'Prisoner' actress Glenda Linscott set to play a new surgeon on C5 soap 'Neighbours'

NeighboursPrisoner Cell Block H actress Glenda Linscott is set to play a no-nonsense surgeon on popular Australian soap Neighbours. The legendary actress best known as Rita 'The Beater' Connors in the iconic prison drama will play medic Jessica Girdwood on the soap which airs here on Channel 5.

Jessica will appear on screens for three months as she crosses paths with fellow doctors Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher) and show newcomer Rhys Lawson (Ben Barber). Ironically, her new stint will see her return to the Nunawading studio where the 80's prison based drama was also filmed.

Speaking about her role, Linscott said: ''I just love being back and it's hilarious to still see bits and pieces of those days and I even visited the spot where I said my last lines on Prisoner. I also saw the stairs where I threw many an inmate down - luckily my Neighbours character is more gentle. The impact Prisoner has had on my life is truly amazing."

Jessica will appear on Australian screens from March next year with UK viewers being introduced to the doctor a few weeks later.