wobbling-chin have catapulted him into pop culture legend. In the UK “Harold” is especially loved, transgressing age groups amongst legions of fans.
Smith, who has also served as both actor and scriptwriter on Prisoner, joined the series in 1987, departed in 1991 and returned as Harold in 1996, in true soapie style as a character with amnesia. He was married to Madge, was stepfather to Charlene, ran the Erinsborough Coffee Shop, played tuba for the Salvation Army, tried to strangle Paul Robinson and even donned an afro wig.
His exit marks a blow for the soapie which has failed to resurrect its fortunes after a relaunch earlier this year.