After a five-year break, Kate Ritchie is returning to Home and Away to play Sally Fletcher.

Kate, who played Sally for 20 years, said: “There will be a wonderful sense of familiarity stepping back into Sally’s shoes for a while. Summer Bay is a very different place these days and I am looking forward to working with all the fresh faces that have continued to take Home and Away from strength to strength.

“It will be a good opportunity to catch up with some old mates too! Those cast and crew I worked with for so many years are who I have missed the most.”

As the show celebrates 25 years, Kate will return for a special story arc that sees Sally welcomed back to her Summer Bay home.

Ray Meagher, who plays Alf, said: “The Bay has really missed Sally and I’ve missed Kate – this is great news. I can’t wait to work with her again and yes I know she’ll steal every bloody scene she’s in”

Kate will commence filming in the coming weeks and the storyline will screen over a number of months later this year.

Home and Away producer Lucy Addario says: “We are thrilled Kate is returning to Home and Away. Sally holds such a special place in the heart of the show and we trust fans will be as excited as we are to watch her story unfold and follow Sally’s journey again.”