Kate Ritchie has compared Home and Away to an "old flame" as she recalled her time on the show for online site The Grace Tales.
In a gorgeous photoshoot for the site, Kate showed the close bond she shares with two-year-old daughter Mae and talked about how being a child actor was like being part of a family.
'What I remember most clearly and what I continue to carry with me is a very warm sense of family. A feeling of security that I miss to this day and a basic joy of doing something I absolutely loved.'
Kate, who is now a radio host, said she thought of the show like an old boyfriend. 'Not one of mine in particular ... but an old flame that you knew you just had to leave. Not because you didn't love them but because you weren't growing together anymore.'