Shannon Louise “Lolly” Allen (also Carpenter) is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 25 July 1994. Louise was played by Tessa Taylor from her birth, with Jiordan Tolli taking over the role a few months later. The character was written out in 2001 when Tolli’s parents and the producers felt it was the right time for her to leave. In 2006, it was announced that Louise would be returning to Neighbours and Adelaide Kane was cast in the role, after winning the Dolly “Neighbours Next Big Stars” competition. Kane’s contract was not renewed and Louise departed on 29 June 2007. The character returned for one episode on 4 October 2013 with Tolli in the role.
Tessa Taylor was the first actress to play Louise.Jiordan Tolli was cast as Louise when she was two months old, following a call from casting director Jan Russ for a baby to play the role of Lou Carpenter (Tom Oliver) and Cheryl Stark‘s (Caroline Gillmer) young daughter. When Tolli was two years old, Gillmer’s character was written out, leaving Tolli and Oliver to work together. In 2001, it was announced that Tolli and her character would be leaving Neighbours after seven years. Of Tolli’s departure, her mother said “It was very sad to see Jiordy leave, but it’s the right time. The producers, my husband Luke and I were all thinking the same way.”
In 2006, teen magazine, Dolly and Neighbours launched a competition to find a girl aged between 12 and 16 and a boy aged between 15 and 18 to join the cast. Out of 7000 entries, Adelaide Kane and Sam Clark were picked to join the cast as Louise and Ringo Brown on 4 August 2006. They were both handed a three-month contract with the show. On her win Kane said “I got a call in the middle of school from my mum, and she was like, ‘Someone called about Neighbours.’ And I was like, ‘Someone called about our neighbours? The American couple who live next door?’ And she was like, ‘No, no! The Neighbours competition!'”. Kane had to move to Melbourne with her mum acting as a chaperone, for filming. In December 2006, it was announced that Kane would be leaving the show after her contract was not renewed. At the time of the announcement, Kane had not yet appeared as Louise on Australian screens.