Ex-Neighbours actress Nicola Charles claims co-stars tried to get her deported

Actress Nicola Charles, who is famed for her role on the Australian soap Neighbours, has claimed two of her former castmates tried to get her deported.

After her drama coach recommended she try out for the role, the soap star, 51, joined the long-running Aussie production in 1996, playing the character of Sarah Beaumont.

However, in her new autobiography, Nicola claims two actors on the soap issued a letter to the Immigration Department, attempting to get her deported back to the UK.

Nicola claims she was accused of "taking a job from an Australian," alleging she discovered a handwritten letter that had been sent by two unnamed soap stars.

The alleged letter was sent after her probation period on Neighbours came to an end in 1996, meaning her contract on the soap was about to get extended.

In excerpts obtained from her memoir, Soap Star, by The Herald Sun, Nicola describes discovering the letter, and subsequent conversations she shared with her immigration lawyer.

"I did know who they were, the individuals who did it, but I thought – who goes to that length, and what have I done to be disliked that much?" she wrote.

"That experience coloured my relationships with everyone on the cast and crew because I kind of felt nervous about trusting anyone after that."

She added: "Then my immigration lawyer told me the letter complained that a British actor had been given a full-time role on the show, thus taking a job away from an Australian.

"But the show employed me as a British actor. I was written into the show."

Daily Star has contacted Fremantle Media for comment.

Nicola, who left the soap in 1999 only to return in 2012, is originally from Worcestchire in the UK but moved to Australia after spending her teenage years in London.

The actress’ claims come after two Aboriginal-Australian Neighbours stars claimed they had seen racist incidents occur on set.

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Shareena Clanton alleged experiencing "multiple racist traumas" during her time on the show, while actor Meyne Wyatt claimed he too had experienced racism on set.

In a statement shared with the BBC, Fremantle Media said they were doing more to promote inclusion on the popular soap opera.

The statement read: "Our quest is always to continue to grow and develop in this area and we acknowledge that this is an evolving process."

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