Neighbours

Vanessa's mum hits Ramsay Street

Carmelina Di Guglielmo admits her recurring guest character on Neighbours, Francesca Villante, is certainly the toughest mamma she has portrayed in a while.

Vanessa's mum hits Ramsay Street

Having carved out a hugely successful career playing Italian mothers, acclaimed actress Carmelina Di Guglielmo admits her recurring guest character on Neighbours, Francesca Villante is certainly the toughest mamma she has portrayed in a while.

The seasoned performer, who starred in the riotous movie Big Mamma’s Boy and was one of the original cast members of the hit stage comedy Mum's The Word, arrives on Ramsay Street to see her daughter Vanessa, played by Alin Sumarwata.

'She is very full-on, doesn’t hold back with her opinions, and you can understand why Vanessa has run away to Ramsay Street,' laughs Carmelina.

Carmelina’s episodes kick off next week in Australia and in early November for UK audiences.