Melissa Bell (actress)

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Melissa Bell
Born (1972-11-07) 7 November 1972 (age 44)
Occupation Actress, fashion designer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jason Redlich (m. 1996; div. 1998)
Gary Dickinson (m. 2000; d. 2016)
Children 4

Melissa Bell (born 7 November 1972) is an Australian actress and fashion designer. She is the third actor to play Neighbours character Lucy Robinson, a role she has played on a recurring basis from 1991.



Bell had earlier appeared in the soap opera E Street in the guest role of Janine. She left the role of Lucy in Neighbours to return to E Street to play new character, the eco-crusader Bonnie Tait. After E Street ended Bell made several brief returns to Neighbours.

She also acted in another soap, Paradise Beach, playing surfer Emily Harris.[1]

She has since appeared in several lifestyle programs, such as Celebrity Overhaul.[2]

Fashion design[edit]

Bell later become a fashion designer, selling kaftans and party wear from a boutique in Double Bay.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bell was married to Jason Redlich from 1996 to 1998. [4]They have one son.[5] Following the end of her marriage, Bell suffered from body dysmorphic disorder and depression.[6] In 2000, Bell married Gary Dickinson. They had three children and lived on the Gold Coast. In November 2015, Dickinson, then 57 suffered a heart attack which left him in a coma.[7] Dickinson died on 13 February 2016.[8]



  1. ^ Mercado, Andrew (2004). Super Aussie Soaps: Behind the Scenes of Australia's Best Loved TV Shows. Australia: Pluto Press. p. 297. ISBN 1-86403-191-3. 
  2. ^ Celebrity Overhaul: Melissa Bell, Nine Network.
  3. ^ Wing's eye on Bell's view, The Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2007.
  4. ^ "HUSBAND TRIED TO KILL ME CLAIMS OZ SOAP QUEEN MELISSA; PUNCHED: He struck as I cradled our four-week-old son.". The Free Library. Gale. 1997. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Croffey, Amy; Griffiths, Neil (21 November 2014). "'I was going through a traumatic time in my life... it was a personal trigger.' Melissa Bell opens up about spending $115,000 on plastic surgery". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Melissa Bell admits she suffered body dysmorphia leading to thousands of dollars of plastic surgery". The Daily Telegraph. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Koch, Phillip (8 December 2015). "Neighbours star Melissa Bell's brave battle to save her husband's life". Woman's Day. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Neighbours star Melissa Bell reveals heartbreak after husband Gary Dickinson battled for life". 21 February 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 

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