Home and Away star Kate Ritchie has admitted that she had doubts over her return to Summer Bay.

The 34-year-old actress, who originally played Sally Fletcher for 20 years between 1988 and 2008, begins filming her comeback scenes next week.

Speaking to AAA about her return, Ritchie said: "I must admit, for a while I thought, 'Should I be going back because it took me such a long time to leave?'

"I'd quite liked the things I'd done since I'd left, so why would I go back? Then I thought 'Why not?'"

She continued: "I just received a phone call, that's kind of as simple as it was.

"The call was completely out of the blue, I think it's come off the back of Home and Away turning 25 this year, which is a wonderful achievement in itself.

"I think part of those celebrations is having Sally Fletcher come back to the Bay for a while."

Ritchie added: "It was kind of strange to start with because, to be honest, I had never entertained the idea of returning, whether it was for good or for a guest role.

"I certainly didn't leave because I wasn't enjoying it any more. I think it's the best job in the country, because you're working on something that is hugely successful and it's just lovely to be working as well."