Neighbours actress Gemma Pranita has quit her role as personal trainer Jade Mitchell after 2 years on the Australia soap, it has been revealed.
Pranita who first appeared on the popular show, which airs over her on C5 in 2010 will bid farewell to Ramsay Street in August, having decided to exit the show so she can have an attempt at cracking America.
Speaking about her decision to leave, Gemma said: ''The decision was made with a heavy heart as I love this job, but I just felt that two years was long enough to play one character. I became an actor to play lots of different characters and, while Jade has been an amazing role, I feel I want to challenge myself to do other things.''
Meanwhile, she added that she will most miss working with co-stars Chris Milligan, who plays her boyfriend Kyle Canning and Eve Morey, sister Sonya Mitchell saying: ''I’ll miss the pranks Chris and I play on each other, and one I’m particularly proud of was putting fake dog poo in his script folder - payback for a prank he played on me.''
''I’ll also miss three o’clock on Friday afternoons, the end of a long week, when everyone goes a little bit crazy in the Green Room and watches silly YouTube clips huddled around a computer. It is always so much fun.''
And whilst Pranita refused to divulge the exact details of how her popular character will exit the show, she did reveal that ''hearts will be broken and tears will be shed''.