Carla Bonner is leaving her role as Steph Scully in Neighbours after 11 years in the Aussie soap.

The actress will say goodbye to Ramsay Street when her contract expires this year, but her character will not be killed off.

The soap’s executive producer Susan Bower said: “I’m very sad that Carla is leaving us and she knows the door is always open for Steph to return to Ramsay Street.

“The storylines on-air and coming up showcase what an exceptional talent Carla is and while fans will be disappointed, I promise Steph’s farewell will be long remembered and will do the character proud.”

Carla’s manager Jacinta Waters added: “Carla has had an amazing time on Neighbours, but after 11 incredible years has decided the time for a change has come. She will miss all her colleagues in Erinsborough dearly.”

It is thought that Carla, 37, will still be based in Melbourne, where she lives with her two sons and partner, but has a series of meetings and drama workshops lined up in LA.

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