Seven is selling the return as a special story arc as the show celebrates 25 years, to air over a number of months later this year.
The two-time Gold Logie winner played Sally Fletcher for 20 years, growing up before a nation’s eyes. Since exiting Ritchie has enjoyed radio commitments and appeared in Underbelly, Cops LAC, co-hosted the ARIA Awards and narrated Don’t Tell The Bride.
“There will be a wonderful sense of familiarity stepping back into Sally’s shoes for a while,” she says. “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.”
Series 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.”
She will commence filming in the coming weeks.