Neighbours Terese stars life – Hollywood cousin, musician hubby, weight battle

She rose to fame playing troublesome teenager Sophie Simpson in Home And Away in 1990, and actress Rebekah Elmaloglou has since become a soap icon playing Terese Willis in beloved Australian drama series Neighbours.

After enjoying a remarkable career and lighting up our screens on the soon to be cancelled soap for almost a decade, Rebekah, 48, enjoys an idyllic life in Melbourne with her husband and their son.

As the series prepares to come to an end, Daily Star has taken a look at her glamorous life away from camera – from weight battles, her famous family member and her unlikely celebrity friendship.

Weight battle

The Sydney-born actress spoke candidly about her weight struggles back in 2017 after admitting she gained 10kg and three dress sizes since joining Neighbours back in 2013.

The gorgeous star admitted that “on-set” catering and approaching menopause had contributed to her weight gain, admitting that she was “bigger now than I was two days after giving birth.”

She told New Idea: "I'm definitely over the healthy weight range for my height, so I have to do something about it,' she said.

She said even adding 'an extra kilo or two' to her diminutive 1.5 metre frame 'makes a big difference'.

"Those extra kilos can so easily creep up on you, and that's what happened to me," she explained.

And while Rebekah says she has 'never come under any pressure to slim down from producers' on the Aussie soap, she wants to get in shape.

She also spoke about her drummer husband Kane Baker who is a former chef and admitted the pair are 'big foodies who eat extremely well and enjoy a glass of wine'.

Rebekah gave birth to son Kai in 2008 and knew there was a problem with her energy levels when she 'wanted to lie down for a snooze all the time'.

A combination of diet, exercise and meditation has been the key to her new approach to a healthier lifestyle, including F45 workout sessions.

Famous cousin

Fans will be shocked to learn that Rebekah is cousin’s with one of Britain’s most celebrated actresses, Dame Judi Dench.

The Academy Award winning actress is Judi’s cousin on her mum’s side, and the star boasts a close relationship with the James Bond star.

“I’m actually closer with her daughter, Finty, who I actually caught up with recently in London when I was there not that long ago doing some publicity,” Rebekah told The Beast.

Though despite admitting how proud she is to call Judi part of her family, she admits the star “hasn’t really influenced” her.

She revealed: “To be honest, Judi hasn’t really influenced me, but I love her work and I’m very proud to call her a part of my family, definitely.

"I think everything she does is absolutely phenomenal and amazing, and I think everyone agrees with me on that. She’s such a talented woman.”

Denise van Outen friendship

The star formed an unlikely friendship with British telly favourite Denise van Outen back in 2019 when Denise appeared as a guest star in Neighbours during filming in London.

Denise starred as Harlow Robinson's mum, played by actress Jemma Donovan.

Clearly enjoying each other’s company, Rebekah posted this intimate snap of the pair enjoying a meal out at The Carlton Wine Room.

The two can be seen looking glamorous and shooting smiles to the camera as they posed for a selfie. She captioned the snap: “Dining with this beauty tonight! @vanouten_denise Thank you for a lovely night @mann_reelmann @neighbours”.

Speaking of her new role at the time, Denise said: “I am thrilled to be joining the cast of one the world’s most iconic shows, Neighbours.

“To be asked is a privilege and I am very excited to get to work on a really fun storyline first in London and then heading over to Melbourne.”

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