Scott Robinson (Neighbours)
Jason Donovan as Scott Robinson (1989)
|Portrayed by||Darius Perkins (1985)
Jason Donovan (1986–89)
|First appearance||18 March 1985|
|Last appearance||18 May 1989|
|Created by||Reg Watson|
|Introduced by||Reg Watson|
Darius Perkins as Scott Robinson (1985)
Scott James Robinson is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, originally played by Darius Perkins, and then later by Jason Donovan. He made his debut screen appearance during the show's first episode broadcast on 18 March 1985.
Darius Perkins played the role of Scott from the show's first episode. Producers had concerns over Perkins' reliability and after a series of rows they decided to recast the role of Scott when production moved to Network Ten. Jason Donovan was given the role following his graduation from school. He had initially been offered the role of Danny Ramsay, but he turned it down. Scott became the serial's new "pin-up" character and Donovan's image and popularity in the role set the high standard for casting directors, which they felt they had to meet each time they were introducing a "stud" type character. Donovan left Neighbours in 1989.
In 2009, Donovan revealed that he had been asked to return to the show for the 25th anniversary celebrations. He could not return due to work commitments, but he said that he was "very proud" of having been in Neighbours.
Scott was born to Jim (Alan Dale) and Anne Robinson in 1968, as their third child. At the age of seven, Scott gained a baby sister, Lucy (Kylie Flinker), but lost his mother while she gave birth. Helen Daniels (Anne Haddy), Scott's grandmother helped Jim raise Scott and his other siblings.
Scott was close friends with neighbour Danny Ramsay (David Clencie). In early 1986 Scott noticed someone breaking into Number 24, the house next door to his. On challenging the intruder he received a punch for his troubles. Madge Mitchell (Anne Charleston) came upon the scene to discover it was her daughter Charlene (Kylie Minogue), who hadn't seen Scott since they were children. Also in early 1986 Scott befriended another new neighbour, Mike Young (Guy Pearce).
Scott and Charlene began dating and went through a few teething problems. They subsequently became engaged much to the chagrin of their respective parents Jim and Madge. Helen acted as a mediator and pointed out that Jim and Anne had been roughly Scott and Charlene's age when they got married. Jane Harris (Annie Jones) starts to help Scott with his HSC retakes, they become close and kiss. Charlene wants nothing to do with either of them upon finding out. Jane eventually convinces Charlene to give Scott another chance.
On 1 July 1987, Scott and Charlene were married. A year later, Charlene got an apprenticeship in Brisbane and was forced to make the difficult choice of leaving Erinsborough. Scott stayed on at Number 24 and followed Charlene a year later when he got a transfer to a Queensland newspaper. Neither Scott nor Charlene were seen again in the series after their departures for Queensland. It was reported that Scott and Charlene later had two children, a son Daniel and daughter named Madison.
Donovan won Most Popular New Talent at the 1987 Logie Awards for his role as Scott. A year later, he won the Logie for Most Popular Actor and was nominated for a Gold Logie for "Most Popular Personality". Donovan was again nominated for the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality in his final year on Neighbours in 1989.
Scott and Charlene's wedding was seen by 20 million viewers in the United Kingdom and was voted the "Most Romantic TV Nuptials of all Time". The wedding episode made the cover of TIME magazine Australia and Minogue and Donovan's promotional appearance at the Westfield Parramatta shopping centre caused a stampede among 4000 people. In October 2006, Australia Post brought out five stamps celebrating fifty years of television. Network Ten's stamp featured both Minogue and Donovan as Charlene and Scott. According to Andrew Mercado in his book " Super Aussie Soaps", Scott's romance with Charlene became hugely popular with Neighbours viewers in both the United Kingdom and Australia, helping the show to gain high ratings after an initial rocky start.
Ruth Deller of television website Lowculture gave Scott a 3.5 out of 5 for his contribution to Neighbours, during a feature called "A guide to recognising your Ramsays and Robinsons". Deller said "One of the many Robinsons to undergo a hair and face transplant, Scott soon transformed from a dull brunette into Jason Donovan. An all-round nice guy, Scott was part of the first (and best) iconic Neighbours teen gangs, with Jane, Mike and Charlene. She added that his relationship with Charlene was a "Romeo and Juliet style romance".
In 2010, to celebrate Neighbours' 25th anniversary, satellite broadcasting company, Sky, profiled 25 most memorable characters from Neighbours. Scott is in the list and describing him they state: "Scott Robinson is really only remembered these days for his teen romance, but his track record on the show could perhaps be better summarised in music. Early on, Scott formed a band with Mike 'Guy Pearce' Young. He eventually married Kylie and made Angry Anderson the soundtrack of people's memories of the eighties forever more." British tabloid The Daily Mirror said Scott was "the boy next door". In her book Soap opera, Dorothy Hobson praised Scott's on-screen relationship with Charlene, branding the them positive, immense images for young people. In 2011, Scott's wedding to Charlene was placed at number three in Channel 5's "Greatest TV Weddings" programme. Sue Heath from The Northern Echo said that Scott's mullet "remains one of the great TV crimes of the century".
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