Carla Bonner

Carla Bonner

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Carla Bonner
Born (1973-03-03) 3 March 1973 (age 45)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990s–present
Children 2

Carla Bonner (born 3 March 1973) is an Australian actress best known for playing the role of Stephanie Scully in the soap opera Neighbours, a role she played from 1999 to 2010. She was also a guest on Celebrity Big Brother Australia in 2002. Following her departure from Neighbours, Bonner wrote a book called Hook, Line and Sink Her and guest starred in an episode of Wentworth. She briefly reprised the role of Steph in 2013 and has returned to Neighbours as a permanent cast member since October 2015.

Career[edit]

Prior to her acting role on Neighbours, Bonner’s experience was confined to television commercials and programmes, including a guest role on Raw FM. When Emma Roche unexpectedly quit the role of Stephanie Scully in Neighbours, Bonner auditioned for the part and was immediately cast as Steph.[1]

On 3 June 2010, it was announced that Bonner had quit Neighbours after eleven years. The character of Stephanie was not killed off, leaving the door open for a potential return. The show’s executive producer, Susan Bower, said “The storylines on-air and coming up showcase what an exceptional talent Carla is and while fans will be disappointed, I promise Steph’s farewell will be long remembered and will do the character proud.”[2]

In 2012, Bonner wrote and published a dating book for men called Hook, Line and Sink Her.[3] That same year, it was announced that Bonner would be returning to Neighbours for two months.[4] The actress began filming her scenes in January 2013 and she made her on-screen return as Steph on 15 April 2013.[5] Bonner portrayed Manda Katsis in episode four of Wentworth.[6] On 10 September 2013, it was announced that Bonner had teamed up with writer and producer Gary O’Toole to develop a 12-part television series based on Hook, Line and Sink Her.[7]

Bonner appeared in the ABC3 teen drama Ready for This in 2015.[8] In July of that year, it was announced Bonner had returned to Neighbours as Steph. She appeared on-screen from October.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Bonner lives in St Kilda East, Melbourne with her sons Harley Bonner (born April 1991) and Jhye, (born January 1998). Harley joined the cast of Neighbours in 2013. He originally refused to be on the show, but changed his mind when he was cast as Josh Willis.[10]

Outside Neighbours Bonner follows various public pursuits. She has been involved in several mainstream Australian charities over the years.

Bonner is best friends with Kym Valentine, who played Libby Kennedy in Neighbours. Bonner’s character and Valentine’s character are also best friends.[citation needed]

In 2007 Bonner was involved in a car accident and was charged with “unlicensed driving” amongst other offences. She was convicted and fined $1,000.[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Raw FM Erin Episode: “Cara”
1999–2010, 2013, 2015– Neighbours Stephanie Scully Regular role
2013 Wentworth Manda Katsis Episode: “The Things We Do”
2015 Ready for This Coach Beaton
Actress (14 credits)
 2013 Fate to Love (completed)
Ana
 1999-2018 Neighbours (TV Series)
Stephanie Scully / Steph Scully / Stephanie Hoyland / …

Episode #1.7810 (2018) … Steph Scully
Episode #1.7809 (2018) … Steph Scully
Episode #1.7807 (2018) … Steph Scully
Episode #1.7804 (2018) … Steph Scully
Episode #1.7803 (2018) … Steph Scully
 2016 The Agent (TV Series)
Jo

Episode #1.5 (2016) … Jo
Episode #1.4 (2016) … Jo
Episode #1.3 (2016) … Jo
Episode #1.2 (2016) … Jo
Episode #1.1 (2016) … Jo
 2015 Ready for This (TV Series)
Coach Beaton

My Life (2015) … Coach Beaton
Stage Fright (2015) … Coach Beaton
It’s Not You (2015) … Coach Beaton
Fresh Meat (2015) … Coach Beaton
Back on Track (2015) … Coach Beaton
 2014 Mama’s Gun (Short)
Mary Wiley
 2013 FATE – It Is What It Is! (Short)
Ana
 2013 Love: It’s all around! (Short)
Ana
 2013 The House Cleaner
Thommie
 2013 Fun City (Short)
Ramona
 2013 His Will (Short)
Solicitor
 2013 Wentworth Prison (TV Series)
Manda Katsis

The Things We Do (2013) … Manda Katsis
 2012 Planet unEarth (TV Series)

Episode #2.2 (2012)
 1997 Raw FM (TV Series)
Erin

Cara (1997) … Erin
 1997 Mr. Nice Guy
Cameo (uncredited)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (6 credits)
 2016 Formula 1: Ten Sport (TV Series)
Herself – Social Lounge Guest

2016 Australian Grand Prix – Practice (2016) … Herself – Social Lounge Guest
 2015 Have You Been Paying Attention? (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #3.26 (2015) … Herself
 2011 Planet unEarth (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.1 (2011) … Herself
 2010 The 7PM Project (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.128 (2010) … Herself
 2008 ‘Neighbours’ on Five (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2000 Neighbours Revealed (TV Series documentary)
Herself / Stephanie Scully

Episode #1.5 (2000) … Herself / Stephanie Scully
Episode #1.4 (2000) … Herself / Stephanie Scully
Episode #1.3 (2000) … Herself / Stephanie Scully
Episode #1.2 (2000) … Herself / Stephanie Scully
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