‘Neighbours’ Mrs Mangel actress dies

Vivean Gray played Mrs Mangel in Neighbours.
Vivean Gray played Mrs Mangel in Neighbours.

Actress Vivean Gray, best known for playing Mrs Mangel in Australian soap opera “Neighbours”, has died aged 92.

The actress, who also appeared in The Sullivans and Prisoner Cell Block H, was born in Lincolnshire but headed to Australian in 1952 to pursue an acting career. She appeared in more than 250 episodes of Neighbours from 1986 to 1988.

Tributes have flooded in, including one from Mark Little, who played her on-screen son Joe, who said he had been “privileged to know and work with her”.

Her other roles included a schoolteacher in Peter Weir’s 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock and the 1977 film The Last Wave, in which she played an expert in Aboriginal history.

“Mrs Mangel was the ultimate busybody, remembered for her conservatism and her caustic wit,” said Neighbours’ executive producer Jason Herbison, describing her as “a true soap legend”.