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Warne makes acting debut in soap opera

The world's highest wicket-taker in Tests made his acting debut this week, as he played himself in Australia's most popular weekday soap opera, "Neighbours".

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 13:02 IST

Shane Warne, the world's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, made his acting debut this week, as he played himself in Australia's most popular weekday soap opera, "Neighbours".

Warne filmed three scenes in a two-hour period. His children, Brooke and Jackson, were also present to watch their father's acting prowess.

Warne's eight-year-old daughter Brooke is a great fan of the show, and the producers decided to give her an extras' role.

The filmed scenes show Warne visiting Ramsay Street in Erinsborough in Melbourne to collect a donation for his "Shane Warne Foundation", which raises money for seriously ill and underprivileged children. Warne had several lines to speak in the serial and he also bowled a ball to a youth for the cameras.

Warne filmed three scenes in two hours and the entire cast of the widely watched serial welcomed him as his children watched him act.

The two episodes featuring Warne will be screened in Australia on July 6 and 7.

"Neighbours" is a weekday soap opera exploring the lives and relationships of the residents of Ramsay Street.

The show is now in its 18th year of production, and is Australia's most successful television programme. Shot in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, it is also shown in 57 countries around the world.

So popular is the series that tourists come to Ramsay Street to see the area. There are guided tours for it and merchandise is also sold.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 12:03 IST