Valentine played Libby Kennedy from 1992 – 2011, daughter of Karl and Susan Kennedy. Actors Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne chalk up their 20th anniversary on the soap this year and writers are reintroducing former characters to celebrate their achievement.
Benji McNair, who played son Malcolm Kennedy has also been secured, but no word yet on Jesse Spencer, who played Billy Kennedy. Also returning are Matt Werkmeister as Zeke Kinski and Lucinda Armstrong-Hall as Holly Hoyland.
Joining Kym Valentine will be actor Felix Mallard who plays Libby’s son, Ben.
“I’m really looking forward to catching up with old friends at Neighbours as well as getting to know many of the new cast. Playing Libby was a very important part of my life and I can’t wait to re-introduce audiences to her,” said Valentine.
“It’s wonderful to have Kym back for this milestone year for Alan and I, and we’re just lucky the Kennedy’s have that wing of bedrooms that we don’t see to accommodate everyone,” said Jackie Woodburne.
Neighbours’ Series Producer, Jason Herbison added, “Our script team have been very excited to introduce characters of historical significance in to our current cast and storylines. Last year we saw the introduction the Willis and Turner families with a nod to characters of the early 90’s.”
The return by Valentine follows her much-publicised exit and subsequent legal case against producers FremantleMedia Australia.
An FMA spokesperson told TV Tonight, “We had a difference of opinion in relation to Kym’s engagement which has now been amicably resolved. We are all looking forward to Libby Kennedy’s return to Ramsay St in a special guest appearance.”
She begins filming today.