The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - Sar­rah Le Mar­quand STELLAR_ EDI­TOR@ NEWS. COM. AU

There are cer­tain things that make a per­son acutely aware of their ad­vanc­ing age. Like tun­ing in to com­mer­cial ra­dio and re­al­is­ing you don’t recog­nise any of the songs. Or hav­ing to ex­plain to your chil­dren what a VHS tape is. And here’s a fact bound to make any­one older than 35 sud­denly feel like they are get­ting old: next month will mark 30 years since Kate Ritchie first ap­peared on Home And Away. Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the un­usual chal­lenge of grow­ing up in front of the na­tion, the now 39-year-old opens up to Stel­lar about how her life be­came in­ter­twined with that of the char­ac­ter she played for two decades. “When you don’t re­mem­ber your life with­out it and all of a sud­den that doesn’t ex­ist,” she says, “you won­der, what is it about me that is at­trac­tive?” The an­swer – as to­day’s cover con­firms – is plenty.

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