Real Housewives of Melbourne refreshes cast

Jackie Gillies returns, but Gina Liano is out, as production begins on 5th season.

A refreshed cast has been revealed for The Real Housewives of Melbourne, which sees the return of former cast member Jackie Gillies.

Season 5 cast were previously announced a year ago, but COVID saw filming halted just a week in. Since then Gina Liano and Lydia Schiavello have made the decision to leave the series.

Returning are Gamble Breaux and Janet Roach with previously-announced newcomers personal trainer and mother of three Cherry Dipietrantonio; self-made business woman, “Champagne Dame” Kyla Kirkpatrick; and news anchor and mother of one, Anjali Rao.

Newly announced today is Simone Elliott, a businesswoman who juggles a high-flying corporate job with raising two children and studying for her MBA.

Foxtel’s Group General Manager, LifeStyle, Wendy Moore said: “The Real Housewives of Melbourne has had our fans on the edge of their seat – desperate for its return. It’s quite simply the most popular reality program, loved by our audiences for the fun, outrageous and laugh-out-loud personalities. We are thrilled with the new line-up of strong, successful women and can’t wait for viewers to get a window into their lives – it is sure to be, once again, compulsive viewing.”

Alastair McKinnon, Matchbox Pictures Managing Director, said: “The drama is back. The glamour is back. The long-awaited return of the Housewives promises to deliver all the extravagant fireworks audiences the world over have come to know and love. Melbourne, start your engines.”

Pproduction commences this week in Melbourne for FOX Arena at a date to be announced.

The 10 x one-hour series is produced by Matchbox Pictures, part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group in conjunction with Foxtel. Executive Producers are Pip Rubira and Dan Munday along with consulting Executive Producer Lisa Potasz for Matchbox Pictures.

3 Responses

  1. I thought it was just Gina but Lydia too! Shocking. She must have thrown in the towel as soon as Gina left.

    I think this will be a good reset for the series to be honest as Gina is so polarising with her storylines!

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