Home and Away’s Kate Richie has announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Stuart Webb.

The actress, who denied being pregnant in January, released a statement saying, “It is with great excitement that Stuart and I announce we are expecting our first child.

"We can assure you any secrecy up to this moment has been nothing more than us protecting what is most sacred – a new life that was far from reaching it’s 12 week milestone.

“Thank you to all who have respected our privacy over these past weeks allowing us the privilege every couple deserves – to share the wonderful news ourselves. It really is such a special time for us and we couldn't be happier.”

Richie starred in the popular antipodean soap for over 20 years with her character Sally departing Summer Bay in 2008. She returned to the show last year for an eight-week period to mark the series’ 25th anniversary.