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Actress who ‘stood around in a bikini’ on Home and Away reveals how much extras earn on Aussie soaps

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Actress who ‘stood around in a bikini for 10 hours’ on Home and Away and had no dialogue reveals how much extras REALLY earn on Aussie soaps

How much extras actually make on Australian soap operas has been revealed by a little-known actress.

A listener named Sophie revealed to Fitzy & Wippa on Wednesday’s programme that she once made $350 in one day by simply standing around in a bikini on the set of Home and Away without saying a word.

The woman claimed to 42-year-old Michael “Wippa” Wipli that she spent “approximately 10 hours today in Palm Beach in the dead of winter.”

It comes after UK broadcaster Channel 5 confirmed Home And Away was safe from cancellation after they axed fellow Aussie soap Neighbours following 37 years on-air. 

The programme will only be cancelled if the creators decide to do so, according to the director of programming, Ben Frow.
According to Ben, “It’s a life-of-series deal, so it won’t change until the makers decide to terminate it.” Ben said this last week to Radio Times.
I believe it will be interesting to watch what we do with it as we develop, he continued. Perhaps it belongs somewhere else on the 5 spectrum.
Frow responded that it was a commercial choice and that the money would be used to fund other projects when asked about the decision to cancel Neighbours after 38 seasons.

During Wednesday’s Fitzy & Wippa show, a listener called Sophie told the radio hosts she once made $350 in one day for just standing around in a bikini on the set of Home and Away without saying anything. Pictured: Previous stars of the show Indiana Evans and Jessica Tovey 

It comes after UK broadcaster Channel 5 confirmed Home And Away was safe from cancellation after they axed fellow Aussie soap Neighbours following 37 years on-air. (Pictured: Home and Away cast members filming on Palm Beach in 2003)

‘I could spend the money on other things, which is what I decided to do. I can better spend the Neighbours money on UK shows,’ Frow explained. 

Home And Away has been on the air for 34 years and has always been in competition with Neighbours which was on the air for 37 years. 

Both shows have been incredibly successful and the starting point for so many young actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie and Russell Crowe. 

The director of programmes, Ben Frow, said the show has a lifelong deal so it will only be cancelled should the creators choose to do so 

A few months before the finale, which aired on Friday, July 29, Channel 5 announced in February that they would no longer be airing Neighbours.

To honour the final episode of the show, many celebrities returned to their roots, including Charlene and Scott Robinson on-screen couple Charlene Minogue and Jason Donovan.

However, because Kylie and Jason had so little discussion on the actual show, there was anger on social media.

Channel 5 announced they would no longer air Neighbours in February, a few months before the final which aired Friday, July 29. (Pictured: Kylie Minogue, right, and Jason Donovan, left, returned to reprise their roles during the finale)

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