Kate Ritchie struggled to cope after leaving Home and Away
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 April 2021
Kate Ritchie has admitted that she struggled to separate herself from her 'Home and Away' character Sally Fletcher, when she left the soap after 20 years
Kate Ritchie struggled to cope after leaving 'Home and Away'.
The 42-year-old actress played Sally Fletcher on the Australian soap for 20 years – from the show's first episode in 1988 until 2008 – and Kate admitted she found it difficult to separate herself from Sally when she quit.
Speaking on 'Anh's Brush with Fame', Kate explained: "I didn't know where [Sally] ended and I began or vice versa, and I had to work out whether I was more than that.
"She gave me purpose and a sense of achievement. I thought the only thing I'd ever done of value in my life was when I was her. I was lost, and I wondered how I was going to survive without her."
Kate admitted that she also worried people only liked her because they loved Sally.
She said: "Sally was a great person, a great friend and a great daughter… did people only feel something for me because they liked her?"
However, after "loads of therapy", Kate – who is now a successful radio star and author in Australia – discovered that is "great without Sally" and sees the character as a "best friend".
Following her appearance on 'Anh's Brush with Fame', which sees people open up while being painted, Kate took to Instagram to write: "Thank you for having me Anh. For providing a safe space for me to speak honestly. And for being so kind and warm.. and talented."