Soap Star Superstar: Vivean Gray (Mrs Mangel)

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What happened to Mrs Mangel?

Vivean Gray played Mrs Mangel in Australian soap opera, Neighbours, from 1986–1988.

Neighbours recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and although I don’t watch it as much as I used to it was a big part of my life while growing up.

Mrs Mangel was one of the main characters when I began watching it around 1987…

Nell Mangel was the ultimate busy body and had to have her nose in everyone else’s business.

She first appeared in 1986 and was only supposed to be in the show for three weeks but the character proved so popular that she stayed for two years. Although she wasn’t in the show for many years her character is so iconic and during her time she was involved in many great storylines. She was constantly fighting with Madge…

At one point everyone thought she had even murdered her husband Len and then later she fell off a ladder, suffered amnesia which was actually quite comical and who could forget the painting…

There was a happy ending for her as she met John Worthington, fell in love, got married and moved to England where she is allegedly still alive and well. This was her last scene…

Vivean Gray was born in Cleethorpes, UK, as one of four to a father who ran a fish and chip establishment but moved to Australia in 1952 after having trouble finding acting opportunities. She appeared in various films but one of her most successful was the chilling Picnic At Hanging Rock.

She also appeared in other popular Australian shows such as The Sullivans and Prisoner but she will always be remembered for her part in Neighbours. The reason she decided to leave the role of Mrs Mangel was due to the abuse she was getting from crazy fans of the show that couldn’t distinguish between fact and fiction. However, it appears Vivean is not entirely the pleasant little old lady in real life and she was not too dissimilar from her character…

“In 2005 and again in 2007 it was revealed that Gray was not the sweet lady in real life people were led to believe, she was described as a very unpleasant person, a busybody in real life and perfectly cast. Gray shuns any ‘Neighbours’ cast reunions saying that she doesn’t want to talk to anyone, or hear from anyone, whoever they are and she just wants to be left alone, also it was revealed she said to a crying baby in a shop in Victoria, “shut up you little sh** “

Is Vivean Gray dead?

Vivean sadly died on July 28th 2016 at the grand old age of 92. Thanks for the memories Mrs Mangel!

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