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love af­fair with Melbourne is con­tin­u­ing as she inks a new deal with one of Aus­tralia’s long­est-run­ning soap op­eras.

Anasta, who has played Elly Con­way on Neigh­bours for the past two years, con­firmed on Fri­day that she had re­cently signed a new one-year deal with the show.

She di­vides her time be­tween Melbourne, where she films Neigh­bours, and Syd­ney, which she calls home and where her four-year-old daugh­ter, is based.

“I feel like I am def­i­nitely be­com­ing a bit of a Mel­bur­nian,” Anasta said.

“I have just signed on for another year here. As of this month I am go­ing into my third year on Neigh­bours.

“I re­ally feel like I know what I am do­ing now. I have the travel com­po­nent down pat. I feel like Elly, my char­ac­ter, is in a great place.

“The sto­ry­lines are get­ting big­ger and bet­ter. There is a lot go­ing on and it is an ex­cit­ing time.”

Anasta (above) is sup­port­ing Witch­ery’s White Shirt cam­paign, which this year cel­e­brates its 10th year rais­ing funds for re­search into ovar­ian can­cer.

Witch­ery will do­nate the pro­ceeds, from ev­ery spe­cially de­signed white shirt sold, to the Ovar­ian Can­cer Re­search Foun­da­tion.

Anasta is a cam­paign am­bas­sador along­side

and “It is just an in­cred­i­ble bunch of women and I feel re­ally hon­oured to be part of this cam­paign,” she said.

“It is women sup­port­ing women and us­ing fash­ion as a ve­hi­cle to raise money and for change.

“Fash­ion has been a big part of my life and I just love that you can com­bine all of those el­e­ments to­gether.”

has got his fea­ture film di­rect­ing ca­reer off to a pretty fair start.

His de­but fea­ture, Breath, was re­leased in cin­e­mas on Thurs­day, and on Fri­day night his work was recog­nised at the Aus­tralian Di­rec­tors’ Guild Awards, where he won best di­rec­tion of a fea­ture film.

Baker at­tended the cer­e­mony at Sof­i­tel Melbourne on Collins with his wife, (right).

Other win­ners on the night in­cluded who col­lected two awards for her work on Went­worth and Mus­tang FC, who won best di­rec­tion of a TV or SVOD mini se­ries for the SBS drama Sun­shine, and

who won best di­rec­tion of a TV or SVOD com­edy pro­gram for Rose­haven.

AF­TER a few short-lived ro­mances, lo­cal so­cial but­ter­fly

seems to have found hap­pi­ness.

Gor­don, who was for­merly mar­ried to was very friendly with

at the open­ing of St Kilda bar Saint Evie on Tues­day.

Mean­while, the other Mrs Edel­sten, New York “per­for­mance artist”

is telling so­cial me­dia mates she is plan­ning a visit.

Grecko and Edel­sten never divorced and have ap­par­ently been see­ing each other again for the past five months.

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