Neighbours icon looks unrecognisable as he resurfaces in Wales

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Australian soap star Mark Little, who played Joe Mangel in Neighbours, has been spotted with a local cricket team in rural Wales.

The actor, 63, moved to Wales after quitting the Ramsey Street show and has grown shaggy white hair and a bushy beard after leaving showbusiness.

In recent pictures of the star, he’s in all-white cricket gear alongside his teammates at Guilsfield and Llandrinio Cricket Club outside the clubhouse.

The actor moved across the world to live in a remote Welsh farmhouse and become a farmer.

He now lives off-grid in the countryside near Lake Vyrnwy, in Powys, and reportedly spends his time “finessing a magic acre in the wilderness”.

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The former Big Breakfast host looked unrecognisable from his acting days alongside his cricket teammates.

Mark rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s playing Joe on Neighbours and he is remembered for having short dark hair and a close-shaven beard.

He originally appeared on the show from 1988 to 1991 and reprised his role in 2005 for four months.

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His character was a down-to-earth labourer who resonated with viewers in the UK and Australia.

Neighbours fans were gutted when Mark chose not to renew his contract in 1991 so he could pursue other opportunities.

The Neighbours reboot will soon be landing on Amazon Freevee, with many of the original cast members reprising their roles.

Icons like Alan Fletcher, who plays Doctor Karl Kennedy will be back on screens when the soap returns in September.

Speaking about the revival on Good Morning Britain earlier this year, he said: “I had nothing to do with it. I can’t claim any credit.

“But you know, more than five million people watched the last episode in the UK and it was the highest rating programme here in Australia.

“I think that people just recognise that and realise this show is too popular to let slip, so we’re very, very pleased that Amazon has picked up the show.”

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