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The Twins

All Mixed Up

The Twins are Gayle and Gillian Blakeney , Australian identical twins who performed together as actresses and as a dance/pop duo in the 1990s. Born in Brisbane on 9 July 1966, Gayle is older by nine minutes. They are most widely known for their stint in the soap opera Neighbours, as twins Caroline and Christina Alessi.

After years on a successful childrens show and doing many commercials in 1990 they joined the cast of the soap opera Neighbours as Caroline Alessi (played by Gillian) and Christina Alessi (played by Gayle). Gillian and Gayle left the show at different stages during 1992.

Following the success of former Neighbours actors Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan as recording artists, the Blakeneys went to England in 1991 to record with Stock Aitken Waterman, originally going by the name 'The Twins'. The resulting single, "All Mixed Up", became a modest club hit that year, and peaked at #74 in Australia.

After parting with Stock Aitken Waterman, the Blakeneys made a brief return to Neighbours, eventually leaving the show in 1992. In 1993/1994 they released two singles in the United Kingdom as 'Gayle & Gillian', "Mad If Ya Don't" (#75 in the UK Singles Chart in 1993) and a cover version of Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" re-titled "Wanna Be Your Lover" (UK #62 in 1994[3] and #45 in the Scottish Chart. .

Afterwards the two made a brief return to television, this time as assistants on the Thames Television revived game show Take Your Pick. While working in the UK, they also acted on stage.

In 1994 the sisters moved to the United States (where they still reside today, as both call Los Angeles home) to pursue acting roles, landing guest spots on various film and TV projects, such as playing ballerinas in Silk Stalkings.

The sisters are married and have children (Gayle has three, while Gillian has one daughter). As of 2015, the Blakeneys have moved on to launching companies and building brands, with Gillian running a scarf line.

In June 2019, it was announced that both sisters would be reprising their roles on Neighbours in September, which will be for a three-episode stint.

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