Carla Bonner

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Carla Bonner
Born(1973-03-03) 3 March 1973 (age 41)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1990s–present
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Carla Bonner
Born(1973-03-03) 3 March 1973 (age 41)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1990s–present

Carla Bonner (born 3 March 1973) is an Australian actress best known for playing the role of Steph 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.


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]

Personal life[edit]

Bonner lives in Belgrave, Melbourne with her sons Harley (born April 1991) and Jhye, (born January 1998). She has dated Australian celebrity Sullivan Stapleton, brother of her one-time co-star Jacinta Stapleton, until 2008, she now dates a personal trainer.[8]

Outside of 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 Steph and Valentine's character Libby are also best friends, meaning that they spent a lot of time together on and off screen.

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.[9][10]


1997Raw FMErinEpisode: "Cara"
1999–2010, 2013NeighboursStephanie ScullyRegular role
2013WentworthManda KatsisEpisode: "The Things We Do"


  1. ^ Raven, Neil (25 October 2002). "Martial arts fan gets a kick out of Neighbours". Sunday Sun (Trinity Mirror). Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Carla Bonner aka Steph Scully set to quit Neighbours and head off to Los Angeles". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times). 4 June 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Carla Bonner wants Neighbours return for Steph". What's on TV. IPC Media. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "New faces and big-name returns for Ramsay Street in 2013". Channel 5. Northern & Shell. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Miller, Erin (10–16 November 2012). "There goes the neighbourhood". TV Week (ACP Magazines) (45): 20–21. 
  6. ^ "Biography". McMahon Management. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Groves, Don (10 September 2013). "TV version of romance guide for men in the works". If Magazine. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Byrne, Fiona (20 July 2008). "Bonner's New Beau". Herald Sun. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Neighbours star on driving charges". The Age (Melbourne). 3 August 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Neighbours Star Fined After Crash". Herald Sun. 4 August 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 

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