Ex-Neighbours star Nicola Charles claims she was offered ‘speed’ on soap set

Nicola Charles has claimed she was once offered drugs on the Neighbours set – and that she even had to come to the aid of a female co-star who had taken speed during her time on the iconic soap.

The model, 51, is known for playing Sarah Beaumont on Australian soap Neighbours for two stints in the 1990s and 2010s.

She has now made some explosive allegations about her time on the show in her autobiography, Soap Star.

In her bombshell memoir, she claimed that she once found a co-star – who she did not name – "barely conscious and struggling" in the green room after allegedly taking amphetamines.

She wrote: "The human inside me couldn't leave her there alone on the couch, barely conscious and struggling. Her so-called friends on the cast had conveniently disappeared and washed their hands of the situation."

The British-born actress, who now lives Down Under in Melbourne, continued: "As I sat holding the hand of an actress on the green room couch, waiting for the ambulance to arrive, I couldn't help but have sympathy for her.

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"The paramedics arrived and took her away. But the saddest part of the whole event was the very next day."

However, the star then says she was offered drugs herself by the woman she had helped – her co-star – in the toilets the next day.

She said: "Maybe what she said next was a nod to the help I had given her the previous day, maybe it was the offering of a secret she felt she held to help me keep my weight down, or maybe it was my only chance to be indoctrinated into the secret actress club, but she offered me speed.

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"As she did a trickle of blood fell from one of her nostrils. As she scrambled to hide it, I declined politely."

The alleged drug-related incidents took place in the late 1990s, according to mum-of-three Nicola who starred on Neighbours between 1996 and 2016.

This is not the first bombshell allegation Nicola has levelled against her former job, as earlier this year the author claimed her cast mates had once tried to get her deported back to the UK.

Nicola said two of her fellow actors on the soap had issued a letter to the Immigration Department in an attempt to get her booted out of Australia.

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Charles also claims the cast openly attacked her for being a former model, rather than being a "serious actor".

She told News Corp: "They would say under their breath, 'f***ing MTA' behind my back and as I walked past after scenes.

"For a long time I didn't know what 'MTA' meant … finally I found out it was 'model turned actor'.

"That's when I started thinking, 'OK, they don't see me as a real actor even though I did go to drama school in the UK."

Nicola's autobiography, Soap Star, was released in April this year and is available now.

Daily Star has contacted Channel 5 for comment

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